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Thread: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

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    Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    Hello

    I am purchasing an 8x10 camera which weighs ~10 lbs. I am looking for a tripod head that will be able to provide solid support and the ability to make adjustments. I am considering these heads: Arca Swiss Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP Ball Head (sold by Reis)
    Any experiences with these tripod heads?

    Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts and input.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I use a Ries J250 on my 5x7 (7pounds) . Solid as a rock. I don’t care for ball heads on a big camera.

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    Thanks for your input. Since J250 does not have geared movements, do you feel it's easy to make small leveling adjustments with J250?

    That's one of the features that attracts me to the Cube. I've used an Arca Swiss L60 (aka mini cube) for medium format technical camera for years and really like the geared movements. But with 8x10 the stability is far more important. Also, the cube is $$$.

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    Like Conrad, I don't care for ball heads for large, heavy cameras. I get along fine with a Gitzo G-1570M for my 8x10 Deardorff, but it's not geared.

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    Actually ball head is not my preference either. Just noticed Acratech GXP on Ries's website, so thought I'd ask if someone uses it with an 8x10.

    I will rule out Acratech GXP now.
    Trying to decide between Cube, Luland and Ries.

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    Luland is a Chinese copy. I use a Ries A250 head on my 8x10's & 11 x 14. Also use a J250 head on a J-100-2 tripods for my V8s. Also use a Majestic head on a Gitzo G504 tripod for 11x14. Can put an original Sinar head on the G504 when using the Sinars. L
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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I have the Luland and itís great. Yes itís a Ries clone. So is my Philips-clone 8x10 camera.

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I use a mid-weight Ries A-series tripod for my authentic Phillips 8x10, but bolted directly to the platform top using the standard Ries 3/8-16 turnbolt. In other words, no head at all. But if I did want a head, I'd probably opt for Ries own version.

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I have a leveling base for my tripod and have thought about not using a tripod head. But then obviously I would be limited in how much of an angle up/down I would have. Might be OK most of the time except certain subjects requiring a downward angle. But its a good thought. Save weight and money.

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    Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I use an Arca Swiss Cube with my 8x10 (also AS, so around 10 lbs.). The geared movements are sweet, but come at a price as you note - though if you are used to them on smaller cameras, it might be hard to give them up. I also have a geared AS D4 that I use with my 4x5. I initially used the 8x10 on the D4, and it worked OK, but a bit marginal for the larger camera - the Cube is much sturdier for 8x10.

    Definitely would not want a ball head with an 8x0.

    Bob

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