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SiruiG-20X Ball Head
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Stable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Travel (7)
  • Family photos (5)
  • Wildlife photos (4)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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5.0

Easy to use and stable

By Tim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

This pairs very nicely with my new OMD EM1 mark ii. It is my first ball head, but I think it will give me what I need without additional bulk.

 
5.0

Smooth and easy to use!

By Kaye

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

Very nice piece of equipment. Wish I had gotten the next size larger while I was at it, but the 20 is smooth and easy to use. Nicely built.

 
5.0

Heard tripod for mirrorless camera system

By Diane

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

I mainly use this ball head with my Sirui T-2205X tripod and my Olympus OM-D E-M5 system. I find this setup most useful when traveling to those places where taking my larger Canon system isn't workable or when I just want a smaller camera system to use. It has been a sturdy enough tripod to do the job in both the horizontal and vertical positions. The camera attaches to the quick plate and slides into the rails of the head and is held firmly in place by the turn of a knob,. One ring I dod find to e a problem is that the mechanism holding the camera to the plate would loosen and would need to be retightened at times. Aside from that I very much find this setup perfect for my Olympus setup.

 
4.0

Nice ball head.

By Jim

from Undisclosed

See all my reviews

Site Member

Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

I bought this head as a replacement for a Vanguard SBH-100 that just wasn't quite sturdy enough with longer lenses. This head does hold the camera more securely than the SBH-100 but I was hoping for better. With a Canon 5D MK3 or Canon 7D and a 100mm macro or 70-200 there is a noticeable dip after tightening the knob. It isn't terrible but for precise work it doesn't hold on that initial position.

The knobs seem to be high quality. They are comfortable and operate smoothly.

The Sirui G-20X did not come with a reducer bushing and the bushing from the Vanguard could not be used because it has a flange at the base. After talking with B&H tech support, I ordered a Wimberly BS-100 Brass bushing that is working fine. Since the retail price for the bushing is less than 3 bucks, I think Sirui could include one with the product.

Overall it's a good product for the price.

 
4.0

Great value

By bigdog

from Walla Walla

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

Bare in mind that this review is based on first impressions and using this item in the house to check it out. I have not used it in the field yet.

First impressions are that this ballhead is very well made. All markings are clear and easy to read. The movements are very smooth & it locks down my 7 lb setup very securely. I like the fact that the ball tension knob is separate from the main locking knob. For me it just makes it easier to use than messing with a tension screw withing the locking knob. Of course this is simply a personal preference.

This ball-head is a great value for ones money. Only issue was learning how to properly pronounce SIRUI "sue-ray" (yes I know it doesn't sound a bit like it is spelled) this is according to a video on the SIRUI official web site.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Perfect

By Michael

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

When I say simply perfect I am referring to the use of this excellent ball head with the camera equipment that I use. That is a Nikon D7100 with a variety of lenses up to a 70-300mm. It simply works perfectly.

The 3 knob control permits any adjustment required to be made smoothly and effortlessly. The overall design of the product is ergonomically and esthetically beautiful. So much so that when not in use I keep it on my desk as a paperweight and conversation starter.

If you are using similar equipment to mine the G-20X is an excellent choice.

 
5.0

High quality, nice operation.

By AncientGeek

from Sunapee, NH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

Overall, I'm very happy with this head. I am using with with a Nikon D500 and the Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor 200-500mm Zoom lens. I wanted a sturdy, but light weight tripod to support roughly seven pounds of equipment.

The pan on this head is silky smooth. Very nice. I like the QR plate and recommend buying one for each commonly used piece of equipment to reduce change-over time.

I have found the ball attachment to be strong, but a bit jerky to move around. Perhaps because it is new and needs a little motion to exercise it a bit. Time will tell.

(0 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It works smoothly

By Ken

from Battle Ground, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

      I have not gotten a chance to put it through it a good trial but but I like it holding power so far.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bang For The Buck

      By HSEPhilly1964

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel

        Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

        I recently took the plunge and finally got a proper tripod, ballhead and l bracket. I mated the G20X with a Feisol 3442 carbon fiber tripod and Kirk L bracket for my D800. The G20X is an incredible value. Lightweight, very sturdy and well built. I like the quality of the unit and the ease of setting up my shots. Smooth panning and other movements. Easily supports my camera and a 24-70 or 16-35 lens. You should definitely consider this ballhead for landscapes, seascapes and travel shooting.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice small ball head

        By Film Lives

        from Houston TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Large Range of Motion
        • Small and lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel

          Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

          I was amazed at how small this ballhead was when I received it. Smaller than I thought. It's very light too. Great for pairing up with a small set of tripod legs for backpacking or hiking. The lock and tension adjustment knobs are seperate. I prefer that design to the 2 controls being integrated into one. The pan movement is very smooth-almost fluid like. The lock on hte Arca style clamp is good and bad. Good because it provides peace of mind that your camera won't fall off if the camp gets a little loose. Bad because it makes mounting and dismounting the camera more difficult. The reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the weight rating....44 lbs seems to be quite an exagerration compared to other ballheads I've used. I'd say it should have been rated at 20 lbs or something like that. Even with the lock knob locked down tight, you can still move it without putting too much force on the camera. My other ballheads are rock solid when locked down. I haven't tried my 300 f/4 yet, but you may be able to get away with using a mid sized DSLR with a 300 f/4 lens. If the lens has a good tripod collar and the setup is well balanced. But I certainly wouldn't try anything more than that with it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          sirui G-20x ball head

          By charles

          from prescott az

          Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

          I recently purchased a sirui g20-x. Overall impression? A big WOW. It is very well built , attached a wimberly sidekick which I also purchased at b&h im so happy with it. I recommend getting it at b&h fast and reliable crew and shipping..

           
          5.0

          Love this ball head

          By mv

          from CT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Not heavy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Sirui G-20X Ball Head:

            I use this head with my Gitzo and Canon 5D Mark II and so far I love it, easy to work with and great for studio or travel work. Just buy extra plate if you want use it with other your second camera.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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-

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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