Get a 2nd tripod?Originally Posted by symmetrix
taken from http://www.markinsamerica.com/MA5/images/emille.jpg
time for the famous dance!!
Anyway, 140cm is the max height of tripod, add a ballhead and you will get to about 155cm. Low angle is a gem that people neglected. Like my colleague who just sold off a R series CF sirui.
The only real use of a taller tripod for me so far is to shoot over obstacles taller than my eye level after tip toe.
Hi TS , I've used the t-1004 tripod, the g-10 g-20 k-10x ballhead. The g-10 looks really small compared to the other 2 and if you want to travel lightweight, go for t-1005 with g-10. Your less than 5kg set up will make it without any problems. The g-20 and k-10 difference is that it's less of a hassle to lock your ballhead when adjusted with the k-10 but I think the g-20 look nicer la. I sold my g-20 and still have my g-10 and k-10x with me cos I like the k-10 more. Less knobs. G-10 for back-up. Hope it helps in making your decision.
Not sure what you mean by "friction screw". There is a little "screw" on the main tension knob which allows you to set the minimum tension. I prefer to set it such that the ballhead still has some tension even though the main tension knob is released.
I find that the minimum tension setting does stay put even after repeated use. No complaints from me.
I chose the screw clamp though, because I felt that the lever clamp wasn't so easy to operate. Also, I've got a few different QR plates and somehow the the width not exactly the same (maybe QC issue). Therefore the screw clamp is more assured.
Yes it's worth to get G20 for future cam setup. Over time u sure add more lensOriginally Posted by dark cloud
And u only pay 20$ more....
Just went to OP to check and try out some tripods. This particular model caught my eye
Is this Sirui R2004 a old tripod? Can't seems to find it in Sirui website
I myself am using T1005X. At times I find it too short for my 1.74m , unless I extend
the centre column. I am also using the G20, better than G10 IMHO.
I asked becos edutilos commented that the friction point kept shifting. Markin seems good though, just worried on the things mentionedOriginally Posted by edutilos-
My main beef with this ballhead is the lack of sufficient friction for the panning base. When you tighten it, it seems strong enough. But have the tripod at an angle, and load applied to it.... creeping can occur.
Markins' pan lock is more of a disc brake mechanism, and by virtue of the design, it has limited pan lock friction. And the weak pan lock is a major problem when using tripods with variable angle center columns like Manfrotto 190xprob, Vanguard Alta pro, Gitzo Explorer.
The Sirui G series heads are especially weak in their pan locks (a lot worse than Markins) and is one of the reason why they developed the K series. You can try locking the the pan head as hard as you can. Then apply some force to turn the BH... you will see it slide pretty easily.