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Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head

B&H # GIMH1004 Mfr # MH1004-320
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You Pay: $12.07
Product Highlights
  • Supports 5 lb (2.3 kg)

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)
Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    GiottosMH 1004 Mini Ball Head
     
    4.5

    (based on 138 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (85)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 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)
    • Lightweight (13)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (32)
    • Travel (32)
    • Home (28)
    • Night shots (26)
    • Video (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (51), Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (9), Enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (78)

    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.

    VS

    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.

    Reviewed by 138 customers

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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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • 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.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Mini Ballhead - Big Success

                                By dcSaint

                                from Pottstown, PA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Affordable Good Quality
                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Large Range of Motion

                                Cons

                                • Small

                                Best Uses

                                • External Flash
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                I bought this mini ballhead to attach to a clamp I use for my external Nikon D700 Flash and for my Canon S3 Camera. I also use it for my iPad.

                                It's a little small and I wish It was just a little bit larger.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                MH 1004 Mini Ball Head by Giottos

                                By rjdesign

                                from the Woodlandsd

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                  strong hold and works as described. Also, seemingly well built.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great with my gorillapod

                                  By bart brickman

                                  from Cascabel

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                    Works very well with my Gorillapod and P7000

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Exactly what I needed.

                                    By jmurts

                                    from Murrieta, CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                    I'm using a mount to connect my iPad to a tripod. But the tripod I'm using only allowed the iPad to be mounted in the landscape position. The MH 1004 Mini Ball Head by Giottos solved my problem perfectly.

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                                    5.0

                                    Giottos Mini ball head

                                    By Bruce H

                                    from Wausau WI

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                        I use this as a mount for the Marshall Electronics monitor I use on my DSLR rig filming snowboard video. Small, compact, and keeps my 14.1 ounce monitor where I want it, even though the terrain I travel is not very smooth.

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                                        • No

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Sturdy Little Unit

                                        By Kev the Canyoneer

                                        from Vancouver, BC

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                          I purchased this Mini Ball Head to connect my GoPro Hero 2 camera to a home-built extendable pole. I attached a 1/4" screw mount onto an old hiking pole, and use this piece to make the mount adjustable. It is good and strong, especially for a small, light camera like a GoPro. I think that it would handle a larger camera just fine, but the weight of something like that would be unwieldy on the end of an extended pole, so I can't say for sure.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Giottos Mini Ball Head - Very Well Made!

                                          By Creative Jedi

                                          from Des Moines, Iowa

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Giottos MH 1004 Mini Ball Head:

                                              I bought 6 of these ball heads at one time to use to mount my LED video lights to stands. These balls provide plenty of support, with complete adjustability of tilt and rotation, while taking up very little space in my lighting bag. I strongly recommend these for that type of use. These are very well made, and I have a feeling they will last a very long time. As a side note, I've been using a larger Giottos ball head with my DSLR for still shoots for quite some time now, and it still holds as strong as the first day I bought it.

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                                              • No

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