Bogen 486 ball head - enough for Nikon 300/f4

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by ND, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. ND

    ND Guest

    I'm considering purchasing a Bogen 486 compact ball head but I'm not sure
    if its size is enough for my equipment. The biggest lenses that I'll put on
    it are a Nikon 300 f4 or 80-200 2.8. Bogen's specs say that it'll hold up
    to 13.2 pounds but does anyone have any experience with the head? I'd like
    to keep the ball head size around 1 pound because I'll be walking a bit
    with it.

    ND, Aug 16, 2004
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  2. I bought one of these a couple of months ago.....I bought the 486 by
    mistake, and had to give it back and purchase the 486 RC2 which had the
    quick release device attached. I needed the compact size because I mount it
    on a window clamp and attach it to my car window when it's raised about 2
    inches. This is a great little head, and it is strong enough to hold my F5
    which is a 2-1/2 lb. camera. Of course, I remove the rig before I try to
    drive away, because a bump in the road would likely break my side window.
    William Graham, Aug 16, 2004
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    jimkramer Guest

    I've got the 486 RC2. It creeps more than I like at low tension, with a 10D
    and the 75-300 IS mounted. Aim high, tighten slightly, let it creep down
    and lock it in. It does stay put after it is locked down but that initial
    creep is frustrating.

    Jim Kramer
    jimkramer, Aug 16, 2004
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    S Lee Guest

    jimkramer choreographed a chorus line of high-kicking electrons to spell
    Anyone have a 488 head or compare it to the 486? That extra couple
    of pounds capacity make a difference?
    S Lee, Aug 17, 2004
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    sojourner Guest

    I have a 488RC4. I like it. I have mounted my 1250mm ETX90 w/ a Canon
    300D. That worked OK... not great, but OK. I get minimal camera shake from
    mirror slap.

    - Harrison
    sojourner, Aug 17, 2004
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