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Giottos MH-1002 Compact Ballhead with Independent Panning Lock - Supports 6.6 lbs (3 kg)

B&H # GIMH1002 Mfr # MH1002-310
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You Pay: $49.49

Similar in design to the MH1003 but with a larger diameter ball and higher weight rating, the MH1002 can easily hold 35mm and some medium format gear with smoothness and precision.

Maximum Camera Supported 35mm SLR
Load Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Height 3.0" (7.6 cm)
Quick Release No
Spirit Level No
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (1/4"-20 reducer bushing is provided)
Weight 0.54 lb (0.24 kg)
Giottos MH-1002 Compact Ballhead with Independent Panning Lock - Supports 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
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  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
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    GiottosMH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head
     
    4.4

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (6)
    • Large range of motion (6)
    • Stable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Travel (6)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Home (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Super value in a ball head

      By T C Traveller

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Travel

        Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

        This a very solid and beautifully made ball head. I bought it to use mostly with a high end point and shoot camera, but it will hold my Nikon D7000 with 24-120 zoom without slipping. This is true for bith vertical and horizontal shots. I'm very happy with this purchase.

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        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        OK

        By moose

        from Flagstaff, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel

          Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

          I decided to try a ballhead without a plate for a backpacking/generally lightweight tripod. I liked the size and weight rating of this one for holding my fairly light landscape photography setup (a 5D Mark II w/ 17-40mm f/4). I have to say, despite my original thoughts, I find it a pain to not have the plate. Furthermore, I do wish that I had sacrificed a little more weight to have a more heavy-duty setup, though it is not a major problem (I always use a remote shutter, so really the only problem comes with high winds or the like).

          Overall, I think one size up on these ballheads and a plate would have been perfect.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          great ballhead

          By bigluttz

          from new york

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

            This ball head is a great product it is smooth when tracking subjects when panning. Light weight and the build quality is great.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            wonderful surprise

            By rover

            from Alberta, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy
            • Functional
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

                After getting fed up with the "ease" of "quick release plates", which, with lightweight equipment, seemed like attaching anchors to a canoe, I decided to go back to the plain old tripod of my "big camera" days. This head restored my faith in simplicity and functionality -- it's almost elegant, like something Steve Jobs might wish he'd invented. It's sturdy and fluid, and much easier to use that the "quick-release" stuff I'd been punishing myself with.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Giottos MH1002 head

                By HDman

                from NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • No supplied 14-20 screw

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

                The Giottos 1002 is built really well but is a little heavy in my opinion. I wish it was supplied with a 1/4-20 screw as well as the 3/8" supplied adapter.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent choice

                By Tommy Harper

                from Huntsville, Al.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

                    I bought this for use on my Manfrotto monopod and it has worked out much better than I ever expected. This ballhead is both sturdy and very useful with unexpected features.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Not all I expected.

                    By fotolooney

                    from Spearfish, SD

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                    • Unstable

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

                    I have a small stable of light Giottos ball heads and I have been happy with them up to now. This particular example doesn't seem to lock well, although, in fairness, I might admit that I did have it a tad bit over gunned. If you buy one of these don't expect it to do more than it is advertised to do.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice Finish

                    By dran2686

                    from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

                      I think it's weight rating is less than stated but otherwise a good quality ball head. Controls have a positive feel to them

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      works for me..

                      By Bob A

                      from York PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                      • Weak Clamp

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

                      I bought this for a Manfrotto 190xdb but it was a bit smallish looking. The MH1002 did work well, bit the knobs had to be really tightened to lock up my camera. It would work great with a semi-pro DSLR and standard or wide lens. Nothing over about 4lbs though as I said, the knobs had to be really tightened in order to be confident it wouldn't move.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Solid Performer

                      By Coyote

                      from Webster Groves, MO

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clamps Tight
                      • Compact
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Lightweight
                      • Locking pan knob

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Giottos MH1002 Professional Compact Ball Head:

                          Matches perfectly with my Giottos MT 9242 tripod, and easily supports the SLR cameras and moderate lenses I prefer. If you've only used a pan and tilt type head before, you'll be amazed at how much easier and quicker you can work with a ball head like this.

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