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I know this isn't RRS but there is a very good deal on this Oben Carbon fibre with ballhead. It's not heavy duty but would make a very good first or travel/hiking tripod. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864566-REG/oben_ct_3531_be_108t_5_section_foldable_carbon.html/dealZone/true
The Oben has only an 8 pound weight capacity. I like to use at a minimum 39 pounds capacity as it is much less prone to vibrations when a light camera is mounted.
Hey folks, hope you all had a wonderful christmas, my question here is:I'm about to buy Manfrotto 190xPRO B Tripod for mostly night photography and long exposures. I'm looking for a suitable ball head for it and I'm within a limited budget of around $60-70. Would you prefer to brands like Vanguard/Benro/Oben..etc?The heaviest lens that I have is 70-200 f2.8 VRI. Rest all are smaller than that. I'm looking to buy one with a pan lock. Appreciate any advice offered.Thanks!!
Like spraynpray says, once you have decided on what you want, after the avalanche of advice Look on eBay and buy one at less then half of the cost including all forms of heads. I have bought all my tripods heads this way including new ones all at substantial savings.