Herr Weibel: A ball head, as opposed to a bald head, is a device that fits on top of a tripod or monopod, and allows a limited amount of camera movement, usually either landscape or portrait orientation, without the "inconvenience" of schlepping a tripod around. Not as steady. A little faster than adjusting a tripod. They are also known as "dump heads" for when you forget to tighten the ball, and it lets your camera /lens bash against the head , tripod or monopod it is mounted on. They come is all sizes, from small, useful for positioning flash units, to larger ones for cameras/loooong tele lenses, and most are frightfully expensive. I have observed Ray's set-up, and frankly, am envious of his sharpness. (the photos...the PHOTOS!) I wondered if just maybe, if something similar might help the sharpness of my images just a little bit. (The sincerest form of flattery, and all that... ) Maybe there's no hope. But, I would like to try a cheapie on my monopod, just to see... Anyhow, now that I have told you how to build the whole bicycle when all you wanted was to change the tire, you know all I do about ball heads. Later; C. ----- Original Message ----- From: "JOHN W WEIBEL" <marce.weibel@xxxxxxx> To: ratpack@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 12:27:50 PM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain Subject: [ratpack] Re: ratpack-bounce Carl: OK, I will bite. What is a ball head? Please do not tell me if it has anything that qualifies in the area of what Paul called me Saturday, "Technologically Challenged". I do have a Ball Jar. John W Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:12:58 +0000 From: humminboid@xxxxxxxxxxx To: ratpack@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ratpack] Re: ratpack-bounce Ray: Freeelists is good. C. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ray Buck" <rbuck@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To: ratpack@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:01:57 AM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain Subject: [ratpack] ratpack-bounce Ratpack-bounce is where the repost came from when you posted a non-subscribed address. I had to manually authorize the post. I wrote you at the time and asked which address you wanted to use, but you didn't reply, so I subscribed both addresses, which probably explains why you're getting two copies of every message. Again, let me know which one you want and I'll fix it up. I'm on the salt at the moment, so it might take me a while. Gonna be here all week. RtR At 03:00 AM 9/21/2009, you wrote: Hey, has anybody got a ball head they would like to sell? Ray, what's the difference between ratpack@freelists , and ratpack-bounce? Later; C.