Lever Locking Ballhead <$100

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I've got a compact and full size tripod.They have two different types of ballhead and I'm not particularly fond of either. I want to get one standard ballhead for both.

  • I use a GH3, primarily with 12-35, 35-100, 100-300. Something stable enough for the 300 is necessary.
  • I like lever plate locks, because it's quicker and easier to pop the camera off.
  • I have less of a preference for the swivel locks. Knobs or levers, either/or, though it seems the swivel locks are usually the same style as the plate locks.
  • Separate locks for panning and tilt, for panoramas.
  • I don't have a preference for plate style (though something that could be used on a future long lens would be preferred slightly).
  • I think $300 for a lump of lubricated metal is absurd. That is not a dig at you or your own preferences. Might be willing to go above $100 if it was everything I could dream for in a ballhead.

Thank you for your time and recommendations.
 

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I have a $300+ lump of lubricated metal, and I have owned or used several lumps of metal that sell for under $100. In the latter category, I think that it may be challenging to find a lever lock release, especially if you want Arca/Swiss compatible plates. If you can handle knobs, then I might suggest some of Sirui's ballheads. They have been my preference for affordable ballheads. They feel quite nice, but when I load up a ballhead with a lot of gear, I still use my Markins because, IMHO, it truly is an amazing lump.

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I think that it may be challenging to find a lever lock release, especially if you want Arca/Swiss compatible plates.
Hence the whole thread. Arca plates would be nice, but I wouldn't call it a high priority. Main thing is lever release with separate pan/swivel locks. There's at least one Manfrotto I saw on B&H matching my needs, but reviewers complained about the plate design they used.

In regards to the other response, I hand-hold 99% of my shots (which are often pixel-perfect because the lenses have amazing stabilization) and thus lack the justification and the need for something that's suited for someone using a D800 with a 600mm f/4, or whatever. For something like THAT, an expensive beefy ballhead might make sense (and you've spent so much on equipment that the tripod assembly is a rounding error).
 

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In regards to the other response, I hand-hold 99% of my shots (which are often pixel-perfect because the lenses have amazing stabilization) and thus lack the justification and the need for something that's suited for someone using a D800 with a 600mm f/4, or whatever. For something like THAT, an expensive beefy ballhead might make sense (and you've spent so much on equipment that the tripod assembly is a rounding error).
I would concur. The needs of shooting with my Nikon and long glass are very different than my m4/3rd's equipment, and that was why I felt comfortable with my Sirui recommendation. But I do have to admit that my Markins ballhead is an amazingly beautiful piece of industrial design. It may be overkill for some, but I have little patience for bad equipment when I am using a tripod, and it is very well behaved in all kinds of conditions. But, as they say, YMMV. Sorry I unable to recommend any lever release ballheads.

Good luck,

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Don't sell yourself too short on buying a support system. For the price you are asking, I think that buying used might be your only option.

If you want to go with new, you can get an acceptable outfit for between $130 and $175.

I recommend that you look at what Midwest Photo Exchange has to offer. There stuff is pretty good, reasonable prices and a reputable shop.
http://mpex.com/bags-tripods/tripods-supports/kits.html
 

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Ebay is full of cheap balls heads matching your needs: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tripod-Ball-Head-Ballhead-Quick-Release-Plate-Camera-Monopod-Canon-Nikon-Sony-/221058150989?pt=AU_TripodsMonopods&hash=item337817b24d. Take your chances and find out why some ball heads cost so much.
Already have generic Chinese OEM gear. I'm looking for something a step above that, but a step below pro DSLR gear. Something like the well regarded Sirui gear, just with a lever release. If I can't find that, I'll probably end up with the Sirui,

If you want to go with new, you can get an acceptable outfit for between $130 and $175.
I could justify something in that range. Have any specific recommendations?
 
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Already have generic Chinese OEM gear. I'm looking for something a step above that, but a step below pro DSLR gear. Something like the well regarded Sirui gear, just with a lever release. If I can't find that, I'll probably end up with the Sirui,



I could justify something in that range. Have any specific recommendations?
I personally like the stuff in the Induro line, so I would start there.
 
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