Wed 15-May-13 05:37 AM | edited Thu 16-May-13 07:05 AM by jrp
Now that they have been out for a short while, has anybody had a chance to try out Markins\' new heads for BIF ? I wonder how they compare with Wimberley's venerable Sidekick when using a shorter telephoto lens like the 300 f/4 with a teleconverter?
Thu 16-May-13 05:34 AM | edited Thu 16-May-13 05:38 AM by jrp
The BV-10 and BV-20 were designed in response to members asking what they could use instead of the bulky Sidekick. It does substitute it very well and the BV-10 and BV-20 module is easier to mount on the new Q10i and Q20i respectively. It also keeps the camera and lens centered and closer to the ball head, reducing vibration.
I am now in the market for a tripod/head combo. I had been enjoying a Series 3 Magica, until I "lost" it a couple of weekends ago. Painful, but I have finally stopped beating myself up over it. So, I am now back in the hunt for a head.
I was able to find a GT36542LS for $799 (yay!), and now am revisiting the head decision. Especially since the 3542LS with Q20 (husband's version) it significantly heavier than the Magica (with 3541LS), I am once again heavily leaning towards a Q20, even though the ever loosening pan knob is a pain (anyone find a solution to this?).
I would potentially consider the BV20, though, if it works well for bird photography. Does the BV 20 work as good as the Sidekick for bird photography? I am interested in opinions, good or bad, from anyone that has used one to photograph birds.
It's interesting that the choice was made to use a lever clamp. Though I like the lever clamp, and I would buy it again on a ballhead, I am a bit concerned, since the dovetail that fits into the lever clamp would presumably be the Markins size, which doesn't match the Kirk/RRS, etc size. That would then require field adjustments to switch between the bv20 attachment and using just the ballhead (with my other plates). I am trying to stick to one plate company and had decided on RRS. I have a couple of Kirk plates but will be getting RRS going forward.
Does anyone have a comment about how the BV20 works for bird photography and the potential plate problem?
>It's interesting that the choice was made to use a lever >clamp. Though I like the lever clamp, and I would buy it >again on a ballhead, I am a bit concerned, since the dovetail >that fits into the lever clamp would presumably be the Markins >size, which doesn't match the Kirk/RRS, etc size. That would >then require field adjustments to switch between the bv20 >attachment and using just the ballhead (with my other plates). > I am trying to stick to one plate company and had decided on >RRS. I have a couple of Kirk plates but will be getting RRS >going forward.
I have two Markins Lever Clamps. One on my Q20, the other on my Q3. I have used both with Plates, and L-Brackets made by RRS, Kirk, and Wimberley without ever having to adjust the clamp.
To clarify, in the Q20 lever clamp, the Kirk Lplate on my d7000 is being clamped tighter than the RRS plate, but the difference between the two plates doesn't need an adjustment of the Markins lever clamp. In other words, my Kirk plate is a bit bigger than the RRS, but not enough to require an adjustment in the lever clamp.
When I had a Markins plate and compared that with the Kirk plate, the Markins plate was sliding around in the lever clamp when the clamp was adjusted properly for the Kirk Lplate. The real issue is the geometry of the Markins plates are a bit different.
I tried to do some art to explain the difference on my post discussing this on the lever clamp compatibility thread.
So, my concern is switching between the Markins plate on the BV20 attachment (that is held by the lever clamp) and the rest of my plates (RRS and Kirk, which will be connected by the lever clamp) when I'm not using the attachment.
>>It does substitute it very well and the BV-10 and BV-20 module is easier to mount on the new Q10i and Q20i respectively.<<
Does the MAGICA sold on Prophotoshop include the new Q20i?
Is anyone at home on PROPHOTOSHOP? I have not been able to get an answer to a very simple question. My question is whether or not ProhotoShop is a qualified Gitzo dealer sufficient for me to get the $150 rebate good until 6/15?
Looking to purchase pretty soon after my questions are answered.
BTW, how available is the BV-20 module? I think one problem I hear mentioned with the Sidekick is that it isn't well suited to keep attached to the lens to use for occasional handholding or transporting. How does BV-20 fare in that regard?
Thu 23-May-13 04:24 AM | edited Thu 23-May-13 04:27 AM by jrp
Charlie, The BV-20 (and BV-10) are sold as a unit (Q20i ball head + BV-20 module, or Q10i + BV-10). The module needs a reinforced housing wall and a perfectly machined hole for its pin to pivot, that's why the new ball heads.
PhotoProShop is a qualified Gitzo dealer since 2004. Any purchase made within the time frame of a rebate offered is made good by Gitzo.
The Wimberley Sidekick is a wonderful tool, but it is big, obtrusive, and cannot be kept attached to the lens for immediate access for use. This is the first time I hear of such need or desire. It is not practical at all, whether for remounting on a ball head or for packing.
Your inquiry is very good on a MAGICA with the BV-20 unit. I will add it to the shop ASAP.
Thanks so much. I am trying to take the advice to get the right thing the 1st time (er 2nd time). My 25 yr old tripod showed its deficiency when I added the 70-300 VR. The inclusion of the BV-20 in MAGICA is fortuitous. Just having purchased a 300mm f/4 with no VR increases my need for a good tripod with gimbal for birding & shooting hangliders.
I'll look forward to ordering the correct MAGICA Package in the near future.
One thing, I'm still not sure of, Do you charge Sales Tax when shipped to Tennessee, USA?
I almost placed the order, but when I saw the 14-21 day window I became concerned. I know the gitzo is in stock at Amazon for about $155 less than your price. I also know that the BV-20 is out of stock at Markins (markinsamerica.com).
I would like to be loyal to Nikonians, so I would like to purcahse from ProPhotoShop. The rebate from Gitzo depends on me purchasing their product valued at $450 or more by 6/15/2013. Will you ship the gitzo separately in time for me to qualify for the rebate if necessary???
The MAGICA package that I am looking at is MAGICA-BV34T @ $1,843.80