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    Default Looking for a tripod head for vertical shots??? Please help!!! :)

    I am looking for a tripod head for vertical shots. Do you have any recommendations? My head can't support my camera with heavy lens attached to it while the camera is in the vertical position.

    Please help!!!

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    What is your current ballhead and what is the setup that it cannot support?

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    Default Re: Looking for a tripod head for vertical shots??? Please help!!! :)

    #1, use a lens come with tripod collar.

    or,

    #2, switch to Arca Swiss system tripod head and get a L bracket for your camera body.

    or,

    #3, go for this

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...r_Bracket.html

    or,

    #4, this

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    Default Re: Looking for a tripod head for vertical shots??? Please help!!! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    #1, use a lens come with tripod collar.

    or,

    #2, switch to Arca Swiss system tripod head and get a L bracket for your camera body.

    or,

    #3, go for this

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...r_Bracket.html

    or,

    #4, this

    I hope for an easy solution....without adding a new piece of equipment to carry around. I am a wedding photographer and already lugging around too much stuff on the wedding day...

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    I have asked what your set up is and which ballhead you are using. Catchlights has also offered some very useful solutions. Can't have everything all the time. L brackets, lens collars and lens plates don't weigh lot nor do they add much bulk to your set up.

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    Default Re: Looking for a tripod head for vertical shots??? Please help!!! :)

    if your setup is too heavy, get a stronger ball head. usually the size of the ball in the ballhead is the determining factor.
    If your setup is unbalanced, ie very long lens, may work well in your favor to get it balanced by using a tripod collar.

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    What do you think about geared heads? Manfrotto 410 or 405?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haring View Post
    What do you think about geared heads? Manfrotto 410 or 405?
    If you find your current set up bulky and heavy, then the geared heads aren't something you should consider. Again it really depends what you are shooting. Geared heads are great for precision control of positions. But they are slow. It is great for shots where time is taken such as interiors, architecture, macro. Get the right tool for the job in short.

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    Default Re: Looking for a tripod head for vertical shots??? Please help!!! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by haring View Post
    What do you think about geared heads? Manfrotto 410 or 405?
    If you are worried about weight and bulk, you must be insane to even consider gear heads... the 410 is a beast, 405 is not that far behind. And you will not be fast enough to react in wedding situations...
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    Not sure if you mind sharing your setup and especially your existing tripod.

    If to guess your setup, but the usual suspect lenses would be something along the line of 16-35, 24-70 and sometimes 70-200. Which I have trouble imagine that ur tripod is unable to take the weight when vertically positioned. (70-200 have it's tripod collar so I don't think this will result in the instability. )

    And if it's like the above I've listed, the "lightest" additional thing to carry around would be an L plate. Shouldn't be more than 100g....



    Oh, like DD123 said.. Forget about the gear heads.... each weighs at least 1kg... and not forgetting that it takes alot of time to tilt and turn the directions. Usually this is only used when precision is required in architectural shoots.
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    Default Re: Looking for a tripod head for vertical shots??? Please help!!! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by haring View Post
    I hope for an easy solution....without adding a new piece of equipment to carry around. I am a wedding photographer and already lugging around too much stuff on the wedding day...
    A L Plate and a clamp to attach to your ballhead is about 600 grams. How heavy is that?

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