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Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release

B&H # GIMH1302655 Mfr # MH1302-655
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  • Supports 13.2 lb

The Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release System is a "socket & ball" head that has been carefully designed and manufactured to precisely position the camera easily and securely.

In order to cut back on its weight, this head features a hollowed out heavily anodized aluminum ball. The body shell (socket) follows a slimmer and lighter structure design, yet offers increased hardness. Three separate knobs provide optimal security and convenience. In addition to the main locking knob, it also features a friction control knob, and a separate locking knob for pan control.

The attached MH-655 is an ultra-compact clamp style quick release system that is compatible with plates that fit the Arca Swiss standard. It comes with horizontal and vertical bubble levels, and anti-twist reversible tabs on the plate to prevent slippage when using the head in a vertical position.

Features an independent calibrated pan bed
Hollowed out ball
Sliding calibrated quick release plate is only 1.6" (40mm) long
Load Capacity 13.2 lbs (6 kg)
Height 3.7" (98 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes; horizontal & vertical
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8" (1/4"-20 reducer bushing is provided)
Weight 12.5 oz (355 g)
Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release
  • MH-645 Quick Release Plate for MH-655
  • Draw String Pouch
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
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    GiottosMH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release
     
    4.6

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (23)
    • Strong clamp (19)
    • Attaches firmly (17)
    • Large range of motion (16)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (22)
      • Travel (18)
      • Night shots (12)
      • Wildlife (12)
      • Portraits (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (11)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (19)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Terrific lightweight ballhead

      This is a super ballhead for a lightweight travel tripod. Amazingly enough, it can handle a 1DmkIII body and 400DO/IS lens without difficulty. The only downside is a limitation in the ability...Read complete review

      This is a super ballhead for a lightweight travel tripod. Amazingly enough, it can handle a 1DmkIII body and 400DO/IS lens without difficulty. The only downside is a limitation in the ability of the head to rotate 360 deg - after a few rotations, the head can tighten down or loosen up, requiring that one readjust to a "half-way" position. But that said, this is a wonderfully useful ballhead for travel!!! (Note - the clamp will just fit an Arca-Swiss style lensfoot mount.)

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Decent Enough

      I bought this for an inexpensive tripod setup I was assembling. Overall I've been pleased in general with the feel and usability of the head, but honestly they must be smoking crack if they...Read complete review

      I bought this for an inexpensive tripod setup I was assembling. Overall I've been pleased in general with the feel and usability of the head, but honestly they must be smoking crack if they think it'll hold 13 pounds. I've used my Nikon D7000 w/18-200 and had it creep and wiggle and slump over. Admittedly, I can really crank down on the knobs and lock it up tight, but I was expecting better.

      Moreover about the knobs: Friction and Lock, the two horizontal knobs, seem to do the exact same thing. I'm not expecting the thing to be butter smooth like a fluid head on a video tripod, but still.

      The clamp is nice, it should be said. Very sturdy feeling. In fact everything seems very sturdy with some functionality shortcomings. Oh well. Get what you pay for. My advice? Just buy a "heavy duty" or "large" ballhead and keep this one around for things like strobes.

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      5.0

      Ideal Medium Ballhead

      By Photo Enthusiast

      from Chula Vista, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Knob Ergonomics
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Panoramas
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

        I was looking for a medium size ballhead that would securely hold my mid-size camera, an Olympus OM-D E-M1. The Giottos MH-1302 with quick release works perfectly for this application. The clamps hold the camera with the 300mm (600 mm in 35mm equivalent terms) lens very securely. The movement is smooth and positive. The pan feature is indispensible for panoramic shots.
        The single feature that sold me on the Giottos model over other brands was the layout of the main three knobs with ball clamp knob on the left, the pan clamp knob pointing at the user, and the tension knob on the right. With this setup one can keep their right hand on the camera body and shutter release while operating the ballhead's two most used knobs, the ball clamp and pan clamp with the left hand. The ergonomics could not be better.

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        4.0

        Excellent Small Head.

        By Anton

        from Brisbane

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

            Highly functional and very stable for its size.

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            5.0

            Perfect Small Ballhead

            By Tom the Old Photo Guy

            from West Lafayette IN

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

              I wanted a small ballhead for my Panasonic G5 and G1 mirrorless cameras. I had another brand which was not satisfactory for the longer telephoto lenses. This one holds extremely well. In fact, I put my Canon 40D with a 200mm F2.8 on it and is was steady as a rock. I have heard others say they use even heavier cameras.

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              5.0

              Terrific

              By deemoey

              from new haven, ct

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                Really intuitive. Does just what you want. Easy , firm adjustments, no hastle. small - medium size

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                5.0

                Great Ballhead for lightweight tripod

                By Tony

                from New York

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Arca Swiss compatible
                • Attaches Firmly
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Lightweight
                • Panning lock
                • Tension Control

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                  Great Ballhead that can hold up to 13 lbs. In my opinion Tension Control is a must, Panning Lock is additional treat. This ballhead greatly complements my lightweight MT-8350 MT Series Professional Carbon Fiber Tripod. Arca Swiss compatible.

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                  4.0

                  Punches above its weight

                  By TR

                  from Sydney, Australia.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Light
                  • Price
                  • Strong Build

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                    I had read good things about this little product and when I decided to try some tripod landscape work with my 1D MK4 I needed a ball head type system. I have not been disappointed with this easy to use, light and what appears to be a very strong device. Smooth ball socket operation as well. Not using the plate that comes with it but a Wimberly plate. Works well after disengaging the stop pin. Used with a 1D MK4 body, Canon 50mm 1.8 lens currently Have used the 70-300L IS lens without too much trouble. Happy I got it.

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                    5.0

                    Great Head...

                    By JoeNathan

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                      For its weight, it's a very competent head. Easily holds its rated weight and the pan fluidity isn't bad for a head so small, although if you want better you'd want a larger version. I've used Giottos and other heads, for years now, and I like the Giottos best. Lots of nice extra touches, such as the little red pop-ups that prevent the camera from spinning on the plate.

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                      4.0

                      High Quality

                      By MyKey

                      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Quick Release well made

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                        Nice little ballhead, well crafted. Not suitable for telephoto work.

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                        5.0

                        Easy to Use

                        By HikingGuy

                        from Asheville, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                        What a great ball head to use with my new 055CXPRO4 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs (Black) by Manfrotto. It fit perfectly and was easy to operate. I like the panning function and the easy to turn knobs for friction control as well as the locking control.

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                        3.0

                        Decent Enough

                        By Alec

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • Lower load

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                        I bought this for an inexpensive tripod setup I was assembling. Overall I've been pleased in general with the feel and usability of the head, but honestly they must be smoking crack if they think it'll hold 13 pounds. I've used my Nikon D7000 w/18-200 and had it creep and wiggle and slump over. Admittedly, I can really crank down on the knobs and lock it up tight, but I was expecting better.

                        Moreover about the knobs: Friction and Lock, the two horizontal knobs, seem to do the exact same thing. I'm not expecting the thing to be butter smooth like a fluid head on a video tripod, but still.

                        The clamp is nice, it should be said. Very sturdy feeling. In fact everything seems very sturdy with some functionality shortcomings. Oh well. Get what you pay for. My advice? Just buy a "heavy duty" or "large" ballhead and keep this one around for things like strobes.

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                        5.0

                        Smal, Lightweight and rugged ball head

                        By Dick

                        from Aiken, SC

                        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
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                          This ball head replased and outperforms a 6lb ball head. It supports a 22lb camera and its drag setting is smooth allowing easy and precice adjustments.

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                          5.0

                          Giottos Ballhead

                          By coolweather_guy

                          from upstate NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                            This is the first Quick Release I have owned so I can not compare it to any others. I do own a couple of Giottos ballheads and I have found them to be just like this one. Solid,lightweight and it does not creep when I have my camera in position. I have a few tripods so I am thinking I would like another Giottos Quick Release so I can just change from one to the other with no fuss.

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                            5.0

                            Great ballhead

                            By Tururu

                            from Guayaquil Ecuador

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                              Only tested in my D3000, but can support more, a little bit complicate the setting for portrait (fixed with a correct camera position), great idea the bubble level in the release lever. Tension knob are stable. Good choice for money

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                              5.0

                              Worked exceptionally well

                              By Jim

                              from Anchorage AK

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                                I have used this head for about a year. Initially it had what I now believe was an assembly defect. When panning the head would loosen. I unscrewed the base of the head and found a small (1.5 mm if I remember correctly) set screw, that locks against the ball, was loose. I tightened it and it has worked fine ever since.

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                                5.0

                                Really good value for its price range

                                By Rbadiola

                                from Schaumburg, Il.

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                                  Couple of months ago I bought a ballhead for my tripod. It was the HorrusBennu LX-2T. I've used it in the studio and outdoors and never really had a problem with it, except for the usual slippage when I'm using a heavy lens. All in all I got my moneys worth for it. Till I bought a heavier Manfrotto tripod a couple of weeks ago and installed it, I accidentally tightened the ballhead a bit more than what its supposed to be with the panning lock in the lock position...basically stripping off an internal part in my ballhead. I guess it was a sign that I basically needed a ballhead that has more stability in it and better built. So I went online to look for the best ballhead I can find for my money.I came across, Manfrottos, Benros, Sliks, and the cheaper Vanguards, and Smith Victors. I was looking for a while till I found the Giottos ballheads which caught my attention. It came down to choosing between the Benro and the Giottos. The Benros are cheaper overseas...in between 80-150 dollar price range, but I have to wait at least 2 weeks till I get it. So the Giottos was basically the best choice. Giottos ballheads are created to be hollow inside to cut down on weight, which makes me interested in actually getting one and trying it out myself. So I decided to get it from BH photo online [...]The ballhead came [...] With a bag and an Arca Swiss compatible mounting plate. The ballhead had a very impressive feel to it. The ballhead has 3 controls...the ball lock, and the friction knob on the other side of the lock, and a panning knob at the bottom.So I decided to try it out. Mounted the plate into my camera and off I went.My positive impressions were:The ballhead felt very well constructed. Very professional feel to it. Pretty light.The knobs are really responsive. the locking knob bites really good to prevent slippage.The panning is really smooth.Includes bubble levels on the locking knob on the locking plate, and on top of the locking plate itself.The friction knob does what it's supposed to do. So you can make minor adjustments without loosening the locking knob all the way.Holds a big 70-200 2.8 lens in place. No slippage.The lock on the locking plate and mounting plate prevents the camera from slipping out of the mount when it is not tightened all the way.The only thing I didn't like about it was the last thing that I mentioned. It's good if you have Giottos made plates for this ballhead. If not...the locking mechanism becomes an obstruction as it will not lock if you are using a generic mounting plate. I have 3 generic plates and one Giottos made, so the choice for me was easy...I removed the locking mechanism with an allen wrench.Compared to cheap Chinese made ballheads, this is way better for like double the price. The panning lock seems to be tougher than those in cheaper models. I'd easily spend more money to get a higher quality ballhead. Plus you'd save yourself the headache when photographing macro, when the slightest slippage will cost you a shot.Basically, if you can't spend money on some high end Manfrottos or Gitzos ballheads, the Giottos is a cheaper alternative that will save you a lot of money and frustration.

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                                  5.0

                                  Simply perfect for wildlife photo

                                  By Anxooter

                                  from Spain

                                  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
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                                    I use it with my tripod, Giottos and Feisol. Very good relationship between his weight and capacity support.[...]

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                                    4.0

                                    Good Quality for the money

                                    By landscapesrule

                                    from Albany, NY

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                                      The construction is solid. So far the ballhead has worked just fine, it certainly seems stable enough for my Rebel T1i and canon 10-22mm. This is my first ballhead and so I cannot compare it to other products. The plate that is included is good quality as well

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                                      5.0

                                      Tight little tripod head

                                      By CGP

                                      from Arkansas

                                      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
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                                        Love it, works great...even up to my Canon 70-200mm with a 2x teleconverter, camera, and flash... Quite impressive.

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                                        4.0

                                        Good construction at the right price

                                        By Philiber

                                        from Montreal, Quebec

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                                          Have used a bigger ball head model from them on a studio tripod. I was very satisfied with stability and build so I bought this smaller model to put on a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod.

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                                          5.0

                                          Fabulous Lightweight Back-up Head!

                                          By DigiGal

                                          from SFBay Area

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Shots
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release:

                                            This is the head I use for my wide angle lens. It's so small and light weight that I can carry it in my pocket and take the gimbel head off the tripod and slip it on and use the wide angle whenever I want to switch from telephoto. It's easy to remove the small stop screw with an allen wrench and then it will work with any standard Arca Swiss Lens Plate (I have a RRS)

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