Recommendations on an inexpensive tripod head for a Canadian winter

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Matt White, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Matt White

    Matt White Guest

    Long story short, the Manfrotto 352RC ballhead that I bought this summer
    for my 055CL is performing poorly in subzero temperatures. The clamp
    can't lock down hard enough on the metal ball as it contracts in the cold.

    What's my best bet for a head that performs well in low temperatures?
    I'd prefer to keep costs below $200, and I'd prefer a quickrelease
    system. Type of head and brand of head doesn't matter at all as long as
    it fits the 055CL, and the heaviest weight it needs to support is Rebel
    2K and Rebel XT using 28/2.8 and 50/1.8 primes.

    - Matt
    Matt White, Dec 7, 2005
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  2. Leica ball head.
    uraniumcommittee, Dec 7, 2005
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  3. Somebody ( forget who right now) makes one with a plastic ball in it....This
    would probably be a good bet to not shrink too much in the cold......
    William Graham, Dec 7, 2005
  4. Matt White

    Guest Guest

    I say we tattoo 'em, then we stomp 'em, then we hang 'em, and then we
    kill 'em!
    Guest, Dec 8, 2005
  5. Matt White

    DD Guest

    Your budget rules out the Wimberley option, so I guess maybe the only
    thing to look at is the 3-way Manfrotto head. I think its a 434. Usually
    come with the 190 legs as a kit, but can be had on its own at a fair
    price. It has a quick release too.
    DD, Dec 8, 2005
  6. Matt White

    Rob Novak Guest

    I use the 322RC2 grip ballhead, which has been working just ducky for
    me in cold weather with a F4 and telephoto lens perched on top. No
    slippage issues.
    Rob Novak, Dec 8, 2005
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