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Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock

B&H # ARP1SQSPFL Mfr # 801204
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Product Highlights
  • Requires Plate
  • Supports 66 lbs (30kg)

The Arca Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock is a unique, entirely re-engineered type of ballhead that improves on the conventional ballhead design. The first noticeable difference is the "upside-down" design of this ballhead. Instead of having a ball that rests inside a ball-housing, the entire P1's ball-housing sits on top of the ball. Three small gears surround the ball and apply a uniform, synchronized force around the ball, thus ensuring smooth movement of the installed camera in all axes.

Another major difference with the P1 head is the conspicuous absence of a locking knob. Instead of using a lever or knob, you lock down the head by turning the knurled ring, which is positioned between the camera platform and the ball. This means that whichever orientation the head may be positioned in front of you, you can blindly reach for the ballhead and turn the knurled ring to set the camera, without having to fumble for the locking knob.

The panning system is unconventionally located above the ball, just below the camera mount. This allows the 360° panoramic rotation to be kept in line with the vertical axis.

Ever since their introduction over forty years ago, the Arca Swiss Monoballs have been at the forefront of quality and performance. Today, their unique shape (an ellipse rather than a sphere) is still what separates them from all others. With other ballheads, no matter how good the tension modulation is, invariably you will need to increase the tension control as you move the load away from the center. This is because gravity has a greater effect on gear when not perfectly level.

Includes the Flip-Lock quick release system, which offers double safety locking feature, with instant flip-lock release of the clamp. This also allows for faster mounting and dismounting of cameras.
Maximum tilt range of 35°
Base diameter of 2.5" (65mm)
Maximum Camera Supported Large format
Load Capacity 66 lbs (30kg)
Height 3.6" (91cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 1.2 lb (550g)
Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock
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    Arca-SwissMonoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock
     
    4.8

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (5)
    • Stable (5)
    • Large range of motion (4)
    • Strong clamp (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Night shots (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      High quality useful ball head

      By TerryCSBA

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls

      Best Uses

      • Night Shots
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock:

      Very nice build quality, very stable. The adjustment knob was difficult to turn when setting the plate width.

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      5.0

      excellent

      By Ezi

      from Bal Harbour, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock:

        I use it with the Gitzo GT5542LS tripod,and long lens.excellent stability,and firmness, 360 of motion,and the Arca L Braket.

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        5.0

        Enough performace for 4X5 camera

        By ANI

        from Tokyo, Japan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock:

          I'v been using Monoball B-1 for large format (4X5)film camera several years. This Monoball P-1 is lighter and lower profile than B-1. There is no sticking issues like B-1. P-1 seems to have enough satisfied performances for holding the large format camera stably and firmly.

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          5.0

          Best ball head I've ever used

          By scooter

          from Ft Worth,TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock:

            I love the ease and simplicity of the camera adjustment mechanism, yet it's utterly secure when the camera is locked in place. The knurled ring that replaces the usual knob means I never have to look up from the camera when composing and focusing; just quick the ring a quick turn to the right to move/adjust camera and quick turn to the left to secure it. It's lighter and more compact than my previous Arca Swiss B1 ball head. Minor grumble: the flip-lock mechanism requires 2 maneuvers to release the camera, but probably does keep the camera absolutely secure till you release it.

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            5.0

            A most versatile head for a Heavy Lens

            By Dr. K.

            from Wrentham, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Long Exposures
              • Photography
              • Stabilization

              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S with Quick Set Device Flip-Lock:

              The product is for a Sigma 50-500 Telephoto lens on a heavy duty Manfrotto Tripod.
              What is great about it is its engineering which allows it to move effortlessly
              and to lock when necessary with little effort and complete control.
              I find little wrong with this device other than when unlocked in order to move it, it may sometimes require two hands to handle the lens.

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