"Jeep Shot" Tanzania
by Ken Jones
Equipment used: BH-55-LR ballhead, L97L lens plate, and a Gitzo 1325 tripod.
Image © 2009 Ken Jones
the shot: This picture was taken from a Landcruiser at the Ndarakwai Reserve
in Tanzania, between Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, in February 2008. The
private park provides 4wd and walking tours (with an armed escort) around the
extremely large property, including visits to the nearby Maasai village. The kids really enjoyed the tripod. They got underneath it, grabbed two legs, and
used it as a swing! They also found the knobs on the BH-55 quite intriguing.
About the Equipment:
On this trip, I was carrying two Nikon D300's and a Nikon D200. Each has a dedicated lens:
12-24, 24-120, and 80-400. I find that
changing lenses, besides taking time, also invariably leads to dust on the
sensors, especially in dry regions. The
lenses are placed on the cameras in a clean area, and kept on indefinitely.
Since I change cameras rather than lenses, I find the quick release levers on
the head to be invaluable. I also find
that I use my tripod more frequently. I
know I should always use it for photos, but too many photos get away if I need
to fiddle with mounting a camera on the tripod. The quick release lets me mount
and switch cameras very quickly and get the shot.
Send us your RRS shots!
From time to time, our shooters
send us some extremely unique photos of our gear in action. We'd love to share
some of these extraordinary shots with all of you. If you have a photo which prominently displays RRS gear in the image,
please send it to us with a quick synopsis of the shot. Please include the equipment
that you used to take the shot as well as the gear which is pictured. Thank you to Ken Jones for this month's photo!
Featured Product: MH-01 At last! With 75 pounds of rigid holding capacity, this monopod head can handle your "heavy artillery" lenses with ease, but is compact and lightweight (8.8oz) for packing into a compartment in your camera bag. The foot of the MH-01 features an Arca-Swiss compatible dovetail that can be used, for example, with a gimbal head when you want to switch to a non-tripod-collared lens without having to completely remove the gimbal head from/to the tripod.
The High Capacity Monopod Head
We recommend this head in combination with our B2-Pro ll Clamp. Although our lever-release style clamps are quite popular, we recommend the screw-knob style clamp over the lever for use on a monopod because there is a slightly lower risk of accidental slippage. (Screw-knob style clamps open more slowly than the lever clamps).
- 75lb load capacity
- Weighs just 8.8oz
- B2-Pro ll/B2 AS ll clamps orient parallel or perpendicular to tilt
- Large tilt-lock knob is easy to grip
- Smooth tilting motion and easy to control
- Premium quality & well-machined
MH-01: tilt-head with no clamp=$150 (clamp required)
MH-01 Pro: MH-01 with B2-Pro ll screw-knob clamp (recommended)=$226
MH-01 LR: MH-01 with B2 AS ll lever clamp=$260
Frequently Asked Question:
How do I keep my monopod head from loosening/twisting on my monopod?
An application of non-permanent threadlocker fluid will do the trick. Apply just a few drops to the threads of your monopod stud. Next, spin your MH-01 onto the 3/8" stud and allow to cure overnight before using your equipment. You can find non-permanent threadlocker fluid at your local hardware store or order a single application of LocTite® 242 from us. This also works for securing ballheads on tripods.
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