Recently, a potential customer asked whether the KPS T5 geared ball head can handle heavy cameras. Such question is not uncommon. So, we thought a picture would be better.
Below is a picture of the KPS T5M Geared Ball Head with an equipment weighing 13.8 lbs. What we mounted is Celestron Omni XLT 120 telescope with Canon 5D Mark III attached. According to the manufacturer's websites, the Celestron telescope weighs 12.5 lbs and 40 inches long, and the Canon 5D weighs 33.5 oz (2.09 lbs). So, the total should be 14.59 lbs. According to our measurement using our scale, the combination weighed 13.8 lbs. Even the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens weighs only 9.9 lbs and is 18 inches long.
It is not that we are recommending replacing the telescope's equatorial mount with KPS T5. The Celestron equatorial mount with counter weight would be better for star gazing. We are just showing this to demonstrate what the KPS T5 can do. KPS T5 can handle the load.
We used FLM CP30 Pro tripod with KPS T5M. T5M is the screw knob clamp version of the T5.