The one I posted goes into a 70mm hole not on a stem. It should be about as stable as you could get. Should be every bit as good as the anvil for a considerable bit less moneyThat looks cool and all, but, you do realize that using the column extension instead of using the legs is the WORSE stability option?
I'm sure you're right. I wish RRS had more control of their production capacity or I wouldve went with one. Being a nearly exact clone, without the need for strange adapters, and a third the cost, I'm hoping it's "good enough". Fortunately, prime has free returns if they are shit.Nothing compares to the Anvil-30. When you run one you’ll understand.
So far it seems very nice for the price. Locks up very solid. Got it for military use as I hate saddles and everything has picatiny. The only things that feel somewhat cheap are the arca clamp lever and the paint job. I was very surprised with how small and light it is. It also has less range of motion that I expected. Not too much more range than a leveling head. I think I'm going to keep it. If you can put a RRS claiming lever on it, it would be pretty top notch for the money. Still no anvil, obviously. Hope this helps.Just put the IB-30 on order. I'll report how it goes
Would love to hear your thoughts between the two. Been looking at an Anvil head but they’re not even available for backorder at the moment.The IB-40 just came back in stock on Amazon. I plan on getting one and should have a chance to compare it to an anvil. I know it won't be the same, but it could serve as a budget option for those that can't afford/justify rhe RRS setup.
Would love to hear your thoughts between the two. Been looking at an Anvil head but they’re not even available for backorder at the moment.
Get to do any testing? Thinking this could be a great option for a poor mans anvil.Finally got the IB-30 (anvil style) ball head, it is a quality ball head. Fit and finish is impressive, the ball head is smooth, and IT locks up solid. I'm hoping to test it in the field this weekend.
I know it wasn’t directed to me, but I ordered my IB-30 and used it to shoot out to 540 yards this Sunday. I learned that it’s plenty for my 13lb rifle and that my wife is a freaking beast when it comes to shooting off the thing! All in all it was money well spent, but i bet I won’t use it more than 5-6 times a year..Get to do any testing? Thinking this could be a great option for a poor mans anvil.
Get to do any testing? Thinking this could be a great option for a poor mans anvil.
Good deal. I have one on the way. Excited to test it against my ball headsI did, it is a rock solid platform to shoot off. It locks up tight when you clamp the lever down, it is smooth with tension when you need to transition from target to target, and it's easy to use (same design as RRS Anvil). It is money well spent.
I have it mounted on an Innorel RT90C tripod and the complete setup is as solid as can be.
Wow, the Chinese sure knocked the crap off the Anvil-30 without even a blush.
Resurrection time. I know the ib 30 is IP theft, but can anyone tell me if the 40 is an original design?
My pergear on a slik tripod has held up ok for binos, but I'm looking at upgrading my tripod setup without dropping $1200. Looking at two vets or field optics research, and a decent ball head with quick adjustments.
I agree with this. I have owned the RRS, Leofoto copy - MA-30L, and the sunway. In my opinion you get what you pay for. The sunway is far cheaper in cost and quality. It works, but it is not nearly as smooth or as easily adjustable. As above mentioned, it needs greased and cleaned regularly. Little bit of dust and it gets real sticky. The leofoto is a big step up from the sunway and closer to the RRS but just not quite as refined.Since I have used both Sunway Photo & RRS - I can offer some concrete pros/cons.
IMO - RRS is better. Why - the quality of the Sunway is lower.
- to get the movement of the ball to work well it comes packed with grease (on the ones I had). They do this because the machining is subpar of the two mating surfaces, and they want it to feel smooth.
- the internal part that connects the ball and socket in the Sunway head I was using broke as well.
I have used an Anvil 30 for years. Because of the reversed ball socket arrangement it self cleans.
- it doesn't require grease to make it smooth, it is just machined well.
- the RRS mechanism (lever) stays in place with varying amounts of tension
There really is something to be said for paying for better quality. The Sunway is less expensive, and there is a reason why they are less expensive. However, that doesn't mean you can't make them work for what you want to use them for, just don't fool yourself into thinking your getting RRS Anvil-30 for a significant discount.