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 Post subject: What head?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:16 am 
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Short version: I need something that allows you to make very fine adjustments. I already have a Manfrotto 410 junior gear head, and that's the kinda thing I'm after. I wouldn't say no if there was something smaller available, preferably using their RC2 system on the top to match the rest of my bits.

I've just seen the 460MG 3 way head, but I'm not sure this works the same way... I fear the knobs on it just release/tighten grip, as such no better than a regular tripod head. I don't really want to start another system but I guess I should at least see what's available...

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 Post subject: Re: What head?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:55 pm 
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Maybe this: http://www.manfrotto.com/405-geared-head ?

I've played with this one at a camera store a few times, seemed to be pretty accurate at making very small changes which I think is what you're after... It's 1.6 kg but I think you won't get precision without weight in these circumstances. I also have no idea what size your budget is... but these guys are ~500 USD at BH.

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 Post subject: Re: What head?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:32 pm 
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I already have the little brother of that, the 410, and could use something even smaller if it existed... the only thing stopping me from instantly getting another 410 is it doesn't use the RC2 style plates which all my other Manfrotto kit uses. So if I have to change mount plate anyway, I don't need to limit myself to Manfrotto. Before anyone asks, on my existing 410, it is essentially hard fixed so it doesn't ever need to get changed to something else.

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 Post subject: Re: What head?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:16 pm 
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Just found Manfrotto do a 323 which adapts any tripod mount to RC2 :) So I've just ordered one of those with another 410 via Amazon UK affiliate link.

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