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Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head

B&H # GIMH1004 MFR # MH1004-320
Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head

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  • Supports 5 lb (2.3 kg)

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The smallest in the Giottos Ball Head line, the MH 1004 Mini Ball Head features an independent pan bed and offers weight support to accommodate most 35mm or Digital cameras. The Giotto MH 1004 is a solid performer in the entry-level ballhead segment.

Maximum Camera Supported 35mm SLR
Load Capacity 5 lb (2.3 kg)
Height 2.05" (52mm)
Quick Release No
Spirit Level No
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (1/4"-20 reducer bushing is provided)
Weight 1.8 oz (52 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 3.0 x 1.0"
Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head
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    GiottosMH 1004 Mini Ball Head
     
    4.5

    (based on 145 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (91)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (91)
    • Stable (88)
    • Large range of motion (80)
    • Strong clamp (55)
    • Compact (16)

    Cons

    • Small range (7)
    • Unstable (7)
    • Weak clamp (6)
    • Small (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (33)
    • Portraits (32)
    • Home (28)
    • Night shots (26)
    • Video (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (52), Semi-pro photographer (38), Pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (9), Enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (83)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Adds functionality to a monopod

    I purchased this head to add tilt functionality to a monopod (I can't hold the camera in the vertical position with a monopod). It is very small (really small) and light, which...Read complete review

    I purchased this head to add tilt functionality to a monopod (I can't hold the camera in the vertical position with a monopod). It is very small (really small) and light, which was my main goal when I selected it. I don't want to add weight and bulk to my monopod, which is what I like to carry around for camera support when I go on long hikes. The ball head is solid and holds the camera well, even with a 70-200 f/4 zoom lens attached. I had to play some games to attach the head to the monopod and add a quick release plate to it, but eventually it all worked out. I'm pretty happy with it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Design flaws

    Does not seem to support 5 lbs. Used this for small softbox speed light combo. Although MOST of the time it supports this set-up, some times there is a little slippage. You have...Read complete review

    Does not seem to support 5 lbs. Used this for small softbox speed light combo. Although MOST of the time it supports this set-up, some times there is a little slippage. You have to really crank the screw to get it to stay in. The percise moment at which it finally is secured into position is also hard to determin. Too little tension and your rig is slowly sliding down. Although the screw does go counter clockwise much more easier.

    The price is really where the value is with this product. If you don't mind doing a lot of screwing then this product just be okay.

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    5.0

    Works well for light loads

    By TG

    from Maryland

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

        I have about six or eight of these holding up my SB 900.
        I put on a Frio shoe and snap into that my radio receiver with the SB 900 on top of that .
        Works well quick and easy to aim the unit.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great for speedlights

        By Anthony

        from Boise, Idaho

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

            I have a half dozen of these that I use mostly with speedlights. They are solidly built and despite their small size they work well holding a light with a reflector or small soft box.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Nice and small

            By Adrian

            from San Jose

            Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

            I inserted this ball head into a Monoprice ceiling mount for my Optoma HD20 projector, so I can easily align the picture on the screen. It holds very nicely and allows quick adjustment. Not always very precise though, but it wasn't designed for this specific use. A slightly bigger ball head wouldn't have hurted for my needs, but this one does the job.

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            5.0

            Just what I needed for DIY flash bracket

            By Mark

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

              Using Revo 5" Hand Grip, Giottos MH1004 Mini Ball Head, Vello CB-600 Straight Bracket and Vello 3' Off-Camera TTL Flash Cord together for a versatile L-Bracket for Canon 270EX-II flash with SX-50 camera. Very nice with lots of flexibility for portrait & macro photography.

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              • No

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              5.0

              sturdy little worker.

              By Grumpyoldretiredguy

              from Philadelphia, Pa.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                Used with an off-camera flash. What could go wrong? For one of the least expensive ball heads available, it's a deal.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Giotto mini ball head

                By guitar guy

                from Bloomington, IN

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                    I use these for a contraption that holds up my classical guitar, something that keeps me from using a foot stool and messing up my back. Reliable, last forever, very adjustable.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Solid

                    By Mojodog

                    from Ga

                    Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                    Works great. Well made and solid as a rock. The pan function makes it easy to get the angle you need

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                    5.0

                    Rock Solid

                    By Steve B

                    from Oklahoma

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                      I have purchased LED inteview lights and a fairly light on-camera external monitor in the last couple of years for video shoots (studio and location) - all shipped with cheap mini ball heads that never really held tight.

                      This one clamps tight as a drum. Love it.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Mini Ball mount

                      By Wudzman

                      from Livonia Mi

                      Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                      Once again B & H photo has the best prices and products on the Internet

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                      4.0

                      Nice & Sturdy

                      By ElGrillo

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                        Goes along perfectly with my monopod!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        smaller set up its perfect

                        By Ringo156

                        from Boise, id

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                        • Unstable
                        • Weak Clamp

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                        I was hoping for more but it is what it is. Not strong enough to support a 5d with 24-70. I do like the size if used with smaller set up its perfect.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect for all!

                        By JR the Electrician

                        from San Antonio, TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Video

                          Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                          I use this product to hold a monitor on the side of my camera in a worship center. I use this so that I can adjust the monitor for standing or sitting viewing. This product is sturdy and last a long time. Great company!

                          Nothing bad about this product.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Excellent lightweight bullhead

                          By Mac

                          from Atlanta

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                            Nice for attaching flash to light stands. Light and strong enough for a flash or lightweight camera/iPhone, etc.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Simple flexible, does the job!

                            By David

                            from Austin, Texas

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                Small, lightweight, simple to use. Included screw adapter allows connection to 1/4 20 and 3/8 stands.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Perfect for the price

                                By dj_elite

                                from New Hampshire

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                  I bought this to mount my cell phone to a monopod for taking video. It is built really well with all metal construction on the important parts and few plastic pieces. I read few reviews that the clamp was weak. Well I guess it could be if you put a heavy camera on it. My D7000 with a 17-50mm lens holds fine.

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                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  As advertised

                                  By TFCJR

                                  from Kentucky

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly

                                  Cons

                                  • Small Range

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                  I'm using to mount speed lights.
                                  Pros: it is small, light, and cheap.
                                  Cons: build quality appears cheap as expected. It has a very limited range of motion.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Fine for what it's meant for

                                  By NYShooter

                                  from NYC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                        I purchased this to mount to a cardolini (via a 5/8 stud adapter) for mounting my GoPro or point and shoot various places for timelapse. This holds both cameras where they need to be.

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                                        • No

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                                        2.0

                                        small, light weight, not for pros

                                        By jdp photo

                                        from Peoria, AZ

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Large Range of Motion
                                        • Light weight

                                        Cons

                                        • Nit Heavy Duty Enough
                                        • Weak Clamp

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                          small, will hold weight. Not up to quality expected, but for the price will doBall easily marked by internal pin when not tight enough

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                                          • No

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                                          4.0

                                          Perfect for doing the Strobist thing

                                          By KAS

                                          from L.A.,California

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Small and light

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Mount A Flash On A Tripod

                                            Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                            Perfect for putting a flash on a tripod, but would never use it for a camera.

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                                            • No

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                                            3.0

                                            Decent product

                                            By Reubster

                                            from Chicago

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Stability

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                                This is convenient but feels a bit cheap.

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                                                • No

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