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    Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    This is the ballhead I use with my 8x10 monorail, it's made by Rainer Burzynski. Great piece of engineering, simple in design, strong, durable.

    As you can see, there are only five parts, plus the bolts. The RRS clamp was added - the ballhead comes with a 3/8" thread.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    The base fits straight into a 3- or 5-series Gitzo, replacing the tripod plate and thus lowering actual height by about 25 mm.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Something about its operation:

    The two knobs have the same function.
    You loosen both, then tighten one to set friction.
    Position the camera, then tighten the other knob to lock all dimensions including panning.

    Torsional locking power is on the border to ridiculous. I don't remember the exact number but it's somewhere around 300 Nm - which means it will hold still a 30 kg weight hung at the end of a 1 meter pole attached horizontally. Don't try this on your B1.

    With regards to 3-d movements the design is different than regular ballheads. The two sides apply pressure to two opposing points on the ball rather than around the entire ball. This means that one dimension - sideways leveling - is more locked than the other dimension - tilt. So you can set the camera to be level, then pan and tilt while keeping the leveling. Very clever.

    If you use long lenses, 600-2000 mm, then the tripod (even a 5-series Gitzo with legs fully collapsed) becomes the weak link - the solution is two tripods. For a DSLR the Burzynski is way overkill WRT locking power and not convenient for panning - a Wimberley style or a monopod is a better solution if shooting moving objects with a long lens.

    Assembled on the Gitzo:
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Cool Lars!

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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    I don't know if the information here (http://www.websiteoptimization.com/s...weak/ballhead/) is current, but they mention a French dealer for the Burzynski ballhead. Apparently the German dealer charged a great deal for shipping to North America. The French dealer charged much less, and the service was good.

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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    UPS in Europe is a complete ripoff, they leverage the brand name to charge exorbitant prices. I suspect that had something to do with Isarfoto's high shipping quote. If you want to ship from Europe, ask specifically for post parcel.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    looks great; all you need is to replace the RRS clamp with the RRS pano clamp. of course no 90 degree rotation
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    looks great; all you need is to replace the RRS clamp with the RRS pano clamp.
    Yep - for when I shoot stitched panos with, say, three or four sheets of 8x10.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    that's a great tir pod you have there.Wish I needed a big tri
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Lars, it looks like I will be trading my RRS BH-55 for a Burzynski, but I am not sure how to attach a RRS LR clamp to the ballhead. Does the regular RRS screw used for their own heads screw directly into the Burzynski?

    Which RRS plate do you recommend for attaching to the bottom of the Chamonix 4x5? This is maybe more a question for Jack, who used to own the Chamonix, and who I believe also uses RRS Arca-style plates.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Can you flop the head over 90 degrees?

    Carsten - RRS make a plate for 4X5 cameras, I used to own it.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Lars, it looks like I will be trading my RRS BH-55 for a Burzynski, but I am not sure how to attach a RRS LR clamp to the ballhead. Does the regular RRS screw used for their own heads screw directly into the Burzynski?

    Which RRS plate do you recommend for attaching to the bottom of the Chamonix 4x5? This is maybe more a question for Jack, who used to own the Chamonix, and who I believe also uses RRS Arca-style plates.
    Carsten, the Burzynski head has one 3/8" thread - I guess your clamp has the same if not 1/4". As you probably saw in my pics, I have an RRS clamp on mine. My clamp also has two 1/4" threads, I use these with two locking hex bolts to keep the clamp firmly in place. As far as I recall the bolt was included, but I might be mistaken.

    Generally a plate with large surface area is a good idea. it's also a good idea to use 3/8" bolts if your camera has 3/8" thead.

    Ideally this ballhead replaces the head plate on a Gitzo tripod. I have a 5 series so I had to purchase an extra adapter. I got mine from Isarfoto.

    Keep in mind that you will end up with a head that is a bit overkill for a wood 4x5. I like using it but some people might not. It certainly eliminates the head as a weak link.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Can you flop the head over 90 degrees?
    No max 45 degrees.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Here's the link to the french dealer:
    http://www.photo-nature.fr/catalogue...asp?rubrique=2

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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Dear Lars, could you please tell, how much does Burzynski ball head weigh? There are different versions in the net, from 775g to 1030g, so it is best to ask an actual owner Thank you!

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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Pomorec,
    I'm in California and I didn't bring my 8x10 on this trip so I can't tell you until October. My guess would be closer to the lower number (without clamp) but I could be mistaken. Isarfoto.de, where I got mine, lists it at 847 grams.
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    Re: Burzynski ballhead exploded view

    Thanks a lot, Lars! Now I'll start looking for a used one to replace my AS Z1. My only concern was about weight, but ~850g is allright for me.

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