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Old 07-16-2016   #21
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I guess I will buy the Manfrotto 405 head. It look pretty sturdy to support my camera. Any experience wit this head? Any alternatives?
The thing I don't like about Manfrotto heads is their proprietary plate. I much prefer the Arca-style mounts. I would suggest you look at a ball head. Plenty of quality options in that price range.

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I have an Acratech ulimate ballhead and a Sunwayfoto L bracket and they do the trick nicely. The ballhead is a few $ dollars but the L bracket it quite reasonable compared to the RRS one.
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I agree with nu2scene. Take a look at Really Right Stuff.
I bought the BH-55 ballhead with the lever release plate clamp almost 10 yrs ago and I've never experienced any problem with it. I've used it in all kind of environments including deserts, sea and extreme cold; it has always worked fine without jamming.
I also bought a L-plate and a lens plate for my collared 70-200.
With the L-plate, the camea can be attached to the ballhead in both horizontal and vertical position.
Futhermore, I don't have to remove the camera from the plate when switching batteries.
Your D3 and my Ds Mk III weigh almost the same so I think it would work out well for you.
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There you go. You'll buy it once, enjoy it every time you use it, and you'll never have to worry about replacing it in your lifetime. The ballhead is smooth, it doesn't slip or creep. It's the only way to to go.

Get their tripod, the 55 ball head and the L plate for your particular camera. It will hold almost any lens and camera combo and be steady. For me it's all about how frustrating something is to use. I always had rickety tripods, with the head that creeked into place. It somehow never seemed to creek into the place I wanted though. So I had to fiddle with it forever to get it where I wanted. I'd lock it into position, only for it to creep down or up. So now, you have to try to figure out how much to over compensate for the creep, so it would creep into where you wanted it in the first place. I don't have the tolerance to do this over and over mutiple times, each time I change my camera position. It's maddening! With this set up, I put the camera exactly where I want it, smooth and easy. Lock the camera in position, and it STAYS there! Done! How nice!

If I want a vertical, I can spin the camera around on the lens collar, or just use the other end of the L plate. Easy!

I would never again go back to any other set up. And now that I've bought it, it will outlast me.

Is it expensive? Yes. But what a joy to use! I enjoy using it, and I will never have to be frustrated and I'll never have to think about buying something else.
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After 8 months I am guessing that the OP has already made a decision and has long moved passed this.


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