Need advice on tripod ball head for D3? (Sirui K-20x Ball Head)

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Joe Tam Contributing Member • Posts: 640
Need advice on tripod ball head for D3? (Sirui K-20x Ball Head)

Hi,

I just bought a Manfrotto 055XPROB Aluminum Tripod and I'm looking for a suitable ball head that can theoretically hold up to a 400mm/f2.8 AFS lens with D3 but will mostly use a 24-70f/2.8.

I prefer the Arca type system over the Manfrotto quick release.

I rarely use a tripod because I shoot events and breaking news but there are about 5-10 times where I really need one a year(such as 4th of July). I would like to also start shoot portraits with the head so that is another consideration.

I'm looking to spend about $100-200 on a ball head. I looked at the RRS, Kirk, Induro, Arca, Acratech but they are mostly above my price range.

I am interested in the Sirui K-20x Ball Head for $129. Does anyone have any experience with this brand? It fits my budget and my needs as of now. It states 55pound max weight but I doubt that.

Any other recommendations?

Thanks.

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