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Sirui Ball Head--Are they any good?

MS Photog

Carthage, US
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MS Photog Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Nov 2011
Thu 12-Jan-12 03:20 PM

Does anyone have experience with this brand of ball heads? I posted a question about Giotto's and got good responses. Here is my situation:

I own a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. I have been looking for a good quality reliable ball head in the $100-$200 range. I know the Markins is the best but just can't justify the $300-$400 range at this time.

I looked at many Manfrotto heads at camera shops and read all the reviews on B&H and Amazon. I have decided they are not reliable over time.

At a good camera store I recently tried the Giotto's MH1300-657 and liked it a lot. Reviews and comments I have seen support their quality and the ones I looked at seem to work well.

However, back in December I was back in the "good" camera store and the salesman showed me a Sirui KX-40. He is a part-time pro. He had earlier told me he owns 3 Giotto's and loves them. This time he said he would buy the Sirui if he was buying today. (He pronounced it "Sue-Ray")

He mounted the Sirui on a tripod just like mine and mounted a Nikon D7000 (same as my camera). The ball worked much smoother than the Giotto's and it appears to be well made.

I liked the Sirui but wonder about long time reliability.

My plans are to buy a ball head in my current price range and later use it on a smaller tripod for my wife using her Nikon binoculars or a compact camera. Then I will buy the Markins.

Marlin

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