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Question about Markins ball head and QR plates


Farmington, US
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paul_7e Silver Member Charter Member
Thu 24-May-12 03:22 AM

When I was looking at the Markins ball heads with lever release in the Pro Photo shop, I read the following:

Though this lever release quick release clamp is adaptable to accommodate different brands of plates, it may not be practical to do so in the field with mixed brands of varied widths plates. We recommend the use of single brand of plates with this lever release clamp. With mixed width plates, the Q20-KR with its traditional Screw Knob type Quick Release Clamp will be more flexible in the field. Markins and Kirk plates and L-Brackets have proven to be very compatible.

I plan on getting the replacement Kirk lens collar for my Nikon 300mm F/4 AFS lens, and it includes a QR plate. Will this collar be compatible with the Markins ball head with lever release or should I get the ball head with screw knob QR clamp? Thanks.