I know this is somehow reversed since most start with a tripod and inquire about a compatible ball head, but I heard a lot about the Markins Q10 and I just bought one.
My experience in tripod systems is very limited and only with cheap tripods that have a built in heads and release plates. I am looking for a light weight tripod for my heaviest setup (D600 + Grip + Nikon 105 2.8VR, Nikon 70-300VR or Nikon 16-35 f/4) which is compatible with the Q10 ball head. I also don't want to break the bank so I was looking at a couple of used options and my research led me to the Gitzo G1028, Gitzo GT0531 and Feisol 3442 which are all within my budget ($200-$300). However, I am not sure if the Q10 base size fits onto these models.
The other thing that really confuses me is release plates and their compatibility with the ball head's clamp and the camera itself. I am not sure which clamp mine comes with but it has a knob and is called QR 48. How can I mount the D600 on the Q10? And how can I mount the ball head on the tripod? I noticed that some use an extra base that sits between the tripod and the head, is this necessary? There's also different release plate models and techniques with different branding and that confuses the hell out of me, excuse my ignorance
I mainly shoot landscape, macro and a little wildlife. I appreciate your help!
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#1. "RE: Tripod for Markins Q10" | In response to Reply # 0WD4MLA Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Sun 06-Jan-13 01:30 PM | edited Sun 06-Jan-13 01:39 PM by WD4MLA
Congratulations on your new Markins Q10! I have the M10, which is the older version of yours. You will love working with this head once you get it set on the "Sweet Spot"
I am sure someone will come in and answer your questions on the tripods you asked about. I am using a series 2 Gitzo Explorer. (GT 2531)
The QR48 is an Arca Swiss type, which means any arca swiss compatible camera plate or L bracket will work with your QR48. So the first decision for you is to figure out if you want a plate or L bracket. These are made camera specific so you would order one made for your camera. I would suggest that you consider an L bracket which would mount on your camera and would allow you to take landscape photos and quickly switch to portrait mode without having to change the height of your tripod setting. It mounts on the center of the tripod and you do not have to use the slots in the head, which put the camera off center.
Any Arca Swiss compatible plate or L bracket (that is made for your camera) will work. I use a Kirk L bracket and others use RRS to name a couple. Most everyone leaves the plates or L brackets on their cameras all the time. Here is a link for an L-Bracket for a Nikon D600 with MB-D14. (I think you said you had the MB-D14)
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#2. "RE: Tripod for Markins Q10" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Sun 06-Jan-13 02:04 PM
Since your Markins head has a knob clamp, any Arca-Swiss compatible plate will do. It is only the lever clamps that require strict plate matching.
I would absolutely avoid any Series 0 or Series 1 tripod (20 and 24mm upper leg diameter, respectively). I would think three times before acquiring a Series 2, although that is a more arguable decision. Macro requires the same level of stability as longer focal lengths and perhaps more.
Best are 32mm diameter legs (Gitzo Series 3). That does severely limit your options (there are far more 28mm legs out there than 32mm legs) and add to the cost but I think it is the right way to go. Others might disagree and suggest 28mm is "enough". It's a judgement call.
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