1. it is easy to get a level which for some anal types ( like me) is important when using a tripod
2. it provides a steady base for heavier gear - if matched to a nice tripod - sorry if you dont like my tripod - it works for me as do all my other tripods.
3. it looks good.
4 the most other value added in the thread is Jack's pic of the RRS extension bracket to allow for nodal point adjustment.
5. The Cube is a useless device ofr any wildlife shooting incorporating the need for panning quickly - just as is most any other form of sturdy head. - but then agan you dont need a PHD from a reputable place of learning to figure that one out.
I've just ordered my Cube but please spare me the assimilation witticisms. I found all that crap completely off-putting. Thanks to the folks who provided valuable information.
I am immediately suspicious of any product that seems to have religious fervour attached to it.
No religion - the Cube just does what it was designed for better than any other head. It is a precision tool for a particular job, i.e. landscape/architecture/still life etc.
One thing to remember when you get the head is to be careful not to undo the QR adjuster too much other wise you'll be picking up washers ...
Thanks Graham. I'm surprised that Arca still has that problem. I can see now why it is such a good thing. Like all ballhead users I have struggled with precise composition. It look like I should be able to sell my levelling base now along with the B1
I suspect you might want to keep one head with freer movements for situations where you don't want to gear around.
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"Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."
The Cube won’t make you a better photographer nor will it cure the common cold. It will assist in making sure you get your camera as level as can be in a very short time thus allowing you to capture better images. The Cube works best on landscape and static shots however will suck if you attempt to do any wildlife; for that you need the fluid function of a ballhead.
Just my 2 cents worth …
Jeff, The assimilation cracks come from the old TV show Star-Trek” and the Borg with their Cube spaceship. They went around assimilating people into their group this the term. While the TV show had a near religious fervor among its followers it’s all done tongue-in-cheek here. Besides you have to admit it’s one a heck of a head!
Don note name change
Adding to Don's "assimilation" reference, there is also a physical resemblance, which is really where the whole "borg assimilation" thing originated from.
Victor I hope you ordered one from Steve. I think you need to get with the program on the cube. LOL
well right now the shape is wrong
from a budget point of view...it is square, and my budget is round..
as in "0" :-)
Same here bud. All Santa has for me is ashes no coal left in this stocking.
The Arca P1 showed up it is really nice . Most all of it is controlled by the ring the drag control maybe better for a lighter setup . But nothing sticking out and the ring is the master control and very fluid but most of the drag you can apply is through the ring and let go and it sits even without tightening down. Release is a two stage which has safety written all over it and love it for that. LOoks awesome on the Gitzo 3541 XL . The only thing I see as a limitation is it won't shoot straight down, not a really big deal I can work the legs on the Gitzo if I have too. I will take a few shots of it later and I need to run a shutter test with a 300 anyway so will report more on it . But so far pretty dang nice. BTW it's all Arca design and finish
Oh the panning is very smooth but stiff , just as it should be.
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Thanks Folks. My frustration comes from living in Australia where gear like this is hard to see so I rely on getDPI as a source of trustworthy knowledge. I have just about abandoned LL as I am sick of anti-Hasselblad comments.
When I start getting comments that are an in-joke, I start to despair but you guys have come through for which I am very grateful. Until I realised what I can do with the Cube, my B1 composition frustration level was contained, but no longer.
I still have a 1228 with a BH40 on it so I will have the ability to move quickly, if needed.
"I am immediately suspicious of any product that seems to have religious fervour attached to it." I'm not suspicious of the product, but the thread ...
We love you SG
You need both, a ball head(Arca or clones) or a Cube(Multiflex)
Happy XMas and a great NY
All the best in 2010 to everyone . Guy I am interested to hear your thoughts on the Arca P1 .Much appreciated .