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    Posted: 08 August 2019 at 10:56
I am currently using a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a 804RC2 3 way head. I am interested in all genre of photography, but mainly wildlife. When I go on Safari I only take my monopod with a ball head.

My tripod is heavy with the 3 way head and to be honest I am finding the 3 way head a bit of a pain, so am considering replacing it with a ball head and arca swiss type plates. The arca swiss plates will also be a plus if I eventually get L Plates for my cameras.

Has anybody else on the forum swapped their 3 way tripod heads for a ball head, and if so did you regret it?
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If you doing wildlife with big heavy lenses the best would be an gimbal head.
Like this one or this one.
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Originally posted by rastapartaman rastapartaman wrote:

If you doing wildlife with big heavy lenses the best would be an gimbal head.
Like this one or this one.

Yes I know that thanks.
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I have found that UniqBall (or at least the model UBH45XC I have) is quite impressive tripod head as it is a leveling ball head and thus can replace "normal" ballheads and video heads.
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I did and have not looked back. I am happy with my sirui ballhead link. It is able to hold my Minolta 600G lens on a monopod.
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My Manfrotto tripod came with a 3 way head, and not long after I changed over to a Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Hydrostatic ball head. Very quick and easy to adjust to any position, and very secure. I've been very happy with it.
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Originally posted by ABDurbs ABDurbs wrote:

I am interested in all genre of photography, but mainly wildlife. When I go on Safari I only take my monopod with a ball head.

I have both types because each has pros and cons. For wildlife, though, a ball head is usually the better choice.
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Allan,
As a second thought, have you considered a simple Manfrotto monopod head with quick release 234rc?
That gives you all the movement you need on a monopod, is inexpensive, and is light and secure.
It's what I have permanently fixed to mine.
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Thanks for the helpful replies.

I am going to buy a bigger ball head with arca swiss type plates for my tripod but keep the 3 way for a while, just in case. I think I will find the ball head more convenient in the the long run though, so I have ordered this Ball Head and this L Bracket

Edited by ABDurbs - 09 August 2019 at 09:06
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Allan,
As a second thought, have you considered a simple Manfrotto monopod head with quick release 234rc?
That gives you all the movement you need on a monopod, is inexpensive, and is light and secure.
It's what I have permanently fixed to mine.

I had one of those for a short while, but didn't like it, so I sold it and bought a 496RC2 ball head for the mono instead 496
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