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Tripod head for macro


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Ridgewoodwoody

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I’ve just bought a Benro tripod with a Benro 180 ballhead. In using this with my D7500 and Sigma 105mm macro lens to take some macro shots I found that fixing the ball head in the exact position was almost impossible as it ‘crept’ down however hard I tightened the ball.
Recommendations for a sturdier ballhead that won’t creep and take the rig above would be most welcome or indeed any advice about this issue.

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For the very few times I will work without a rail, I got myself a
Feisol 70 mm ballhead. Very stable… and pretty cheap! :P

FEISOL Ball Head CB-70D with Release Plate - FEISOL Europe



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If using a tripod for macro i prefer a pan tilt head, just find it easier to control and move small amounts.



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I use an RRS BH-55 both on its own and with a set of Novoflex rails and really like how little it creeps as long as the friction setting is set where it should be. I have used the big Markins ballhead and find them about equal. Nikon Shooter's Feisol head is probably close too, most other pacific rim heads in the cheaper end of the price spectrum tend to creep whatever one does to set them up.

 

Another favourite is a Sachtler tripod with one of their fluid video heads. The hydraulic damping and the ability to adjust single parameters make positioning the camera easier than with at least the cheaper ballheads. The good ballheads are about as easy, and faster to set up if you have a good eye and styeady hands.