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Exceptional value. Not standard ...
on September 20, 2011
I've owned the Arca-Swiss ball head that this model was copied after for 1/10th of the Arca-Swiss price!
Unfortunately, the quick release bracket is designed such that it will not close enough to grasp an Arca-Swiss standard bracket. This is too bad because everyone else makes their brackets to the standard size.
After considerable work with a file on the aluminum mechanism such that the jaws of the clamp could close tightly onto the Arca Swiss brackets so, I was able to get it to fit my Arca brackets and this is why I gave it two stars.
I've used the ball head extensively for the last couple of months and it loosened up. Further investigation revealed that thee are three philips screws that attach the base plate to the ball head (for panning) and that these had loosened up. It was a simple matter of tightening them and the looseness was removed. I'm not sure why they didn't apply any lock-tite coating to these screws?
For the money, it is an exceptional value and with a little ingenuity an elbow grease, it has become a great asset in my photo gear.