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Joby Ballhead X (Black)

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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
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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.
UPC: 854630001575
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.53 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.5 x 2.8 x 2.5"
Joby Ballhead X (Black)
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
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    JobyBallhead X (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 50 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (40)
    • Stable (37)
    • Large range of motion (32)
    • Strong clamp (32)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (34)
    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Night shots (26)
    • Portraits (21)
    • Home (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (41)

    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

    Perfect ballhead

    By Bill

    from Lancaster, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

      I use these for my remote flashes and on my tripod to hold my camera. Strong and durable. Easy to use and fast to maneuver.

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      5.0

      Better than I expected

      By Planosteve

      from Plano, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

          I purchased this bad boy for my Joby Gorillapod, but it works just as well with my full-sized tripod, and is more than adequate to support my Canon 5DIII with any of my largest lenses. Was also pleased to see that it comes with an easy-to-use quick release plate. Very compact and rugged. Thanks, B&H!

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          4.0

          Works well. Definitely worth the money.

          By Steve

          from Syracuse, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits

            Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

            I got this to replace a pan-head on an old Slik tripod after starting to use the new Peak Designs products, which come with Arca-style plates. So I needed a head that not only was Arca-style, but that would allow the attached camera strap ends to remain fastened onto the plate. This was one of the heads that Peak Designs recommended, and it was a far cry less expensive than most of the others.

            As for functionality, it's fine. It pans smoothly. The clamp holds the plate snugly, and it tightens nicely, giving a sense that it won't come loose. The ball also holds the camera (a Nikon D90 with zoom lens) in any position I put it in.

            One quality control issue was that one of the little plastic concave covers for the end of one of the tightening knobs popped off pretty much right after I installed it on the tripod. Not sure why; it looked like the glue was applied well, but for some reason it didn't hold. So I just glued it back on myself.

            I'm not a big tripod user and I've only used it for a couple of hours, during a workshop. But so far, I'm satisfied with it and expect it will continue to work for me.

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            4.0

            Cheap ball head for Gorillapod Focus

            By zzooioozz

            from NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

              better than expected quality, will last for years to come, simple and well-made above average metal+plastic tightening parts, attaching to camera with firm grip. I am happy to have it on top of Gorillapod Focus so you can achievechallenging/ odd angles. because the Gorillapod can be attached to solid bars or pipes you may need this to get your camera-balance to capture right angles you need. held my 5D with zoom lense 12-105 without losing grip. Good small range of motions so it doen't bother things around the range, once the ball is lose, just move your camera and then quick twist the grip to lock it in place.

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              5.0

              Joby Ballhead X

              By Walt2D2

              from Brooklyn NYC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                    It great it locks up qiuck and takes the regular ARCA swiss mounts. Its a great ball head and wont break the bank!!

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                    5.0

                    Good Value

                    By Kevin

                    from Las Vegas Nevada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                          I bought the Joby Ballhead X for my small MePHOTO tripod to use with my Olympus E-M10. I have an L bracket for this camera that works well with the Arca-Swiss compatible Ballhead X. One can spend a lot of money on ballheads. I think this is a great value for the price. It came highly recommended from an experienced photographer friend who has owned the Ballhead X for some time now. I plan to use this for regular tripod work but the full 360 degree panorama feature will be a step up from the ballhead that came with the original MePHOTO tripod.

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                          5.0

                          Solid

                          By Yiddopaul

                          from Baton Rouge

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                            Build quality is impressive. Easy to use.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Very strong. Easy to move its parts

                            By Juggernaut

                            from NJ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                Has nice big knobs to control how the ballhead moves.
                                Movement is smooth but not too loose.
                                Tightens down very tight.

                                Amazingly, I am able to use this to convert my manfrotto monopod into a "selfie stick" with my D5100 with a F/2.8 17-50 mm lens!

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                                5.0

                                Good!

                                By cjstoffel

                                from Seattle

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                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

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        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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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Little Ballhead

                                        By theKiwi

                                        from Caledonia, Michigan, USA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        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

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      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

                                                      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 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

                                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                        Verified Reviewer

                                                        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

                                                            Verified Reviewer

                                                            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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                                                              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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