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    Posted: 18 May 2014 at 10:23pm
Hi all,

I'm looking at buying a ball head for my monopod and want something sturdy in the £40-60 range. Can anyone recommend one?

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Chris
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G'day Chris,

Have a look at the Giottos range of Ball Heads. I bought one of the Pro 1300 heads for my old Manfrotto 55B tripod (was placed into Backup position) for my wife to use after I bought a new Carbon Fibre tripod and a high end Pano Head.

The Giottos appear to be well made, nice machine work and quite solid. If you get one that will work with your tripod, it will do double suty for you and not just wait for the Monopod to be used.

And they are quite affordable.

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Hello Chris,

Whats your reason for choosing a ball head for a mono pod ?

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Hi Chris,

This is normally what you would use on a monopod as the ball heads don't quite work on a mono pod, this will allow you to do the up and down movements Manfrotto monopod quick release tilt head the cost of this one is only 26 pounds so within your budget.

But if you're really set on getting a ball head have a look at this one its max load it can handle is 6kg Manfrotto 496RC2 and this one is just under 60 pounds.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote rene58 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2014 at 9:34am
what I like I have the 498 rc4 , cost 89 pounds
is the mount plate is bigger , the camera have more support this way.
but that is my thought,



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Post Options Post Options   Quote CSkinner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2014 at 2:24pm
Hi all,

Thanks for the replies.

Simon,just for freedom of movement. My current head only moves in one direction so if I want to tilt forward or backward I have to lean the pole which makes it a bit awkward. I'll check out the one you linked.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Simon 90 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2014 at 2:49pm
Originally posted by CSkinner

Hi all,

Thanks for the replies.

Simon,just for freedom of movement. My current head only moves in one direction so if I want to tilt forward or backward I have to lean the pole which makes it a bit awkward. I'll check out the one you linked.

Cheers

Chris


Not a problem Chris, If thats the case for what you want it to do get the first one i mentioned as that will do just the job you want. Using a ball head will be very difficult when in operation like when adjusting the angle you would have to loosen it get it to where you would like it to be then tighten up the knob to fix the head in place.
I've tried this with my ball head on the mono pod and it was a nightmare.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote CSkinner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2014 at 5:17pm
Hi Simon,

I just checked out the head you linked. It looks like it only moves in one direction to switch from horizontal to vertical orientation? This is exactly what I have right now and I need to be able to tilt it forward and backwards as well. Do they do two-way tilt heads like this or is a ball head going to be my only option?

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Hi Chris,

Yep these only go in one direction if you want to switch from horizontal to vertical orientation then a ball head will be the choice for you.

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