So I need a new tripod head. Mine was a fairly cheap one when I got it about 6 years ago but it has developed a lot of play between the mount and the unit, so isn’t actually stable any more.
Doing some reading of reviews and asking around on forums I have decided on two potential brands
Acratech GP Ball Head
RRS BH-40 LR with Pano option
Both of them cost about same in USD and I have to pay for shipping and probably customs which will add 10-20% to the price. Neither have a supplier in NZ therefore no service options should there be a problem. With the extra bits I want the RRS is slightly more expensive
Both have options for L brackets, tho the RRS has brackets specially shaped to fit most popular brands and models of cameras.
Both have an option for a Pano mount, but the Acratech has to be taken off and mounted upside down to use it.
Both have node rail options (which could be used for my macro lens)
Here are some reviews on Acratech ballheads:
Some reviews on RRS ballheads:
What do I Want?
- solid long lasting construction
- lever action (not screws)
- pano feature would be a bonus
- L bracket option
- levelling bubble would be a bonus
Both brands come with most of the options above. Both websites have useful videos and information about using the heads and other useful tripod related info.
Its a really hard choice, I really like the RRS stuff as an idea, I like the specifically shaped L plate and the fact the pano mount functionality can be used without taking off the head.
However I also really like the Acratech design, I like the concept and the accessibility the unit gives you. It has all the features I need and some I want with some compromises and is a little cheaper in price.
HELP I CAN’T DECIDE!!!
Does anyone out there have experience with these brands?
Would love some thoughts, recommendations or advice