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Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball

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The Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball comes complete with a short tightening handle to mount all flat-base heads to any 75mm bowl tripod.

Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball
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    Manfrotto520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball
     
    4.6

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Compact (7)
    • Fits well (7)
    • Improves tripod function (6)
    • Solid/sturdy (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (6)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Travel (4)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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      5.0

      Great product

      By Vrtour.ca

      from Toronto

      Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

      B&h great shipping to canada
      I recommend to everyone

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      4.0

      Works as advertised

      By Jimmy

      from Springfield, MO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

        I like the short handle because it doesn't get in the way like the long handle does. I'm using mine to mount an Igus slider directly to my Gitzo legs' ball mount, without attaching my old G1380 Gitzo fluid head in between. Saves a lot of weight and the ball mount keeps the slider level and locked in place.

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        5.0

        Leveling base for gimbal head

        By Vigleik

        from Norway

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

        I bought this to use on my Gitzo GT4552GTS tripod. I secure the half ball in a Gitzo 75mm ballhead adaptor and a Sunway LP-76 to be able to level my Jobu Design Pro2 Gimbal head. The setup is very stable and robust. The leveling setup builds less than the Gitzo leveling base, but the tilt is a bit limited.

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        5.0

        Just What I Needed

        By Jombi

        from South Texas

        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

        The Manfrotto 520BALLSH is a high quality ball level system that works the way it is supposed too. Good ergonomics as well. I bought this to supplement my Edelkrone V2 slider. I use a Vinten Vision 3 tripod system. Instead of mounting the slider onto the Vinten head I remove the Vinten head which is not flat but a ball head and then drop in the Manfrotto half ball mount into the 75mm Ventin legs. I then attach the slider to the Manfrotto via the 3/8 stud and mount my flat base Gitzo 2380 fluid head to the slider. If you followed all of the above then you'll understand it makes great sense to mount your slider between the head and the legs. Easy leveling and any tilting you are attempting is happening at the head and not the slider. The Manfrotto 520 BALLSH is just what I needed.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Gabe

        from Las Vegas NV

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

          Love this product. Made an unboxing video with the 546B Tripod :)

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent.

          By Gabe

          from Las Vegas NV

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

            i use it to mount the glide track hd .75 m with 501hd head and it works wonders.

            LOVE IT

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            • No

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            4.0

            Does what I needed

            By leefie

            from ny, ny

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

              I wanted to build a slider system which used as many shared parts with my tripod as possible.
              I already had a set of legs with a ball top so did some research to see what fluid head system might work for me.
              I decided on this halfball (the only halfball I could fine) and a Manfroto HV504 (I think, not in front of me now) flat base version.
              It has worked out great.
              The halfball attaches to the head (of course, per design), but also the rail of my slider does too, allowing easy leveling, and the tripod head attaches to the slider carriage directly.
              My only issue is despite this being the short handle model the screw for securing the halfball to the tripod is incredibly, ridiculously long. its a good four inches of thread, total overkill and slows down making changes to configuration.

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              4.0

              Great piece

              By schmee11

              from North Carolina

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

              needed this to attach slyder to tripod. Thanks BH

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great product and resonably priced!

              By RkyMtnShooter

              from Fort Collins, CO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • It's cheap
              • Small and light

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                I'm using this with the Monfrotto 701 head as a second video camera tripod. I originally bought the 701 for a Konova slider. However I had a spare set of sticks laying around so figured why not use it with the little 701. This half-ball allowed it to happen for cheap! And now I have a great little tripod!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works exactly like it should

                By Von Pickler

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                    I use this as an adapter for my tripod and slider. Works great.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Almost Rock Solid

                    By Matt in the Zoo

                    from Kalamazoo, MI

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                        Very good product.

                        I bought this half-ball for use with a Miller DS20 Solo DV and it works real well. The ball is slightly shorter (shallower) than the Miller half-ball base so it doesn't allow for as much lateral movement as the Miller half-ball. Consequently, you have to get your legs pretty close to level to start with.

                        The half-ball is built extremely well and is rock solid. My only complaint is the rubber handle: when you're tightening, the rubber on the handle starts to slip or twist, making you think you've still got some more tightening to do. It shouldn't do that.

                        The handle's also too short for my taste. I wish I had gone with the longer 520BALL. No fault of the product, just a personal preference. I would recommend this only if your tripod has very low spread capabilities where a longer handle might touch the ground.

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                        5.0

                        Works Perfect!

                        By DRAVServices

                        from Rochester, NY

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                          Well we use it with our hihat. The short handle is handy with the hihats' lowprofile.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Good

                          By Philgos

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Beginner film maker, Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Well built quality

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Short movies for web

                          Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                          I use this half ball with a Miller DV Solo carbon fiber Tripod and a Manfrotto (not so)fluid head.
                          It fits perfectly into the Miller 75mm bowl, the short locking handle allow to lock / unlock the head (once locked it won't move) but it's a little short and in some configuration not so easy to access, in the other hand having a short handle is convenient when you use the tripod in low configuration (the miller tripod allows you to go very low).
                          A good product that do what it's supposed to do.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Does what it says.

                          By Omkara

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • In the field

                            Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                            The short handle can be difficult to adjust, but with a longer handle I could not get the tripod as low to the ground. It is reasonably light weight and low cost.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Perfect - Built Well

                            By Purekix

                            from Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                              Love the short handle for short mounts.

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                              4.0

                              Good fit for my Miller tripod

                              By mediaman

                              from Humble, Tx

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Adjusted
                              • Locks In Tight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                                I needed a solution to fit my Miller Compact II tripod. I combined this with a 222 GRIP ACTION BALL HEAD (3265) and presto... I have a great still solution.

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                                4.0

                                Highly recommended

                                By Chris

                                from Boston, MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easily Adjusted
                                • Lightweight
                                • Locks In Tight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                                    Great value for your money.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Product - 75 mm Half-Ball

                                    By Mark

                                    from IN

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easily Adjusted
                                    • Good Footing
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Locks In Tight
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Special Events
                                      • Sports
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                                      Well built quality product. Fits well and works smoothly.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Half Ball

                                      By DKyser

                                      from Warren, Pa

                                      About Me Film Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Movies
                                        • Stabilization

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                                        This is the only way to go when using a tripod, easy leveling with just a twist of the hand.

                                        Solid build and easy adjustment

                                        • How long have you owned it:
                                        • More than six months

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                                        4.0

                                        Great all around head mount

                                        By The Pitt

                                        from DFW, Texas

                                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Adjusts quickly
                                        • Good Stability

                                        Cons

                                        • Short handle

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Movies
                                        • Stabilization

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball:

                                        The head attaches easily and securely to this half-ball. Leveling is a snap. I would design a bit longer handle on the bottom. Sometimes the short design is a bit difficult to loosen or tighten.

                                        • How long have you owned it:
                                        • More than six months

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