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Joby Ballhead X (Black)

You Pay: $43.00
Product Highlights
  • For Use With Joby Gorillapod Focus
  • Maximum Load Up to 11.1 lb (5.3 kg)
  • Full 360° Panning
  • 90° Tilt
  • Universal Mounting Plate
  • Easy-to-Use Adjustment Knobs
  • Portable & Sturdy

The Joby Ballhead X allows creative camera positioning when mounted to your Gorillapod Focus. It is portable (only 9.3 oz, 262 g), compact (only 3.3", 83mm tall) and will support your equipment weighing up to 11.1 lb (5 kg). A unique feature of this device is its universal "x-shaped" mounting plate which connects to your camera and easily slides on and off the ballhead.

The Ballhead X is equipped with durable adjustment knobs which allow you to rotate your camera smoothly with full 360° panning and up to 90° tilts. Even though this ballhead is optimized for the Gorillapod Focus, it is also compatible with most tripods since it can accommodate both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads. Additionally its durable aluminum construction has an all-black finish which minimizes reflectivity and gives it a professional look.

The Joby Ballhead X allows full 360-degree panning and 90-degree tilt allow you to position your camera equipment at virtually any angle and capture portrait or landscape shots with ease.
Its incredibly lightweight, compact, and portable form factor makes it the ideal ballhead for the photographer on-the-go. Throw one in your backpack or gear bag to archive your next adventure.
The Ballhead X is Completely compatible with any camera under 11.1b (5 kg) and nearly every standard stabilization device.
It has a universal mounting plate which stays connected to your camera and slides into the Ballhead X for easy setup and quick interchangeability; switch between cameras in an instant.
The Ballhead X has precision-machined anodized aluminum construction which delivers durability with smooth movements.
The professional all-black finish minimizes glare when photographing reflective surfaces.
The Ballhead X has durable adjustment knobs which easily lock the ballhead into place, securing it tightly.
Load Capacity Up to 11.1 lb (5kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Plate Universal mounting plate (1/4" tripod screw)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
3/8"-16
Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.7 x 2.5 x 3.3" (68 x 63 x 83mm)
Weight 9.26 oz (262 g)
Joby Ballhead X (Black)
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
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    JobyBallhead X (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (34)
    • Stable (31)
    • Large range of motion (27)
    • Strong clamp (26)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (32)
      • Landscape/scenery (25)
      • Night shots (22)
      • Portraits (18)
      • Home (15)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (35)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good with Peak Design's Capture Clip Sys

      Nice quality and overall smooth feel. This is my first ball head unit for any tripod so I'm very happy with the quality. I love Joby tripods - I had the GP2, and...Read complete review

      Nice quality and overall smooth feel. This is my first ball head unit for any tripod so I'm very happy with the quality. I love Joby tripods - I had the GP2, and now the GP3 (aka SLR Zoom) and Focus. I mainly bought this because with Peak Design's Capture Camera Clip system that uses the arca-swiss system, I wanted the ability to quickly remove my camera from my belt or backpack's strap and place directly onto this ballhead unit fast without needing to take off the plate first. It's not quite as slick as the locking system on Capture, but once on the ballhead x, you turn a knob to fully grasp it tight. Done, fast and almost easy.

      This ballhead x unit works on the GP3 (SLR Zoom) and the awesome strudy Focus tripod. If interested in the Focus, buy the bundle to save a bit of cash.

      I use this with my Sony NEX-5 camera with various sony lens and mf lens.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Looked good online

      Thought this'd work well for me, but size was smaller than expected. Worse yet, it seems to lack a safety catch for the QR plate. I wouldn't risk my equipment on this...Read complete review

      Thought this'd work well for me, but size was smaller than expected. Worse yet, it seems to lack a safety catch for the QR plate. I wouldn't risk my equipment on this system, so it went back in its box for return before I even tinkered with the ballhead.

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      5.0

      Good!

      By cjstoffel

      from Seattle

      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
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

        Works great with Panasonic GX7. No problems at all. Sturdy and modular.

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        5.0

        nice small head with separate pan lock

        By RAH

        from Hampton, NH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Pan Lock Knob
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

          The Joby Ballhead X is a nice, small ballhead. I purchased it to replace the head on the Manfrotto BeFree travel tripod I bought a few days earlier. The reason I am doing this points to the main feature of the Joby head that distinguishes it from other similar small ballheads - it has a SEPARATE pan lock knob. The Joby head is the smallest ballhead I can find that has a separate pan lock knob. Giottos makes one that is also small, but it is more expensive and does not have a quick-release mechanism.So, if you want a small ballhead with a separate pan lock, the Joby is the best way that I can find. One wonders why Manfrotto cannot seem to make such a ballhead, since it is a critical shortcoming of the BeFree tripod, IMHO.I should add that if you replace the BeFree head with the Joby, you cannot fold the tripod small enough to fit into the bag. I tried for a long time, and just couldn't get it to fit. However, other than this, the Joby is small enough to be a good substitute, and gives you the important ability to pan while keeping the ball itself locked in position, allowing things like video usage, panoramic pictures, etc.

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          5.0

          Compact, reasonably smooth and precise.

          By Ron in NYC

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

              I now have four of these. The first came with a Joby Gorrilapod (the
              Gorrilapod hasn't worked out well), the second is mounted on a Benro
              A-2690 Travel Angel tripod (good travel tripod), the third mounted on
              an Impact Super Clamp (extremely stable if you can find something to
              clamp to), and the fourth mounted on a Sirui P-306 Monopod (best
              travel solution of all the above). Obviously they work well for me
              or I wouldn't keep buying them. The heaviest load I use them for is
              a Nikon D800 with a Nikon 70-200mm f/4.0 lens attached, often without
              a collar. A nice frill is a Sunwayfoto DDC-60i Clamp. The main
              advantage of the Joby ballhead is that it is small so it fits on the
              compact devices listed above. The operation is almost as smooth and
              precise as, say, a Markins Q-Ball Q3 Emille that costs four times
              as much. The Joby bullhead is far superior to the Benro BH1 Ballhead.

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              4.0

              Smallest Arca-Swiss style balhead

              By Shoestring Shooter

              from Cold Spring, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

              • Weak Clamp

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

              I use the Joby Ballhead X in pairs to mount a camcorder at a 90-degree angle on a Cinetics skate.

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              4.0

              Great Little Ballhead

              By theKiwi

              from Caledonia, Michigan, USA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lack Of Level Bubble

              Best Uses

              • Anywhere You Want

              Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

              I bought this to go on a Joby Gorillapod Focus tripod. It easily supports my Canon EOS 70D and lens (18-135 IS STM for example).The ballhead has 2 easy adjustments to control level and rotation.Pity it didn't include a bubble level too - given all the ways that the Gorillapod focus can be used, having a level on the ballhead would make getting it set up a bit easier.

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              4.0

              Great for the reasonable price

              By bobcat

              from Detroit, MI

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                    Very nice for the price and the ballhead does accept other arcs swiss mounting plates just fine. This has a good solid feel, well made.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product for amazing price!

                    By karinatwork

                    from British Columbia, Canada

                    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
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                      I use this ballhead for my Fuji X-T1 and it is perfect. I believe a bigger camera would work with this as well, since when I fix it, the ballhead won't budge. Excellent finish, light and super-adjustable. I don't see why I should spend $ [$]more for something that doesn't do anything better. Sure it's not a "pro" product. But don't poo-poo the Joby X before you tried it!

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                      5.0

                      My Go-To Ball Head

                      By Dude with a Camera

                      from Newberg, OR

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

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                            Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                            I am not a professional photographer and I do not have any huge lenses which require a ball head larger than this on. My requirements for a ball head were the following: - Be affordable (Under $[$]) as I bought several- Have a quick release plate- Have a rotating base (Swivel 360 deg)- Have a load rating to meet my requirementsThis ball head meets all of my requirements. I am very please with the design and quality as well. For this reason I bought 4 of these heads to use us on my Monopods and tripods. For the money it is hard to beat these ball heads.

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                            4.0

                            Arca-Swiss Compatible

                            By Chuckm

                            from Honolulu, HI

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                              I bought this for my smaller SLR-Zoom gorillapod because it appeared to be Arca-Swiss compatible. This is absolutely true as it fit my Really Right Stuff plate without a problem. One recomendation though is to remove the little retaining pin. Just unscrew the top bolt and push the pin through the bottom.

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                              5.0

                              Fantastic Deal - Great Quality

                              By Tim Tam

                              from Williamsburg, Virginia

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                  I am buying a second one. Great quality at better than half the price of all other arca-swiss style quick release ball heads. It includes a pin to prevent accidental loss of your camera. This is great on any tripod/monopod, not just on Joby Gorillapods. I have one on my Manfrotto monopod and on my Sunpack tripod. I use it with a Joby Ultra plate mounted on my camera all the time so I can keep my Black Rapid strap on also.

                                  B&H rocks.

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                                  4.0

                                  Excellent value

                                  By Jonathan

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                    I use this ballhead with the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom because I want to retain compatibility with my Arca-Swiss plates, and it works beautifully. My bigger ballheads are a bit smoother, but for the money, this one is terrific. If you're planning to install this on a full-size tripod, I'd skip it and get a standard ballhead — you'll find slightly better build quality and ease of use. For a lightweight Gorillapod rig, however, this is the ballhead to get.

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                                    • Yes

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                                    4.0

                                    Nice Lightweight Head

                                    By cottonM

                                    from WI

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                      Saw this reviewed several places & based on the reviews and Joby's products I got it. I needed a ball head to go on a really lightweight Velbon tripod I wanted to use more with my M4?3 stuff. It's perfect for that use. The Velbon didn't have a ArcaSwiss release & so I couldn't use it with my other stuff. So this really fits the bill. I haven't & wouldn't use it with heavier, longer lens but it makes the ld legs a lot more useful.The quality was excellent. It'll probably hold up over time if not abused.

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                                      2.0

                                      Looked good online

                                      By RedSnapper

                                      from Illinois

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Unstable

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                          Thought this'd work well for me, but size was smaller than expected. Worse yet, it seems to lack a safety catch for the QR plate. I wouldn't risk my equipment on this system, so it went back in its box for return before I even tinkered with the ballhead.

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                                          5.0

                                          Nothing Short of Perfect

                                          By Rogue77

                                          from Cincinnati, OH

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                            Awesome ball head. Great quality and a top notch company to deal with. Worth every penny.

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent

                                            By zensu

                                            from Montgomery AL

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Travel
                                              • Wildlife

                                              Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                              I mount my OMD with the portrait/extra battery grip and this ballhead on my Joby Gorilla Pod and it handles this setup with any lens in my kit perfectly. I like this easy to use ballhead so much I replaced the tripod heads on my standard size Benbo and large size Benbo tripods with this Joby and they work like a charm. No hassles and easy to get your camera in any position quickly.

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                                              4.0

                                              Well Made

                                              By Canonuser

                                              from North Dakota

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Travel

                                                  Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                                  Very nice ball head seems to be well made and quality workmanship. My only negative is that the quick release plate is difficult to remove and mount somewhat because of the X pattern of the head.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Good Value

                                                  By J

                                                  from USA

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                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Travel

                                                      Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                                      I bought this for travel. It's compact and adequately strong to hold a 5D2 and 70-200/4 easily. It's difficult to tighten the camera quick-release plate enough to keep the camera from shifting slowly in portrait mode, but perhaps this problem will go away as the plate's rubber cushion compresses with use. I mounted the head on a Manfrotto column and found that tightening the three set screws distorts the head to the point that rotation of the head is impaired, so I don't use the set screws. Given the low price of this head, its light weight and adequate functionality, I can live with these minor problems for travel use.

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Alternative to Manfrotto

                                                      By JLVideo

                                                      from Melbourne, australia

                                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                                      • Good Stability
                                                      • Strong Clamp

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

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

                                                        Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                                        Good little ball head, + Great price+ It seems to be well made (much better than I expected for the price.)+ I put it on GorillaPad and it gave me ability to turn/point my camera to where ever I wanted (obviously!). + It has a useful marking. + The plate's design is great too, it allows me to clip the camera on either forward or backward and had a safety lock like most video's head just incase you forgot to tighten the knob.- Just wish it has the leveling bubble...

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Pleasant Surprise

                                                        By JimiFilo

                                                        from ATL, GA

                                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                        Pros

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

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Home
                                                          • Portraits
                                                          • Travel
                                                          • Weddings/Events

                                                          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                                          I originally bought this with the FOCUS tripod package and right off the bat I was impressed with the solid feel and smooth controls. I've bought another one to go on a Manfrotto 055xprob tripod. It has held the D90 with 70-300 glass just fine.What's great: Solid construction and smooth function at a budget price; Arca-swiss (universal) mounting.What's not so great: you will need to tighten the pan knob before the ball joint knob, as it does shift enough to alter macro-compositions.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Great tripod head works with Peak Design

                                                          By Kevin

                                                          from Anchorage, AK

                                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Attaches Firmly
                                                          • Good Stability

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                                            • Night Shots
                                                            • Travel
                                                            • Wildlife

                                                            Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                                            I purchased the Ballhead X to use on a Manfrotto tripod and it has worked great. I chose the Ballhead X because it would work with the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip. It is a great system where I can clip the camera to a backpack strap and quickly release it to catch a picture of a moose before they slink into the woods. When I'm using the tripod the same base clips right into the Ballhead X.

                                                            The Ballhead has worked well. The pan works well along with the varying tension allowed on the ball itself. Once I lock it in place it hasn't moved at all on me. My only minor gripe is that tightening the knob to attach the camera to the Ballhead X seems slower than the usual lever/clamp system.

                                                            Big thank you to Frank's 1/16/2012 review for the heads up on the compatibility with the Peak Designs clip.

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