14th July 2004, 11:43 PM
Ultimate Ball Head queries
Can expert point out to me what's the advantage of the Acratech Ultimate Ball Head compared to Manfrotto's 488RC4 ball head? Can it be used on the Manfrotto 055ProB tripod?
14th July 2004, 11:56 PM
the advantage? it looks cool to CS-ers :P
15th July 2004, 09:30 AM
It is very light. 480(?)g only. Ball is easy to clean as it is 'exposed'.
15th July 2004, 07:18 PM
The table on page 2 has a comparison between some of the better ballheads. The article should give you an idea of the qualities to look out for in a good ballhead.
18th July 2004, 12:25 AM
It uses the Arca-swiss system. The plates are very low profile and weigh next to nothing - I leave mine permanently attached to my camera. The plates can also be made for each individual camera body or lens and so will fit perfectly and does not rely on friction to stop the plate from rotating. The only downside to the Arca-swiss system is the cost - a custom plate for your camera will cost about US$55!!!
The ballhead is also very sturdy and once locked it will not budge. It is also surprisingly light for what it can do.
Here is a review of the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead.
18th July 2004, 08:12 AM
If you want a "generic" plate that sits firmly and does not rotate, try the Wimberley P5. It's also not cheap, but next time when you change camera, you can transfer the plate.
18th July 2004, 04:21 PM
Love the weight of this ball head, together with a CF tripod will be best combo for those who travel a lot. But since u will be using 055Pro, the setup be very heavy still
Originally Posted by Amfibius
Personally, i dun like the Arca-Swiss system, I tot of remove it from mine but cannot, so i have to stack my Stroboframe quick release mount on top of the Arca-swiss plate
may be u should try Stroboframe QR system one day, it is truely low profile, abt 1/3 the height of Arca-swiss plate, and all u need is place the plate on top of the mount and it will be locked automatically, no need to slide in and turn the screw to lock