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Giottos MH1000-652 Ball Head (Black)
- Weighs 1.4 lbs.
- Separate tension control knobs for locking the base and panoramic functions
- Load capacity 22 lbs.
- Base with 3/8-Inch socket with 1/4-Inch bushing
- Weight: 1.4 lbs
- Load capacity: 22 lbs
- Height: 4.7-Inch
- 1/4-Inch camera mount screw
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|Included Components||Buit-in MH652 Quick Release Plate - Draw String|
|Package Height||3.8 x 5.3 x 6.2 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||ball head|
Top Customer Reviews
If you're new to photography or you don't know what a ballhead is: A ballhead is an addition to your tripod that allows you to be able to move the camera around by turning knobs. It's called a ballhead because the main plate is mounted on a ball. The heads on the $30 stuff you buy at the grocery store tends to be a panhead, which allows you to pan up or down, left to right or back but won't allow you to position the camera at odd angles if required and usually they don't handle as much weight as ballheads do.
Usually, the best of the best ballheads in the market cost $400 or more, which can be too much to invest on a ballhead for many, however, that doesn't mean you can't get a very good ballhead for a cheaper price.
This ballhead is a perfect example. In this review I will talk about my experience with this ballhead while using it on the field.
The Giottos MH1000-652 ball head is sure heavy, at 625 grams it isn't precisely feather weight but it isn't too terribly heavy either. The biggest ballhead offered by Giottos in this series, the Giottos 3000-631 weighs 1329 grams on its own!
The reason this ballhead weighs that much is because is made of metal, the only thing not metal is the plate and the quick release plate. This is what allows the ballhead to take as much as 10 kilograms of weight! That means you can mount a big DSLR with a vertical grip (attached or inbuilt), a 70-200mm f/2.Read more ›
I looked at the giotto MH-1000 because it would fit my needs and not break the bank. I was surprised at how well it performed. It worked flawlessly, yet costing a fraction of what similar ball heads were selling for. It also came with an arca-swiss quick release plate which meant I could use accessories such as the kirk L-bracket which allowed for quicker and more stable withching between vertical and horizontal aspects. Now I also have more things to buy for my head because of the arca-swiss plate.
I wholehearedly recommend this head as a value alternative to the kirks and arca-swiss products, You will not be diappointed by the performance. Longevity, we'll see.
The movement is silky smooth and secure when tightened down. The hash marks on the base are easy to read. The quick release is secure when fastened to the ball head.
I also like the way it looks with my carbon fiber tripod which is black. :)
The levels on the MH652 quick release are not the best but are functional. the base piece attaches snugly to my D200 extending only about 1/4" from the body. locking mechanism is fast, easy and very secure.
Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by this model and ended up keeping it. It holds my Canon 7d well without a jiggle. The movement of the ball is like butter - incredibly smooth and solid-feeling.
My only complaint is that the knobs feel similar enough that if you're looking through your viewfinder and adjusting by feel, it's easy to grab the wrong knob and adjust the wrong plane. I'd recommend making the knobs more varied in size and texture so that it's obvious which you're grabbing when you're not looking.
Overall, a VERY good head for a great price. I would not hesitate to buy again, and I'm really happy that I saved $200 over the RRS head for something that works just as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its HUGE! Very sturdy and solid built. Tension knob isnt very precise. It goes from to tight to loose to quick.Published 3 months ago by Joe W. Jackson
I LOVE THIS!!!! I am SO thrilled I went ahead and got this head for my tripod, its one of the best I have ever used or seen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ampm247
I recently purchased this ball head mount with a heavy duty Manfrotto tripod. It's an upgrade for me as I dive deeper into photography.
This mount works GREAT! Read more
Love it! in fact, I bought 2 of these. I have carbon fiber Vanguard tripod using vanguard fluid heads SBH-100 and SBH-250, they are good, but they are not light weight and very... Read morePublished 11 months ago by KH
Poor torquing at factory. Missed many great shots on a trip becuse the base plate kept coming lose from the base. If you buy, be sure to carry an Allen wrench with you.Published 12 months ago by S. Kesterson
Fricken love this thing! Now I know what it is like to have a good head for my Canon T3i.. Don't waste your money on cheaper tri-pods.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Viking
This is my first ball head, it is built solid. Does what its supposed to do, does not shift when locked into position like other brands I've read about. I'm very happy with it.Published 13 months ago by T. Swaim