From: michaelk on
I use a D70 with a Nikon 105 macro zoom (heavy!) and the flash is the Sigma
140DG. When on the tripod the ball and socket joint won't hold the weight
for long and the camera starts to roll over. I've never owned a tripod with
a ball and socket joint before so I don't know if the movement is going to
damage it.


From: Frank Arthur on

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>I use a D70 with a Nikon 105 macro zoom (heavy!) and the flash is
>the Sigma 140DG. When on the tripod the ball and socket joint won't
>hold the weight for long and the camera starts to roll over. I've
>never owned a tripod with a ball and socket joint before so I don't
>know if the movement is going to damage it.
It depends on the size of the ballhead. You hadn't mentioned which
model ballhead you placed on your tripod.


From: Alan Browne on
michaelk(a)fromCardiff.com wrote:
> I use a D70 with a Nikon 105 macro zoom (heavy!) and the flash is the Sigma
> 140DG. When on the tripod the ball and socket joint won't hold the weight
> for long and the camera starts to roll over. I've never owned a tripod with
> a ball and socket joint before so I don't know if the movement is going to
> damage it.

I had a Manfrotto ballhead that 'slipped' when outside in the very cold.

Otherwise, same ballhead easily held a heavy camera, heavy (28-80f/2.8)
zoom and large flash. (each of the above are heavier kit than what you
describe).

Check if there are adjustments that you can tighten up.

Otherwise, if the head is new, send it back for replacement.

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From: michaelk on

"Alan Browne" <alan.browne(a)Freelunchvideotron.ca> wrote >
> I had a Manfrotto ballhead that 'slipped' when outside in the very cold.
>
> Otherwise, same ballhead easily held a heavy camera, heavy (28-80f/2.8)
> zoom and large flash. (each of the above are heavier kit than what you
> describe).
>
> Check if there are adjustments that you can tighten up.
>
> Otherwise, if the head is new, send it back for replacement.


Just checked a few reviews on the tripod. Apparently, it said on the users
information leaflet that the maximum weight that is recommended to be fitted
on the head is 1kl, however I never saw that on my leaflet.

Also appears that the head cannot be replaced with a different one.


From: Alan Browne on
michaelk(a)fromCardiff.com wrote:
> "Alan Browne" <alan.browne(a)Freelunchvideotron.ca> wrote >
>> I had a Manfrotto ballhead that 'slipped' when outside in the very cold.
>>
>> Otherwise, same ballhead easily held a heavy camera, heavy (28-80f/2.8)
>> zoom and large flash. (each of the above are heavier kit than what you
>> describe).
>>
>> Check if there are adjustments that you can tighten up.
>>
>> Otherwise, if the head is new, send it back for replacement.
>
>
> Just checked a few reviews on the tripod. Apparently, it said on the users
> information leaflet that the maximum weight that is recommended to be fitted
> on the head is 1kl, however I never saw that on my leaflet.
>
> Also appears that the head cannot be replaced with a different one.

Sounds like you bought a lower end rig.

If you look again a tripods, I do suggest a good set of legs and that
gives you a lot of options wrt to heads.

A 'standard' for amateurs (and not a few pros) has been the Manfrotto
190 set of legs (in many variants). Add a 488RCx ball head to that and
you'll be much better off than your all-in-one.

I have that (488RC2 + 190 legs) [but a friend has "borrowed" it for
quite a while now that I think about it...]

I also have the 55CF pod and 410 geared head... for heavier setups...
but it's quite a bit more expensive.

assuming you're in the UK:
http://www.devoncamera.co.uk/index.cfm/photographic/Groups.Products/group_id/18/subject/manfrotto

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