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p.1 #1 · Don't buy this ballhead!


http://cgi.ebay.com/MK2-Mini-ball-head-camera-tripod-ballhead-/110594025807?pt=Lens_Accessories&hash=item19bfeae94f

I bought this. It was $22.50 shipped to the USA. Looked well made. Great feedback from the seller. Took a few weeks to receive it and when I opened the envelope I was very pleasantly surprised. Very good build quality!

I got home and tried to put my camera on and the arca swiss plate on my camera wouldn't fit. Turns out this ballhead uses a smaller arca-swiss look-alike that is incompatible (too small) for the standard arca swiss plate.

I guess i got what I paid for...



Dec 09, 2011 at 12:36 AM
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p.1 #2 · Don't buy this ballhead!


Was there ever a claim that it is A-S compatible?

EBH



Dec 09, 2011 at 03:19 AM
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p.1 #3 · Don't buy this ballhead!


The good news is you arent out much money.

Honestly, i would have asked. The design looks more Arca-inspired than Arca-compatible.

Probably good to add the brand/seller for future searches, though the search function here is poor...



Dec 09, 2011 at 03:55 AM
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p.1 #4 · Don't buy this ballhead!


I guess you get what you pay for.


Dec 09, 2011 at 02:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · Don't buy this ballhead!


there is no guessing about that most of the time


Dec 10, 2011 at 05:23 PM
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p.1 #6 · Don't buy this ballhead!


I don't think you should buy any ballhead that cost $ 22,50


Dec 10, 2011 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #7 · Don't buy this ballhead!


if it were to hold a flash i would


Dec 10, 2011 at 06:08 PM
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p.1 #8 · Don't buy this ballhead!


sjms wrote:
if it were to hold a flash i would


+1 - that was my immediate thought on that head...



Dec 10, 2011 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #9 · Don't buy this ballhead!


+2. I have several old/cheap ball heads and tripods that wer relegated to light stand duty long ago.

EBH



Dec 11, 2011 at 12:21 AM
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p.1 #10 · Don't buy this ballhead!


I bought it for a 2lb travel tripod I bought which had an even more crappy ballhead than the $22 one. I have an acratech ballhead so I think I can hang here with the cork-sniffers. No need to make nasty comments to those trying to save money on a purchase or two.


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p.1 #11 · Don't buy this ballhead!


,Strongly suggest users not purchase cheap ballhead like this one!


Dec 14, 2011 at 03:29 AM
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p.1 #12 · Don't buy this ballhead!


jzucker wrote:
I bought it for a 2lb travel tripod I bought which had an even more crappy ballhead than the $22 one. I have an acratech ballhead so I think I can hang here with the cork-sniffers. No need to make nasty comments to those trying to save money on a purchase or two.


Who made a nasty comment?



Dec 14, 2011 at 05:51 PM
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p.1 #13 · Don't buy this ballhead!


I'm at work and can't open the URL, so I'll chance what is probably a stupid question: Are you sure that there's no adjustment wheel to set the pre-closure width of the head? Look down from the top.




Dec 14, 2011 at 06:31 PM
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p.1 #14 · Don't buy this ballhead!


Hi Glenn,

I'll take another look.

Thanks.



Dec 14, 2011 at 08:04 PM
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p.1 #15 · Don't buy this ballhead!


Lars Johnsson wrote:
I don't think you should buy any ballhead that cost $ 22,50


I agree.
HEY! Lars and I agree about something!



Dec 17, 2011 at 06:27 AM
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p.1 #16 · Don't buy this ballhead!


Glenn, the ballhead cannot be adjusted wider.

Some of you guys kill me. You'd spend $300 for a ballhead to sit on a tabletop tripod to sit in your jaguar...

This place reminds me of the guitar forums where a Les Paul isn't good enough so they have to spend $10,000 on a hand made boutique version and then spend all their time waxing poetic about the build quality and shimmer of the wood.



Dec 17, 2011 at 06:54 PM
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jzucker wrote:
Glenn, the ballhead cannot be adjusted wider.

Some of you guys kill me. You'd spend $300 for a ballhead to sit on a tabletop tripod to sit in your jaguar...

This place reminds me of the guitar forums where a Les Paul isn't good enough so they have to spend $10,000 on a hand made boutique version and then spend all their time waxing poetic about the build quality and shimmer of the wood.


Jack - Your threads lately don't give you a lot of credibility to judge equipment or the members on this board. Instead of throwing stones, I'd much rather hear about the gear you do like, pictures you've taken or pretty much anything other than your recent contributions...

Just sayin'...



Dec 17, 2011 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #18 · Don't buy this ballhead!


I'll only review stuff that costs more than $300 from now on.

M635_Guy wrote:
Jack - Your threads lately don't give you a lot of credibility to judge equipment or the members on this board. Instead of throwing stones, I'd much rather hear about the gear you do like, pictures you've taken or pretty much anything other than your recent contributions...

Just sayin'...




Dec 18, 2011 at 05:04 PM
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p.1 #19 · Don't buy this ballhead!


jzucker wrote:
Glenn, the ballhead cannot be adjusted wider.

Some of you guys kill me. You'd spend $300 for a ballhead to sit on a tabletop tripod to sit in your jaguar...

This place reminds me of the guitar forums where a Les Paul isn't good enough so they have to spend $10,000 on a hand made boutique version and then spend all their time waxing poetic about the build quality and shimmer of the wood.


It's rather funny that you compare your $ 22 ballhead with a Les Paul



Dec 18, 2011 at 06:10 PM
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p.1 #20 · Don't buy this ballhead!


jzucker wrote:
Glenn, the ballhead cannot be adjusted wider.

Some of you guys kill me. You'd spend $300 for a ballhead to sit on a tabletop tripod to sit in your jaguar...

This place reminds me of the guitar forums where a Les Paul isn't good enough so they have to spend $10,000 on a hand made boutique version and then spend all their time waxing poetic about the build quality and shimmer of the wood.


i like the Moog Paul Vo E1 Guitar. even the production run version is a thing of beauty in both sight and especially sound



Dec 18, 2011 at 06:30 PM
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