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06-21-2016, 09:15 PM   #1
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Question about ball heads

Hi guys,

I have a Slik pro tripod with Slik SBH-200DS (maximum load 10 lbs) ball head. Whenever I use it with Pentax 60-250, after tightening the lever, lens moves down a little bit, and then remain stationary. So I should always aim a little bit higher than where I want the center of the image to be, and then after the movement, it is "almost" where I want it to be, which is annoying. Is this the same with all ball heads, or more expensive ones are better? Any suggestions for a better ball head for under $100?

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06-21-2016, 09:26 PM   #2
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You may get the same thing with a ball head under $100. Another option, get a balancing plate for the camera/ball head. Here is an example...

Dovetail Quick Release Plate System Fr Camera DSLR Rig Support Mount Base Tripod | eBay

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Are you mounting to the lens or the body? If it's the lens then you need a new ball head. If it's the camera body try mounting to the lens and see if that is any better.
This ball head is priced slightly higher than you want ($120 on sale) but is probably what I would get.
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BigDave, I did not know about the balancing plates, thanks for the info.
Mattb123, I was mounting on the body, I try the lens, it may help, thanks for the info.

---------- Post added 06-21-16 at 11:56 PM ----------

Mounting the lens on the tripod fixed the problem (as it moves the center of gravity almost above the mount).
Thanks again Pentaxians


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I must update this, but, the basics remain the same. Balance is the key.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kamisu Quote
BigDave, I did not know about the balancing plates, thanks for the info.
Mattb123, I was mounting on the body, I try the lens, it may help, thanks for the info.

---------- Post added 06-21-16 at 11:56 PM ----------

Mounting the lens on the tripod fixed the problem (as it moves the center of gravity almost above the mount).
Thanks again Pentaxians
Great!
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QuoteOriginally posted by cmohr Quote
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/22-pentax-camera-field-accessories/174187...lots-pics.html


I must update this, but, the basics remain the same. Balance is the key.
Thanks for the link, very useful information.

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