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Re: Ballhead Drift
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2017, 08:31:20 am »

Bite the bullet:

Arca Swiss D4 - geared


Cheap, buy 2x.

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Re: Ballhead Drift
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2018, 01:15:18 pm »

I've tested several ball heads and many suffer from that tightening shift effect. It's especially annoying with longer focal length lenses.

One that settled on (but seldom use, as I prefer geared heads) is the FLM CB-48 FT II.
I experience essentially zero shift when this thing is tightened down and it holds a tremendous amount of weight.

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Re: Ballhead Drift
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2018, 10:57:18 pm »

I had been eyeing the Arca D4 for a few years but was discouraged by both the limited availability and the price. When I saw Charlie Cramer's video (it's HIS fault! :-)), I could resist no longer and went for it. What a pleasure it is to use this device. It's too bad I no longer use a 4x5 or even a medium format, but my Sony seems pretty happy perched on it and when I compose and set it, it STAYS! I'm selling my venerable Arca B1 and probably my Acratech as well. This is my last tripod head and it even works tolerably well on my Gitzo 1 series though it is clearly happier on the Gitzo 3.
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