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The Markins Integrated Camera Support System – User Review
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The Markins Integrated Camera Support System – User Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) one of our two founders, gives us a tour of Markins ball head models and new modules that make the combination a truly integrated camera support system, not just for landscape, wildlife, and portrait, but now for birding, video and for panorama photography, by including ingenious compact tools. Read more...

Going lighter with an FX system
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Going lighter with an FX system

Rick Walker (walkerr)

There are times when you want, need or should travel lighter, however still making wonderful quality images, not just snapshots. Rick Walker presents us his current solution on occasion of a trip to Paris with his wife. Read more...

Markins Q20 ballhead review
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Markins Q20 ballhead review

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel)

A little bit of history: the M20 Seven years ago I wrote my first review on the Markins M10 ballhead. Shortly after that I upgraded to the M20, and I have been using it ever since. It is still in perfect working condition, and my guess is that it will easily outlive me. From the moment I turned pro a couple of years ago, the M20 has been used and abused almost daily in various ballheadhostile locations all over the planet. Read more...

Review: Why Markins Ball Heads
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Review: Why Markins Ball Heads

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The absolute sharpness of the landscapes and architectural images we admire has a lot to do with the rock steadiness of the camera while shooting. To obtain it, a sturdy tripod and an unmovable tripod head are a must. Having a ball head therefore meant to be at least halfway towards the professionals level in terms of camera support, adding to vibration reduction, ease of use in the field and equipment safety. Read more...

Markins M10 Whitepaper
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Markins M10 Whitepaper

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel)

An extensive user report of the Markins M10 ballhead. In pdf file format, 17 pages, 1.5 MB. A wealth of information right in front of you. Read more...

Markins M10/M20 Ball Heads Review
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Markins M10/M20 Ball Heads Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

A ball head is a ball head -- right? I used to think so! I've always had the attitude that it really doesn't matter what ball head you use, since all it does is clamp the camera in the position you want. I figured any ball head that was big enough to handle the weight was good, and all that really matters is the price. Read more...

Arca Swiss B1 Monoball Head Review
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Arca Swiss B1 Monoball Head Review

User

I first read about Arca-Swiss B1 in an early-1989 Modern Photography issue. That was when the Monoball B1 had just come out replacing the previous model, simply called Mono Ball. Why was the replacement called B1? There were two replacements to the popular Monoball, the B1 and the larger B2, which was actually roughly the same size as the original Monoball. Read more...

The Walking Stick Monopod - AKA
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The Walking Stick Monopod - AKA "The Merlin Stick"

User

You say your biggest problem is going to be keeping your camera steady, at long shutter speeds, in places that are so dark you need radar to get from one end of the room to the other. Flash is forbidden and tripods get confiscated on sight? Ok, I got the idea after wasting money on the most useless gadget I've ever bought -a shoulder stock. Then I started wondering about other ways to fix a camera firmly, and one thing kind of led to another... Read more...

Manfrotto 222 (Bogen 3265) Grip Action Ball Head Review
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Manfrotto 222 (Bogen 3265) Grip Action Ball Head Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

I am the happy owner and heavy user of one of these beauties. It is extremely versatile, quick and easy to use, apparently still a favorite among many pros. One only has to grip the handle and you can position your camera anywhere within the 180° sphere. It works very well, whether mounted on a tripod or on a monopod. Read more...

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