When I arrived in New Orleans my package from Really Right Stuff was waiting for me. A new ballhead and L-plate for my camera. Why did I upgrade my ballhead? I was shooting with the Manfrotto lever ball head which I absolutely loved, however it was terrible for shooting panoramas. Fantastic for single shots.
Because of this trip to the SouthWest, I decided that I want to shoot more panos while I am here, so I made the leap and bought one of their beautifully machined ball heads. Why did I chose this head and L-plate?
- I love the quality of their products… these guys only make camera support systems, but they are absolutely surperbly manfucatured and designed.
- I have the flexibility of a ball head (with variable control drag and instant lock), but I also have a panning base that allows me to rotate the camera horizontally
- Their L-plates are gorgeously machined and you hardly know you have mounted one onto the camera (unlike some of the big chunky ones you see around the place)
- I love the arca-swiss mounting rails and locks… they are a joy to use.
When I went through the package, I noticed that the Really Right Stuff folks had included a think 77 page product catalog. So I said to myself “Oh thats interesting… I thought these guys just made camera support systems (ballheads, release plates, L plates etc.)…. I wonder what else they sell?” As I started looking through their catalog I realised that they don’t sell anything else…. this is a 77 page catalog just on camera support gear. These guys are clearly passionate about their products and it shows. Their stuff aint cheap, but I expect to be delighted by my new ball head as I give it a workout in Utah.
I’m about to hop on the plane at Denver… weather forecast looks too good to be true… a week of possible thunderstorms!!! That means dramatic clouds etc. I was dreading the the thought of shooting clear blue sky for 9 days…. but by the looks of the long range forecast I don’t have to worrry about that.