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capt don wrote:
Kinda hard to figure this one out but think of this, but it should be a "no brainer", you spend between $5000 and $12,000 for a lens and another $2000 to $6000 for the camera and you are thinking about putting that rig on a $100 chinese knock off. You don't even know how its made, it could be full of pinholes and casting flaws and who knows if it's made of pot metal. Come on guy wake up and buy a decent head to put that fine investment on before disaster happens and then you post a warning...Show more →
I agree that if money were no object, I'd always buy the "perceived" best of everything regardless of cost..... I may even pop for $50 studs for my mansion... just kuz I can.
As it happens, money does matter to me..... I have to choose to spend money where it will actually do something for me...... So when it comes to lenses (for example) that are totally more durable and yield better images, I will spend the money. When it comes to other things, I skimp a little so I can afford better stuff where it counts.... specially when the "cheapie" is a low-tech device, appears well built, and the obvious reason why its so cheap is the state of the Chinese near-slave economy. As I said in my earlier post... if this Beike head falls apart and dumps my $10,000 rig in a pond, I will buy TWO Wimberley heads with the insurance money.....
As for the "buy American" mantra..... Normally, I am a big proponent of this.... with TWO exceptions:
1. An American product I need doesn't exist -- Examples: cameras and lenses.... Ferrari-type cars (no, I don't have one), etc....
2. The foreign product is so well-built and so underpriced compared to the American counterpart that I can't resist and the other choice is not having one. This is the current state of tripods, ball heads, and gimbals. Apologies to the Mr. Wimberleys of the USA..... you are competing with Chinese slaves... better get used to it, kuz it ain't gonna change any time soon.