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Old 05-29-2018   #1
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My wife and I are headed to Ireland in a couple of months. We have Gitzo tripods but will be taking the smallest Gitzo we have due to weight. It is an old aluminum but is lightweight. Over the years, I have gone through tripod heads as if they were water through a sieve. Manfrotto Ball head, Manfrotto pistol grip, Manfrotto Pan and Tilt head. None felt right and I hated the Manfrotto plates. I then got a Foba Superball which my wife still uses and loves on the camera stand in her studio. I then went to F&L Ballhead which I still use occasionally, then to a Arca B1 then to a Acratech. I still use all but the Manfrottos and they are long gone. In the interest of weight but stability for the travel, I bought a Demon KB-44 kit on Amazon for $74.95 with free shipping. It came today and really holds my Nikon D2x< D700, D750, D800 really steady. It has a 44mm ball and locks down very tight with my 300mm 2.8, my 300mm f4 and the lesser zooms of 70-200 and 80-200. It is much smaller and lighter than the others so it will go to Ireland with us. We are flying to Dublin with a stop on the beach at Wexford, then Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry, Dingle and a ferry to Doolin for a couple of days, then to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and then to Cashel with a little rest then a night in Dublin to relax in a castle nearby. We will be driving but still want stability without extra weight in the tripod because we will have to carry in some locations.

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Sounds like a fabulous trip. Have a wonderful time. And don't forget to kiss the blarney stone.
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Thanks Mike, already been there in the past and done that. Felt like I was kissing the entire world population.
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Looks like a good ball head kit. 66lb load is good. Let us know how it works. I threw it in my list. Might be good on my MeFoto. What gear and lenses are you taking? Don't let the winds by the Cliffs of Moher topple you over....
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We used it tonight to shoot the Grand Opera performance on the lake. It handled the 70-200mm, 300mm 2.8 with ease. Just a hint, the clamp is allen head screwed to the ball and it was a little loose when doing verticals but a tightening up of the screw stopped the movement--this was only in vertical. Very pleased with the purchase after one night of shooting.
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We will be taking a 24-85mm 2.8/4 Nikon lens, a 70-200mm 2,8, a 300mm f4, 12-24mm sigma and probably a 180 3.5 Sigma Macro. Wife and I will have to take turns on the tripod. By the way, you mentioned a Mefoto pod. I have a monopod by MeFoto which is sturdy and I use it to shoot football games.
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Good luck with the new ball head and of course the trip itself too. Should be a splendid time and hope the weather behaves.

My MeFoto tripod can break down to a monopod, but I never tried it....
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KB-44 = DB-44, yes?
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Yes, the DB-44. Nice head.


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