maybe Klaus can come up with the Pro's and Con's here
The VR-Drive 2 is a very fine device. But - of course
- iÂ´m rather on the side of JosefÂ´s head.
I donÂ´t know what 2000.-â‚¬ +VAT for a work-ready system are in Australia.
What you get is a device of high sturdiness and reliability - and of simple and straight handling.
In my eyes JosefÂ´s head has an advantage in the fact the controller is off-board. Imagine you have the device mounted on a high stand - you just change the 5cm piece of cable
to 10 or 20 meter (JosefÂ´s creating a wireless module also). Visibility is very good also outside in all situations because the touchscreen shows very simple and straight symbols in monochrome.
I wouldnÂ´t like to touch the head during the shooting process. I can shoot several spheres or mosaics after each other for making HDR-spheres/Mosaics and get them 100% congruent for
processing HDR - because of the headÂ´s precision.
In that process you wouldnÂ´t like to touch around on a screen integrated in the moving head . . . .
On the last Photokina i got grip on the Seitz VR2, on the Dr. Clauss Rodeon (which definitely is more impressing), on the Spheron (which i like very much but which has itÂ´s boundaries) and on the
LizardQ . . which is very much elaborated and clever made - and fast like hell (if the brightness of the light allows it
They all are very good devices.
IÂ´d definitely prefer the Rodeon VR ST because of itÂ´s sturdiness and reliability with tele-lenses and itÂ´s speed. ItÂ´s faster than the Seitz and remote-controllable. But itÂ´s about 5000.-â‚¬ incl. VAT
We tested JosefÂ´s head with 300mm and itÂ´s perfect and speedy. Intensive tests with 600mm and (i hope) 800mm will follow when itÂ´s warmer outside
IÂ´ll run a test with a Nikon 500mm miror-lens these days.
JosefÂ´s head in my eyes is an optimal combination of sturdiness, precision, speed, reliability and the effective costs. A lower price definitely isnÂ´t possible guaranteeing the same quality.