Ball Head Q-Ball Q20 with lever release
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Markins Q20 with lever release
NEW VERSION! M20 now called Q20 = Less height more load
This high-capacity ball head (formerly known as M20) has the following characteristics, unique in the market of pro ball heads:
* A hard-anodized surface, so durable and scratch resistant that it is 30% stronger than stainless steel.
* A precision machined titanium center bolt. Light weight but stronger than any other
* An amazing "sweet spot", anti-flop setting which allows to move the camera to any new position and stay put, without having to touch the controls again once set
* With a torque of 217 lbf-in (250 kgf-cm)
* Rated for up to in excess of 50kg (110 lbs)
* While only weighting 555 grams (1.22 lbs)
* An astonishing efficiency load capacity-to-weight ratio of over 92:1
This is an improvement of over 50% compared to other manufacturers (typical load-to-weight ratio of 20:1 to 50:1)
With this terrific load-to-weight ratio, you can use the one and same head for all of your cameras, no matter if 35mm, medium or large format cameras.
The extra load capacity ensures superior smoothness.
The Q20 comes with the new Markins QL-60 lever release (quick shoe) attached. This high quality lever release combines the best of both worlds, efficiency of lever release and compatibility of screw release. It is lightening quick and easy to fully open and close the quickshoe, while it has the flexibility to be adjusted for plates that are slightly larger than Markins standard.
Easy Opening and Closing: The quickshoe opens/closes fully in one quick lever action even with hand with glove on.
Adjustable Clamping Distance: The clamping distance is adjustable by turning the adjustment screw for larger plates than Markins standard.
Note: We recommend the lever style release only if plates from the same brand are used.
Though this lever release quickshoe is adaptable to accommodate different brands of plates, it won't be practical to do so in the field with mixed brands of plates. We strongly recommend to use a single brand of plates with this lever release quickshoe. With mixed brands of plates, the traditional screw style quickshoe will be more flexible.
Convertible Lever Arm Position: The lever arm is convertible either left or right hand position for one's own convenience.
Compact Design: The lever arm stays compact either opened or closed position.
Position Marks: Laser engraved position marks.
If you plan on using another quick release on the ball head, you should decide which head you need (the Q10 or the Q10-NQS) prior to placing your order. The ball head comes with no camera or lens plates - they have to be ordered separately. Please note that the quick release is non-removable (loctited)!
The Markins Q20 is arguably the winner of its class of pro ball heads. It is a sturdy ballhead with great control and smooth operation. Never before has a ball head been so light and yet able of taking such loads with ease. The compact Markins Q20 -only 101mm tall (3.98in)- belongs on any serious photographer and professionals must-have list. As with all Markins products, it has a beautiful finish.
Fewer, robust controls make the system easy to work with and operation with gloves is not an issue, something important for the outdoor photographer. With the smooth panning base you track moving objects with ease and the pan index at the base helps panorama stitching.
Fingertip control for "Sweet Spot" setting
You adjust the integral friction limit dial with a fingertip according to the weight of your gear. Now, the Progressive Friction Control (PFC) knob, using a unique triple bi-axial mechanism locks your heaviest equipment at a quarter of a turn if you feel you need to. This triple action sliding cam construction securely clamps the ball while still letting you easily slide your camera in any position. The limit dial prevents the friction control from turning loose beyond the safe point set, avoiding flops and drops.
The hard anodized Q10 and Q20 ball heads are extremely resistant to scratching and have a beautiful, silky finishing. The heads come in black matte color.
The compact ball heads Q10 and Q20 are self-cleaning, self-lubricating, made of ultra durable 7075-T6 Duraluminum and are virtually maintenance free.