After lugging my current tripod (GT3542LS/RRS BH55) up a mountain this week I've decided to get myself a second (lighter) tripod for the more challenging treks.
I've just ordered a set of Gitzo GT1542T legs and am looking for a ballhead to match.
I've been happy with the bigger RRS model but the problem living in Australia is the postage from RRS is quite expensive. That combined with the weaker Aussie dollar I can land the BH-30 for around AU$410.
I can get the Markins on eBay for AU$340.
They both weigh about the same but the Markins has a bigger ball and is rated for more weight (I know it's not a great way to compare).
Has anyone got any experience with either of these heads? Would love some feedback, particularly on how the Markins lever release plays with RRS plates.
Need it to support 1DX with either 16-35 or 24-70 sitting on a RRS L-bracket.