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Feb 12, 2014 12:56 |  #1

Equipment: 7D, 70-200, 17-40, 430exII..
Future heavy Lens: 400 f/5.6 or 300 f/4

Plans: Lanscape, occasion hikes, cityscapes/night, astrophotography.
folded length is not that critical but would like to carry on my backpack, Weight is more important for hikes and foot travel.
Looking for a long term setup that will last until a second or backup will be needed for different circumstances.

I am 5'3 Plans are to add either an rrs or Kirk L - Bracket St time of tripod purchase.
Setup interested in
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Gitzo 3532s (3542 too tall)
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Kirk bh-1
markins q20
acratech gv2 or gp

Any thoughts on a better match?


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Feb 12, 2014 13:25 |  #2

I use and recommend you the Gitzo 3542 LS with Arca Swiss Z1 but with Wimberley clamp (C12)

http://www.tripodhead.​com …cts/C12-compatibility.cfm (external link)

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Feb 12, 2014 13:32 |  #3

I have a 11-year old Kirk BH-1 that is as strong and smooth as anything.

I recently rented a Q20 and found a lot of stick/slip; wasn't impressed. But many people swear by them so maybe there was a flaw in the rented copy.

I bought an Arca-Swiss Z1 and find it a little more precise than the BH-1 due to better tension controls. It's a little better in every way except probably they are the same strength. Both are overkill and I'd trust them with anything.

A close friend is quite happy with his RRS BH-55, as are many others.

I haven't personally tried an Acratech but there are many many users who swear by them.

And there are lots of folks happy with their Sirui ballheads, or Photo Clam ballheads. And there are other brands too...

I really don't think you'll go wrong with any of those choices. I think it will come down to your personal preference and budget.

Here is a recent article testing some of the larger models:
http://www.dpreview.co​m …ans-top-ball-heads-tested (external link)


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Feb 12, 2014 13:42 |  #4

I have an Acratech GP and love it. It's quite light too. The Acratech has a pseudo gimbal function which could be quite handy for the lenses you're planning on shooting with. The new Markins set up also has an attachment that will convert it to a pan/tilt head for tracking subjects with longer lenses.


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Feb 12, 2014 15:03 |  #5

Thank you for your replies. I am planning on adding an rrs lever release to either ball head I choose. Right now I'm torn between:

Acratech gp
Arca Swiss z1 sp
Rrs bh-55 only for its low profile and can be bought with the lr altogether.

Can I really go wrong with either?


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Feb 12, 2014 15:42 |  #6

Another vote for the Markins Q20 here. Loved mine for years now.


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Feb 12, 2014 15:58 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #7

Markins Q20 is a pretty heavy duty head. They also have the Q10 which may be all you need.


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Feb 12, 2014 16:10 |  #8

Q10-love mine...




  
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Feb 12, 2014 17:02 |  #9

Might check out the Acratech series. Their lever is locking AND the ballhead has a BUILT in Gimbal feature which works great!


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Feb 12, 2014 22:11 as a reply to  @ Needsnow's post |  #10

Some of those ball heads are heavy for hiking, the Kirk, M20, and especially the RRS 55. I assume your 70-200 is the f4? I would look at the Gitzo 2532S with a Q10 or Acratech.


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Feb 12, 2014 22:39 |  #11

From a weight standpoint:

RRS BH-40 .. 16.9oz (1.056lbs)
Markins Q10 .. 17.2oz (1.08lbs)
AcraTech GPss .. 13.6oz (.85lbs)
Kirk BH-1 .. 30oz (1.875lbs)

RRS BH55 .. 30oz (1.9lbs)
Markins Q20 .. 20oz (1.223lbs)
AcraTech GP .. 16oz (1lbs)


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Feb 13, 2014 01:28 |  #12

I called rrs and gave them my info and they recommended the tvc-23/bh-55 combo. I could live with the extra weight. Travel tripod setup can come after. I just need a setup asap. Have nothing right now and want something to last. Would look into the tvc33s but not in the budget. What do you think?


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Feb 13, 2014 01:48 |  #13

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I called rrs and gave them my info and they recommended the tvc-23/bh-55 combo. I could live with the extra weight. Travel tripod setup can come after. I just need a setup asap. Have nothing right now and want something to last. Would look into the tvc33s but not in the budget. What do you think?

What's your budget? Do you want a center column or not?


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Feb 13, 2014 02:38 |  #14

Price of that setup (1250) and honestly that's way above but will pay for quality. No center column not needed.


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Feb 13, 2014 03:01 |  #15

spooled180 wrote in post #16685779 (external link)
I called rrs and gave them my info and they recommended the tvc-23/bh-55 combo. I could live with the extra weight. Travel tripod setup can come after. I just need a setup asap. Have nothing right now and want something to last. Would look into the tvc33s but not in the budget. What do you think?

If you're considering a set of travel legs down the road, what about getting a travel worthy ball head like the Markins Q3T?... It's light and compact, I just don't know how well it might handle your future big white glass.


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