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JOBY Ballhead for SLR-Zoom Tripod- Ballhead Attachment for Cameras w/ Zoom Lenses Up To 3kg (6.6 lbs).
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- QUICK RELEASE. This JOBY quick release ballhead with an attached bubble level, means you’ll get clearer shots and straighter lines with less effort. The quick release design allows to transition seamlessly as you capture every image.
- CAPTURE SUPERIOR PERSPECTIVES. Position your camera at virtually any angle with the JOBY Ballhead for SLR-Zoom Tripods. Easy maneuverability and precise positioning with a 360 panning and 90 tilt for those flawless portrait or landscape shots.
- LOCKING ADJUSTMENT KNOB. Easily lock the ballhead into place with the locking adjustment knob. Be confident that your equipment will stay secure and sturdy as you step up your standard with JOBY.
- USE WITH ANY TRIPOD. Hold on tight with the 1/4” screw and 3/8” adapter, so you can use this with almost any tripod and a wide range of other products. The compact and versatile ballhead is a must have for any photographer.
- MADE TO LAST. Made of durable stainless steel, aluminum, it’s made for the wear and tear of everyday life, or the rigor of your favorite adventure. Get the tools you needs, for the photos you want with the JOBY Ballhead for SLR-Zoom Tripod.
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CRISPER PHOTOS, SMOOTHER VIDEOS. Line up your shot, and capture crisper videos and smoother videos with the JOBY Ballhead with Bubble Level for SLR-zoom tripods. The quick release plate allows for easy and seamless transitions between shots, so you can spend more time in the moment, and less time fussing with equipment. This lightweight, professional ballhead is designed for use with you DSLR, mirrorless DSLR, Pro DSLR, external flash and camcorders, all up to 6.6 lbs. (3kg.), you can stabilize your images, for a crisper, clearer click. A NEW POINT OF VIEW. Make the once impossible photograph, possible. The locking adjustment knob easily locks the ballhead into place as you position your camera in virtually any angle. The 360 pan and 90 tilt knobs tighten allow extra-versatility as you capture your image or pan your video footage flawlessly. COMPATIBILITY OPTIONS. Made out of durable, yet lightweight stainless steel and aluminum, the JOBY Ballhead for SLR-Zoom with a bubble lever will secure your equipment time and time again. Designed for SLR cameras with zoom, weighing up to 3lbs. (6.6kg.), you’ll get the sturdy structure you need, for the images you want. With a ¼”-20 thread, you can easily use it with other JOBY tripods and stands. Give yourself the tools you need to take better photos and smoother videos
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These clip Joby GP1-11EN Quick Release Replacement Clips for Joby GP1 GorillaPod - Set of 2 might sit evenly, but I already returned the ballhead and can't test it out.
Because these ball heads are affordable, and Joby offers extra quick-release-clips and "flash-shoes" at similarly reasonable prices (though not easily found even on Joby's own website), I've put one of these heads on every one of my tripods (and monopod). I keep clips screwed onto all my still and video cameras, even my GoPro Hero, AND have them with all my flashes. with extras in my camera bag just in case.
Because this gives me ONE, STANDARD system for clicking any / all my cameras onto any/all of my pods, this saves me LOTS of distracting, time-consuming screwing-and-unscrewing when setting flashes and cameras on tripods for still shots in the studio, and/or when setting cameras on tripods for multi-camera video shoots. Want to click out of one and into another to change camera and/or flash angles? A breeze!
I suppose (not that I've ever been able to afford one) that those $300 to $1,000 ball heads you see in the catalogs must be really, really great, and very necessary for aircraft-carrier-sized zoom lenses, but are you really going to lay out that kind of money for multiple devices? I find that these do the job nicely, without cleaning out the bank account.
ADDED BONUS: These heads are nice and compact, so they fit in my monopod and tripod carrying bags; --unlike other ball heads I've seen, which are too big to zip into a sling case or cover.
First off, it's metal - real metal. At least, most of it is. It's got heft to it. The mechanism feels smooth and solid. The friction knob operates well and there's plenty of room for adding enough friction for keeping still what seems like a camera setup three times the weight of what the max specification is (6.6 lbs/3 kilos). The azimuth mechanism is smooth, viscous, completely without any notice of metal to metal contact - it feels like the whole thing is moving in a bath of creamy oil. In short, the function of all the mechanisms leaves this user with no complaint.
The whole thing isn't without fault, however. It may seem that I'm getting nit-picky here but I feel these are design issues (dare I say flaws) that should be addressed with the next iteration.
The main complaint (actually, only of any note) I have is with the positioning of the level. It's not so much WHERE it's placed, but more with how it's left exposed. You'll note from the pictures that the release button for the mounting plate is on the opposite side of the bubble level. So, when I'm attempting to mount or unmount the plate, my natural hand position places my thumbs right on top of the plastic tube. I need to be aware of this as there is about a 1/8" gap between the level tube and the rest of the plate. It seems to me that this is a bit of an oversight. What would make this much better is either re-positioning the level, putting a protective guard over it, or incorporating some other place for one to place their hands. I've figured out a way to work around it - it's not a huge problem - it just requires a certain amount of awareness since the level isn't a structural piece, nor are its mounting ears, and an overzealous thumb-push to slide the plate in or out of the mount could easily break this piece.
Overall, however, this item does exactly what it was intended. I also purchased the GP3 Gorillapod for SLRs and, when that arrived the day after I got the Ball Head, I realized how important it was to have this. In order for the Gorillapod to support the specified 6.6lbs, the legs must be pretty stiff. Because of this, they're only good for course adjustments. You're not going to be able to get the camera sitting perfectly without a significant amount of twisting and adjusting. The Ball Head takes all that out of the picture. Get the legs set close to where you want, then make final adjustments with this. As far as I'm concerned, it's almost silly to sell the GP3 without this.
- price point may seem high for small tripods but this is a bargain compared to name brand quality equipment used on large tripods by photo enthusiasts.
- Feature rich including the quick release plate and bubble-leveler.
- Works as advertised.
- the coin screw attachment on the quick release plate is not easy to attach quickly unlike other systems.
- only rated for 6 lbs but this is reasonable for the price range.
- Even for cameras under the 6 lb rating, positioning will sag a bit after locking. This is a common problem for heads as high as $200, but the Joby sag is less than many more expensive heads.
- does not support panning since lock screw freezes all degrees of freedom. More expensive Ball heads normally come with a separate lock for the panning direction.