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A little help required - Pan Tilt heads

Posted 11/05/2020 - 20:20 Link
I`m looking for a little help in getting a more heavy duty Pan Tilt head.

The one I have works fine with the smaller lenses / camera set up, but I`m trying to get something more stable for when I put the K1 ii together with the 500mm lens. Once the lens is extended there is a distinct tendency for the lens to "droop" which obviously means I spend a significant amount of time trying to get things back in focus.

I`m thinking of perhaps something that would allow a fairly heavy lens / camera combination and be solid when set, but would also be easy (and quick enough) to be changed when required. I`m not averse to buying a tripod / head combination and obviously if anyone just happens to have something .....

I`ve obviously looked through the various company / amaozn / ebay lists but before I move forward I`d appreciate any help from anyone that has been through a similar predicament.

Many thanks

Today is a great day - they always are if you wake up
Posted 11/05/2020 - 21:28 Link
I assume your 500mm lens has a foot. There should be no droop with that.
Posted 11/05/2020 - 23:21 Link

Are you sure that you wouldn't be better of with a Gimbal Head? I have both the GH-2 (full) and RH-M1 (monopod) from the LensMaster (link) and have found them excellent.

Posted 12/05/2020 - 06:28 Link
Thanks for your input both.

Peter - the lens does have a foot but regardless of how I tighten it, the lens still drops. There is obviously something not sitting quite right but I can`t find it

Jon - I`ve looked at the link and that looks like it may be worth a shot - but of course, everyone is self isolating just now so I`ll have to be patient (which according to my wife, I`m not too good at)

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Posted 12/05/2020 - 07:43 Link
I have the same problem with a pan & tilt head and heavy lens when pointing skywards at the moon for instance, whereas on the level it is ok.
Posted 12/05/2020 - 10:37 Link
I had the same problem and went for a ball head instead. Solid as a rock.
You just have to check the ball you choose has more capacity than the weight you want to put on it. Most do.
If I could have afforded it at the time I would have probably gone for a gimbal but at the time they were serious money. There are more affordable options now.
Posted 12/05/2020 - 13:59 Link
So, it now looks like either one of the cheaper Gimbal heads (and yes Gwyn, some of them are serious money) - or maybe a more substantial ball head.

I had both pan and tilt, and ball head from other tripods but the recent addition of the heavy K1 and the 500mm lens is certainly giving me pause for thought.

I`ll continue with this one and see what other snippets are offered.

Many thanks All.

Today is a great day - they always are if you wake up
Posted 12/05/2020 - 14:33 Link
I've used a K1 linked to a 150 -450 lens mounted on a cheap-ish " Neweer " gimbal with good success, no creep at all. I don't use it that often and I think I paid around 50 for it inc shipping.

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM
Posted 12/05/2020 - 15:49 Link
Thanks Chris,

Looks like this is the way I`ll go. For sure I can`t hold the camera and this lens without some serious gym days.
The older pan and tilt can be used for the lighter work.

Now to find a good one reasonably priced

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