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Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release) - Supports 13 lb (5.9 kg)

B&H # GIM7001 Mfr # MH7001-621
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The Giottos M7001 is an economical ball head that provides full support for a pro SLR camera or medium format system. The ball locks down with one central twist lock, and the camera gets attached to the M621 quick release system, which provides a sliding camera plate, ideal for macro photography.

The Giottos M621 Quick Release assembly is equipped with a camera plate that slides forward and back for macro positioning, and features a safety button that limits the amount of sliding on the quick release. The M621 has two bubble levels, and the plate comes supplied with removable 1/4"-20 and 3/8" camera screws, as well as a spring loaded video pin. Two threaded holes on the side of the quick release allow for storing the unused camera screw directly on the assembly.

Comes supplied with a short (standard) quick release plate; dimensions 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.6". An optional 5.5" long plate is also available.

Maximum Camera Supported Medium format camera
Load Capacity 13 lb (5.9 kg)
Height 4.3" (10.9 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes (2)
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 1.3 lb (595 g)
Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release) - Supports 13 lb (5.9 kg)
  • Short Quick Release Plate for M621
  • Draw String Pouch
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
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    GiottosM7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release)
     
    4.3

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (16)
    • Stable (15)
    • Large range of motion (13)
    • Strong clamp (13)

    Cons

    • Complicated controls (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Night shots (6)
    • Portraits (6)
    • Travel (4)
    • Wildlife (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not flashy, but effective

    The first thing you notice about the Giottos M7001 is the weight. It feels sturdy and is heavy in your hand. Using the ball head is easy to figure out, there is a...Read complete review

    The first thing you notice about the Giottos M7001 is the weight. It feels sturdy and is heavy in your hand. Using the ball head is easy to figure out, there is a tension knob for the ball and another tension knob that tightens a movable piece onto the plate. I don't feel this head is at all flashy or showy, but does the job very effectively for the cost.

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    Unfortunately Disappointing

    Wanted to use it for product photography, seems to be a nice, sturdy, flexible unit, BUT the clamp is not strong enough. Tried shooting small items at a downward, 30-45 degree...Read complete review

    Wanted to use it for product photography, seems to be a nice, sturdy, flexible unit, BUT the clamp is not strong enough. Tried shooting small items at a downward, 30-45 degree angle, with Canon EOS 40D, 28-135mm and 100mm Macro and it can't lock down tight enough to hold the camera in place at that angle. It falls forward until it comes to rest pointing at the floor. So for me, no matter how many positives it may have, that 1 negative outweighs them all.

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    5.0

    One of my best purchases...

    By Jesse

    from Eau Claire, WI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

      I should've gotten a couple of these things. I'm using one on an Oben monopod, and would love another for my Glide Gear slider. The QR plates are also interchangeable with my Davis & Sanford fluid head tripod, huge win.

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      • No

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      5.0

      A Solid Product

      By Mathman

      from Bellingham, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

      I bought this ballhead when I upgraded to a better tripod. The results were remarkable. The camera was rock solid and easy to position. There was no appreciable camera shake noticeable in the photos. I used it for some portrait work, wildlife, and macro. The only downside I can think of is that this is a fairly heavy product.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Solid Unit

      By Poorboy

      from Camden, Tennessee

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Attractive
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp
      • Well Built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

        I have had this product for 3 years now and I LOVE it. Very solid and stable. You have to adjust the locking lever to leave enough room to tighten but that's easy done then you can tighten as much as you need. I use a 60D with battery grip and telephotos and have never had a problem. The only "complaint" I would have is the minor wiggle of the main knob, but that doesn't effect the function. I'm buying another for a friend.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great quality

        By Steve

        from Massachusetts

        Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

        As expected with this brand.... It's a piece of art

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        5.0

        Solid ballhead

        By White Coil

        from Philly, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Low Load Capacity

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots

        Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

        Does the job, it's sturdy, and comes with a quick release plate. Just don't overload it.

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        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Does not support the weight claim

        By Woody in Colorado

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Unstable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

            My largest setup is with my Olympus E-5 and Sigma 50-500 lens weighing 6.1 lbs combined. The ball does not hold it and not lighter lenses such as Oly 35-70 F2.0 either. I have to compose higher and then upon locking it slips down so this is not sturdy enough for my equipment. It's unfortunate as I think the design is nice. As others have mentioned, the camera lock stops right up under the body. Now I'm looking at spending about 8x the amount to hopefully rectify the problem.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Very sturdy and handy ballhead.

            By archer

            from RI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                This is the first ball head I've used (always had pan and tilt before), and I like it. I bought it for the long sliding plate, to make shooting macro easier. It holds pretty tight, though it does want to slip just a bit when I have a heavy lens on the camera and it's pointing down. If I crank down on the lock it will hold, though. It's very stable when carrying a balanced load, and the sliding plate helps keep the center of gravity over the ball, making it even easier to lock in place.

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                4.0

                Good value

                By Slider

                from Portland

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Video

                Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                I purchased this for a camera slider I am building. The unit is strong and very stable. The sliding plate is great for distributing camera weight and is interchangeable with my Manfrotto 501PL quick release plates. The Giottos plate is a little tight in the Manfrotto but I now have a short and long plate for both units. The one complaint I have with the system is the combined control for tightening the pan and the ball. You have to pull the stem out to tighten the ball. I would have rather had separate controls.

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                • No

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not compatible with other brand plates

                By NewspaperVideo

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Good Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                  Good value for money. Decent ball head. NOT Manfrotto plate compatible even though they look the same! If you have trouble getting it to lock down, you need to pull out lock handle and reposition it. Ball lockdown is not progressive - tightening it down locks both tilt and pan at same time. It's either locked or loose - nothing in between. Plate can go in from either end, which is nice. Safety catch on plate works well and plate tightening lever has short throw so it doesn't hit camera bottom. Wouldn't have bought it if I knew it wasn't compatible with my other plates (a review elsewhere said it was; they were wrong.)

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                  5.0

                  LOVE IT

                  By bestremera

                  from New York City

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                      My old mini ball head couldn't hold my 450D with 55-250mm zoon without it slowly drooping. The Giotto M7001 has all the features and in the field really delivered. The ball head is large and clamps really tight. No instructions so you're on your own for figuring it out. The controls definitely give you all the clamping power you'll need. You can reposition them if they do 'run out'. This is a great ball head and excellent value. I shoot from a tripod most of the time for architectural photography and this head will never leave my tripod.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Solid but not Manfrotto compatible

                      By Dave

                      from Maine

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                          The ball head is solid. I bought it to use on a slider and It holds an EX1r, w/a lens, and big battery no problem. The dual bubble level is not as easy to use as a single one. Although the plate looks like an exact match to a Manfrotto it is a little wider and are not interchangeable. Had I know that I probably would not have purchased this.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Exactly what i wanted

                          By pt

                          from LA, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                              This is a sturdy ballhead that works as described - i picked this one because the m621 quick release plate is compatible with the rest of my QRs - something to think about if you're already using other supports that also use the m621 (or fm18, or manfrotto 357)

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              A little tricky to start but solid

                              By ChiWood

                              from Central Mountains of Colorado

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Complicated Controls

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                              This head so far has been sturdy enough and locks in place well. However, the quick release lever is factory set to hit against the camera body in order to tighten firmly. I had to readjust the lever and am still uncertain if it will remain in place with more use. The instructions from Giottos were for knobs instead of levers and no photos of a camera on the head were provided. None of this indicates that the head doesn't perform but this initial annoyance was frustrating.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Great for DSLR

                              By Heavensent films

                              from San Jose, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Built well
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                              • Small Range

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                              The ballhead is well built and it's very sturdy when trying different angles while shooting with a dslr. I primarily use it for video work on a diy skater dolly but low angles sometimes are hard to get the tension tight enough on the ballhead. I would still buy another one for my slider while shooting video since it does hold up to 13lbs.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Simply Perfect!

                              By Pete

                              from Maryland

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Panoramas

                                Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                                I needed a ball head that worked just as efficiently as it did precisely It's exactly what I hoped it would be!.

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                                5.0

                                Fast and stable, easy to level.

                                By Shopnascar

                                from Morro Bay

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Good Value
                                • Large Range of Motion

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                                  This head is relatively lightweight, yet very stable and easy to level on two planes. This an excellent travel alternative to the heavier ball heads.

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                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Unfortunately Disappointing

                                  By Steve smile and say cheese!

                                  from Rhode Island

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Clamp

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                                    Wanted to use it for product photography, seems to be a nice, sturdy, flexible unit, BUT the clamp is not strong enough. Tried shooting small items at a downward, 30-45 degree angle, with Canon EOS 40D, 28-135mm and 100mm Macro and it can't lock down tight enough to hold the camera in place at that angle. It falls forward until it comes to rest pointing at the floor. So for me, no matter how many positives it may have, that 1 negative outweighs them all.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Sturdy and effective

                                    By pabloinla

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                                      Easy and quick to use with only two tightening thingies, spring loaded. When camera gets in the way of a tightening lever, just pull lever out turn backward, release and tighten further. Very sturdy for my Canon 5D Mark II with 28-300 lens. Does the job quite well.
                                      Long sliding plate reported to be perfect for closeup work.

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                                      4.0

                                      Not flashy, but effective

                                      By Harley

                                      from Florida

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Long Exposures
                                      • Photography
                                      • Stabilization

                                      Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                                      The first thing you notice about the Giottos M7001 is the weight. It feels sturdy and is heavy in your hand. Using the ball head is easy to figure out, there is a tension knob for the ball and another tension knob that tightens a movable piece onto the plate. I don't feel this head is at all flashy or showy, but does the job very effectively for the cost.

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Fantastic - Love the levels

                                      By Turtle297

                                      from Louisiana

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Long Exposures
                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Stabilization

                                        Comments about Giottos M7001 Ballhead with Sliding Plate (Quick Release):

                                        Built-in levels. Quick & easy vertical to horizontal change. Yes, I will recommend.
                                        Great product.

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