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Lowepro Mini Trekker AW


Review Date: Aug 31, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Will hold more than I want to carry. Well made with ample pockets and velcro partitions. Zips and straps really good quality.
Cons:
Found the tripod attachment really a pain. When it's down the centre back it impedes access to the insides. So I just carry it seperately.

Easily swallows my 350D, 70-200 f4, 17-40, 10-22, 60-macro, convertor, extenders, 580EX, dozen filters, ball-head, panorama adapters etc.
Sewed on a couple of bungee cords for my monopod, down the side, so I can still access the interior. Modified some of the partitions too. So I guess it can still be improved.
Holds all that I need for a days lightweight walk. It would be another story in the winter though.


 
Markins Q-Ball M10

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Review Date: Aug 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $384.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Wonderfully smooth in operation. Friction control and panning base work faultlessly. Clamps up solid.
Cons:
None for me. Would be nice to have quality like this at a cheaper price, but that's my wallet's fault.

My first big-league ball-head. Very easy to set-up and use. My sample's clamp knob is captive and for those that don't like the security pin, it looks as though it is now removable with a 2mm(?) hex key. As most of my plates and brackets do have recesses that work with the pin I consider this a plus. Conversly I only have one plate with provision for fitting stop screws, so this system works best for me. My knob came with a grey insert.