Is the Arca Swiss Z1, Z1g, or Z2 worth considering here? Are they possibly more solid and stable than the cube?
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Have this as well, and very fond of it. You just set it up so that the knob that opens the dovetail is always on one side…. A favorite piece of kit, just a bit heavy to take on air trips….I had the oportunity to hold the Cube and Linhof / Alpa 3D head and went with the Linhof, for what it's worth. A combination of the things Steve has mentioned, and the price Paula offered it to me for.
If you think that the diminutive Linhof is heavy then you'll find the Cube an enormous boat anchor.Have this as well, and very fond of it. You just set it up so that the knob that opens the dovetail is always on one side…. A favorite piece of kit, just a bit heavy to take on air trips….
First off. With any setup there can always be some play or slight movement of the camera between on exposure and another if you touch the setup at all. That is normal IMHO. Only a studio stand can eliminate this. On the field it is very tough.I'm using a Cambo WRS AE, IQ 160, and the excellent, huge image circle 120mm ASPH lens to create ultrahigh resolution stitched files by moving the digital back only.
My tripod until recently was an older Gitzo series two aluminum. The head is a manfrotto 410.
The problem is when I use the gear knobs on the camera to shift the back, the whole assembly and ultimately the lens moves and wiggles a little bit. I realized that the series two tripod was not up to the job so I switched it to a series 3 Mountaineer in carbon fiber. This was a nice improvement, but there still is a little wiggle to deal with .
As much as I like the 410 gear head, it does have some play. It is superb add dialing in a shot when I'm not going to stitch. But now I need a tripod head that will absolutely freeze the camera while I use the gear knobs to shift the back around.
Of course I've thought about the Arca Cube, but have yet to try one. Is the cube the way to go for a tripod head that will absolutely freeze my camera in place? What about a simple tilt pan head? Regardless of design style what head will absolutely freeze my equipment in place?
The Z2+ head is more stable though not geared. However in contrast to normal ball heads it has a separate locking knobs for both Horizontal and Vertical movements. You can also leave both knobs loose and it will feel like a traditional ball head.Is the Arca Swiss Z1, Z1g, or Z2 worth considering here? Are they possibly more solid and stable than the cube?