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Sep 03, 2017 10:03 |  #1

Hi,

I currently have the Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod, 498RC2 Midi Ball Head & 200PL-14 QR Plate. I was very satisfied with this setup when I had the entry level equipment but in time I started to buy heavier lenses, most probably will add the 1Dx to my gear list later, so decided to buy a better ballhead. I'm happy with the tripod, it's sturdy and does the job well, I'll continue using it.

What I want is a ballhead with a quick release plate. I loved the logic of my Manfrotto about how flexible they produce their products. I was able to use their plate with every of my equipment. Getting it off a camera and installing to another one was too easy, no extra equipment needed.

I want a reliable product, I don't want to put thousands of dollars of equipment to be hanging on an insecure ballhead.

I want precision. I got used to easily lock my camera to the 3 dimension position with a switch, so ballhead it is. So what I want is a ballhead that'll keep the point where I lock it, that's all :)

I guess I'll never go for lets say 600mm 800mm lenses. So max weight will not be over 4 kg I guess.

500$ is the limit for both the ballhead and the plate.

Sorry to start such thread. I checked the forum a bit, especially the FAQ thread, but many of the topics are like 7-8 years old. There must be a lot of alternates out by this time. I also continue my research but your advises will be really helpful to give me a starting point.


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Sep 03, 2017 10:05 |  #2

Buy Sirui K-30 (or K-40). Awesome ball heads.


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Sep 03, 2017 10:06 |  #3

But if you can find a used RRS then jump on that. It's rare that they come up though.


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Sep 03, 2017 12:57 |  #4

Here... get it now.

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Sep 03, 2017 13:13 |  #5

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18443603 (external link)
Here... get it now.

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Thanks for the help.

I can't buy second hand as I'm in Turkey. And whatever I buy a friend coming from China will bring to me next week. In Turkey it's impossible to find anything, and when I find I need to pay double the price. Anyway, that Sirui has all good comments as I see, I may go for it. Trying to understand if I should go for the 40x or if 30x will be enough for my needs.


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Sep 03, 2017 13:18 |  #6

I opted for the K30. The base on the K40 is larger in diameter and if you stick with the Manfrotto you have it will be larger... not that that is a problem though.

The K30 will hold up a 7-200 f2.8 or a 100-400 with absolutely no problem. Buy with confidence. They are excellent products.


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Sep 03, 2017 13:25 |  #7

Robinson Crusoe wrote in post #18443625 (external link)
Thanks for the help.

I can't buy second hand as I'm in Turkey. And whatever I buy a friend coming from China will bring to me next week.

It may have some bearing as to where the purchase be made? Is you friend going from China to Turkey?




  
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Sep 03, 2017 13:27 |  #8

I have a Sirui K40 on my Gitzo. Works great.

I read somewhere (maybe on this forum), long after I purchased the K40, that Sirui was copying other people's IP and baking it into their products). I'll probably take that into consideration and research it some more before buying another Sirui product. Let your conscience be your guide on this front.


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Sep 03, 2017 13:59 as a reply to  @ FarmerTed1971's post |  #9

I was also concerned about the size, otherwise as I don't care about portability I would go for the bigger one. I wanna buy a lighter tripod but not the priority right now. Thanks again for the very fast responses and all the help.


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Sep 03, 2017 14:01 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #10

Yup, a friend's friend is coming from China, the purchases will be from there. The prices are similar or cheaper than US as I checked.


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Sep 03, 2017 14:02 as a reply to  @ Scrumhalf's post |  #11

Thanks for the heads up.


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Sep 03, 2017 15:09 |  #12

The bigger the ball and socket, the sturdier/stronger it will be. I had a Kood BH-55 when I lived in UK (but sold it when I moved here) and it was very good.


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Sep 03, 2017 15:37 |  #13

Robinson Crusoe wrote in post #18443466 (external link)
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What I want is a ballhead with a quick release plate. I loved the logic of my Manfrotto about how flexible they produce their products. I was able to use their plate with every of my equipment. Getting it off a camera and installing to another one was too easy, no extra equipment needed.
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I want precision. I got used to easily lock my camera to the 3 dimension position with a switch, so ballhead it is. So what I want is a ballhead that'll keep the point where I lock it, that's all :)
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500$ is the limit for both the ballhead and the plate.

I think you've missed the boat about quick release plates if you've been working with only one QR plate. The "quick release" part of the name really means quick changing of devices on the tripod. To do this, you need a QR plate more or less permanently attached to each body or lens that you would connect to your tripod's head. That way, you totally avoid the screwing and unscrewing of the plate as you change what you mount on the tripod.


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Sep 03, 2017 15:41 |  #14

Robinson Crusoe wrote in post #18443656 (external link)
I was also concerned about the size, otherwise as I don't care about portability I would go for the bigger one. I wanna buy a lighter tripod but not the priority right now. Thanks again for the very fast responses and all the help.

I'm 100% sirui right now. Unless you have a giant tripod you do not need the K-40x. The 30x will be just fine. I have the K-10x on my smaller tripod and the K-40x on my larger tripod. That 40x is a beast! I have the largest tripod Sirui makes and the K40x fits it perfectly. Make a fist... the K-40x is as large or slightly larger than your fist (I'm 6' with medium/large hands)


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Sep 03, 2017 15:44 |  #15

Robinson Crusoe wrote in post #18443625 (external link)
Thanks for the help.

I can't buy second hand as I'm in Turkey. And whatever I buy a friend coming from China will bring to me next week. In Turkey it's impossible to find anything, and when I find I need to pay double the price. Anyway, that Sirui has all good comments as I see, I may go for it. Trying to understand if I should go for the 40x or if 30x will be enough for my needs.

I'll 2nd, 3rd, or 4th or whatever the Sirui 40x.

Get the 40 and don't look back. The price difference is so little, and you will not have to wonder if it can handle future loads--it will.

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