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Giottos MH1000-652 Large Ball Head with Tension Control and MH652 Quick Release

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  • Weight: 1.4 lbs
  • Load capacity: 22 lbs
  • Base with 3/8-Inch socket with 1/4-Inch bushing
  • Height: 4.7-Inch
  • 1/4-Inch camera mount screw
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Giottos MH1000-652 Large Ball Head with Tension Control and MH652 Quick Release + Giottos MH642C Spare Plate for MH652 + Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black)
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  • Item Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000I6UV1Y
  • Item model number: MH1000-652
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Large ball head with calibrated tension control knob and quick release. Head has separate control knobs for locking the base and panoramic functions. Includes MH652 quick release.

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Nice, high quality, well designed and very sturdy!
Al Denard
When reading what well known and proobably well paid photographers were using for their tripod head, I was shocked to learn how expensive they could be.
Marek Lakotko
No problem holding the D600 and the 28-300 mm lens.
goosedad

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Diego Raigoza Nuñez on December 7, 2010
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The Giottos MH1000-652 Large Ball Head with Tension Control and MH652 Quick Releaseis a great addition to your tripod (as long as it can take ballheads) and camera equipment.

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.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Kelly on March 17, 2007
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I love this thing. This is the second ball head I have owned and the nicest. The knobs are nicely machined and function with precision. It handles a heavy weight and stays in place. It has 3 bubble levels to aid in keeping the horizon straight. It is also able to pan which eliminates the need for a separate pan head. This is an excellent starting setup.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marek Lakotko on August 30, 2008
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As primarily a nature and landscape photographer, I was looking for a ball head that would support my various lenses and perform well in the field. When reading what well known and proobably well paid photographers were using for their tripod head, I was shocked to learn how expensive they could be. The cost of one of the most popular heads could run as high as $400 or 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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Over Exposed on March 28, 2008
I recently purchased this ball head from the Adorama store in NYC. First of all the people at Adorama were very helpful and knowledgeable. When I listed my requirements for a ball head (good quality, fluid movement, bubble levels, quick release, and the ability to hold over 10lbs), I was given four different ball heads to review. Two of them were Adorama's own brand and then two Giottos (one being this one). It took me only a few minutes to "play" with the 1000-652 and I knew this was the ball head for me.

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. :)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Y. Mosca on June 20, 2007
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Very solidly built ball head. all anodized (satin black) aluminium (even the quick release mechanism). knobs are textured rubber coated. pan action is very smooth with positive locking. attaches to tripod with either 3/8" or 1/4" stud. this head will probably be the last i ever buy.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodruff on January 11, 2009
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Smooth to operate and I needed something that would handle my D300 and 18-200 and this does the job. Again another product that was a seemed expensive but worth it. i use on my tripod and monopod.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Atkins on February 2, 2010
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I was advised by a friend to check this head out. I had never used a ball head before so I was a bit cautious and did some research. After my first time setting the head on the tripod and taking it through its paces I'm sold on it. The operation is solidly smooth. I love the fact that you can adjust the speed of response of the movement of the head and still lock it independantly. The panning feature is excellent and you can basically put the camera in any vertical or horizontal position. The two step quick release is great and almost gaurantees no accidental release of what ever is mounted on the head. I was advised to get another quick release plate for my second camera. I endorse and pass on that advise. This head easily holds my Canon EOS 5D Mark 2, flash with flash bracket and my longest lens (70-200 L). It is a great ball head.
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