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Weight Specifications

mikeguil

ELMVALE, CA
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mikeguil Registered since 18th Dec 2005
Mon 28-Aug-06 01:35 AM

I'm not capable because I don't have access (without actually purchasing the equipment) of comparing and establishing an accurate and indisputable method of calculating the weight capacity of the ball-heads mostly discussed in this forum. Mainly the Markins, the RRS, the Kirk and Acratech, the Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto (my apologies if I left something out).
The point is, with all of our collective 'power', is there no way we, as a group can establish a means to establish a universally accepted specification for the weight capacity of ball-heads?

Based solely on manufacturers specs, the Markins wins hands-down. However, users of other heads swear by them and seem to negate the one spec that should, somehow, mean the most. If the manufacturers won't agree on a method of measurement, maybe we should? I don't know enough about physics, enginerring and such to determine or even suggest the correct method. But I know we have many talented participants in Nikonians and I'm sure we could collaborate and come up with a sound, absolute method of measurement.

If we can establish this 'norm', then we can request this test, require this test, even demand this test from the manufacturers so that future participants of these forums can make a decision based on cold, hard, facts, rather than presumptions that one manufacturers 'stats' are better than anothers based on the manufacturers own method of measurement.

Any ideas?

Mike Guilbault
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