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Sirui K-30x Ball Head

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Sirui K-30x Ball Head

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Product Highlights

  • Knobs for Pan, Tilt & Tension
  • 66 lb Load Capacity
  • QR Plate with Anti-Twist Rubber Mat
  • Arca-Style Clamp for Quick Release
  • 90° Tilt, 360° Pan
  • CNC-Machined Aluminum Alloy
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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 has a rubberized surface that prevents camera twist when it's tilted 90°.

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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.59 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 4.7 x 3.8"
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 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (18)
    • Attaches firmly (17)
    • Strong clamp (15)
    • Large range of motion (12)
    • Durable (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Night shots (10)
    • Portraits (8)
    • Travel (6)
    • Wildlife (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26)

    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.

    VS

    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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    4.0

    Looks, Works and Feels Great

    By CRW

    from Oakland, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

      I love the built in level adjustments. I find the workmanship on my unit appears top of the line. No rough spots when panning; just a smooth operation.

      I ordered the K-30X ball head and TY 70-2 plate. Only nit I can pick is the size of the TY 70-2 can obstruct the level on the left side of the tripod. If you have the plate on your camera when getting things set up, it will not be a problem.

      Both highly recommended.

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      5.0

      This is all the ballhead you need

      By Bird Pics

      from Indianapolis IN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

          I ordered the K-30X after reading many comments on various forums and websites and it's big brother the K-40 did very well in DP Revue's test against heads costing two and three times what the Sirui does. The fit and finish is first rate and it is absolutely rock solid. I couldn't get it to sag even with my Kowa 88 mm Spotting scope on it. The scope is a pound heavier than a Nikkor 80-400 zoom lens. I was so impressed I ordered a K-20X for my travel tripod.You cant beat this head till you get up to three times the money and maybe not then. I am confident I wont need to replace this head for many years.

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          5.0

          Best bang for the buck

          By Rowdy

          from San Antonio, TX

          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-30x Ball Head:

            For those on a budget, this ball head is "heads" above more expensive "brand name" heads. It will do the job asked with smoothness and fluidity. Fluidity is the key while strength is always the expected. Easily handles up to a 70-200 f2.8. Will handle larger but not easily.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Execellent build

            By Joe

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                  Execellent build quality.

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                  5.0

                  Smooth heavy duty

                  By CR photography

                  from RI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sirui K-30x Ball Head:

                    I use this on a Sirui 3204 tripod and the P224s monopod.
                    It is well made and probably overkill for what I need but for the money its not a deal breaker since you get a lot for what you pay.

                    If you are looking for a hi quality ball head you can't go wrong with this one.

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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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