2010-04-09 Posted by Hin Man
I had my Linhof ballhead for a while. Special thanks to my good friend Hoa/SOldBear for letting me buy it cheaply from him. It is always good to have friends to share on interesting gear. Since the Linhof ball-head only comes with a fixed knob of screw that is not quick release type, I find it difficult to mount between lens. Hence I have been looking for a while for a quick release assembly that works with the Linhof ballhead. I am so glad to have found Giottos MH-652 in Adorama. It comes with a quick plate Giottos MH-642 though my copy doesn't seem to be in corkscrew type. The combo works great together. It is built strong and a bit on the heavy side. The quick release is secure and stable.
And I recently learned that Ned Bunnell also used this ballhead for a long time. When I saw the article from Ned, I quickly got my act together to find the quick release that would work with the Linhof ballhead.
The Linhof is a bit bigger than my cheapo Benro lookalike KS-0 Professional ball-head and it has a better plate where I can screw on tight with a ring like screw nut. Unlike the KS-0 ballhead, I have to use a coin to tighten up the release plate. And to my surprise, the nut is actually compatible between the two quick release plates. The plates are not compatible though. I am hoping to order a copy of Giottos MH-642 so that I can replace the screw nut in the quick release plate on the KS-0 to use it for a lighter setup.
I am happy to put the combination to work with my Pentax 645N and my Amvona AT-CF992 tripod.
I am yet to put the combo into more strenuous test with heavy and longer lens such as my Photosniper Tair-3 Phs 300mm f/4.5 in M42 or my Pentax F* 300mm f/4.5 with a TC.