are not sold at stores, they are sold directly and personally by its designer and manufacturer, Mr. BI Mah. I just got an M20, exactly one week after it was sent from Korea to my door in Mexico.
Legs. I have a M10 on a Manfrotto (Bogen in the US) Carbon Fiber One 440 and an M20 on an aluminum 055 (Bogen 3021). This last one is agreed by many as being one of the best set of legs, good for most purposes, very sturdy.
has some very nice ones. If you want the most fancy, then consider RRS or Kirk. If you shoot a lot with lenses that have no tripod collar, then consider the L-brackets.
The only difference between the M10 and the M20 is the load capacity. The M10 can take an F5 with a 300mm f/4 AF-S easily. But the M20 is for more serious loads, like the 500mm and 600mm lenses, or medium format cameras with long lenses and even view cameras.
I think "load capacity" is something I will never understand. How do the manufactures come up with those numbers. It seems to be a hypothetical figure which is not recommended trying (like going 300 km/h in your Porsche).
Even if you get within less than 50 % of the load capacity everybody seems to suggest using a bigger head. Then, if you read the specs of the bigger head, it supports only a few percent more load.
Could it be simply more convenience handling a larger head?
Btw anybody with some cash to spare? I like to get that head }>
Not that I would want to haul it around, it just looks cool. It's a head for drive-on-location spots, like parking lots on scenic roads. You would cause quite a stir with that head. You keep shooting while everybody else would stare at your titanium head.
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Hi ajr, I recently had to decide between the M10 and M20. I shoot an F100, and my heaviest lens is the 300mm AF S Nikkor. To my surprise, Mr. Mah recommended the M20 for use with that rig, together with the Gitzo 1325 legs. So that is what I am now using. I found Mr. Mah to be very helpful and responsive. For example, I had ordered the M10 and wired the $. That evening Mr. Mah answered my email asking his opinion as to which head to buy, and recommended the M20. I emailed back, asking if I could send a cashier's check for the $60.00 difference in price, rather than pay another $35.00 wire transfer fee. He immediately responded that that would be fine, shipped the M20 (before payment of the difference), and I had the M20 a few (I think, maybe 3 or 4) days later. Despite my order change, I received the M20 within a week after I placed the initial order. Conclusion: I recommend that you email Mr. Mah, tell him your setup, and ask his opinion. I think that you will find him very helpful. Good luck with your decision.
I just received my M10 and mounted it on Habuka 6420C legs. I have tried my PB6 Bellows with 105 micro and F100 body with the M10. This is so much more secure than the Manfrotto 3D mag head. The M10 doesn't creep with the heavy bellows like the other heads. Jim
Well, I joined the Markins crowd this week, based on seeing Mark Wagner's at the John Shaw workshop. One of the more expensive photo items I've purchased lately. I've got it on a set of Bogen 3021 legs and it works pretty well - although the legs are a bit big for travelling.