Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 48

Thread: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

  1. #11
    pendennis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Posts
    93

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    You might try a Bogen/Gitzo 3039/229 heavy duty 3-axis head, or even the older 4047 model.
    Best,
    Dennis

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    SF Bay Area
    Posts
    2,488

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    My preference for an 8x10 head has been the old Hollywood Senior Baco head. They also manufactured a Junior, too small for 8x10. I like the tilt for shooting straight down, which I do quite often. Any other leveling is done, as Drew suggests, with the tripod. I tried a ball head for a day, and disliked it for the 8x10; fine for lighter cameras.

    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...highlight=baco

  3. #13
    http://www.spiritsofsilver.com tgtaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    4,472

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I really like this head for the Toyo 810MII but its load capacity is only 1/2 of what I need: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...red_3_way.html

    Another possibility if I can find a plate to convert to accept arca swiss: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...al_Geared.html

  4. #14
    Drew Bedo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Houston Texas
    Posts
    2,736

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I put a Kodak 2D 8x10 on a set of Burlbach legs. The camera has a tripod sliding block under the bed rails, so it can be well centered and balanced.

    I have used a ball head at times without it bothering me; seems to be effective and managable.

    However the tripod has a leveliung post which provides enough movement for most situations. Doing without the massive ball head or th pan head alternative cutsd a couple of pounds out of the kit when working outside.
    Drew Bedo
    www.quietlightphoto.com
    http://www.artsyhome.com/author/drew-bedo




    There are only three types of mounting flanges; too big, too small and wrong thread!

  5. #15

    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    California
    Posts
    3,431

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I have 2 Baco heads on Otto tripods, love both. I had a Ries with their pan-tilt head and hated it for many reasons including weight, and that damn rod sticking out the rear.

  6. #16
    http://www.spiritsofsilver.com tgtaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    4,472

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    Quote Originally Posted by tgtaylor View Post
    I really like this head for the Toyo 810MII but its load capacity is only 1/2 of what I need: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...red_3_way.html

    Another possibility if I can find a plate to convert to accept arca swiss: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...al_Geared.html
    Found one! http://www.hejnarphotostore.com/product-p/m405f63.htm

  7. #17

    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    78

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?


  8. #18
    http://www.spiritsofsilver.com tgtaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    4,472

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I've been using this one https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...1_sp_with.html on a 4 section Gitzo G1349 mk2 for 10+ years with P67, Toyo 45AX and Toyo 810 MII cameras and it works great. However with the 810 it's tedious to properly zero the camera in the horizontal and vertical position because of the cameras weight and I have been thinking on and off about a geared 3-way head which would greatly facilitate setting up. The Manfrotto 405 combined with the Hejnar conversion would preserve the work that I already did to strengthen the camera to tripod connection.

  9. #19

    Join Date
    Jan 2021
    Location
    Bellingham, WA, USA
    Posts
    13

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    Thank you all for the feedback and opinions. I'll be looking for an appropriate pan/tilt head and save my ballheads to use with my much smaller digital camera bodies. Not sure which one I'll end up with, and it depends in part on what I might find on the used market or at my local (Seattle) photo supplier.

  10. #20

    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    Posts
    226

    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    The thing with ball heads is that the vast majority of them are mildly terrible, in that they're either "locked" or "free", with very little in between.

    I've got one that actually has differing levels of friction, and it works well with my lightweight 4x5.

    I also recently picked up an inexpensive leveling base, and I suspect for at least 75% of the time, that'll be preferable to a ball head or a pan/tilt.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 48
    Last Post: 2-Feb-2021, 11:10
  2. Ball head or Pan & tilt head???
    By stradibarrius in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 15-Nov-2011, 06:59
  3. Ball head and plate for my Deardroff 8x10 and Kodak 2D 8x10
    By dng88 in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2008, 10:50
  4. Ball or Tilt Pan head???
    By BigSteveG in forum Gear
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 16-May-2008, 10:11
  5. ball head or pan/tilt
    By Yaakov Asher Sinclair in forum Gear
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 1-May-2000, 19:39

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •