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Markins Q-Ball M10

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very light, very strong and works quite well. A dream ballhead to use after dealing with the problems with
Cons:
Not Cheap to own the best

Started with a Manfrotto cheap Ballhead.

"Upgraded" to the Acratech "Ultimate Ballhead" which has many problems that keep it from being ultimate to most that actually use it.

Upgraded to the Markins and I'm a very very happy camper. Just returned from Winter in Utah where I used this ballhead in 10 degree weather. No problem and the design makes it easy to use.

It is my dream ballhead and I'm glad I'm not dreaming.....


 
Acratech ballhead

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $269.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Lightweight, very strong, cool design (although not "ultimate" by any realistic measure)
Cons:
Design requires rotating ballhead frequently for different angles. Becomes a lot more frustrating the more you use it. My version didn't have the slip resistant camera plate and the camera fell 4 feet into sand at Joshua Tree (nothing damaged, thank God).

It's pretty much all been said. If you want a beautiful artistic product that doesn't work as easily as others that cost about the same and are just a little more expensive, then this is for you.

I "upgraded" to the Markins rather quickly after trying this out in the field. If you use a Wimberly then the short comings of this lens might not be so apparent. But I don't work that way and being forced to rotate the mount all the time got old really quick.