Giottos MH1304-110C Professional Mini Ball Head
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- Single knob for ball & pan lock
- Base Ø 1.0", Ht. 2.3"
- Load capacity 7 lbs.
- Top plate with 1/4" thread
- Base with 3/8" socket with 1/4" bushing
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|Included Components||Giottos One year Warranty|
|Item Dimensions||0.2 x 3.5 x 5.7 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.18 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.25 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||ball head|
Top Customer Reviews
A previous reviewer thought this could only hold 3 pounds, so I put it to the test with the heaviest gear I own -- my Olympus E-M5, battery grip, 50-200mm lens with mounting ring, and flash. All told it's 5 pounds 6 ounces of micro-4/3 photography goodness -- and the ball head handled this without a bit of problem (see the photos for this unit for proof). I could tell that there wasn't much retention left with this load, though, so you're probably safe up to about 6 pounds (not sure I'd count on it for the full 7 pounds).
So it's not as fancy as a larger / heavier / costlier head -- just one knob controls all the head's motions. But for smaller (backpacking) tripods, or monopods, this is a great little unit. Toss a simple Arca clamp on top (I'd recommend the SUNWAYFOTO DDC-26 26mm Screw Knob Clamp), and you could truly think of this as a "Professional" unit for travel.
Another disappointment comes from the material used in the top plate: thin plastic. I do not see this part standing up to long-term use. It will be OK for occasional use but I would have been willing to pay another $5 to have the top plate made of metal.
If you just need a cheap way to get some flexibility on a monopod, this will work for you, but do NOT expect it to stay locked in position with anything but a very small point and shoot attached. It will also be useful in combination with a flash accessory shoe to aim strobes mounted on tripods.
Now that I have used this for a while, I am disappointed to say that this item isn't adequate for a DSLR. I believe the only type of camera that will be supported by this are the small "cigarette-pack" sized point and shoots. I plan on returning this as it does not perform as advertised.
DO NOT get this for anything larger. I dont care what other people say... ive been using these for a long time to know what it can hold. You put something heavy on it and it will start to strip the grip on the ball head... and eventually the ball head will no longer tighten. This is very important!
I've also used them to hold a Triple Flash Socket mount and push an umbrella through... it cannot hold the offset weight of the umbrella!
So why do i keep on buying them?
Like I said... they are perfect for smaller cameras! I have three gopros, two sony nex's, and several other smaller cameras that dont weight a hole lot. This ball head is perfect for those! This ball head is really really small, so i can throw a bunch of them into my bag without really reducing my available space. I love these!
Ok, you love them so much, then why three stars?
THE PRICE! for only a few bucks more, you can get a CowboyStudio Pro Camera Tripod Ball Head Quick Release Plate With Gradienter BK-03. Now this head can support a Full frame DSLR with a shotgun microphone, and 16-35mm lens with no problem. Not once will it slip. I've even put on a Full frame DSLR with a Sigma 120-300 lens (which is really heavy!) This one is amazing! and only for a few bucks more. However, it is substantially bigger than the Giottos ball head.
I waited 3 years to write this review! I think i know this product very well! hope this review helped
The head is nicely constructed and operates very easily and smoothly. It makes shooting from my monopod very quick. I have occasionally used this head on a small tripod when light weight is really important.
Giottos has found a nice right balance of size/weight/cost and good quality construction with this head.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would rate it's capacity as 1.0 pound tops. Specs rate it for 7 lbs., but won't hold camera a micro 4/3rds camera and zoom (less than 2 lbs) reliably in certain positions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W.R.C.
Super sturdy. Replaced a broken shoe type on an old light weight tripod. Works great with my Nikon DSLR.Published 7 months ago by E. Schrank
Holds my spotting scope without issue. I bought this to lighten up my tripod instead of taking my pan head while backpacking. Read morePublished 10 months ago by lebardt