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    Default Quality 2-way tripod head

    One of the things that I did not like about my gear this year was the tripod head on my Slik 50 light-weight tripod. The tripod itself was fine. But the head was cheap, plastic junk. It is, ostensibly, a 3-way head. The left-right tilt function being accomplished by a plastic base that flops over on a hinge which leaves the base poorly supported and at some risk of breaking. I also had to add a Manfrotto Quick Release receiver plate to it as it had no built-in quick release system - something I consider essential for a set up that I set up and take down multiple times every day.

    Can anyone recommend a decent, lightweight, 2-way tripod head that I could adapt to the Slik-50 tripod?

    Alternatively, I suppose I could look for a whole, new tripod, but I'd prefer to avoid the expense, if possible.

    What works for you guys?

    Addendum: I am not a fan of ball heads or pistol grip tripod heads.
    Last edited by BrentD; 11-08-2018 at 02:22 PM.

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    I have a Vanguard PH-111 and it has been a great head for me. I have it mounted on a set of Promaster CF legs. Some Panheads can get really big, the vanguard is pretty nice sized. The current version is the PH-114v
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    I have been hearing a lot of great things about the Benro S2 head. Lots of info on it over on rokslide. I do believe this is the one I will be going with on a cheaper slik sprint tripod. S&S archery is a dealer for the head fyi.

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    Have a Vanguard PH -113V on a carbon tripod and it seems fine so far. Pretty cheap but made of magnesium.

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    I've been fairly happy with the Manfrotto 700rc2. I weighed a lot of options when I got it, it kinda seems like the $75-$125 heads are more alike than different in performance. I've only used a few others in the field, so I'm not much use for comparisons.

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    This thread has been amazingly helpful. I'm looking into all of the suggestions and each one is an order of magnitude better than the ones that I already have. I probably have 6 or 7 tripods, some are great, for other purposes, but useless for backpack hunting. Quite a few are just plain useless for anything.

    Sadly, there is no place where I can go and handle these. I miss the brick and mortar shops especially just now. But I'll sort them out and buy one of these. Next year, I'll be elk hunting (I'm sure to draw - said that this year too ) and I'll need a better tripod than I have now. The glassware is good, but the tripods don't do them justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowyMountaineer View Post
    I've been fairly happy with the Manfrotto 700rc2. I weighed a lot of options when I got it, it kinda seems like the $75-$125 heads are more alike than different in performance. I've only used a few others in the field, so I'm not much use for comparisons.
    I bought the 700rc2 as well, so far so good.
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    The 700rc2 looks a bit bulky and heavy. I believe it weights 1.1 lbs from what I've been able to learn.

    I think this might be a lighter head than the 700rc2, but I don't really know. Yet.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/37186830192...m=371868301922

    this one might be too cheap to be true, and again, I can't judge it for size/weight. Ah, just found that it is about the same weight as the 700rc2, a little over 1 #
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Andoer-2-Wa...0/142942660167
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    And then there is this -also probably too cheap to be true, but it looks light weight
    https://www.adorama.com/us%20%20%201059850.html

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