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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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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.


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Product Dimensions 3 x 2 x 2 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000L47AHG
Item model number MH1004-320
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4.5 out of 5 stars 544 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Tripod Heads
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By P. Skow on February 27, 2011
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This item impressed me.
I'm using it on a Targus Mono-Pod, with a Quick release adapter screwed onto the top of this swivel.
I use it with a Sony Camcorder and Canon Rebel camera with no problems. Once I tighten the swivel, I don't have to worry about it drooping or otherwise shifting position.

From top to bottom:
No rough edges from machining. The movement was very smooth.
It even includes a rubber screw cap, to keep the top camera mount screw from marring anything when it's not attached to something.
It's all metal, except for the thumbscrew tabs and screw-on camera seat.
The camera seat has an additional rubber pad for firmer gripping of the camera when it's screwed on.

The curve of the inside socket opening exactly matches the curve of the ball. This means no play or movement whatever once it's tightened.

It's designed so that the thumbscrew does NOT take much effort at all to lock the swivel and ball into whatever position I want. (you won't have to use a pair of pliers)

It has a set screw on the opposite side from the thumbscrew. It's purpose seems to be to keep the inside in position, while the thumbscrew is loosened. (The set screw should not be tightened fully. The only change I'd make is to apply some Loctite to the set-screw to prevent the possibility of it's falling out due to vibration.)

When the Thumbscrew is loose, the Outer part will swivel around the base insert, instead of loosening the nut that mounts it to the tripod. (it can swivel easily, both at the ball itself, and at the base.)
The base insert has an additional threaded insert to let it accept two different tripod screw sizes.
A Nickel coin matches the inserts slot width, for easy tightening or removal.
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This is a very small ball-head that will work extremely well for small point-and-shoot cameras. Do not expect it to support even the smallest DSLR - it's just too small.

I purchased this to put on top of the Remington Multi Functional Shooter's Rest, a small, light-weight monopod, for use with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue).

This is a perfect combination for someone who wants additional stability for their small camera, with light-weight being a prime consideration. This combination provides me with a good camera for hiking/biking/canoeing/beach, at very low cost.

Again, this ball head will NOT support a DSLR and contrary to the weight claims, should not be purchased for this purpose. If you want a ball head that is small and will support a DSLR, look at the Manfrotto 494 Ball Head Replaces Manfrotto 484 - big jump in price but very well worth the extra dollars.

By the way, the threads exposed are a function of the adjustable ring that moves up and down the threads - if you need more threads, just turn the adjustable ring downward to expose them.
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The Giottos ball head is good for a small camera that's not too heavy, but you'll want to get something larger and more stable for your heavier cameras and/or fancy lenses. We found that the 7D with a 24mm wide angle lens on it tended to slide unless we cranked the knob so hard it nearly stripped the screw. "Professional" as a term to describe this item is probably pushing it; its really a consumer ball head for lightweight cameras like a Canon Powershot and/or other devices, such as handycam-type video recorders.
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Watch how many pounds a ball head holds before you order any of them. This one is small and would hold maybe 2-3 pounds.
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This seems to be a reasonable ball head for the price if you stick to very lightweight cameras -- even more lightweight ones than the product specs suggest.

Using the Giotto's 3/8 inch socket by taking out the 1/4 inch bushing, mounting this diminutive head on my Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black) gives me just barely under 2 turns of threading, which is solid enough for most point-n-shoots on this, admittedly, overkill tripod for such a purpose.

Mounting the head to my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4K 8.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) gives me almost exactly 2 turns; to my Fujifilm Finepix F70EXR 10MP Super CCD Digital Camera with 10x Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD, over 2 1/2 turns; and, in a pinch, to my Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Black Gold Special Edition (Body Only), just over 2 1/4 turns. I have no idea how long the threads will last, but all of these connections are well within the sturdy range.
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