DieselTech wrote in post #16447428
I would really like a Markins Q3 Traveller but I cant see myself paying another $300 for the tripod head.
I used an RC2 mount for the first 3 years I was shooting with an SLR, and thought very much the same thing. But, when I got enough of a bonus that I could upgrade some gear, I made the jump to the Q-20 w/ lever release and I only wish I'd done it sooner.
My 'frotto never worked as I'd *heard* ball heads should. It could either have the tension all the way off so I could adjust, and then I'd have to hold the camera where I wanted with one hand and tighten the tension all the way back down to lock in place, except it would do the infamous "droop" during that tightening process.
With the Markins, tension can be adjusted so that the weight of the camera counters it just enough to move freely, but still stay in place as soon as you have it in the right position. It's a world of difference. Many of the AS style heads offer the same functionality, without quite the high price, also.
Something like this guy gets you into a decently respected clone for only about $150 if you want to see how this style works for you, for example.