Okay, I haven't paid much attention to the industry and these forums for a while,
but upon my return to really explore the posts and comments, I find Sirui mentioned
frequently and with high praise. I've explored their website and read some reviews
and watched a few videos, so I'm probably gonna pull the trigger on one(or two) within
a couple of months. They're well-priced, much admired by many, seemingly of solid
and well-engineered construction...
Fortunately, Arca-compatible QR plates are super-inexpensive from many of the
ebay sellers, so that wouldn't be much of a spending outlay for just about anyone.
The reason for this post, then?
Well, I'm tired of the Manfrotto ballhead on my 055XPROB legs, as well as the Amvona
ballhead I upgraded to on the little 725B DIGI. Both legsets are of great quality
and very well-suited to my needs for either, but the heads leave me wanting
something of a higher quality. Sirui seems to have that, and without the exhorbitant
price-tags which normally are attached to such seemingly high-level gear.
Having said the above, I now turn to the selection.
I'm considering the K-10X or K-20X for the 725 legs and a K-20X or K-30X for the 055 legs.
The 055 currently has a Manfrotto 488RC2 on it, with the 725 having its little-brother
sibling of an Amvona clone; I think it was the 486, but don't recall.
So the real meat of this post is to ask you good folks just how well these heads perform
in real-world conditions. When I use a tripod, it's frequently in dusty, dirty environments
such as abandoned buildings, where I'm almost constantly on the move. But I use them
in settings such as museums and similar venues, where I enjoy having a solid mount
for different shutter speeds and such. My gear certainly doesn't weigh a lot: I shoot
with a 50D ungripped and my heaviest lenses must be only a couple of pounds each
(75-260 4.3 Soligor and Tamron SP 60-300mm 3.8-5.4), but I don't lug them around
when I'm stalking around in the more forebidding places. Much of the time, my Tamron
SP 28-80 3.5-4.2 is on the camera, and it's a light lens.
Thoughts, comments and rebuttals are welcome.