Yesterday, very early in the morning, I paid money for a good ballhead.
And then I giggled.
Yes, I am writing today's post about my stressful, exhilarating, and somewhat lengthy (snicker) ballhead experience.
First of all, who names something a ballhead?
Clearly a man, that's who.
For those of you who don't know what a ballhead is …
A ballhead is a device that sits on top of a tripod, or monopod, for photography-related use. There are websites devoted to ballhead varieties, and other websites debating which ballhead would make you happiest.
I was hilariously amused reading ballhead information. (Proving, once again, I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy!)
Did you know your first attempt at getting a ballhead probably won't be your best?
Choosing the right ballhead can be a challenge.
Some ballheads cause quick release and others come with knobs and rubbers.
You can also get a screw ballhead, which is what I ended up purchasing. Screw ballheads are slower to release which seemed to fit my particular needs. (I much prefer a slower release.)
I'm giggling again, I can't help myself.
I was so confused by ballhead websites, I ended up calling a ballhead company to ask questions and place my order.
A very knowledgeable man took my call.
"Can you explain your favorite ballhead to me?" I asked.
:: pause ::
Yes, I did – right then, on the phone, I giggled.
I couldn't help it!
The nice man on the phone ignored me (after all, he has spent his entire career focusing on nothing but the best ballhead). Then he began a detailed, informative, discussion on what he likes to see in his ballhead. Trust me, he has very high expectations. In fact, he has requirements that would never even occur to me.
I learned a lot.
For one thing, you can't have a discussion about ballheads without getting into detailed information about mounting them. The mount you choose can have a big effect on the results you get from your ballhead.
You want to have well supported ballhead or, apparently, there's no point to it.
A good ballhead is expensive.
"I'd easily pay $300 for a good ballhead," one male photographer friend told me.
Some people prefer double-action ballheads.
As one website said, "Any frustration with the head will very much aggravate you."
I could go on and on for days with ballhead quotes, but I'm going to make myself stop now.
I suppose I should share this …
I've been told the best ballhead is smooth and fast.
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