CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18570428
Sorry, but I think the specs are BS. I have not seen an L20 in person, but as far as I understand, the L20 is the L10 with a panning base. It is not a different, improved or larger design, it IS the L10 with a panning base. Adding a panning base is not going to make it have a higher weight capacity or alter the tilting issue you are reading about from the L10. FYI the L10 design is several years old. The L20 is newer, thus much fewer reviews.
could it be more solid? Maybe.
Which one IS definitely more solid and has the fast operating QR? the RRS.
This from the guy that will never buy RRS again, there is still no question that the RRS is a much sturdier head.
I am not sure any of these heads will offer a smooth tilt function with a set pressure setting. It sounds like you want the performance and feel of either a fluid head or back to a gimbal, in one of these small tilt heads. These heads don't have enough meat to set that kind of fluid balanced tension you describe above.
Upon close inspection of the two Sirui's, they pretty much "look" the same except for the knobs, the plate, and of course, the panning base. As for the knobs, just based on the photos, L-10 actually looks beefier. In any case, they do look the same but not identical. Whether the load capacity difference between these two is BS or not, it's a moot point as long as either does the job. I'm more concerned with the difference between the Sirui vs. MH-01.
It looks like, from all my research, MH-01 (lever version) has the advantage in better make and quicker release function while Sirui has the advantage in being lot more economical and smoother tilt function. Since I'm not concerned at all about Sirui's quality make (it's not like it's going to break apart in 10 years while MH-01 will last a life time), it comes down to the lever vs. smoother tilt plus better price (about $160 less for L-20 and lot less for L-10). One thing I personally find distasteful are those companies that make great products but they do price their products at premium rate that I deem unnecessarily haughty. I prefer to give businesses to those that make as good a product while being more reasonable with their pricing. But that's just me.