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Giottos MH1304-110C Professional Mini Ball Head

3.9 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

Giottos MH1304-110C Professional Mini Ball Head features a single knob for ball & pan lock in small, strong, and light weight ball head

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.7 x 3.5 x 0.2 inches
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000UOMGU8
Item model number MH1304-110C
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3.9 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #129 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Tripod Heads
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By R. Jordan on October 30, 2007
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I use this to mount my Nikon D40x on a Giottos MM9780 monopod. Lightweight and well made. The tension on the ball head is adjustable enough that you can steady your camera but still move it around to frame the shot. It can easily tighten down enough to hold the camera rigid. It is not very tall, so with the tripod straight up and down a vertical shot is not possible (the base of the camera hits the flat top of the monopod). This isn't a problem for me because I don't use the monopod straight up and down, I tilt it and brace it against my leg or hip. No quick release, but very good for the price.
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I tried this head with 6lbs load and all it would do was flop over. I think 2 to 3 lbs would work fine, but 7 is really unrealistic for this small ball head. Nicely made piece of gear otherwise...
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This is a fantastic little unit -- you get a lot of ball head for its size and price.

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.
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This item is exactly what one needs to tilt one's camera sideways to take a portrait photo using a monopod. It is well made and inexpensive. Most of the other ones on the market cost twice as much as the twenty dollar hiking staff monopod that you are going to use it on.
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This item supports my Canon 5D Mark II just fine - until I tipped my monopod slightly off-level. Then the camera and lens unceremoniously flopped over with a loud clunk. In the end I can say only that this gives me a ball head on a monopod that allows me to orient my camera in a 90-degree sweep (portrait to landscape). It cannot be trusted to support the weight of a Canon 5D Mark II with battery grip and EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM lens. It just isn't capable of locking tightly enough. I'm disappointed because the load rating suggests it should work, but sorry, no it does not.

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.

Update: 8/17/2010
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.
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Ive owned 15 of these! so why the three stars? They are perfect for small cameras up to a dslr with small lens like a kit lens or 50mm prime.

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
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I own 5 ball heads of varying sizes and brands; this one is the smallest and least expensive. This little head spends most of its time on a carbon fiber monopod where it is more than adequate for my micro 4/3 system. I use a monopod when I can't use a tripod but handholding is not quite enough. Although most of my tripod heads are set up with an ARCA release, I prefer the simplicity of the direct screw mount for this head. I flop the camera to the side and maintain a solid grip on it for verticals - faster and easier than using an L-bracket, and just as effective on a monopod.

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.
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