The New Cullmann Concept Head - Video To Still To Video to Still To...
And I'll bet you're glad I stopped doing that. But you needn't stop - if your photography is a mixed art - video and stills combined in one job - you do not want to be having to change your tripod head each time you get a new idea.
This is where the new Cullmann Concept 628M tripod with the convertible head scores. Look in the side of that metal head. the "video" knob is a lock that can freeze the motion of the ball so that it only tilts - the panning action is in the base of the head. This means you use the long video handle to smoothly turn the camera or make it nod up and down.
If the scene changes and you need to do a still picture instantly - with the ball head setting your camera at a strange angle, you turn the "video" knob until it locks out and then the ball head operates as per normal.
The legs of the 628M go up far enough to let a six-footer film at eye level, and there is an extension that goes above that. Wilt Chamberlain take note.
That is an Arca-Swiss sized plate up there and you can get them as spares in various lengths.
Cullmann have a ten-year warranty on this fine product. We're delighted with them.