Lightweight Pro Ball Heads now available in the USA
No. 0005 - Released February 10, 2004

Featherweight ball heads for professionals take loads in excess of 80 pounds. These new pro ball heads from the Korean manufacturer Markins target the demanding outdoor market, weight less than 1.28 lbs and carry loads exceeding 80 lbs.

Modern tripod heads for outdoor photographers should be light and very sturdy. After some hours walk, the total weight of your backpack equipment becomes an issue and you often wish for a couple of pounds less on your back.

The Markins compact ball heads in the M10 and M20 series stand the toughest requirements and provide innovative technology such as Progressive Friction Control (PFC). At 1.12 and 1.28 lbs, they are light yet take loads exceeding 80 lbs. This gives an exceptional load-to-weight ratio of 78:1.

The progressive friction control knob locks the ball securely in any position, and the integrated panorama base allows the head to be turned 360 degrees for exact camera panning. Coming with the standard 3/8" windings, the ball heads can be used on any standard tripod.

The M10 and M20 Q-Ball ball heads are made of durable, hard-anodized 7075-T6 Duraluminum. They are self-cleaning and practically maintenance free.

The easy to operate quick release clamp is compatible with Kirk, Foba, RRS and Arca Swiss. Various quick connect camera plates are available which stay on the camera and tele lenses.

The suggested retail price for Markins M10 is 340.00 USD incl. quick release clamp. Camera plates are available starting at 40.00 USD.

Markins products are available online in the Nikonians Photo Pro Shop at, shipping out of Virginia.

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