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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 18:35   #1
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Tripod head change

I have a Canon 7d Mark 2 and have just changed my lens to a more heavy Canon 300mmf2.8 and find my current Manfrotto ball head inadequate. I would be grateful for any suggestions or recommendations which would be more suitable for my current set up. Many thanks, Kim
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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 18:41   #2
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I've just upgraded from a 7Dmk2 to a 5Dmk4 and use a Canon 300f2.8 and use a Manfrotto MVH500AH Head and find it to be okay.
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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 18:44   #3
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Thank you Geoff, my current set up lacks smoothness and feels unstable, will look yours up.
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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 22:00   #4
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Certainly not a cheap option but I would suggest a Gimbal head. The (pricey) Wimberley 2 is nice but more than you need for a 300 F2.8. Perhaps one of the smaller Jobu or Lensmaster models?
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I have discovered that there is a branch of WEX in Manchester, I live near Chester so think it best if I go and try some out. Many thanks for your suggestions.
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 23:11   #6
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Best policy - "try before you buy"!
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It is becoming more difficult. Nowhere in the Northwest seems to stock them. Wex has lots of branches but they do not have them in stock. It is a bit of a pain to have to buy then return if not quite what was wanted.
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Old Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 06:13   #8
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+1 for the Manfrotto MVH500AH Head, works very well with my Sony A77ii and Tamron 150-600 lens.
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I have the 500 and a 502 from Manfrotto and both are good but I use the 502 for my big Kowa scope. If you prefer a ball head then a sirui K30 or K40 should do just fine and they are about a third the price of a RRS 55 head.
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I went to Calumet (Wex Manchester) on Saturday and found them to be absolutely brilliant. I ended up with the Benro GH2 Gimbal head. They gave me a good discount too. Thanks for all your help, really appreciated.
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Old Wednesday 10th January 2018, 02:09   #11
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Glad to hear that you are happy with your new toy - enjoy!

Whilst I find my fluid head great for my scope I much prefer a gimbal head for photography.

Let us know how you get on.
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