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Professional Mini Ball Head Camera Mount
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- Detachable platform with camera mounting thread 1/4"
- Base with interchangeable mounting thread 1/4" and 3/8"
- Height: 51 mm 2.00 Inch
- Weight: 50 g 1.76 ounces
- Load capacity: 2 kg 4.41 lbs
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 2 x 3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.2 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||ball head|
The Giottos MH1004-320 Professional Mini Ball Head is the perfect accessory to add versatility to any tripod. Made from a lightweight yet incredibly strong aluminum alloy, this locking ball head makes adjusting your camera to nearly any position quick and easy.
Simply loosen the knob, and rotate, tilt and pan your camera or camcorder with complete fluidity. And when a 90-degree angle is desired, simply lower the platform into the notch. Best of all, this head weighs less than two ounces (50g) and is just two inches long (51mm), which makes it easy to carry and add to any tripod system.
Top Customer Reviews
Now I did try a weight test and it does hold a full frame SLR with a 50mm lens. But that was assuming everything was stationary and being rather ginger with the handling. Lets face it, that's not the intended purpose of this ball head nor what it should be used for. Argue with me if you like, but it's your money on the line when this thing fails and your expen$ive camera and lens drops like a rock.
If you plan to use a phone or a point and shoot for videography this will (in conjunction with a decent tripod) give you a lot of options. I mounted mine to a Manfrotto 055XPROB which required a 3/8" to 1/4" thread adaptor. And surprisingly enough, they make a good combo. Maybe a little mismatched visually but honestly quite versatile. For a camera of a pound or less it yields a pretty positive lock. And it's even notched so the ball can lay down 90 degrees to the horizon. There's no way to accurately adjust where the notch will be when tightened but mine consistently faces the rear leg of my tripod.
Really for something that works this well, it's quite inexpensive and worth owning. Assuming you still shoot with light cameras. Once again, DSLR users, seriously don't bother.
Yes, this is a professional quality ball head - with a max weight limit of around two lbs. It has no problem supporting my 580EXII speedlight. It would also work on a compact camera - but not a DSLR. But then again, it's not made for DSLR cameras.
You'll have no problem using a light camera or speedlight. The manufacturing quality is perfect. It works on 1/4-20 or 3/8-24 threads (adapter included and installed). The knob that tightens the ball does not apply tension directly to the ball, but to the base under the ball. This raises a cup-shaped fitting to clamp the ball tightly. With cheaper ball heads, the screw presses right against the ball, scratching and gouging it. NOT with this ball head.
If you're looking for a ball head to supplement your off-camera mounting variety, or for a lighter camera, you'll be very pleased with this purchase.
There is only one knob on the side which loosens the ball head and the panning function. It's almost impossible to adjust one handed...
But my use if unusual... I've attached this to a 1/4in plate and run that plate from my camera mount. My flash runs on-cable from the hotshoe to this mini ballhead. My flash doesn't have off-camera capabilities or tilt/rotate functionality... but with the flash cable and this ballhead, I can rotate and tilt my flash off camera, then lock it down for macro shots.
Function over form!
Otherwise the ballhead is great - Just wish there was another adjustment knob separate for panning...