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    Quote Originally Posted by symmetrix

    You have a freaking Gitzo. I'll seriously doubt your sanity if you still wanna upgrade after that.

    Bring your heaviest setup that you'll use for the tripod and see if it holds up. If you can't, go with the more expensive one to give yourself leeway. LOL
    Get a 2nd tripod?

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    Default Re: need some advice on this tripod + ballhead combination

    Quote Originally Posted by dark cloud View Post
    bro, thanks for the sound advice.
    think i'll go for T1004X, and decide which whether to get G20 or KX10.

    any recommendation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra


    taken from http://www.markinsamerica.com/MA5/images/emille.jpg

    time for the famous dance!!
    No arca-swiss or acratech?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    No arca-swiss or acratech?
    and I thought I was evil...

    Sirui Tripod leh... need to be a bit 'proportional'.
    hahahaha
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    Default Re: need some advice on this tripod + ballhead combination

    The G10 is pretty flimsy and I would choose to get the G20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    I also suggest skipping the G series and go straight for the K series for ballhead. Lesser knob for lesser accidental mistwist.
    I have both a K series and a G series, and I must say I prefer the G20 over the K10.

    The silly knob for friction on the K series not very well implemented and I hardly ever touch it, but "friction point" keeps shifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    They have newer ballheads too the K10 and K20. I wanted to used them on my tripod but decided against it. I preferred the older G10 and G20 but at that time there was no stock
    G10? G20?

    why not a G6?



    i heard that they're pretty fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonrya View Post
    hi uncle cow, yeah.. i'm using a manfrotto 190xprob, so i go as low as low can be without touching the floor. (though there are of course other tripods that can go lower, but)

    the thing i was trying to highlight is that.... tripods maybe able to go low, but the max height is fixed. if it stops at 1400cm, shooting at 1700 is not possible unless you have something to prop it up against etc.

    thanks for the tips!
    -_-" i dun think you are that young to call me uncle.... Unless you are a toddler...

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    I have both a K series and a G series, and I must say I prefer the G20 over the K10.

    The silly knob for friction on the K series not very well implemented and I hardly ever touch it, but "friction point" keeps shifting.
    I'm considering a markins
    Kenna poison by the lever quick release. Does the friction screw behaves as bad as well? anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    -_-" i dun think you are that young to call me uncle.... Unless you are a toddler...

    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.
    only out of respect.

    most of the places i go to that aren't at the beach has this annoying railing, so the height does come in handy sometimes. sometimes. yup. love the low angle as well. i'm using my tripod mostly for low angle shots actually..
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    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.

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    Default Re: need some advice on this tripod + ballhead combination

    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    I'm considering a markins
    Kenna poison by the lever quick release. Does the friction screw behaves as bad as well? anyone?
    Good choice hahaha
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dark cloud

    is it worth getting G20 aover G10?
    roughly how much is G20?
    Yes it's worth to get G20 for future cam setup. Over time u sure add more lens

    And u only pay 20$ more....

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    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

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    Default Re: need some advice on this tripod + ballhead combination

    Quote Originally Posted by dark cloud View Post
    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
    Possibly they have discontinued it.

    It's what I use though.

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    R2004 specs
    http://www.zssirui.com/EN/frm_Produc...x?ProductID=75

    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.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by diver5007 View Post
    R2004 specs
    http://www.zssirui.com/EN/frm_Produc...x?ProductID=75

    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.

    cheers
    after trying out T1004, I feel that it’s a bit short for my height.
    think will have to look for other model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos-

    I have both a K series and a G series, and I must say I prefer the G20 over the K10.

    The silly knob for friction on the K series not very well implemented and I hardly ever touch it, but "friction point" keeps shifting.
    I asked becos edutilos commented that the friction point kept shifting. Markin seems good though, just worried on the things mentioned
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    Default Re: need some advice on this tripod + ballhead combination

    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    I asked becos edutilos commented that the friction point kept shifting. Markin seems good though, just worried on the things mentioned
    No complaints about the 'minimum tension' little screw on the Markins.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    No complaints about the 'minimum tension' little screw on the Markins.
    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.
    +1

    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.

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