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Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System

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Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System

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The Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 Tripod Head Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System is a unique knobless tripod head featuring a design that abandons traditional locking knobs and replaces them with a three-element geared locking system. This system allows the head to be positioned at any angle. The Monoball P0 locking elements apply a uniform force around the ball ensuring smooth camera movements in any axis. When the camera is placed directly on the ball and not on its neck, the movements are as stable as if they were on a rubber ring. The aspherical ball also prevents sudden camera movements.

The panning system is located just below the camera mount, providing a panoramic rotation that remains in line with the vertical. The Monoball P0 has a tilt ball range of 90° and 360° panning range. It weighs only 9.9 oz (280.66 g). The Monoball P0 is a part of the Slidefix QS Quick Release System. With many adapter plates available (not included), it enables your camera to be mounted or dismounted from the tripod head in an instant.

Compatibility
Compatible Slidefix Quick Release Camera Plates:
  • 802260
  • 802265
  • 802262
  • 802270
  • 802275
  • 802283
  • 802290
  • 802288
  • 802285
  • 802280
  • 802012
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"
Load Capacity Approx. 44.1 lb (20 kg)
Height 2.91" (74mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.36" (60mm)
Weight Approximately 14 oz (397 g)
Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System

Note: Does NOT Include Camera Plate (additional purchase required)

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Arca-SwissMonoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (20)
  • Stable (20)
  • Large range of motion (15)
  • Strong clamp (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Travel (13)
    • Portraits (7)
    • Night shots (5)
    • Home (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
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    5.0

    Lightweight, robust and precise head

    By cosmozorb

    from Switzerland

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits
      • Travel

      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

      I've bought this head to change my manfrotto 3-way pan head. This one is way more compact, but still very precise. The ring mecanism seemed unprecise the first time I used it but it's not. You just have to get used to it. The reverted panning system is very useful.
      The slidefix QS quick release system is a big plus. Attaches firmly the plate and very quickly.

      But, you have to be precise when handling the ring with the camera attached. It gets loose very quickly and can be surprising.

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      5.0

      This sublime product works great!

      By Taconite

      from Duluth, MN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

        I normally would have looked past this product but the more I read about it and did research the more intrigued that I became about how it worked. Really glad I took the plunge on this one. It works great!

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        4.0

        Out of the Box Thinking

        By Mark

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • One Handed Operation
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Requires Special Plates

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

        First off the reason for four instead of five stars has nothing to do with the ball head. It is simply one star off because this unit utilizes plates that are NOT traditional Arca Swiss size. They are much narrower and forced me to purchase additional plates.The operation of the head is smooth and although others have complained about the 'vertical play' of the ring, it is designed to have movement and does NOT affect the holding power of the ring/ball head clamp. It is truly a one hand operation and I've been using it with a Pentax 645Z along with a medium telephoto lens without any movement.

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        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Ralph

        from NYC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

            I've had several ball hads before and always liked the speed with which you can adjust them, but always hated how inacurate they are as they're so sticky that making small tweaks is hard. Not so with this head -- it is silky smooth. I'm glad I decided to try an Arca before I gave up on ball heads forever. It's not cheap, but it feels like it'll last me the next 10 - 20 years, so it's actually excellent value

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            5.0

            Ultra lightweight panning ball heads

            By Iain

            from New Zealand

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

              I was looking for a decent ball head to pair with an ultralight Gitzo tripod I am planning to take on one of the New Zealand great walks this summer. The existing head on the tripod is pretty useless at taking panoramas - but I wanted to stay lightweight (its all on my ageing back after all!!) I finally came down on trying the Arca swiss monoball system - and went with the slide fix quick release plate to keep weight to a minimum. The ball head is miles smoother than the rather turgid Gitzo head - weighs little more - and can be levelled off very easily on uneven ground to allow panning with the slide fix head. Perfection with really no significant compromises.

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              4.0

              Light and Solid as a Rock

              By Moxee kid

              from Indianland SC

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Do Not Fit Standdard Swis

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Panaramas
              • Portraits

              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

              Very solid. The best feature is that you can level the head and then Pan and maintaine the same horizone. The best uses are Panaramas and Landsapes. I was disapointed that Acra Swiss changed to a 25mm dovetail as opposed to the normal 35mm width. The standard "L" brakets made for D800 wont fit.

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              4.0

              Steady and easy to use system!

              By DK

              from Irvine, CA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Travel

                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                Plan to take some Pano pictures so get this one on my Sirui T‑1205X. It is a perfect fit and so light to carry around. Easy to turn and set the position. Very firmly attached with D600. Good buy~!

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                5.0

                "four friends have ordered it!"

                By RCRCathy

                from Nokomis, Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                  Took it to my camera club and after trying it four menbers plan on ordering it. I have very bad wrists and with this head I could use it all day without any pain. Best tripod head ever!

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Solution - Sturdy and smooth

                  By Chandra

                  from Cincinnati, OH

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                    I bought this because my current manfrotto head just didn't hold the camera steady when I moved to taking pictures on a portrait orientation. Especially during long exposures, the camera would slip causing significant blur in the images. The Arca Swiss head is phenomenal. It's grip is so strong that it holds the camera steady whatever the angle and position is. It doesn't take a lot of effort from my perspective. The knobs turn easy but still tighten really well.

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                    4.0

                    monoball PO with panning system and slid

                    By bear

                    from califoria

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Place The Pl
                    • The Camera Plate

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                    the tripod head panning system works wonderfully. The tilting mechanism works well.

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                    5.0

                    Arca Swiss Monoball

                    By CTO4

                    from HKG

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                      I have used it for both DSLR and Leica M and found the operation most conveneitn and efficient. Adjustments of both horizontal and vertical axises are quick and intuitive.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent pannining system

                      By cognac0827

                      from Louisville, KY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Inadequate Instruction
                      • V Long Delivery Wait

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Panorama Panning Shots

                      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                      I bought this for taking SweepPanorama photos using Sony DSLR Alpha 580. Excellent quality and pans very smooth, you won't be disappointed. Also no regret choosing the one with Slidefix because when you pan the camera you don't want the camera getting unscrewed from the tripod screw. Very quick and easy to fix the camera on the ball with Slidefix.
                      Here are 3 reasons I can't give the 5 stars.
                      This is my first time using quick system, you need a minimal instruction but the sheet came with the Monoball was inadequate. I have to go to Robert White site for excellent video clips on Monoball and Slidefix. This really helped. I am still waiting for Slidefix 100 plate I ordered originally with the Monoball. It is well over 2 months and Arca-Swiss seemed has no intension of re-stocking this as their customer service did no answer my email. This item is still backordered at B&H and I am waiting. I gambled and bought Slidefix #802270. This works just fine with Alpha 580 when you pick a right pin hole. However, the plate is not made for this model so the plate is installed slightly angled on the bottom of the camera parallel the body. Not the normal lens-axis position. But the camera can be fixed on the ball without coming loose. The last reason was I waited 2 months to received the Monoball. It was a 2-week wait item as this should be stocked at the US distributor.

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                      4.0

                      READ BEFORE YOU BUY

                      By Matt

                      from Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                        I knew the Slidefix quick release system was not compatible with the popular Wimberely or Arca-Swiss plates, however I thought I would buy this version anyway and if I did not like the Slidefix system I would simply remove it. I was wrong.

                        The Slidefix quick release attached to the top of the p0 panning ballhead has a small screw in the middle, fastening the two together. The Allen key that came in the set fits this screw perfectly. However no matter how hard I tried, the QR will not separate from the Ballhead. I now know that this screw has an anti twist device that will prevent you from taking the Slidefix QR plate off. Shadowless already wrote a review warning of this. Apparently there is a way to remove it but it requires drilling and the Slidefix will be ruined in the process. Luckily BH Photo has a fantastic return policy.

                        As for the Ballhead itself, I was very impressed. The fastening ring that has replaced the traditional locking knob is very easy to use. It requires very little turning, maybe 1/4 of a turn, to go from movable to very tight. That ballhead is not going anywhere. The Slidefix system also looks good, although a little narrow for my personal preference. It is fixed to the ballhead and is very secure. I purchased an Arca-Swiss Quick release plate for Canon telephoto lenses and that didn't fit either! Make sure you purchase only the plates with "Slidefix QR" in the name. The head was not as smooth turning as I would have liked. But I think this would improve after some use. The panning movement is VERY smooth and very nice to use. I cannot advise as to the p0's reliability as I never used it properly for any amount of time. The whole p0 with QR system feels very well made and should serve you for many, many years.

                        Attached to my Gitzo 2531 it is designed to face the camera exactly 90 degrees to horizontal when fully turned ie. It faces directly up into the sky (the tripod legs need to be positioned with 2 legs fully retracted and 1 fully extended. I don't know if all tripod legs would give the same perfectly vertical angle). It attaches to my Gitzo tripod very securely.

                        I ended up buying the Arca-Swiss Z1 instead to see if it is a little smoother. However I would highly recommend the p0 if you want to go with all new Slidefix plates. It is very well made and I believe it is very good value at this price with an excellent panning function included.

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                        4.0

                        Beautifully made

                        By Arne

                        from Belgrade, ME

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Innovative design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                            Arca Swiss products are first rate, and this is a meticulously made head, that seems to function very well. The plate locks in place very cleanly and the controls all seem very well designed.

                            Unfortunately I ended up returning it, as I felt as though I'd want to baby it, unlike my old Gitzo head – which is not nearly as nicely made or easy to use – but keeps taking a beating.

                            It might work for you.

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                            5.0

                            very good tripod head

                            By keisen

                            from tokyo JP

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                              It is the cheapest one,but very light,very cool,very solid.

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                              5.0

                              My second one

                              By PhoenixPhotographer

                              from Phoeinix, AZ

                              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

                                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                I love the ease of use, weight, and compact size. I bought the second one to put on my monopod.

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                                5.0

                                Exceeds Expectations

                                By JWP

                                from Coldstream, BC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                  I use this head with a Gitzo tripod and Hasselblad 500C. The Monoball is easy and intuitive to use, and the ergonomics are great. The only negative factor is that it requires specialized mounting plates for the cameras.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good Head

                                  By somebodE

                                  from Oklahoma

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                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots

                                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                    This is my first ball head so I have nothing else to compare it too. I had lots of trouble finding information on this head; but got it anyway. I am not disappointed. I got this to use with a Canon 7D. Like other reviewers have said; the clamp/plates are not compatible with other common Arca Swiss gear. The plates are compatible with the Arca clamps that are designed for the Arca monorails. The clamps are compatible with Arca monorails but not the normal Arca Swiss camera plates. There are multiple versions of this head; one of which allows you to use a third party (or other Arca) clamp so you can use the head with other camera plates. I find the ball head stable and easy to adjust. The control ring is easy to manipulate and it loosens and locks down with easy. It is also easy to loosen the head partially so that the camera stays still until you move it and it will stay put when you let go. When fully tightened; the camera will not move. The head works great with Gitzo 3541xls tripod.

                                    Because the panning function is on top of the head instead of the bottom; it was not designed to pan horizontally while tilted for a portrait orientation.

                                    The head has the look and feel of a professional quality machine. It holds my gear without any concerns. Not sure if I'd use it for a lens larger than the 70-200 2.8 zoom; but it handles this lens & Canon 7D with grip just fine.
                                    While getting use to the head; one should take care when loosening the head not to place one's fingers between the head and the plate. If you loosen the ball to much without supporting your gear in the process; you may find your finger(s) pinched by the head.

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                                    4.0

                                    buy with caution

                                    By Shadowless

                                    from Sunnyside, NY

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion
                                    • Panoramic mount

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy
                                    • Non standard everywhere

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                    If you plan on changing the slidefix clamp to other made such as your existing RRS clamps, be warn that there is a little stainless steel stud in this version that is fixed to the pano head and cannot be removed. It is not the same as the other version that comes with just the screw mount. The mounting M6 screw is not the typical length used for mounting other clamps, it is much shorter as the slidefix clamp is much thinner than the normal arca compatible clamps. Everything for the slidefix mount has been reduced in dimensions.

                                    The weight specification is not correct. Without the clamp it is already 290g. With the 50g slidefix clamp it is about 340g. If you use other clamps it will be close to 400g so this is not really as light weight as the manufacturer wants you to think.

                                    Nevertheless operation wise it is smooth and holds well. The integrated pano head made it worth the while. RRS pano mount alone is almost the price of this head. Get it if you need panoramic function.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great ball head, non-standard release

                                    By gsmith

                                    from MD

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                      You would think an Arca Swiss ball head would come with a standard Arca Swill release plate but it does not. The so called QS quick plate works ok but it means having to purchase a separate plate for your camera. I purchased this head primarly for travel as it is light, small for for a panning head, and is exeptionally well made. I would have no hesitation in giving it 5 stars if it were not for the the non-standard release plate which has to be changed whenever I use my other tripod, which ironically also has an Arca Swiss head. Another limitation is the lack of an L-bracket for the QS release meaning that there is no way I can see to mount the camera vertically and use the panning system for panoramic images.

                                      If this is your only ball head and you dont need to mount your camera vertically (the entire ball head will shift 90 degress but that wont help for panoramas), then the P0 is a well made and easy to use compact head and for me almost perfect for travel.

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