Thursday, 19 March 2015

Replacing ball head

The quick release (QR) plate on my Vanguard SBH-100 ball head is not Acra Swiss compatible, hence I need to replace it as I have standardised all my gear to use Acra Swiss.  Initially I was hoping I could just swap out the QR clamp and replace it with, say, a Sunwayfoto panning tripod clamp, but alas it was so tightly screwed on that I could not unscrew it.  Hence I was left with no choice but to buy a new ball head to replace it.

Among many requirements, one thing I wanted to ensure is that the diameter of the new ball head and existing tripod match.  I simply brought along the SBH-100 to my favourite camera shop and asked the sales person, who suggested Sirui K-30X.  Although its maximum load of 30kg is way overkill, it's only 50g heavier than SBH-100, which can carry only up to 10kg.  So I guess it's a no-brainer to buy K-30X.  I have used it a few times since purchase and happy to report no problem so far. 

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