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Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform

B&H # GIMH1304110C Mfr # MH1304-110C
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Product Highlights
  • Supports Up to 7 lb

The Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform is a mini "socket & ball" head that has been carefully designed and manufactured to precisely position the camera easily and securely. Measuring slightly over 1" (27mm) in diameter, this head is rated to support up to 7 lbs (3 kg).

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. One large control knob locks down all movement of the ball.

Hollowed out ball
Load Capacity 7 lbs (3kg)
Height 2.1" (5.3cm)
Quick Release No
Spirit Level No
Tension Control No
Separate Panning Lock No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8" (1/4"-20 reducer bushing is provided)
Weight 2.6 oz (73g)
Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform
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    GiottosMH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform
     
    3.9

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    76%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (22)
    • Large range of motion (19)
    • Stable (16)
    • Strong clamp (15)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

    • Weak clamp (6)
    • Unstable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home (8)
    • Travel (8)
    • Video (7)
    • Portraits (6)
    • Weddings (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Get the right product for your needs

    The picture more or less tells the entire story. It's small and simple. If you need something that can hold a lot of weight, and has quick release and other features, this isn't...Read complete review

    The picture more or less tells the entire story. It's small and simple. If you need something that can hold a lot of weight, and has quick release and other features, this isn't it. I use this for my second flashes and video lights. Use with another adapter (see below) I can throw these items on a light stand quickly, with the rough adjustments I need to make on the fly. It's the right part of the job, and thinking about what it does for the very small amount of money it costs it's a deal! I bought 3 of em!

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    You get what you pay for

    This thing is really small, and not necessarily real strong, but it was [$]. I'd say it's worth the [$] but just barely. I'm using this with an SLR Zoom...Read complete review

    This thing is really small, and not necessarily real strong, but it was [$]. I'd say it's worth the [$] but just barely. I'm using this with an SLR Zoom gorillapod. If I had to choose again, I'd probably buy the size bigger (around [$] ) for this application.

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    1.0

    Weak - will not hold HXR-NX30

    By Mario

    from Chicago

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

    will not hold tilted Nx30 (4lb) camera. Tightening screw is easily damaged when trying to tighten the ball. Poorly designed.

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    2.0

    Will not clamp ball enough

    By Daniel

    from Toronto

    Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

    Cannot clamp the ball enough to hold a small mirrorless camera and lens without slipping. I have a similar Giottos MH-1004 which is the same size and it hold a much larger camera no problem. I gave it 2 stars because the material quality is still Giottos good.

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    1.0

    Does not hold weight well.

    By dDoubleUp

    from Richmond Va

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Small

    Cons

    • Unstable
    • Weak
    • Weak Clamp

    Best Uses

      Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

      I ordered this guy to mount my Sl1 with a 40mm lens on a C-Stand. I wanted to be able to take time-lapses during weddings. When I unboxed this guy I was very impressed and loved it's movement/quick locking functionality. BUT after one wedding, the ball joint became weak. Every time I place any sort of weight on top and locked it down, it would slide and the camera would end up facing the ground. I would not recommend this one to anyone. Keep on looking :).

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      4.0

      Good little head.

      By adamaj

      from Missouri

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro

        Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

        I use it to hold my flash for macro work. It works, but I have to really tighten it down or the flash will drift; it is held at a really low angle.

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        4.0

        Solid Little Ballhead

        By Sooch

        from Ohio

        Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

        I specifically purchased this to mount a SB-700/910 on a light stand to lay down flat. The flash head then fits nicely into the sock of the front of a softlighter ii modifier. In using this mini ballhead, I've noticed it's a solid well built piece, the tension knob is easy to tighten and loosen, and the most important part is the ballhead holds the weight and does it's job each time! I recommend it:)

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        1.0

        I would NOT recommend

        By Tim C.

        from Whippany, NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cost

        Cons

        • Weak Clamp

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

        I purchased this ballhead to hold a light weighing 1.3 pounds. The head is rated to support 7 pounds. I doesn't even come close to maintaining the light in the upright position. The only pro is it's low cost.

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        1.0

        weak

        By .

        from Montreal, Quebec

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Weak Clamp

          Best Uses

            Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

            Rated for a 7 lbs load capacity, but not strong enough to hold a speedlight (580EXII)....

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            5.0

            Pleased with a pair of these

            By protist

            from Atlanta

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

              I bought two to support a pair of SB 800s on Bolt flexible arms for lighting of microscope specimens. They are small, light, and completely adequate for the job, replacing a larger Bogen ball head that was too heavy for this job. Couldn't be more pleased.

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              4.0

              efficient light weight mini head

              By jonp

              from Peoria, AZ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good for travel
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Light weight
              • Quick

              Cons

              • NOT HEAVY DUTY

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

              much better than smaller unit

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              • No

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              5.0

              A mini ball-headwith maxy features

              By Walt

              from Glen Carbon, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                This Pro Series ballhead is great when attacged ti a handgrip. I allows you to establish the perfect pitch for capturing that photo or video. The ball is easily adjusted with the comfortable know. The design is perfect for me.

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                5.0

                Great for small camcorders

                By Jeff

                from Australia

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                  I use 2 of these to mount small camcorders on microphone stands (On-Stage MM-7700) to use as unattended extra cameras for weddings I film. You'll also need 2 low cost On-Stage MA-125 mic screw adaptors.
                  The Giottos MH-1304 is so much better than the poorly constructed On-Stage CM-01 adaptor. It can accurately (and quickly) lock the camera to any angle, unlike the CM-01 which, after tightening the ball head a few times, seems to have small pits gouged into it's ball joint, and can subsequently only be locked easily at these points.

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                  5.0

                  Great addition to my monopod.

                  By Gres928

                  from D C

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                        Just what I wanted to enhance my monopod. It was delivered quickly and works great.

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                        5.0

                        Good Value

                        By Singlespeed

                        from iowa

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                            I bought this to mount to a table top tripod I own. The main use to hold a point and shoot camera or a flash unit. Locks tight and easily and a good value for the dollars.

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                            5.0

                            Great Little Head!!

                            By SLR Enthusiast

                            from Walnut, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                              As with any photo aid, one must know what the intent of it is. This is not a heavy duty head, BUT for what it is meant to hold, it works VERY well.

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                              2.0

                              weak product

                              By photomodeler

                              from Atlanta

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Unstable
                                • Weak Clamp

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                                  The size is small and is well made except for the listed shortcomings.

                                  I wanted to use this ballhead to support my digital recoder with a shockmount on a small tripod. The ballhead could not be tightened enogh to keep the recorder from tilting. It claims to support up to 7 lbs. I just can't see that unless the center of mass is directly over the pivot.

                                  It maybe only usefull for supporting the weight of a flash.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great lightweight small ball head

                                  By Gafer

                                  from Austin

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Large Range of Motion

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                                    Bought this to use with my Fuji X100. I mounted it on a monopod to be able to tilt yet allow the monopod to remain vertical. It works great for lightweight cameras. This is a perfectly adequate head for small point-and-shoot digicams. For an SLR I would suggest a heavier ball head. The knob loosens the tilt of the ball as well as the pan of the entire head. For me this is useful for quick positioning.

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                                    5.0

                                    Love Love Love this item

                                    By Helen

                                    from Albany, OR

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                                      This Mini Ballhead works great with my hoe shoe umbrella mount. It allows me to position my flash at almost any angel I so chose. Perfect for my needs.

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                                      4.0

                                      TOO SMALL FOR FULL SIZED SLR

                                      By Outafocus

                                      from MN

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • Knob hits tripod base
                                      • Unstable
                                      • Weak Clamp

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Small light cameras
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                                      The 4 star rating may not be entirely accurate. I intended to use this head with a monopod and my digital SLR. The little head is simply too small to support an SLR with anything larger than the standard 50mm lens. It would be great for campact cameras and small digicams. Another factor that makes it hard to use is the knob that tightens the ball actually touces the top of the monopod making it hard to tighten and loosen quickly.

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                                      5.0

                                      Works great

                                      By Hc19608

                                      from Reading, PA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                                        Does what is should and so far has held up perfectly.

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                                        2.0

                                        Ok, but doesn't support weight indicated

                                        By SDBill

                                        from San Diego, CA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Large Range of Motion

                                        Cons

                                        • Unstable
                                        • Weak Clamp

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform:

                                          I bought this to support a trail camera specifically because the description said that it would support 7 lbs. It doesn't come close. Any camera over a couple pounds will just tip over if you try to use it to hold the camera at an angle. Otherwise, it is a fine ballhead, it just can't support the weight indicated which is too bad. I was able to use it on a lighter trail camera, so I kept it anyway.

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