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Any reasonably good ballhead around $100?

 
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May 05, 2014 11:49 |  #1

I broke my three way head. Now I want to buy a ballhead and was considering the Sirui G-20X ($104 at B&H)

My heaviest camera lens combination is a Nikon D800E with a Sigma Macro 150 f/2.8 OS.

Any other suggestions with a similar price?




  
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May 05, 2014 12:30 |  #2

I just bought a Vanguard SBH250 and am very happy with it. It's smooth and locks up nice and solid. Here's a link if you want to take a look at it. I really got it based on the reviews. Oh, it comes with 2 quick release plates which is nice. http://www.amazon.com …&keywords=vangu​ard+sbh250 (external link)




  
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May 05, 2014 14:03 |  #3

Benro B2. Big ball, nice controld. holds 5d2 + 80-200 easily.
Bought mine for 120$ from dc-stuffs.




  
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May 05, 2014 16:21 |  #4

I have the Sirui K 40x and find it very good. From what I read the K series Sirui heads are significantly better than the G series.
I don't know what it is called in the US but I also have a Triopo RS3. It is small, light and cheap - very! You will need to add a QR clamp but I have yet to come across a ball head that locks as well. I can detect no creep with any lens (both 600 F4 and 800 F5.6 have benn tried) but I cannot be 100% certain as my Gitzo tripods are too bendy to make absolutely certain. It is that good.


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May 05, 2014 16:23 |  #5

Splurge for the K30. It's very nice.


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May 05, 2014 17:09 |  #6

I'de get something a little overkill. It'll be easier to get smoother exact framing without droop.

K30x looks like a good fit for cheap. K40x would be ridiculous overkill, which is ok :)


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May 05, 2014 17:20 |  #7

Base on the K40 is a larger diameter as well. Just so you know.


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May 05, 2014 17:35 |  #8

I’d spend a little more and get an RRS head. The best around. Will probably never break ;)


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May 05, 2014 17:44 |  #9

MomentsCaptured wrote in post #16884364 (external link)
I’d spend a little more and get an RRS head. The best around. Will probably never break ;)

well that's not a little more...... that's a LOT more.

a little more is what's recommended here, or second hand acratech/arca swiss/kirk/induro/benr​o, and other non trendy items ;)

RRS = top notch quality with the top notch price, not really bang for your buck TS is looking for.


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May 05, 2014 17:45 |  #10

Charlie wrote in post #16884384 (external link)
well that's not a little more...... that's a LOT more.

a little more is what's recommended here, or second hand acratech/arca swiss/kirk/induro/benr​o, and other non trendy items ;)

RRS = top notch quality with the top notch price, not really bang for your buck TS is looking for.

Well,... thought I’d have my input :D I owned a few Ballheads and nothing comes close to RRS. yes, acra swiss, marlins, etc are great too! I just never tried them. My philosophy is to buy the best; the will last you a LONG time.


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May 05, 2014 18:14 |  #11

MomentsCaptured wrote in post #16884364 (external link)
I’d spend a little more and get an RRS head. The best around. Will probably never break ;)

the op said around $100. as i don't think i can even get RRS ball head for that price! got a BH-55 use'd and paid $350. but induro makes some good ones for around $160.for the BHD-1 ball head.


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May 05, 2014 18:33 |  #12

I have a Markins Q10 and a Sirui K20X. They cost me about $400 and $100 (Aussie) respectively. While the Markins is a really lovely ballhead, the Sirui is close to it in build quality, smoothness of operation and stability. I think that it's a bargain for $100.


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May 06, 2014 08:29 |  #13

kmiragaya wrote in post #16883553 (external link)
Any other suggestions with a similar price?

If you live in the US you can get the Triopo RS-3 spoken to in post #4 above OEM'd: a Redged Pro-Series RP-3 (external link). This is a suitable Arca-Swiss type of clamp for it (external link), you remove the round base the ballhead comes with and screw the clamp on the ball stem.

I use Arca-Swiss and Acratech ballheads and as John says once you lock the Triopo/Redged it absolutely doesn't budge. There's one lever type control for everything; drag friction, panning, and ball locking.


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May 06, 2014 08:36 |  #14

mark48 wrote in post #16883641 (external link)
I just bought a Vanguard SBH250 and am very happy with it. It's smooth and locks up nice and solid. Here's a link if you want to take a look at it. I really got it based on the reviews. Oh, it comes with 2 quick release plates which is nice. http://www.amazon.com …&keywords=vangu​ard+sbh250 (external link)

Another vote for the SBH-250, really pleased with mine.


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May 06, 2014 13:54 |  #15

wow, thanks. That's a lot of options.

I really like the Vanguard SBH250 but I'll be taking a look at the Triopo and the K-30x. I cand spend a little more then $100 if needed.

I'll let you know when I buy one.




  
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