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SiruiG-20X Ball Head
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Family photos (5)
    • Travel (4)
    • Wildlife photos (4)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    5.0

    first and only ball head

    By none

    from Coeur d' Alene Id.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Solid Built Head

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

      the Sirui G20X is the first ball head I've every used, I can see any reason I would try any other brand. I used the head on a Benbo 2 tripod for some close-up shots. With the tension control knob it made fine adjustments very easy.The Siriu head is very solid with no creep.The only negative thing is the leveling bubble is covered when the camera is mounted, but is a very minor inconvenience.This is a very good product I would strongly recommend this brand to anyone-

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      5.0

      In a word, smooth!

      By NYC

      from NYC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

        Love this matched product with the Sirui T-2205X 5 section carbon fiber tripod (see my review on that). This head is amazingly smooth and holds the camera sturdily in place. Love the knobs which are critical in a tripod head. Also has redundant locking mechanisms to ensure you do not drop your gear while mounting or dismounting. Another truly amazing feature is the screw mechanism has a lift action turn lever so you do not need a screw driver or coin when tightening the screw to the bottom of the camera. I never expected to see this and am thankful for it every time I use it. Wonderfully crafted and perfectly functional.

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        5.0

        Solid Ball Head

        By Ebaby

        from New Hampshire

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

          So far I love this ball head! Very solid, no movement; a must for long exposure shots.

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          5.0

          Very solid Ball Head

          By Bill In Austin

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Telephoto Work

            Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

            This ball head provides a quick and solid mount on my Sirui tripod. I recently used it to capture a great shot of the "Blood Moon" during the recent lunar eclipse.

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            5.0

            Seems to be pretty nice

            By Jim

            from Santa Cruz, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Well built quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

                It's still brand new so I can't comment on how well it will hold up. But out of the box, it appears to be very well built with no corners cut. Well finished; the controls are all very smooth. Locks down nice and tight. Largest weight is my Canon 70D and 400MM F5.6 lens. Seems pretty stable. My old Arca plate fits on very well. I'm extremely pleased with this purchase.

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                4.0

                Good budget head

                By M.F.

                from So. Cal

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Even Finish
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Maching

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

                  This head was selected for a newish photographer getting a tripod rig as a gift.

                  Pro's:
                  Arca Swiss compatible
                  Load rating listed at "44#'s"
                  Nicely machined and surfaces clean for easy smooth adjustments.
                  The locking knobs are smooth and the ball lock-up comes on progressively.
                  Friction adjustment works well and the panning knob is sufficient. The sample I had took a bit more tightening to securely tighten the panning lock.
                  The camera plate is nicely machined and sliding it in-out is easy.
                  The safety release is also smooth to operate.
                  Bubble levels on clamp and knob for horizontal and vertical positioning.

                  Cons:
                  One cannot rely on when a manufacturer lists load ratings because in the wild it varies.

                  This head works well on axis and while I cannot test the actual pound rating, it is more than sufficient to hold most beginner level rigs with even 300mm f4 lens. What changes is long exposures 5 + seconds where stability issues begin to show up. This is also related to tripod legs used for a complete package.

                  For ball heads, look for larger ball diameters for improved load clamping abilities. Smaller heads can have very good load ratings and those will cost more $.

                  The on axis lock-up was strong and would not pose an issue unless the camera rig is heavy. 300/2.8, pro level bodies that may produce more leverage issues. For a small head like this to balance such a camera rig would be pushing it for long exposures. At shutter speeds faster than 3 seconds, this head is capable. The lighter weight camera rigs for long exposures would need to be tested in your situation to verify what the head can accomodate.

                  All said, I felt this was a quality product that will serve the beginning to mid-level photographer in most shooting situations.

                  I would also suggest an L camera plate.

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                  5.0

                  Good Ball Head Value

                  By Hambone

                  from Farmingdale, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

                    I purchased this ball head to use on my small Manfrotto tripod which I use for travel. After looking at other heads in the same price range, I decided on the Sirui because it was the sturdiest head with the most features for the money.
                    I particularly like the tension control and the separate pan control. Other heads in this range do not have these features.
                    The head does have 2 small bubble levels, one on the QR plate and one on the QR knob.
                    Overall build quality is excellent. It has a solid feel and the control knobs feel substantial. I use with my Nikon D300s, battery grip and long lens with excellent results.

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