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Tripod ball head - Benro, Triopo, etc.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Pawel D., Oct 9, 2014.

  1. Pawel D.

    Pawel D. Mu-43 Regular

    45
    Jan 25, 2014
    Białystok, Poland
    I have Velbon DV-7000 tripod and recently it occurred, that I need a decent photo head - ball head preferably. At first I was thinking about 3D head, but that's not fast enough for me.

    I was thinking about: Benro KB-2, Benro KS-2 and Triopo B-2N.

    Do you recommend buying original Benro KS-2 for $130 (B-2 is more expensive) or Chinese no-name design for $30?
    Or maybe any other ball head? I strongly need something design for photography and I'm confused with on-line searches...
     
  2. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    In that price range, I would also consider Sirui ballheads if they are available to you. I have found them to be one of the better built affordable ballheads, although I am sure there are others worth consideration, but I like to recommend products that I have actualy tired whenever possible.

    --Ken
     
  3. Pawel D.

    Pawel D. Mu-43 Regular

    45
    Jan 25, 2014
    Białystok, Poland
    Could you recommend any particular model? I've already spent two days looking through those Benro and Triopo stuff.
     
  4. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Is size a consideration? And what is the maximum load and focal length that you plan on supporting?

    --Ken
     
  5. Pawel D.

    Pawel D. Mu-43 Regular

    45
    Jan 25, 2014
    Białystok, Poland
    I've found used Sirui K-20X locally for about $110. I wonder about locking knob - there's only one for adjusting friction and locking (as far as I'm concerned) - is that enough? Isn't it easier to work with two knobs: one for friction and one for locking?

    Old russian 3M-6A 500/6.3 is the longest lens I plan to use. However, there's also a possibility of using a B4 lens and that's quite a load. I aimed at 8-12 kg of load to have sufficient reserve of head strength. Size and weight of the head doesn't matter that much - I usually take my equipment by car and I'm used to carry gazillions of kilos on my back in the field ;)

    One more thing - my Velbon has 1/4" thread, so I need a reduction. Benro has those in the set. When I saw Sirui photos, I realised there is no place to use reduction with flange - it won't fit the tripod column. Or am I wrong?
     
  6. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    I believe that the K-20 is a very popular model in their line. I have their smallest ballhead that I use with a Novoflex BasicBall Tabletop Tripod. I have not tried any of the Siruis with friction locking knobs, but my Markins has one (single knob for friction locking and an inner knob for tension) and I have been quite happy with it. You adjust it for the lens and desired tension, and then just use the main knob for friction. Very simple and effective, IMHO. I do not know about the quality of the Sirui set-up, but if it is like the Markins, then it is worth considering unless you prefer a two-knob set-up.

    A 500mm sounds like a large load, so I would look at ball diameter as well as load capacity, as the later is often not much of an indicator of performance, especially related to ball creep.

    I do not have my unit with me, so I cannot answer your question about the thread issue. perhaps somebody who owns a K-20 can chime in on this thread?

    Good luck,

    --Ken
     
  7. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA