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Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead (Quick Release) - Supports 6.6 lbs (3 kg)

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The Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead is a compact and convenient trigger-style ballhead, designed for lightweight video or still photography. Simply squeeze the trigger, set your camera to the desired position and release the trigger; your camera is immediately locked right where you want it.

The Pistol Grip Ballhead can be used with all makes and models of tripods that have either a 1/4"-20 or a 3/8"-16 threaded center column post.

Bull's Eye Style Bubble Level
Bull's eye style single bubble level helps quickly achieve a perfectly level shot with just a glance at your hand
Lightweight design, under 1 lb
Maximum Camera Supported 35mm SLR
Load Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Height 5" (12.7 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (with removable 1/4"-20 adapter bushing)
Weight 15 oz (425 kg)
Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead (Quick Release) - Supports 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    SunpakPistol Grip Ballhead
     
    4.6

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (69)
    • Attaches firmly (66)
    • Large range of motion (63)
    • Strong clamp (61)

    Cons

    • Weak clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (49)
    • Night shots (38)
    • Portraits (36)
    • Wildlife (36)
    • Sports/action (32)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great value- good quality

    This worked both on my mono pod and my tri-pod. VERY easy to use. I was impressed with the quality. I guess for the price I was expecting it to be a little...Read complete review

    This worked both on my mono pod and my tri-pod. VERY easy to use. I was impressed with the quality. I guess for the price I was expecting it to be a little cheaper mads, but it is very sturday. The adjustable grip makes it easy to get the camera in just the right spot. It will also tilt a full 90 degrees so you can take vertical pitctures as well.

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    Broke in the first 5 minutes

    I had this item out of the box for a total of about 5 minutes when the locking clamp for the tripod plate broke off. The locking clamp is one of the few parts...Read complete review

    I had this item out of the box for a total of about 5 minutes when the locking clamp for the tripod plate broke off. The locking clamp is one of the few parts that are made of plastic and its a poor design. I was taking my camera off the grip when the clamp broke... Had I not been holding the camera by hand, it would have fallen almost 5 feet to the concrete floor of my basement. I got what I paid for. I would have rated it one star but to be fair, it was only xx bucks, B&H has credited me the value and other then the poorly designed plate locking clamp, the rest of the unit's build seems solid and functional.

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    4.0

    Good quality and good price

    By Rocket guy

    from Kansas City, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

      I use this product to attach to a monopod, and it works great with this arrangement. The gimbal grip is firm and it can hold a good size dslr easily. The ring which is used to tighten the screw broken after a few use, and Sunpak sent a replacement promptly (still under warranty), Now I try not to tighten it too hard, or I will use a coin to tighten the screw instead of torquing the ring too much. Overall, I like this product and plan to purchase another one because the price is affordable for what I need.

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      5.0

      Well built item

      By Jim

      from Pittsfield, MA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

          I haven't had a chance to use this product but it seems to be very sturdily made, it looks like plastic in the photos on the web but it's actually made of metal with the exception of a couple of parts. It has a good sturdy feel.

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          5.0

          Get set up with the quickness

          By Biker Brad

          from Reno,NV

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

            This little gadget allows for a quick quick leveling and saves wear on your tripod and camera connections.
            I keep this on a slider. I keep another on on my "product shots" tripod. Higher quality than you may expect. I thought about greasing the ball when I got it but decided it adds just enough drag and gription.

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            4.0

            good for price

            By Inta G

            from West palm beach, FL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

              I got this as backup and do not regret...works great for my needs.

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              5.0

              Great addition to my tripod

              By Mike

              from Oregon

              Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

              This makes it so much easier to use my tripod than the original ball head. Adjustment is quick and easy.

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              5.0

              Great, solid product

              By Mike

              from Rapid City, SD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Price
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Quality materials
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                A very useful and low-cost tool for making any tripod or monopod more useful. Makes leveling a camera a dream, and does a competent job of allowing panning. Good for video applications with a small to medium video camera, or an action camera. Also useful for still cameras. Unit is solid and appears to be well-made. No negative findings to date.

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                5.0

                Great Price, Great Performance

                By Mike T

                from San Luis Obispo, CA

                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

                  Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                  I purchased this to replace a broken Manfrotto 3265 Pistol Grip. The lower profile feels more stable than the Manfrotto & the grip, easier to squeeze and quickly and accurately position. The materials & build feel solid. No complaints so far & for the price, you can't beat it.

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                  4.0

                  Heavy, but solid.

                  By FCPhoto

                  from Toronto, Ontario

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                  This ballhead replaces the Joby ballhead I've been using on top of a cheap Velbon tripod. I was noticing a lot of creep on shots I took on a recent trip, especially with longer exposures, so I decided to spring for something a bit more intuitive and reliable.

                  This ballhead screws on like any other ballhead might, is rock solid and is easily repositionable when the trigger is pulled. It swivels 360 horizontally with ease. A bit of forethought is necessary with vertical shots; you'll need to swivel the top part over 90 degrees, but you'll still be able to swivel vertically, independent from the middle portion of the mount.

                  I like the fact that the shoe is the same shape no matter which direction it's placed in the mount; it makes for better maneuverability in cases where additional parts on my tripod may conflict with the parts on the mount.

                  Unintentional pro: because I'm cheap and just screwing this on top of a tripod that already has a mount, I get a little extra height out of this when I need it.

                  On things that aren't so great, mostly it's heavy. It would probably be less of an issue if I carried a lighter and more compact tripod, but I don't. On the flipside, the heavy construction seems very durable and I can't help but use the handle on this grip to carry the whole assembly (mount and tripod) while walking around. Am not sure whether this is the best idea for the life of the mount, but we'll see.

                  Overall, I feel like this is a good value for the cost. Arrived promptly in Toronto with no complications.

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                  5.0

                  MUCH better than what it came with

                  By Peter

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                    I purchased this to replace the mount the SUNPAK 6600P came with that busted after 3 months of use. We use it to take photographs for employee badges so it gets a fair amount of use. This ballhead unit has a much easier squeeze to the trigger which allowing for easier operation. The range of motion is much easier to adjust too. The original was a little stiff and wouldn't go a full 90 over. There is a wider & more stable base, greatly improved catch area & locking features. They should have used this on the tripod all along! The only "con" I would have is that it wasn't part of the original equipment.

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                    5.0

                    Actually more and better than expected.

                    By mgd

                    from Tulsa

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                    I was lloking to replace a tripod head that broke. I looked at prices and reviews and picked Sunpack's Pistol Grip Ballhead. I was very pleased - certainly not flimzy.

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                    4.0

                    wish i had bought one sooner!

                    By the raven man

                    from huntington vermont

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                      it allows me too take photos from almost any angle.
                      it's seems rugged and is quick and easy to use.
                      i wish it had a cutout on both sides-that would
                      make it even better!

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                      4.0

                      Great for almost any user

                      By mrjirey

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Limited Portrait Motion

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                      Bought this grip as an upgrade to my current carbon fiber Sunpak tripod.

                      It is very easy to attach the head to the base and the unit even includes the step down thread insert for compact tripods.

                      The unit supports by both my D300 and D3s without any issues. There is more than enough clamping power to support the camera with most lenses and accessories.

                      The rang of motion is excellent in horizontal mode, but could be better in vertical.

                      One minor nit pick I have is that the head is just slightly to large to fit in my tripod bag when mounted.

                      All in all it is a great product at an exceptional price.

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                      4.0

                      Great product

                      By xiaozhu

                      from colorado springs, colorado

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Weak Clamp

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                      The only complaint I have about this product is the locking lever. Could be stronger. It broke on me. I however had purchased one of these last year and had no problem with the lever and I used it a lot. That's why I bought another. They work really great for the price. Would have given 5 stars but for the lever. The manufacturer is sending me another locking lever. They were really good about it. The pistol grip is pretty solidly built otherwise. Would recommend.

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                      5.0

                      Great upgrade very sturdy

                      By Tmn

                      from Bend,Oregon

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Any And All Uses

                        Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                        After breaking the standard connector on my tripod I wanted to find a more efficient alternative. This pistol grip connector is a great upgrade. The unit is very robust and makes set up and adjustments a quick process.

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                        2.0

                        Broke in the first 5 minutes

                        By Lance Campeau

                        from Montreal, Canada

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                            I had this item out of the box for a total of about 5 minutes when the locking clamp for the tripod plate broke off. The locking clamp is one of the few parts that are made of plastic and its a poor design. I was taking my camera off the grip when the clamp broke... Had I not been holding the camera by hand, it would have fallen almost 5 feet to the concrete floor of my basement. I got what I paid for. I would have rated it one star but to be fair, it was only xx bucks, B&H has credited me the value and other then the poorly designed plate locking clamp, the rest of the unit's build seems solid and functional.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Good Economical Ballhead

                            By JPhotoC

                            from Kermit, TX

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • easy to use
                            • Economical
                            • Good Quality
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                            This pistol grip ballhead is used with my Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses and so far it has worked very good. Holds position very well and is easy to use. Like the quick release feature and is an excellent accessory for the money. Very pleased with the purchase.

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                            5.0

                            SOLID and Handles great!

                            By sardoonsa

                            from Encinitas, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                              I was hoping that this group would be strong enough to mount my Canon XA10 and let me say I am pleasantly surprised. Everything on it can be moved, rotated, tilted, and adjusted any way you want, yet when you let go of the handle it's as solid as a rock! The handle feels good and the movements are super smooth. The only thing I have against ballheads is that they can be harder to level than panheads. However, this does have a bubble level so that helps.

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                              5.0

                              Pretty Impressed, Great product

                              By Kai

                              from Tennessee

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                              • The Materials Are Cheap

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                              This is a great product I have two of them. I have never had a problem with them extremely easy to use. Yes it is a little heavy but boy does it do the job, one hand adjustment just to where you want your camera to be aimed. It is solid, well made and works very well. It is much heavier duty than I expected at this price. It is nicely designed, with a nice quick release plate, a mounting plate that rotates and locks, the ball head and the pistol grip which works great.

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                              4.0

                              B & H was great Sunpak not so

                              By john

                              from Red Deer, Alberta

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                              • To Stiff For Fine Adjust

                              Best Uses

                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                              buying over the internet scares me, buying from another country and over the internet terrifies me. I was looking for a pistol grip ballhead for my 30 year old tri-pod, not being able to find one here in Red Deer, I decided to take a chance and order one on line, thats where B & H comes in, they have a number of different brands & price ranges plus the reviews to help u decide. Once I had settled on the Sunpak, Saturday evening, I placed my order, by the following Friday[fear #1 out of the way, it's going to get lost] it was at my door in Red Deer, Alberta, the delivery driver was not holding his hand out for additional funds [fear #2, additional charges], unpacked the item is as discribed and works [fear #3 it will be damaged or a piece junk]i took it out shooting on the Sunday and am very pleased with the product, its a little stiff, so difficult to fine tune but other then that great. While out shooting i developed a need/want, that of a window mount, I sent sunpak an e-mail asking if they made a window mount that would use the same quick release, saddly they can't be bothered to return my e-mail, So if your like me, afraid of buying over the internet, B & H might just solve that problem, the price was as stated, the shipping efficient, i'll be buying from B & H again.

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                              5.0

                              Big product in a small size

                              By Idiaquez

                              from Miami Beach, FL

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Sunpak Pistol Grip Ballhead:

                                This product was intended as a back up for traveling. Great use, plate fix and attach very well to base of camera with out slipping. Quick release is great and sturdy, good for all terrain. I can ise it with my existents Manfrotto tripods. Love it.

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