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    Am thinking of getting the 'Bigma' 50-500mm f4-6.3 APO EX HSM for use with my 10D. Am currently using the Manfrotto 486RC2 ballhead with a Manfrotto 190B (which I may upgrade to a 055Pro if I get the lens). Any recommendations for a suitable ballhead which would provide adequate support for this combo? Or is the 486RC2 adequate for this load? Total weight is abt 3.5kg (assuming 10D w/ batt grip ~1.4kg + weight of lens ~2.0kg). Would appreciate your kind advice/input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garion
    Am thinking of getting the 'Bigma' 50-500mm f4-6.3 APO EX HSM for use with my 10D. Am currently using the Manfrotto 486RC2 ballhead with a Manfrotto 190B (which I may upgrade to a 055Pro if I get the lens). Any recommendations for a suitable ballhead which would provide adequate support for this combo? Or is the 486RC2 adequate for this load? Total weight is abt 3.5kg (assuming 10D w/ batt grip ~1.4kg + weight of lens ~2.0kg). Would appreciate your kind advice/input.

    Thanks in advance.
    The 486RC2 is capable of 6kg load, so should be enough.

    BTW, ZPlus is also using a 486RC2 with his 50-500mm on his 300D...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    The 486RC2 is capable of 6kg load, so should be enough.
    Oic, thanks Winston. My main concern is the general stability of the lens on the ballhead coz its length almost doubles when extended at full zoom (quite scary to look at lol). Yup I know Zplus uses a 486RC2 w/ a monopod for his 50-500mm. (have seen it in action b4)

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    can also consider Slik Ballhead 800....
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    for manfrotto, the 488RC2 is good...bought mine for 127 only...

    http://db.manfrotto.com/product/temp...=8&itemid=1955

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    One of the best ballhead, if money is not a concern, will be the Arca Swiss B1.

    Lot of reviews on the net. You might read more about it using a search engine.

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    Next to Acra Swiss is the Arcatech Ultimate Ballhead.

    If you are interested in the Arca Swiss, I can let you try mine when we meet.

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    The Markins ballhead is another alternative
    http://www.naturephotosociety.org.sg...umID3/192.html

    According to someone who ordered, they charge a flat US$20 shipping no matter how many products you order. This is significant because the lens/body plates are <VERY> cheap. So if you do order, can I tag along some lens/body plates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garion
    Am thinking of getting the 'Bigma' 50-500mm f4-6.3 APO EX HSM for use with my 10D. Am currently using the Manfrotto 486RC2 ballhead with a Manfrotto 190B (which I may upgrade to a 055Pro if I get the lens). Any recommendations for a suitable ballhead which would provide adequate support for this combo? Or is the 486RC2 adequate for this load? Total weight is abt 3.5kg (assuming 10D w/ batt grip ~1.4kg + weight of lens ~2.0kg). Would appreciate your kind advice/input.

    Thanks in advance.
    Buying in advance for our next Thurs shoot ?

    Hmm...don't tempt me leh....


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    Quote Originally Posted by erwinx
    The Markins ballhead is another alternative
    http://www.naturephotosociety.org.sg...umID3/192.html

    According to someone who ordered, they charge a flat US$20 shipping no matter how many products you order. This is significant because the lens/body plates are <VERY> cheap. So if you do order, can I tag along some lens/body plates?
    buy buy buy@@@

    go go go!!!!

    hehheee....

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    Thanks to all for your recommendations and suggestions.

    Quote Originally Posted by chngpe01
    Next to Acra Swiss is the Arcatech Ultimate Ballhead.

    If you are interested in the Arca Swiss, I can let you try mine when we meet.
    Thanks chngpe01. Any idea how much the Arca Swiss and the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead costs, and where they are available?

    Also, has anyone used Kirk ballheads before? Would like comments on this particular brand too.

    Thanks!

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    Eastgear is selling the Ultimate Ballhead.... think it's selling above $500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garion
    Thanks to all for your recommendations and suggestions.

    Thanks chngpe01. Any idea how much the Arca Swiss and the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead costs, and where they are available?

    Also, has anyone used Kirk ballheads before? Would like comments on this particular brand too.

    Thanks!
    Arca Swiss somewhere in the region of $800, Arcatech about $500. There is a new line of ballheads in CP from Giotto... $150 supports up to 7kg (according to its spec). I have seen it and it looks to be sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gremlin
    Arca Swiss somewhere in the region of $800, Arcatech about $500. There is a new line of ballheads in CP from Giotto... $150 supports up to 7kg (according to its spec). I have seen it and it looks to be sturdy.
    Thanks gremlin, mpenza. Phew....$500+ is quite pricy....will think about it 1st. Prolly will drop by CP soon to take a look at the Giotto ballheads too. Thanks once again, and keep those suggestions coming in.

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    if $500+ is pricy to u , I guess the ONLY choice for you is

    FOBA mini ballhead .. cost $3xx ++
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    another choice...Kirk BH-3 or the bigger BH-1

    http://www.kirkphoto.com/ballheadbh3.html

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    Thanks for the suggestions mega, rncw. Are these two ballheads available locally or must order frm overseas one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garion
    Thanks for the suggestions mega, rncw. Are these two ballheads available locally or must order frm overseas one?
    Foba mini ballhead is available at CP
    See my Photo Gallery at the Clubsnap

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb
    Foba mini ballhead is available at CP
    k, will go there n check, thanks.

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    Garion, if u r buying, think can longbang you to get a better price. (if u r not getting my ballhead)
    Last edited by AJ23; 17th October 2003 at 12:31 PM.

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