Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Cameras, lenses and system accessories > Accessory talk > General accessories

General accessories Batteries, eye cups, power grips, straps, eyepiece magnifiers, cables, remotes and much more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 1st May 2010
Mac
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Ball Head

Hi, I have found a Giottos MH7002-652 Ball Head with quick release, has anyone used this model & is it any good. I have only found one review on Amazon & it said it was useless. It then said to use Manfrotto ball heads instead. I am not sure about reviews onlineso I hope someone here can help me out. Thanks Mac
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 2nd May 2010
mike_j
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Ball Head

Since no-one has replied I'll try to help but I don't know the specific head you mention. Giotto is a reputable manufacturer and it is unlikely that the ball head is useless, I suspect the reviewer had two highly subjective levels - useless and awesome.

In my experience ballheads generally are not that great to use as they require the camera to be held and aligned in one hand while operating the ballhead lock. Undo the lock accidentally when the camera is not supported and it flops in an untidy heap.

Sometime ago I bought one of these at a camerafair for about 40 and can thoroughly recommend it for a reasonably small camera/lens combination (E510 with 50-200mm was OK). I wouldn't willingly go back to a simple ballhead of any make.
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Tristar-Pisto...-/310174920714

Other manufacturers make similar devices which, I am sure, are at least as effective.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 2nd May 2010
Andrew Riddell Andrew Riddell is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: London
Posts: 503
Thanks: 99
Thanked 44 Times in 43 Posts
Likes: 30
Liked 22 Times in 17 Posts
Re: Ball Head

I would second mike_j's opinion. I too have a Tristar pistol grip and it's very steady. Mine only had a standard camera screw on the top, so I put a quick release plate on top of it - a Giotto 642! They sell the QRPs separately as well as with a ball-head. Their Series II have an additional friction control which helps stability. I don't think you'd find them a problem, but I find the pistol solution easier to use.

BTW, the 642 QRP's tripod screw is set in a channel, so the video pin can easily be aligned on your camera and gives you a bit more grip in portrait format.

Andrew
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 4th May 2010
Mac
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Ball Head

Thanks for the reply, I just got back from my local Jessops where I tried out the Ball Head. I think you are right it seems to me to be a lot of fiddling about, I borrowed my friends swivel & tilt head yesterday & I would trust it more than the ball head. Thanks Mac
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 5th May 2010
shenstone's Avatar
shenstone shenstone is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Cardiff
Posts: 3,360
Thanks: 152
Thanked 316 Times in 240 Posts
Likes: 404
Liked 494 Times in 275 Posts
Re: Ball Head

Not the specific model that you are asking about, but I have a Manfrotto 322RC2 joystick / trigger ball head and aside from a couple of minor gripes in setting it up ( see http://dpnow.com/6782.html ) it's rock solid in holding an E-30 with large lenses

As it's a squeeze to move type you have no fear of the "floppy camera"

regards
Andy
__________________
My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

My places
http://www.shenstone.me.uk
http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
https://vimeo.com/shenstone
http://cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 5th May 2010
tomphotofx's Avatar
tomphotofx tomphotofx is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bexleyheath UK
Posts: 2,547
Thanks: 264
Thanked 545 Times in 481 Posts
Likes: 410
Liked 295 Times in 147 Posts
Re: Ball Head

Hi

If it helps I use the Giottos MH1302-652 Series II Ball Head slighty dearer to purchase (around 50) but well worth the extra, (you have better fricton control)it works well with my E3 and 70-300 plus other lenses I swap between a Manfrotto monopod 682B and a Giottos carbon fiber tripod MTL8261. All I can say is they are very well made, very reliable and I get tack sharp photos with either combination. Hope this helps.

Regards

Tom
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 5th May 2010
Mac
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Ball Head

I ended up getting the swivel & tilt head. Thanks Mac
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Would have challenged all England for musique, foot-ball and ringing Nick Temple-Fry Foto Fair 5 1st March 2010 04:19 PM
Bottles and ball Bonsaidad Looking for improvement 27 15th September 2009 02:44 PM
Manfrotto 486RC2 ball & socket head garethlovering For sale or wanted small ads 3 5th October 2008 09:36 PM
What Lens For Charity Ball MattMoore Lens focus 3 21st September 2008 03:29 PM
All on One Head Nick Temple-Fry Foto Fair 3 8th July 2008 10:24 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:47 PM.


The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2019, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger