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Markins Ballhead Help Please

 
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Jul 18, 2009 15:18 |  #1

I just got my first ballhead and it's the Markins M10. While I think I'm really going to like it I'm very frustrated at this point because I am having a dickens of a time figuring out the friction control part of the adjustment. According to the (very limited) instructions that came with the head and several other posts I've read here there should be two different dials to use to control this but for the life of me I just can't figure this out. I know it's operator error and I'm hoping someone can help me see what it is that I'm missing. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.




  
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Jul 18, 2009 15:46 |  #2

MizzGrizz wrote in post #8302589 (external link)
I just got my first ballhead and it's the Markins M10. While I think I'm really going to like it I'm very frustrated at this point because I am having a dickens of a time figuring out the friction control part of the adjustment. According to the (very limited) instructions that came with the head and several other posts I've read here there should be two different dials to use to control this but for the life of me I just can't figure this out. I know it's operator error and I'm hoping someone can help me see what it is that I'm missing. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

it's that black dial flush on the face of the main tension knob.

http://www.markinsamer​ica.com/MA5/M10.php (external link)

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Jul 18, 2009 16:55 |  #3

ed rader wrote in post #8302729 (external link)
it's that black dial flush on the face of the main tension knob.

http://www.markinsamer​ica.com/MA5/M10.php (external link)

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OMG.........:oops: I knew it would be something simple. Thank you, Ed! I have tried to move every part of that dial except for that tiny little wheel. Just tried it and it works perfectly, of course. Thanks again!!




  
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Jul 18, 2009 17:04 |  #4

Dont feel bad, I didnt know it was there either at first.


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Jul 18, 2009 22:26 |  #5

Yes, that small dial will do the trick.


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Jul 19, 2009 16:51 |  #6

I had to go on the web to the Nikonian website where they review this head to get its function clearly in my mind. I think we all agree that the only thing not high end about these heads are the instructions.


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Jul 19, 2009 17:05 |  #7

tvphotog wrote in post #8307689 (external link)
I think we all agree that the only thing not high end about these heads are the instructions.

The panning base lock on all Markins heads really suck - big time. I guess that's one thing that's not high-end about those heads.




  
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Jul 19, 2009 17:12 |  #8
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NYPhotog wrote in post #8307742 (external link)
The panning base lock on all Markins heads really suck - big time. I guess that's one thing that's not high-end about those heads.

Nope it doesnt, but sure if your planning on doing panorama work with a 400m lens on your camera while you carry it over shoulder then the locking might not be optimal.:rolleyes:


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Jul 19, 2009 17:18 |  #9

MR do little wrote in post #8307778 (external link)
Nope it doesnt, but sure if your planning on doing panorama work with a 400m lens on your camera while you carry it over shoulder then the locking might not be optimal.:rolleyes:

The lock is not "optimal" when carrying one's rig over the shoulder with ANY lens.




  
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Jul 19, 2009 17:56 |  #10
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NYPhotog wrote in post #8307808 (external link)
The lock is not "optimal" when carrying one's rig over the shoulder with ANY lens.

No problem with lenses that weighs around 1kg. You taking alot of photos with the camera mounted on the tripod over your shoulder ?


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Jul 19, 2009 18:34 |  #11

NYPhotog wrote in post #8307742 (external link)
The panning base lock on all Markins heads really suck - big time. I guess that's one thing that's not high-end about those heads.

Never had a problem with it.


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Jul 19, 2009 18:43 |  #12

The Markins M10 and M20 are quality made ballheads. No manufacturer brand has a "fool-proof" friction head if you so desire to carry your camera with lens attached on a tripod.
However, Kirk Enterprises makes a Snap Collar for the Markins M10 ballhead and other brands that prevents the ballhead from inadvertently moving to the side potentially damaging respective equipment.


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Jul 20, 2009 00:29 |  #13

tvphotog wrote in post #8308154 (external link)
Never had a problem with it.

Perhaps YOU haven't, but this is a known "feature" of Markins heads.




  
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Jul 20, 2009 00:36 |  #14

Cyclop wrote in post #8308198 (external link)
The Markins M10 and M20 are quality made ballheads. No manufacturer brand has a "fool-proof" friction head if you so desire to carry your camera with lens attached on a tripod.

Really? I have have carried my rig over the shoulder using A-S B1 and Z1 and RSS BH-55 and never had an issue with weak panning locks.




  
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NYPhotog wrote in post #8309851 (external link)
Perhaps YOU haven't, but this is a known "feature" of Markins heads.

Well ill take a potential lose panning base with heavier lenses rather then B1 known " feature" to lock up during field use, or
Z1 "known" stem debacle of last summer.


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