Sirui or giottos ballhead


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unknownidt

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Hi all,

I would like to seek the advice of the experts here on this abovementioned topic. I know that tripod and ballhead has been a heavily discussed topic but i can't seems to find any review between these 2 ballhead Sirui and giottos.

I'm currently looking for a lightweight ballhead as i would like to use it for travelling. I have a Al tripod(Jusino AX255) for now, which i may upgrade at a later time. From my understanding, the advantage and disadvantage of both ballhead i have listed below(in general).

Giottos
+ A lot of camera mount(more variation if required but at a premium)
+ I can test in UK(one of the supplier has it)
- Heavier than sirui
- Not compatible to Arca Swiss type. (Mostly QR)

Sirui
+ Arca Swiss Compatible
+ Lighter than UK
+ More commonly used in SG
- Not easily available in UK (except via ebay)

Could the expert here recommend which ballhead i should go for? I know manfrotto or gitzo would be a good choice but they are way over my league. :cry: So still on the budget. Giottos is cheaper here but i think if i upgrade to arca swiss, it shld be almost the same. I think Sirui has 6 years international warranty but not so sure about giottos. Anyone has an idea how are giottos ballhead?

If you're looking for the specific ballhead, i'm thinking giottos MH1301-652C and for sirui K10x.

Thanks for your help. Sorry for the poor command of english.
 

daredevil123

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If I am you, I will go for the Sirui without hesitation.
 

nyxes

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i am using a sirui k20x ball head and i can say its value for money :) it can hold a max load weight of 25kg which means you can mount any lens on top of it with reasonable stability... probly except for the bigma 200-500mm lens LOL!!!
 

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nyxes said:
i am using a sirui k20x ball head and i can say its value for money :) it can hold a max load weight of 25kg which means you can mount any lens on top of it with reasonable stability... probly except for the bigma 200-500mm lens LOL!!!
Haha 25kg is only when the plate is leveled. I think most ballheads can super really heavy weights at that position. The weight limit could be less than half of that at a 45 degree tilt.
 

daredevil123

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i am using a sirui k20x ball head and i can say its value for money :) it can hold a max load weight of 25kg which means you can mount any lens on top of it with reasonable stability... probly except for the bigma 200-500mm lens LOL!!!
Max load claims vary... some manufacturers like to claim to the extreme... 10kg will be the ultimate max I will place on a k20x.
 

An drew

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I know manfrotto or gitzo would be a good choice but they are way over my league. :cry: So still on the budget.
Actually manfrotto or gitzo ballheads are not particularly good and nor are they way over your league. Over your league would perhaps be Really Right Stuff, Novoflex or even Arca-Swiss. A Sirui should be good enough. Alternatives are Markins, Kangrinpoche, Benro, Kirk, Arcatech, ...
 

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