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(From company literature) Markins Light Weight Ultra Precision Q-Ball M10 Ball Head. A ball head with extreme stability and maximized ease of use. It can support from any type of 35 mm SLR cameras with long and heavy lenses, the medium format, and the large view cameras.

Markins Q-Ball Head and Camera Equipment System will promise you an upgraded world of photography with its ultra-fine machinery mechanism, user-friendly design, and super-high supportability.


Features:



  • All-in-one type ball head with Q-R clamp and panning for panorama picture (with index scale).
  • Lighter than ever, now weighs under 500g!
  • New captive style clamp knob.
  • With new fluid style knob (patent pending), the main tension control knob provides exceptionally smooth and easy control.
  • The new grey label on the main knob is color calibrated so that it can be used as a grey card for digital photography.



Specifications:

  • Color: Black, natural green
  • Pan: 360 degrees with progressive lock
  • Tilt: 90 degrees
  • Quick Release: Yes
  • Height: 100mm / 3.94 in.
  • Base Diameter: 62mm / 2.44 in.
  • Ball Diameter: 44mm / 1.73 in.
  • Maximum Load Capacity: 40kg / 88 lbs
  • Weight: 498g / 1.1 lbs
  • MSRP: $US340

Also available in titanium (M10-TI).


Keywords: Markins Ballhead Quick-Release


marokero

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 7
Markins Q-Ball M10 Ball Head review by marokero
Review Date: 11/4/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $309.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very good load handling, beautiful finish, lightweight, versatile
Cons: none

The photo above is of an older model, the new one has indentations every 30 degrees at the base, a feature that was introduced with Markin's other Q-Ball, the Q3 Emille. The finishes available are black, blue and red, there's no natural green as listed in the specifications above, and the titanium model has been discontinued.


The biggest lens I own is a 70-200 f/2.8, so the M-10 is barely breaking a sweat. Once you dial in the necessary friction to keep the lens from creeping down, it's easy enough to set the friction in place with the thumb dial within the main tension knob. Construction is excellent, with tight tolerances and the hard anodized black finish is really tough. I ordered mine without a clamp because I prefered an RRS lever style clamp, but it was a no brainer to install it in place. I am very satisfied with this ballhead, and hope to give it a heavier lens to hold in the near future Smile
llitten

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 4
Markins Q-Ball M10 Ball Head review by llitten
Review Date: 12/9/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $300.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: smooth operation, ability to unlock itself if lockup occurs, tension knob works wonderfully
Cons: nothing more then typical ball head cons (weight & verticle motion)

I saw the ball head advertisted on Nikonians.org


I enjoy my investment.


The tension knob allows me to set it up so that I can move my camera and release it, and the camera will not tilt. If I ever need to, one twist securly locks this in place, but most of the time, the tension knob is enough for steadying my shots.


 






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