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| p.2 #13 · AS Z1, Markins M20, or RRS BH55 |
Exactly right. Everyone is going to have some problem at some time. I will say this - my experience in owning both RRS and Markins - from my perspective, I found the Markins to be a more precise device although I'm not sure it mattered. Any of the mfgs that are listed here by the OP are "can't go wrong" choices.
What I did find though, is that the current generation of tripods in the top end (i.e. Gitzo and RRS) are so light and so stable that it really puts the pressure on the ballhead manufacturers to lose some weight. RRS BH55 is a solid chunk and needs to be put on a diet (haven't checked specs recently though). At the time, the M20 was much lighter. It's just such a waste to put a heavy ballhead on such a light tripod (for me).
Since I also have the Q3 on a Series 2 Gitzo, I also wanted the same control positioning plus the Q3 is, IMO, the best traveler ballhead out there.
As to politics: Everyone in this country gets to have an opinion and express it. Is that great or what? That goes for either side.