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  1. What is a recommended tripod head?

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    I have a Bogen 3021B tripod and a NN3II pano head. What is the recommended tripod head ? I have a grip head but find it to be not as rigid as I would prefer with the NN3II.

    I searched the forum and I am sure the answer is there somewhere but I did not find it.

    Thanks, Hayden
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    Quote Originally Posted by HaydenB View Post
    I have a Bogen 3021B tripod and a NN3II pano head. What is the recommended tripod head ? I have a grip head but find it to be not as rigid as I would prefer with the NN3II.

    I searched the forum and I am sure the answer is there somewhere but I did not find it.

    Thanks, Hayden
    I think any head rated >8kg will work. The pano head has large leverage on the tripod head. You need much larger rating.

    Nick



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    Hi Hayden,

    Have a look to www.Feisol.com. Excellent and rock solid products. Check CB70H and CB-50H. I personally use and prefer the Ez-Leveller II on tripod and panohead on top.

    The ball head should have a third knob for grip control as possible. It should open up smoothly to be able to control all the stuff on top to prevent it from bouncing down. Plus to be able to hold all the weight with the torque in place. So anyway, this will have to be a more expensive one.

    Have a look to RRS and Kirk as well.

    http://reallyrightstuff.com/Items.as...LHEADS&key=cat

    http://www.kirkphoto.com/Ball-Heads.html

    http://www.markinsamerica.com/MA5/category.php?req=1

    Regards,
    Heinz
    Last edited by hindenhaag; 11-12-2011 at 12:08 AM.
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    The best tripod head is none at all. Put your NN3 directly onto the tripod. Adjust the tripod legs in order to level out the pano head. This will give you the most rigid setup possible. Once you have done this a few times, you will find it takes just moments to make the adjustment.
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    Thanks all fo rthe advice and guidance. After I sent the message to the forum and spent several hours playing with the tripod, NN3 and a leveler I have I can see that DennisS is right and that for me it is probably the best solution. If the sun comes out today I will go outside and try it!

    Thanks, Hayden
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    You will find adjusting with the legs alone very quick if you are systematic.
    I point the camera in the direction of one leg. (Chose another leg if there is no adjustment)
    adjust that leg to bring the bubble level in that plane.
    Then adjust one of the other two to adjust in the other plane.
    The bubble should now be in the centre circle.
    Rotate to check that the bubble does not move out of the circle (I rarely do that, as One position is enough)
    As long as the bubble returns to the centre of the ring on a full rotation, you have set the plane of rotation accurately.
    Any wobble of the Bubble is down to the oversensitivity of the bubble or wobble of the entire set up, and is unimportant.
    Last edited by Terrywoodenpic; 11-13-2011 at 03:48 AM.
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    Hi Hayden,

    in case you like to use the NN Nadir Adapter, you have to follow some rules in the set up:

    http://homepage.mac.com/hindenhaag/f...NNadaptor1.jpg
    http://homepage.mac.com/hindenhaag/f...20Adapters.zip

    And when I am right, Bogen now is distributed by Manfrotto. For all of you who use Bogen tripods:

    http://bogentripodparts.com/parts.htm

    Sucess and enjoy your equipment.

    Regards,
    Heinz
    Last edited by hindenhaag; 11-14-2011 at 09:12 AM.
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    Hayden
    I use Manfiorto's levleing center column 555B with the EZ leveler - The center eliminates the need ot adjust the legs for gross adjustments then the EZ Leveler allows fine tuning should I need it. Cost is less than $150. According to B&H it will fit your tripod.
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