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Sirui K-30x Ball Head

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Product Highlights
  • Knobs for Pan, Tilt & Tension
  • 66 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-30x 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-30x 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 66 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-30x 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 66 lb (30 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.73" (44mm)
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 Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20 Male
Height 4.41" (11.2 cm)
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 1.10 lb (0.5 kg)
Sirui K-30x Ball Head
  • Quick-Release Plate
  • Pouch
  • Allen Key
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    SiruiK-30x Ball Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (18)
    • Attaches firmly (17)
    • Strong clamp (15)
    • Large range of motion (12)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Night shots (10)
    • Portraits (8)
    • Wildlife (6)
    • Travel (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (7)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Well built, quality product

    Very solid, well built quality feel and strong clamping with no perceived creep or movement. I'm using it with a Canon 5DMkII & 70-300L lens and I'm confident this ball head would...Read complete review

    Very solid, well built quality feel and strong clamping with no perceived creep or movement. I'm using it with a Canon 5DMkII & 70-300L lens and I'm confident this ball head would secure a heavier combo as well. The large single clamping knob is easy to use even with gloves. The integrated friction adjustment is easy to set and works by limiting the knob movement when loosening. I wasn't sure if a tool or coin was required to adjust this, but just light finger pressure is all that's needed. I did find a video on the Sirui web site which demonstrated all the features but only found it after my purchase. The QR plate system is well thought-out and operates smoothly. My other Arca style plates fit and clamp nicely but the secondary release pin that prevents the plate from sliding out inadvertently only works with the Sirui plates. The level indicators are quite small and partially covered with the camera in place so aren't a usable feature to me.
    One small dislike is that the pan locking knob must be unscrewed a full turn or more or else there is some interference when panning the head. Once un-clamped fully the pan is very smooth and clamping again is secure, but the pan clamp knob can not be used to add a bit of friction.
    I don't have any regrets and hope this ballhead will give me many years of service.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Love & Hate

    I bought this ballhead to use for nature and wildlife photography. The heaviest rig I use with this head is a gripped 5D2 with a 300mm f/4 lens.

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    I bought this ballhead to use for nature and wildlife photography. The heaviest rig I use with this head is a gripped 5D2 with a 300mm f/4 lens.

    The first thing I noticed is that it is very low profile, which I like because it allows me to get the camera closer to the ground when the tripod legs are flat. But what I really love about this head is that it is rock solid when locked down. There is no creep, whatsoever, even while I am carrying the tripod over my shoulder. I also like the safety lock on the quick release. And of course, the price point is a very attractive feature of this head.

    There are a few minor things that I don't like. First, the panning base lock is not nearly as solid as the main ball. But, it takes a fair amount of effort to override it, and it hasn't been a problem for me in the field. Also, the tension screw is not very easy to use. A knob would have been much more ergonomic.

    However, none of this matters because there is one deal breaker for me. This head sticks horribly when moving the main ball in the panning direction. It is very smooth in all other directions. The panning base is also smooth. The sticking problem also seems to get worse in colder weather.

    When I first started to use this head, I didn't notice the problem. But after about 6 months of use, I noticed that the main ball would become completely stuck when trying to turn the main ball in a panning motion. I contacted Argraph, the service company, and they promptly sent me a replacement. However, the new one showed the same symptoms as the old one, and after a couple of months, it was as useless as the first one.

    Argraph got me in contact with their Sirui representative. His explanation to me was that this ballhead was not designed to be used in this fashion. If you want to move the head in the panning direction, you should use the panning base. He said the main ball was only for pointing the camera up and down, or moving it to a vertical orientation. To me, this completely defeats the purpose of having a ballhead. If I need to tighten and loosen two knobs to operate the head, I might as well be using a 3-way head. I've used several other brands of ballheads, and have never experienced this problem with any of them. For this reason, I cannot recommend this ballhead to anyone that needs to move the camera. It might be ok for studio work where your subject is always static.

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    5.0

    Works Great

    By dch

    from Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

      I'm using with a D7000 and 70-200 2.8 lens. It has a very smooth operation and very sturdy.

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      4.0

      Great Value!

      By BV

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

        This product so far has exceeded my expectation for quality and ease of use, I gave it a 4 star only because I am about to take it to europe for it's real test.

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        5.0

        really terrific

        By coast

        from oregon coast

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

          small compact but holds the weight i need. very happy with this well made and well priced ball head

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          5.0

          Would buy again.

          By -----

          from tennessee

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

            Does the job it was designed to do.

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            5.0

            A great value, surprising quality

            By Easyt

            from Hollywood, MD

            Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

            I had a 100 some dollar Giotto ball head before. That was a piece of [*] I wish I had never bought in the first place. This Sirui head is 1000 times better at about the same price. It's much smoother, sturdier and easier to use. Given the price point you know something has to give. But I haven't found that something just yet. Hopefully, durability isn't that something... We shall see.

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            5.0

            Sirui K-30X

            By LT Colonel

            from North Carolina

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

              WOW a great ball head. I must admit that it is a dash larger than I had expected. It is a bit big for my current tripod, but it works really well. Great quality, good craftsmanship and sturdy. I plan to purchase a larger tripod for this ball head and a K-20X for my current tripod when funds allow.

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              4.0

              Great except for tension adjustment!

              By Jake

              from Franklin, MN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                  I have just started using the K-30x ballhead, and this is my first ballhead that I have used, so I am not sure how it compares to others. I have a Nikon D5100 with kit lens and 55-300mm lens. The ballhead does not budge when tightened down securely. Maybe I am not doing it correctly, but the tension adjustment does not seem to be consistent. I adjust it the way I want it, and after a while it seems to change, without me changing it. The panning adjustment is also rather stiff, and takes a fair amount of effort to get it to move. Otherwise it seems like a great piece and I am really happy with it. It is so much better than the old pan style head that I was using before.

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                  5.0

                  So nicely made I hate to take it outside

                  By The Old Guy

                  from Idaho Falls, ID

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                    Can't speak to durability yet, but it operates very smoothly, finish is excellent, and it's certainly strong enough for anything my tripod will support. I like the panning base, although the locking mechanism isn't strong enough to keep it from slipping if you twist it on the tripod screw by holding the head (instead of the ring at the base), which you shouldn't do anyway.
                    The instructions on the friction control are simple enough but they didn't work very well; I suspect the instructions are the problem, not the head.

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                    1.0

                    Love & Hate

                    By Ryan

                    from Maryville, TN

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                    • Sticks Badly

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                      I bought this ballhead to use for nature and wildlife photography. The heaviest rig I use with this head is a gripped 5D2 with a 300mm f/4 lens.

                      The first thing I noticed is that it is very low profile, which I like because it allows me to get the camera closer to the ground when the tripod legs are flat. But what I really love about this head is that it is rock solid when locked down. There is no creep, whatsoever, even while I am carrying the tripod over my shoulder. I also like the safety lock on the quick release. And of course, the price point is a very attractive feature of this head.

                      There are a few minor things that I don't like. First, the panning base lock is not nearly as solid as the main ball. But, it takes a fair amount of effort to override it, and it hasn't been a problem for me in the field. Also, the tension screw is not very easy to use. A knob would have been much more ergonomic.

                      However, none of this matters because there is one deal breaker for me. This head sticks horribly when moving the main ball in the panning direction. It is very smooth in all other directions. The panning base is also smooth. The sticking problem also seems to get worse in colder weather.

                      When I first started to use this head, I didn't notice the problem. But after about 6 months of use, I noticed that the main ball would become completely stuck when trying to turn the main ball in a panning motion. I contacted Argraph, the service company, and they promptly sent me a replacement. However, the new one showed the same symptoms as the old one, and after a couple of months, it was as useless as the first one.

                      Argraph got me in contact with their Sirui representative. His explanation to me was that this ballhead was not designed to be used in this fashion. If you want to move the head in the panning direction, you should use the panning base. He said the main ball was only for pointing the camera up and down, or moving it to a vertical orientation. To me, this completely defeats the purpose of having a ballhead. If I need to tighten and loosen two knobs to operate the head, I might as well be using a 3-way head. I've used several other brands of ballheads, and have never experienced this problem with any of them. For this reason, I cannot recommend this ballhead to anyone that needs to move the camera. It might be ok for studio work where your subject is always static.

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                      5.0

                      K-30x Excellent!

                      By Paul T

                      from NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                        This ball head is well built finished nicely and is very sturdy. It holds my Canon 7D with the Kirk L bracket (Arca attachment) and my Sigma 150-500 with no issue whatsoever!

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                        5.0

                        Well designed, high quality Ballhead

                        By JGKPHOTO

                        from Roseville, Ca

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp
                        • The Best Ballhead I Owned

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                            I have owned several Ballheads before including the top of the line RRS Ballhead, 2 different Arca Swiss Ballheads, but this one beats any of those I had before for 1/3 of a price or less.Excellent design, outstanding quality of workmanship, all the controls are well designed and buttery shooth operation. The built in level is also a nice plus.Highly recommed it to anybody.

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                            5.0

                            very solid head

                            By marcus andreus

                            from montreal, canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots

                              Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                              Worry about the tripod, not the head. This thing is rock solid and easy to use. Better than imagined. A little top-heavy when paired with the vanguard 253 carbon tripod but works well. The plate covers my battery cover on my canon t1i which is a pain in the butt when doing time lapse.

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                              5.0

                              It is unbelievable value for the money

                              By Landscape Photographer

                              from Roseville, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                I had RRS most expensive tripod head which had excellent workmanship but a clumsy design. I switched over to the Arca Swiss which I liked more, but this tripod head for 1/3 of the price tag beats any of the two I owned without question.The quality of workmanship is superb, the friction control similar to the Arca Swiss but even better and the friction movement as well as the pan head movement is buttery smooth.Simply put it, this is the best ballhead I have ever had. Superb design and very high quality of workmanship. You have to use one to believe it.

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                                5.0

                                Very Smooth rotation!!

                                By pc175

                                from nyc, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                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
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                  Install it on my Manfrotto monopod. Use it for taking still pictures and making movies with my Nikon D800.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Ball Head!

                                  By Jan Francois

                                  from Brooklyn, NY

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                        Smooth operation, great value. I like the push button camera plate safety pin and also, the friction preset, which works well. I use it on a Sirui 3004 legset, very good combination!

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                                        4.0

                                        Well built, quality product

                                        By rwells

                                        from Ontario, Canada

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Looks Good
                                        • Strong Clamp

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                          Very solid, well built quality feel and strong clamping with no perceived creep or movement. I'm using it with a Canon 5DMkII & 70-300L lens and I'm confident this ball head would secure a heavier combo as well. The large single clamping knob is easy to use even with gloves. The integrated friction adjustment is easy to set and works by limiting the knob movement when loosening. I wasn't sure if a tool or coin was required to adjust this, but just light finger pressure is all that's needed. I did find a video on the Sirui web site which demonstrated all the features but only found it after my purchase. The QR plate system is well thought-out and operates smoothly. My other Arca style plates fit and clamp nicely but the secondary release pin that prevents the plate from sliding out inadvertently only works with the Sirui plates. The level indicators are quite small and partially covered with the camera in place so aren't a usable feature to me.
                                          One small dislike is that the pan locking knob must be unscrewed a full turn or more or else there is some interference when panning the head. Once un-clamped fully the pan is very smooth and clamping again is secure, but the pan clamp knob can not be used to add a bit of friction.
                                          I don't have any regrets and hope this ballhead will give me many years of service.

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                                          5.0

                                          Sturdy head

                                          By Hikenstick

                                          from Long Island

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                            I purchased this to replace the pan head on one of my tripods. I am very pleased with the construction and performance. This is for a 3/8 screw so if you have a 1/4 screw on your tripod just purchase the 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing by Oben fo a couple of dollars.

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                                            5.0

                                            Very impressed

                                            By Denis

                                            from Montreal, QC

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Stability
                                            • Large Range of Motion

                                            Cons

                                            • Heavy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Shots
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                            I have been using the Sirui K-30X for a few weeks now and I'm impressed. The movement is very fluid and the tension knob works like a charm. This ball head is very solid.
                                            I use it with a Slik Pro 700DX tripod and Sirui P-326 monopod wich is a very nice match.
                                            It supports a Canon 60D + a Canon 70-200mm F4 + 1.4X converter. I even used it with my 15X70mm astronomical binocular and it was very stable.

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                                            5.0

                                            A little better than i expected

                                            By Riv

                                            from S.I. NY.

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                              when i ordered this ballhead i wasn't sure of the size,now that i've got it,it seems to be the right size for my application.(d-800 with 24-70).the tension adjustments are just right(not to loose,not to tight),i can easily find a good point to adjust.one thing i wanted to note is that this ballhead has a tension control memory adjustment,which is a little adjustment control button on the main control knob that allows you to adjust for zero setting while keeping just enough tension to hold the setup.i haven't seen this mentioned any other place in the reviews so i thought i would mention it.the safety button to hold the mounting plate is another nice feature,i'm glad they put that in.i would have to say that "for the $$ it was well spent".

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                                              5.0

                                              K-30x Ball Head by Sirui

                                              By Ajay

                                              from Columbus OH

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                              • Heavy

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Wildlife

                                              Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                                              The ball head is primarily used in the field for photographing landscapes and wildlife and serves additional duty as a support for a large spotting scope.

                                              The ball head reeks of quality and has two separate bubble levels - one on the side and one on the top. The panning movement is superb. The ball head even comes with a base plate which is an optional extra in many of the very expensive brands. The ball head uses 'arca swiss' clamp and is precision made, fastening with a quick turn of the knob, the camera feels quite secure on it. I purchased additional quick release plates to attach to the telephoto lens and to the spotting scopes.

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