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Sirui K-20x Ball Head

B&H # SIBSRK20 Mfr # BSRK20
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You Pay: $129.95
Product Highlights
  • Knobs for Pan, Tilt & Tension
  • 55 lb Load Capacity
  • Quick-Release Plate with Anti-Twist Pins
  • Arca-Style Clamp for Quick Release
  • 90° Tilt, 360° Pan
  • CNC-Machined Aluminum Alloy

The Sirui K-20x Ball Head is an extremely sturdy head with control knobs for pan, tilt, and tension, plus an Arca-style clamp for the included quick-release plate. The pan, tilt, and quick-release knobs are all separate, while the tension knob is integrated into the ball-locking (tilt) knob. The head tilts 90° for portrait orientation, and the quick-release plate features two pop-up pins that prevent camera twist when it's tilted 90°. There's also a video pin on the plate to keep camcorders from twisting.

The interior ball locking of the K-20x head has a sphere tolerance of 0.01mm, and it's equipped with an orientation-memory locking dial. This helps yield a high load capacity of 55 lb. The quick-release clamp features a secondary release button that prevents any inadvertent disengagement of the camera/plate from the clamp, thereby adding to the head's overall security & stability. The Arca-style platform conforms to standard sizes, so you can use compatible plates from other manufacturers.

The three control knobs allow a photographer to exercise extremely fine control over the orientation of the camera, whether it's a DSLR, 35mm, medium-format camera, or even a camcorder. Pan, for instance, can be adjusted while the tilt stays locked, enabling precise movement that's measurable – there are degree markers at the panning base for panoramic photography.

The K-20x is CNC-machined from an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and anodized with an oxidation treatment that ensures a durable, high-quality finish.

Arca-style quick-release clamp with secondary safety lock
Two bubble levels (horizontal and vertical) on the quick-release platform ensure that your framing hews to the horizon in either portrait or landscape orientation
The friction-control knob, integrated into the ball-locking knob, allows the operator to adjust the resistance of the ball's movement
Quick-release plate is aluminum alloy with a rubberized surface
Stainless steel camera screw
Load Capacity 55 lb (25 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.50" (38mm)
Quick Release Yes, with Arca-style plate
Spirit Level Yes, 2
Tension Control Yes, integrated into tilt-control knob
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Pan 360°
Tilt 90°
Head to Tripod Mounting Thread 3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting 1/4"-20 Male
Height 3.86" (9.8 cm)
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 0.88 lb (0.4 kg)
Sirui K-20x Ball Head
  • Quick-Release Plate
  • Pouch
  • Allen Key
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    SiruiK-20x Ball Head
     
    4.6

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (31)
    • Attaches firmly (28)
    • Strong clamp (27)
    • Large range of motion (21)
    • Easy to use (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (40)
      • Travel (31)
      • Night shots (22)
      • Wildlife (21)
      • Portraits (16)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (42)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great New Ball Head for me!

      I am a landscape/cityscape photographer and travel a lot to Europe as well as the States and I needed a new head, to replace my old Novoflex, to use on my also new...Read complete review

      I am a landscape/cityscape photographer and travel a lot to Europe as well as the States and I needed a new head, to replace my old Novoflex, to use on my also new Sirui N2204x tripod. I could have use the K-10 but wanted more substance and so I purchased the K-20x. Both tripod and head are a great match and very solid. It took me a while to get use to the 3 knobs vs. the single knob on my Novoflex but they work very well requiring no excessive tightening. The actions are very smooth and reliable causing no concern over movement. I like to carry my camera on the tripod when on location and I have no worry over loosing the camera. The safety lock is easy on and off providing a extra level of security. Only the test of time will tell the long life of this head.

      After over 25 years with B&H I have never had a problem with them or their merchandise and delivery has always been on time.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Beautiful Head but not for winter time

      I bought the K-20x Ball Haed with the Sirui N-2004KX and I was very impressed of the quality and construction of this set. knobs turn smoothly and lock the camera easily and...Read complete review

      I bought the K-20x Ball Haed with the Sirui N-2004KX and I was very impressed of the quality and construction of this set. knobs turn smoothly and lock the camera easily and securely.The problem I had with the head and tripod is in winter time in temperatures 36 - 32 (Fahrenheit) and lower, for some reason the head and knobs get stuck and do not turn or move.The same problem happen also with the tripod legs, in lower temperatures is hard to extend it.

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By Ron in NYC

      from NYC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

        I agree with the review by Terry from Spokane Valley, WA. The ball head does not sag when tightening after positioning or, as Terry puts it, the ball head does not drift off target. I have a Markins Q-Ball Q3 Emille with knob release on another tripod. The Sirui ball head is every bit as good as the Markins. I am using this ball head on a Sirui T-2205X 5-section carbon fiber tripod. The combination makes for an excellent travel camera support. My heaviest equipment is a Nikon D810with Nikon 70-200mm f/4.0 lens, which doesn't come close to the stated weight limits of the tripod or ball head. Therefore, I have no idea what would happen if it did approach rated capacity.

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        1.0

        Beautiful Head but not for winter time

        By Lightsearcher

        from New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Arca Swiss Compatibility
        • Compact
        • Great design
        • Sturdy

        Cons

        • Hard To Handle In Cold
        • Not Winter Friendly

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

        I bought the K-20x Ball Haed with the Sirui N-2004KX and I was very impressed of the quality and construction of this set. knobs turn smoothly and lock the camera easily and securely.The problem I had with the head and tripod is in winter time in temperatures 36 - 32 (Fahrenheit) and lower, for some reason the head and knobs get stuck and do not turn or move.The same problem happen also with the tripod legs, in lower temperatures is hard to extend it.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Durable and stout ballhead

        By Photorich

        from SE Pennsylvania

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

          I have had the K-20x for about a year now, used several times a week for that time, supporting a camera (Canon 6D) and lens combination (usually a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 or Canon 70-200 f/4) that is 4-5 lbs. I use it on top of an Induro 0114 carbon fiber tripod, which is a nice, lightweight, compact, steady combination.Things I like about the head--great machining and top quality finish. Very secure, once it is tightened down, I have never had the camera move. Controls are fairly simple. Arca-Swiss plate is nice. The tension control is integrated into the main knob, works fine, but takes a bit of getting used to. Seems to be as secure after a year of using (probably several hundred times) as it did when new. This is important because I often carry the camera on the tripod for a day's shooting. Things that I don't like so much... The knobs have a rubber collar that wraps around them and being a bit paranoid about tightening everything down, I fuss with them quite a bit. I found that the collars are moving slightly, so I tighten the knobs carefully (maybe I was torquing the knob more than needed). The panning knob seems only adequate..needs to be tightened with care. Things that are useless: the bubble levels...but that is no different than any other tripod head.

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          5.0

          Meets my expectations

          By Ron

          from Lexington, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Arca Swiss Compatible
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

            I use the Sirui K-20X ballhead on a Benro A2580F Tripod; and mount a Canon 7D and a Canon 24-105L zoom lens using a Really Right Stuff L Bracket (Arca Swiss compatible) with no problems at all. The knobs turn smoothly and lock the camera easily and securely. I have used several joy stick/pistol grip heads in the past and feel that I work just as quickly with this Sirui ballhead. Another plus as mentioned is the Arca Swuiss compatibility.

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            5.0

            replacement ball head

            By Leslie the Bee

            from Charlottesville, Va

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

              This is a nice replacement head. It tightens with one large screw which is especially nice. I also like all the leveling bubbles.

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              5.0

              Excellent construction and easy to use..

              By Paramaniac

              from Chester County PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

              Since I started into photography, I used the cheapest tripod that I could find, and they all had that junky little quick release foot and handle to make adjustments, so there was a bit of a learning curve for me to get used to this type of tripod head. That learning curve lasted all of 10 minutes!

              The head moves fluidly and quickly for tracking birds and insects and locks down quickly for when I am going macro or have the zoom lens on.

              I also wanted an Arca-Swiss compatible head and wasnt comfortable with the lever release heads that I had tried out in the past. The knob tightens the plate solidly and there are detent pins that allow me to make adjustments to get my rig balanced that make sure I dont accidentally slide off of the mount.

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              5.0

              Quality at a great price

              By Don

              from Edmonton

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                I use this product on a remote camera. Works great, is light and easy to use

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                5.0

                Finally get exactly what I needed!

                By Black Russian

                from NYC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                  I bought it after reading other reviews and doing some research specifically for using on monopod for shooting football games with Sigma 50-500 OS lens on Canon 7D body with attached battery pack. It very easy handles very substantial weight of this combination. But, most importantly for my specific usage, its tension knob does such a great job in adjusting tension so smoothly. It kind of became my "fluid ballhead" if you will. I try 4 different ballheads before, all of them much more expensive than this one. While they were great at keeping camera motionless on tripod, I couldn't adjust them for fluid motion use on monopod.
                  It is also smaller, and weight less than similar ballheads than capable of holding this weight.

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                  5.0

                  Great Ball Head at a better price!

                  By NH Phil

                  from New Hampshire

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                    I bought this to go with the T 2205X tripod. Its great, the tension adjustment is perfect, camera control is very smooth the quick release clamp is excellent and it locks in place right where you want it.

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                    2.0

                    Headball not smooth

                    By Nick

                    from Clive, Iowa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                    I bought this one year ago. I felt tight when I bought this. Now it even tighter and very hard to move the head.

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                    5.0

                    smooth, sturdy, beautifully made

                    By PeterWashHghts

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful Finish
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                      I recently bought this ball head with the Sirui T-2205X 5-section carbon fiber tripod. Beside its beautiful finish and silky-smooth operation, I like how it helps me set up a shot quicker. You release the knob, adjust the camera position, increase the tension and make micro-adjustments if necessary. The quick-release plate is forged, rather than cast, as are the other metal parts. The ballhead has a release knob and degree markings for panorama shots. The supplied allen wrenches can be used to tighten the head to the tripod column, something I recommend doing for extra stability. Multiple bubble level help with keeping the horizon level and for distortion free shots.

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                      4.0

                      Like this Gear

                      By Canon User

                      from Naples fl

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                        Solid product. Supports Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 100 - 400 MM lens.

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                        5.0

                        K-20x Ball Head by Sirui

                        By Miracle Worker

                        from NYC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Great price
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp
                        • Strong-solid
                        • Ultra Light Weight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Nature
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                          Super light weight, one of the lightest on the market. Great design and functionality.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Ball Head!

                          By Ely

                          from New York City

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                            Was very impressed with how well engineered and manufactured this ball head is. Everything is incredibly smooth, and despite it being relatively small (considering that it's rated for 44 lbs), it feels incredibly solid. The Arca Swiss plate is great and should be compatible with L-brackets etc. Pros: -Smooth Panning and micro-adjustment -Smooth and pleasant finish-Looks nice! - Very portable (fine-adjustment cleverly built into main locking knob instead of being a separate knob). Cons: -None really, except main locking knob was over-lubricated upon arrival, but I wiped it off and it wasn't an issue (still is just as silky smooth functioning). Couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.

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                            5.0

                            ball head

                            By Dawnphotogal

                            from NE MI

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                              I prefer its head to one that has all those adjustors that get in the way of one another.
                              this is much faster and easier to use. Should have bought it years ago!

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                              5.0

                              Great product

                              By Terry

                              from Spokane Valley, WA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                              No comments are needed on the finer points of these ball heads except to whole heartedly agree with those already made by others.I spent a lot of time reading ball head reviews before this purchase and found a few concerns about my likely choices drifting off target as they were tightened down. There were few reviews on Sirui, but nearly everyone thought very highly of them and there was no mention of a drifting problem so I bought the K-20X. Specs indicated the K-10X, but these little jewels aren't very large, so for $[$]more I decided on the K-20X and would do so again.The first thing I checked was drift when locking the camera on target. Numerous attempts did not detect any drift. There were several reviews indicating an inability to view the round leveling bubble with the camera mounted and a video proving it, and to my embarrassment I verified it; but mounting the rapid release plate with the notation," TY-50X," at the rear of the camera and the clamp knob at the front gives an unrestricted view of the bubble and good acess to the clamp knob. When the camera is tipped vertically to the left the tubular bubbles are facing up with the camera in your left hand and the main locking knob pointing at your chest. It's an ideal arrangement.One other item, and I almost discovered this the hard way because I hadn't read the instructions. There are 2 ways to detach the camera. You can loosen the clamp and slide it off or turn the clamp knob out far enough to tip the camera off the clamp. At 1 1/2 revolutions the camera wouldn't tip off and at 2 it would. The camera will slide out of the clamp easily by loosening the knob less than 1/2 a revolution.It's a beautifully designed and manufactured piece of equipment. Very smooth operation and requires little force to tighten the plate clamp, ball lock and pan lock. If it continues to perform as well as it does now I'll be very pleased, and If priced comparable to the others I considered, which were significantly more expensive, it's still the one I'd buy.

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                              5.0

                              perfect companion for my tripod

                              By William of Wilmington

                              from Savannah, GA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                                fitted on my Induro CT314 tripod providing a stable, easy to use support system.

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                                5.0

                                Sturdy ballhead

                                By Bill

                                from Tulsa, OK

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                                  I needed this ballhead to support a heavy lens combination for a macrophotgraphy setup. It is well built and supports all securely. Good price and smooth functions. I would buy it again.

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                                  5.0

                                  awesome!!

                                  By gifred

                                  from sherman,ct

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                                    i use this on my giottos vgr9254 tripod. its great in its simplicity.

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                                    5.0

                                    Sirui K-20x

                                    By JHP

                                    from Salt Lake City, Ut

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Sirui K-20x Ball Head:

                                      This ball head is well built. I mostly like the ergonomics of it. Multiple variations of tension make it very useful for the way I want to use it. Good price point as well.

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