New Lightweight Tripod Photography Ball Head Available

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Nikonians®, a worldwide community for Nikon® photographers and enthusiasts, announces availability of the new Markins Q3 Emille professional tripod ball head.

The elusive quest for rock-steady camera tripod support has just been turned inside out -- again.

Markins, the South Korean manufacturer of camera tripod ball heads, has introduced a new model called the Q3 “Emille” to their highly successful line of camera support accessories.

Pre-orders for the new ball head are now being received by Nikonians Photo Pro Shop (, the national and international source for all Markins products. Shipping will begin in Mid-May.

Markins, with the success of the M10 and M20 series ball heads, boosted through strong backing by Nikonians (, the Nikon users community, has gone back to the drawing board, and produced an even smaller head to complement the product line.

Markins delivers very lightweight products based on modern engineering and materials, making them not only most efficient and sturdy for the professional photographer, but also a viable and affordable alternative for the serious amateur.

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramón Palacios discovered Markins five years ago after hearing the news from a member of his organization, sealing an arrangement in 2003 for Nikonians to serve as the global marketing and distribution arm for Markins ball heads.

Palacios received one of the first production versions of the Q3 “Emille” and after putting it through rigorous testing he describes the new head as “Stunningly beautiful, compact, with amazing performance characteristics.”

“It weighs only 385 grams -- just short of 13.6 ounces -- yet handles a load of 30 Kilograms -- over 65 pounds,” he said. “This gives the Q3 a load-to-weight ratio of nearly 80 to 1, closely matching the performance characteristics of its sibling, the M10 ball head.”

Palacios predicts the Q3 will find a ready market from amateur and sports photographers, “The ball head is ideal for reliable lightweight tripods and monopods,” he said. “On the monopod, a sports shooter will have the comfort of knowing he’s got the camera and a fairly hefty chunk of glass held firm while pointing it about the playing field.”

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