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cho10

portsmouth, nh, US
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cho10 Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jul 2010
Thu 14-Feb-13 09:24 AM | edited Thu 14-Feb-13 09:30 AM by cho10

Hello to all.
I'd like to know whether others are curious about the same things I am.
I have a full Wimberley Gimbal which I am very pleased with.

I just bought s new Gitzo 3542LS to replace a carbon fiber Manfrotto with center column that is about 10 years old.
I have looked at different ballheads because of all the articles I have read. I am now undecided between the Kirk BH-1 and the Arca Swiss Z1. I appreciate both the RRS and Markins ballheads but I like the former two more. My heaviest combo will be a D700 with MB-10 and 300mm F/2.8D AF-S (about 10 lbs or 5 kg).

I will be buying one with the screw mechanism to tighten plates as I don't like the lever based quick release models.

On B & H one reviewer said :
"Four days after I received the A-S Z1 from B&H, the screw clamp knob that opens/closes the vice-clamp broke its "captive bead" under normal usage."
This seems inconsistent with what I have read about Arca-Swiss quality control but I was wondering whether anybody else has met with similar construction defects with Arca-Swiss.
Everything that I have read about the Kirk BH-1 indicate that it is similar quality wise and usage wise to the other top 3 (Markins, Arca-Swiss, RRS)

As the Gimbal has proven to be a bit heavy and cumbersome at times I am hoping that the ballhead I choose will offer a lighter solution to carry around when hiking on uneven terrain.


CHO10
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