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This is it, the sweet spot of quality and value. It works smoothly, beautifully, at a price a third or less than comparable models from other models. There is a gradual release of pressure on the ball so you can make adjustments without letting the grip go completely, like with some ball heads. Very few people will need anything bigger, but if you do, Sirui has that for a few dollars and ounces more. You can find something cheaper but it won't work nearly as well. You can find things with more exotic designs for 3 or 4 times the price, but if they're better it's so marginal it doesn't matter. Like I said, this is the sweet spot of quality and value.
5Sirui K-10X ball head
In general it's rather Okay for the price. My other ball head a Cullman Magnesit 35 is a monster relatively speaking. I wanted to lighten the total load on my new Benro carbon tripod so this was my choice. Most of my shooting is with a Canon 5D Mk11 gripped with an L bracket.Pros:The Arca Swiss clamp with the level works very well with my RRS L bracket. The release button actually works with it and keeps it from sliding off.The tension "screw" is novel and works well when setting the minimum tension on the ball.Cons:Over all the ball tension is somewhat problematic with my EF 24-105 f4L lens. I also have a 70-200 mm f4L which I'll use from time to time. It just takes quite a bit if finger force to sufficiently tighten the ball as the adjustment knob is relatively small, too small for a full hand grip. My Cullman ball head adjustment is much larger. Also the pan friction is set and not adjustable, it appears to be factory adjusted and set far too tight.Edit: I've found that torquing the set screws on my tripod to anchor the ball head to affect the pan minimum drag. I guess I was torquing a little too heavy. I backed off a little and the drag now feels the same as not being mounted.Edit #2: After living with this ball head for a while now I really think I should have gotten the K20X it's bigger brother. This works fine with my Samsung NX210 but is a little lite for my Canon 5D MK11 gripped and 24-105L lens.Edit #3 I used this ball head and my Samsung NX210 with it's 18-55 IOS lens on a nearly 3 week visit to San Miguel de Allende last October. I used it on an old tripod that just fit inside my checked baggage without removing the ball head. I have to say it worked very well while taking nearly half of my 1200 shots at night. The Quick Release with the catch button was a real benefit not having to worry about the camera sliding off of the head. Also I make it a habit of placing the camera strap on my neck when at the tripod for added insurance. Once the ball tension was set with the small "thumb screw" adjustment no further adjustment was required when moving the camera from the portrait to landscape position.
4Super smooth, and very well built
I just replaced the head on my SLIK tripod with this one. It is smooth as butter. Very nice, easy enough to attach. No complaints. I can't wait to get it out in the field.I was a Manfrotto tripod and head shooter, but I loaned my Manny to a family member and never got it back; in order to make up for that transgression, the same person got me the the SLIK as a fathers day gift. Yes, the Slik is nice, but not as much as my Manny. However, after putting this head on the Slik tripod, it is so much better!Super smooth. Excellent adjustments. Levels are great just to double check. I've tested it with my D800 and a 70-200 2.8 and there is no creep or drag. As I said, once I get it out in the field I'll update my review based upon actual performance and ease of use.But, so far so good. For being a Chinese product (which I'm usually loathe to purchase) it's pretty darn good quality.
5This head rocks!
WOW! Somehow I got on the Manfrotto train and thought it was all that.. and my Manfrotto head hasn't failed me but I just never really liked it.. I just got this and holy cow, this is leagues above my Manfrotto head, from the packaging you can tell this is the real deal, the knobs feel great, the friction control is really good, the plate, the panning, the ball movement, all top notch!! Love this!!! I have a 60d with a 10-18mm mounted on it and it feels more than strong enough I'm sure it could hold a 70-200 easy! Don't let the picture fool you, it looks unassuming ,it looks like a head that would come bundled with a cheap tripod but this is the a really nice head!
5Smooth, steady 'n good looking!
I bought the petite Sirui K-20X to mate to an equally petite SIRUI T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod, aiming to create the perfect travel and hiking tripod.BUILD: Most parts are machined aircraft aluminum and stronger and lighter than cast components. This 90mm tall head has an attractive satin (semi-gloss) enamel and appears durable. Without a plate, it weighs 395g, slightly heavier than the similar sized SIRUI G-20X (320g). The base is 68mm in diameter and tapped for a 3/8 inch tripod mount thread.CONTROLS: The larger the ball the smoother the roll and the finer the control, and this 38mm ball is extra jumbo for a small head. Operation is simplicity incarnated: a single large knob controls drag and lock. Ball action is liquid smooth but locks tight with my EOS 6D and EF 70-200 4L IS USM, even at a steep angle in the drop slot. The K-20X also has an independent panning function with lock knob. Action is smooth but highly dampened. Definitely designed for carefully positioning for stills and not for action or video panning.CLAMP: The 55mm Arca-compatible clamp sports silky knob action and safety pin with push button release. The pin lodges in the bottom of milled out plates, preventing the works from siding out if you neglect to tighten down. The spring loaded pin retracts if your plate isn't milled. It's a simple but effective safety feature. Unfortunately, this clamp is incompatible with safety stop screws on small plates--60mm or less--due to a lack of grooves on the clamp's top. The workaround is to remove the safety stop screws. Safety stop screws on larger plates works fine but, of course, must be top loaded. My 90mm long RRS L-plate is fine since screws have plenty of clearance on both sides of the clamp.The bubble level on the side of the clamp is larger than most head levels and handy if you shoot panoramic photos: level the tripod with the ball, mount a nodal plate and pan clamp topside and you're ready to go.PLATE COMPATIBILITY: All of my Arca compatible plates--RRS, Sunwayfoto, CamAdapter, Promedia and Kirk--can top load and tighten down securely. My 140mm Neewer nodal plate also fits perfectly. As mentioned above, safety stop screws on smaller plates need to be removed. The included universal plate, while of decent quality, lacks a hand strap loop or anti-twist flange, so I suspect most buyers will prefer a fitted or dedicated plate on their camera or lens foot.USING THE K-20X: With a little practice, I could easily top load the clamp by feel in the dark: open clamp, sit camera with plate in the slot and tighten. The mounting process takes 5 or 6 seconds. I wish the clamp knob were a little larger but the ribbed rubber makes for a sure grip. Fast free form head adjustments were also a snap: loosen the tension knob while looking through the viewfinder, move it any direction and lock when satisfied with the composition. I found the K-20X/T-1205X combo ideal for hiking, travel and shooting waterfalls and coastal waves with my 6D MKII and 24-105 4L IS USM or EF 70-200 4L IS USM. One to 30 second exposures were pin sharp.LAST BLUB: All in all a well designed lightweight ball head: excellent fit and finish, smooth operation, rock steady and reasonable price. Paired with a SIRUI T-1205X tripod, it becomes a kickin' travel and hiking combo: light, compact and easily slips into a carry-on.
5I'm trying to like this ballhead
I'm trying to like this ballhead. It seems great for holding my d750 and 70-300 lens. Problem is I have to purchase all new arca swiss type plates since the ones I have have the safety bolts on the bottom and it won't fit flat in this head. I've also tried removing the quick release and replace it with one I have so I can use my plates but they must use some sort of industrial glue or white thread locker on it because I've gone thru 2 good allen wrenches trying to loosen it. I've also noticed that if you tighten it tight on the tripod that the lower pano swivel will really tighten up. Happened on a K-30X I had and returned it for this one thinking it was a defect.I tried registering this head and a tripod on Sirui website, but it won't take a pdf or txt file for my bill of sale. Called customer service... emailed.... waiting....UPDATE: Sirui says they won't register for warranty due to this being sold by Adorama. So... all my Sirui equipment was boxed up and sent back.
2Very smooth, exceeded my expectations
The Sirui K-40X exceeded my expectations for smoothness and ease of use. Its nicely machined, finished and functions extremely well. This was purchased specifically for use with a large DSLR and Tam. 150-600. The large ball head lock knob provides great control over friction and camera movement. The small screw on the side of the knob permits setting the amount of minimum friction to a predetermined level, this works great as you can go from full lock to nice fluid movement without losing the camera in a free fall. This takes about 1/4 turn of the knob, fast and very controllable as it should be.The horizontal pivot (pan) action is stiff, however with the mass of a large camera and lens it moves quite freely. I would not want it to pan more freely than it does. The pan lock thumb screw is basically go or no-go, it does not work well for an incremental friction adjustment. Initial tests using the Sirui K-40X ball head indicate the mass and stability provided can make a noticeable improvement (greater "keeper rate") in the apparent sharpness of my photos when using the telephoto at 600mm. I think it is probably overkill for many users with light weight cameras and short lenses and as some have noted the stiff panning action could definitely be a problem without the leverage of a large camera and lens. For a good comparative review of ball heads see DPR, search ball head tests.
5Great Sirui Ball Head for way less money than a RRS
I was on a trip and some one let me try their RRS BH-55 LR clamp ball head. I was very impressed with the quality and how smooth it operated. I loved the lever to open/close the jaws for changing lens/cameras. Largest camera/lens I use is a Canon 1DX with a 2x convertor on a 300mm 2.8f is fixed lens, 70-200 2.8f IS and a lot of wider lens. Again the RRS ball worked great. I came home to buy one and found that the cost was $500.00 Ouch. So I did a lot of reviewing and found The Sirui-40X Ball head had excellent reviews so I gambled and purchased it for $166, no tax, delivered. I put my gear on it and went out for a shooting with the Canon 1DX with a 2x convertor on a 300mm 2.8f IS fixed lens. The ball was like butter, a few tweaks to adjust for the total weight and it moved and operates same as the RRS ball. The panning action was also very nice with out any friction added. You can add friction to the panning (or lock it)but I found the factory default was perfect. The tension knob has a very wide range, so its not light stuck and 1/8 turn floppy, you have a lot of adjustments to control the camera movement. So far I m very pleased with the quality of this ball head, and unless you just want to throw money at equipment you might want to try this ball head. I have owned several Canon 400mm 2.8 IS lenses and this ball will handle them easily.PSI was so pleased with Sirui quality I also purchased a Sirui N 3204X tripod, Wow what a nice tripod, light, travel size, very heavy duty, very stable, thicker carbon fiber, larger tubes that most. The tri-pod is tall enough to shoot with out using the center tube if required (some people dislike center extension tubes) Again quality through out the design. I put my $500 tripod in the closet and now using the Sirui.
5Excellent head for the money
I finally got to really give this head a workout, and was more than pleased with the result. I typically shoot vertically on top of my monopod, with the head resting in the side channel. This is how I used it for ~75% of the roughly 4500 shots I cranked through during a softball tournament on a balmy Colorado day recently. It supported my gripped Canon 70D and the 2nd-gen 100-400mm lens without even raising its heartrate. The dials turn with an harmonic blend of ease and resistance. The ball moves as smoothly as if drowning in vegetable oil, while the variable sensitivity of the resistance allows for seemingly infinite adjustment.I could not use the plate that came with it to support the configuration noted above as I could not get the pads in any position I was confident would hold. This is a bit trifling, as different style of plates are readily available.All said, this is a superb ballhead that performs as well as heads that cost considerably more.
I like this ball head for the most part but I'm having a problem with it and would appreciate it if anyone could provide some help or suggestions. I might be doing something wrong but when I have my camera mounted (Canon 5D3 and medium sized lens) and I loosen the knob, the camera does't always move around freely. It will move, then stick a little bit. I can't move my camera around freely. It's the worst when I try to make big movements. For instance, when I want to move it left or right, let's say, 90 degrees, I have to move it back and forth a little bit at time until I reach the desired position.When I'm where I want to be position-wise, then I can make small adjustments with no problem. It just won't let me make big movements freely.Other than that, I'm happy with it.
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