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Anyone using a Beike BK03 ball head?

cardiffgareth
Posted 10/11/2016 - 12:41 Link
They seem almost too good to be true!

Less than 16 on eBay, 8kg load capacity and arca swiss compatible quick release.

Just wondering if anyone has first hand experience using them?
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malcombe
Posted 10/11/2016 - 15:03 Link
Hi Gareth,
Have had one for a few years and a nice unit. The Swiss Arca quick release plates are readily available on ebay for additional camera bodies.

No problems in using. However, the main securing rubber knob requires a couple of turns to secure the ball head really tight.

Well worth the money and it appears to be solidly built.

Regards
Malcombe
McBrian
Posted 10/11/2016 - 18:12 Link
^^^^ +1

Absolutely no complaints.
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Mag07
Posted 10/11/2016 - 19:23 Link
Looking at the product pad=ge, it's a direct knock off of Sirui ball heads. A high standard to start with Though having purchased one recently...I still marvel at the smoothness original product delivers....
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cardiffgareth
Posted 11/11/2016 - 15:43 Link
Cool, may just take the plunge!

Thanks all
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Edited by cardiffgareth: 11/11/2016 - 15:43
judderman62
Posted 13/11/2016 - 00:04 Link
I've got 3 or 4 (might even be more) of these - some beike branded, some other. They all cost me between 12 and 15.

Not had a single problem with any of them - all serving me well, which is more than I can say for the crap red snapper ballhead.
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Algernon
Posted 13/11/2016 - 11:28 Link
Considering what you pay for cameras and lenses it's silly to use cheap ball heads when you can now buy top stuff from Tiltall, Feisol or Sirui for 60 to 110. You can even buy a tripod from Amazon for 90 that includes a 70 Sirui C-10X head

REVIEW SIRUI C-10X

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cardiffgareth
Posted 13/11/2016 - 11:34 Link
That's like saying don't buy a new Ford of you can afford a used Mercedes or don't buy a M 300mm f4 as there is the DA* 300mm

If the reviews are good and people first hand say they're good then why spend any more?
Gareth Williams ARPS

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Algernon
Posted 13/11/2016 - 11:53 Link
My old Aunt Bessie used to swear by Kodak 126 Instamatics she used to say the pictures were brilliant.

Qualified technical reviews using scientific equipment to measure vibrations etc. are much more reliable.

I'm a bit pissed off that my 200+ Novoflex Magic Ball 50 isn't rated as highly as 3 ball heads costing below 100 I also have the Novoflex 5 which isn't included, but probably gets beaten as well.

The Tiltall BH-07 (90%) even beats mega expensive stuff like Arca Swiss No wonder they used to be marketed by Leica

http://www.traumflieger.de/desktop/ballhead/ballheads2.php

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Edited by Algernon: 13/11/2016 - 12:09
judderman62
Posted 16/11/2016 - 23:42 Link
Let us know what you think of the head if you go for it gareth
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