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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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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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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.
I didn't make this change earlier because I read that the ball mount wasn't strong enough for my T2i (with the battery grip and 28-135mm lens).. But then I recently read another review that mentions SANDING THE BALL to reduce the tendency to slip. This makes the mount MORE SECURE from slipping,
I've ended up not using this ball head (until now) because it is simply unable to handle my DSLR and lens combination. I ended up buying this much more substantial, but reasonably priced, ball head DMKFoto Heavy Duty Ball Head with Quick Release Plate. I did utilize the 1/4" to 3/8" adapter from this little ball head on the larger ball head though.
All of that ended when I recently added some new gear to my camera bag which made this little ball head useful. I purchased a pocket camera to use when I don't want to lug around the larger and heavier DSLR. I then purchased this extension pole (commonly called a selfie stick) Selfie Stick - Pole - Monopod Selfie Stick - Best Selfie Stick - Selfie Stick for iPhone 6 - for GoPro - Rugged/Waterproof with NO Bluetooth - The Alaska Life©. The camera is small and light, and the extension pole The selfie stick is very nice but I would have liked to have a ball head on the top. Then I remembered this Mini Ball head. I purchased another 1/4" to 38" adapter and assembled it to the top of the stick. I've included two photos of it mounted on the stick.
I've never thought there was anything wrong with this ball head, just that it was too small for my application. I'm glad I'll be able to use it after owning it for four years!
Original Review March 2012.
This ball head is quite small and handy to use on a tripod or monopod. However it won't handle much weight so if you have a heavy DSLR with heavy lenses you might want to look for a heavy duty model.
Gratefully the manufacturer included a 5/16" to 1/4" adapter on the bottom so it is more universally useful. It is a good product for the price.
> Well made.
PERFECT FOR SMALL CAMERAS
It fits perfectly on my ultra-compact monopod (7oz) Norazza Monopod-lightweight TD140 (the diameter of the ball-head body is the same as the monopod, and the same black). For 20 days this summer, I used the head, monopod, and a tiny Nikon 8200 in Yellowstone National Park, and was able to take clear sharp tight photos of a red fox which was probably 1000 feet away (at the 35mm camera equivalent of 600mm telephoto). I'm an ex-pro photographer, and was pleasantly shocked at the high quality of the photos with this combination of equipment.Nikon COOLPIX S8200 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black)
BIG BROTHER FOR BIGGER CAMERAS
In a pinch, you could use this ball-head with a heavier camera, but I would not use it with a DSLR or comparable camera. Instead, use it's bigger brother. Giottos MH1304-110C Professional Mini Ball Head
THE 1/4" to 3/8" ADAPTER
> Other reviewers have been confused by the (attached) standard 1/4" to 3/8" adapter. Nearly all camera equipment uses 1/4" connections, but some European large format film cameras and some other equipment takes 3/8" threads. If you need 3/8" threads, just unscrew the adapter (with a ca 3/8" wide standard screw-driver).
> If the adapter comes loose (meaning that it stays on your tripod or monopod when you remove the ballhead) then just tighten it with a screw-driver. If that doesn't solve the problem, use a little super-glue or lock-tight on the threads. Loctite 233722 0.20-Ounce Tube Threadlocker Green 290 Nut and Bolt Locker Adhesive
> If (like one reviewer) you regularly tighten your camera on the ballhead so tight that you can't unscrew it (not recommended) then a little silicon grease on the threads may help. Silicon grease will also make the ball movement more fluid---not normally a concern unless shooting movies, but wipe off all excess (and discard the cloth), so that there is no chance of transfer to your lens---it may be very hard to remove. Permatex 22058 Dielectric Tune-Up Grease, 3 oz. Tube
> Click on “Stoney” just below the product title to see my other reviews, or leave a comment to ask a question.