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Jan 13, 2014 08:31 |  #1

The 10 ball heads under review. In the back row(left to right): Sirui K-40x, FLM Centerball 58 FTR, Novoflex Classic Ball 5, Photo Clam Pro Gold VI, Cullmann Magnesit 8.5. Front row (left to right): Induro BHL3, Benro B3, Arca-Swiss Z1, Sunwayfoto XB-52, Really Right Stuff BH-55.

http://www.dpreview.co​m …ans-top-ball-heads-tested (external link)




  
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Jan 13, 2014 08:46 |  #2

Should be a good read.




  
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Jan 13, 2014 10:04 |  #3

Interesting read. If I ever need another ball head I'll definitely take a look at FLM and Sirui (if they're still around). They didn't really seem to take price into account though. Sure, the Cullmann and Benro heads may not come with excellent QR systems, but its easy to afford a RRS clamp with the money one saves by buying either product instead of an Arca-Swiss or Novoflex, for example.


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Jan 14, 2014 08:31 |  #4

Thanks for the link Rick. Nice to see a number of European heads there.


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Feb 26, 2014 19:25 |  #5

Just got a Sirui K-40x based on this review. It is massive but looks right at home on a Manfrotto 475B tripod. Very impressed so far.


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Feb 26, 2014 20:59 |  #6

Good thread. Looks like sirui is a winner.


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Feb 27, 2014 08:51 |  #7

I'm surprised that that there's no Markins head on the list.


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Feb 27, 2014 09:41 |  #8

Lowner wrote in post #16721439 (external link)
I'm surprised that that there's no Markins head on the list.

They chose to cut off the ballheads at those below a certain diameter... 48mm was below their chosen threshold. Unfortunate, as it would have been interesting. It would have been nice to see the Kirk BH-1 tested as well.


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Feb 27, 2014 09:54 |  #9

i thought the sirui k-40x was a 54mm ball head.


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Feb 27, 2014 11:03 |  #10

"The common elements of the ball heads in this group are a ball diameter between 52 and 58mm"




  
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Feb 27, 2014 16:25 |  #11

sawsedge wrote in post #16721571 (external link)
They chose to cut off the ballheads at those below a certain diameter... 48mm was below their chosen threshold. Unfortunate, as it would have been interesting. It would have been nice to see the Kirk BH-1 tested as well.

True - they could have tested a really rigid ball head like the (36mm) Triopo RS3. I have both it and the Sirui K40X. The K40X is a fine head, especially considering the price, and fully up to any task one could reasonably (and unreasonably) ask of a ball head. However the Triopo RS3 is less than half the weight and a 3rd the price, my friends 600 F4 and my 800 F5.6 are simply too light and my Gitzos too bendy to properly asses it.
Just messing around folks! But the above is true - if you want a NO CREEP ball head with any lens/camera ( I haven't tried the Sigma 200-500 F2.8!)this little cheapie does the job very smoothly.


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