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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:44 pm 
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I'm in the same situation. I'm planing on getting the 055xprob. It seems to suit my needs very well. I am willing to carry a heavy tripod if it means I get the shots I want. The 190 series just aren't tall enough/stable enough for me.

In terms of the head I am stuck between something like the 327rc2 and a ball head. I like the joystick style of the 327rc2 but am not sure how practical it could be in my studio work. Might have to get both :D

Also just out of interest what does everyone think the best head is for landscape work?

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I think it depends on how many movements you require. If you just want basic control, then a ball head seems fine, but if you want to pan (eg video), then a joystick style makes more sense.

If you are an architect, then the more advanced heads would probably make sense.

I don't think I will be carrying it all that far anyway, so the most basic one should do.

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Yer lots of studio photographers use ball heads as they are easy and quick to operate. Will definitely get a ball head. But what head is best for landscape?

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If you just want something basic, then the ball head should be sufficient.

I level my tripod by adjusting each seperate leg, and I use spirit levels if neccesary to check that it is level. (my existing small tripod)

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I bought a Monopod in the end instead. I already have a home style tripod anyway to use occasionly, so this made sense really, and it was cheaper because there is only one leg.

Manfrotto 618B Professional Monopod
Manfrotto MN494 Ball Head

I shopped around.

I am considering getting a joystick head to use for video work.

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With a monopod, a joystick head is good, because it allows one to brace against the monopod, in essence one's two legs plus the monopod become a tripod, but this means the tripod itself is leaning. The joystick head then allows one to level the camera.

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The ball moves about quite a bit whilst adjusting it, so I would reccomend getting a shoe mounted spirit level to ensure the camera is level. I have one in my bag. Some of the newer models have levelling built in.

I like the material that the monopod is made of and it is very easy to use.

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