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Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts

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Product Highlights
  • 2 lb Load Capacity
  • Mounts Monitors and Lights to DSLR
  • 90º Vertical Articulation
  • Single Adjustment Knob
  • Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts
  • 1/4"-20 Screws On Top & Bottom

The Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts can mount directly to a camcorder or camera's shoe mount or rig, and allows for the attachment of a full array of video accessories. Specifically meant to attach monitors or small lights to your camcorder or camera while shooting video, this ball head has a single locking knob for fast and safe operation, and is easily removable.

This head features removable shoe mounts at both ends to each reveal 1/4"-20 screws, making this a truly Multi-Function Ball Head. The head itself allows for 90º vertical articulation.

Removable shoe mounts on top and bottom and 1/4"-20 screws underneath allow for multiple applications
Single locking knob for safe and fast operation
Fits most standard shoe mounts (except for Sony DSLR flash shoe)
Load Capacity 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
Dimensions 2.8 x 1.6 x 1.2" (7 x 4 x 3 cm)
Weight 3.2 oz (90 g)
Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts
  • Cold Shoe Mount with 1/4" Thread
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VelloMulti-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts
     
    4.6

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (27)
    • Easy to use (27)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Durable (19)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (23)
      • Weddings (11)
      • Family photos (6)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Travel (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (29)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A solid Ball Head

      I was hesitant to buy a brand I did not know at first & for the price I thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I gave it a shot &...Read complete review

      I was hesitant to buy a brand I did not know at first & for the price I thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I gave it a shot & have since bought another Vello Ball Head & Vello Triple Shoe V-bracket. First thing I noticed was that it looks professional w/ a durable black finish & has a nice weight to it. I've only had this for a few weeks & could not imagine it breaking any time soon & if it did I'd probably buy another one. I am using it with a ROTOLIGHT on a light stand & with a shock-mount on-camera shoe so I can not verify how much weight it can hold but the knob on the side seems able to tighten well enough to hold some weight when tilted. It says it can hold 2.2 lbs. & it feels like it can. A great feature the Ball-Head has is that it has a shoe mount at the bottom that can be removed to reveal a female 1/4"-20 screw hole & the top is a 1/4"-20 male screw, both w/ plastic tightening wheels. I tried to find a con so far such as the Ball-Head itself reflects light but it was not an issue for me. If so a little Gaff tape would solve that. The only plastic parts are the 2 tightening wheels & knob & they seem very durable to last a while. Just as good as more expensive Ball-Heads.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not sturdy enough

      I am trying to attach a DN 60 portable video recorder to my camcorder. This multi-function ball head just doesn't do the job for me. The connections continued to come loose while mounted on...Read complete review

      I am trying to attach a DN 60 portable video recorder to my camcorder. This multi-function ball head just doesn't do the job for me. The connections continued to come loose while mounted on the camera during panning and other camera movements. It's just not a solid piece of equipment that I can use with confidence that it won't allow my portable recording box to slide off and fall to the ground. Not suitable for heavy duty use with a bulky camcorder.

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      5.0

      Handy, handy, handy

      By downtoearthwoodworks

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

          This unit is so doggone handy it is hard to write about "how I use it" --- I use it dozens of ways. Originally I got this so as to be able to position the Sennheiser wireless receiver so it could be seen from in front of the camera. Now I also use it for hyper-accurate positioning of lights, aiming shotgun microphones, etc. I've got to order a couple more...

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          5.0

          Services the need very well

          By Florida Video Guy

          from Miami Beach, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

            Used for my Manhattan 8.9" HD monitor. Works very nice.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By atruor

            from Monterrey, Mx

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

              For my 7" Monitor and/or Light Led
              It does exactly what it is for. No more. Thank you.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Perfect Part

              By Roger

              from Greenwood, La

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                I mounted this on my Revo Quad Skate Tabletop Dolly with Scale Marks. Now I can mount my Canon 6d and swivel, rotate and tilt for my different shots. Perfect for and inexpensive slider.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great product

                By Don

                from Rochester, MN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                    What a great, inexpensive way to mount a GoPro. It is easy to use and flexible.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    works well. Everything I needed

                    By shawnh

                    from toronto

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                      this adds a lot of flexibility to my mounting options for gear.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Simple, works

                      By T

                      from Santa Monica, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                        I got this to replace the useless shoe mount included with the STL-Varicolor 336 on-camera light. That shoe mount is too short and not adjustable without a small Philips-head screwdriver.

                        The Vello is pretty much exactly what should have been included with the light. It's sturdy, hand-adjustable, and hold on tight.

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                        3.0

                        Multi-faceted

                        By 7Stone

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Various Pieces

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                        Let's you extend your mount as well as change the angle of the mount. Gives you flexibility for your specific mount.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Low price Supports LED

                        By LikeThePrice

                        from Arkansas

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                          For supporting a light-weight LED light, and for a great price, I was pleased with this small ball head. It is not top quality, nor is it just cheap junk. It does what I needed at the right price point.

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                          4.0

                          Great Mount

                          By Active Shooter

                          from Flint, MI

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                Was looking for a mount and we found a good one. Didn't realize that it was a hot shoe on the bottom, but we replaced it with a threaded stud and it works great. It gets the light just above the viewfinder and helps eliminate the extra shadows. If your looking to get the mount and need a light get the package deal, it's worth it.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Small package packs a big punch

                                By Sweet Witch

                                from Outside Boston

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Brilliant Design
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                  This was smaller than I thought but it's the perfect size to fit on my grip and much cheaper than spending $ + on a grip with a built-in ball head.This Vello product has removable plastic shoes top and bottom but the middle is all metal and very strong. There's a med/large wingnut on the back to adjust the ball that's very easy to grasp/use. I like the versatility of being able to remove the shoes and use the ball head for other things too. That makes it even more of a bargain!It took me a lot of searching to find this item and it's one of my best camera-related purchases yet.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Well Built and strong

                                  By AP

                                  from Baltimore/Washington

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                        Good design and strong built.

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                                        5.0

                                        Solid and stable light stand

                                        By Peter D

                                        from Hallandale Beach, FL

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy to Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                          I was searching for a secure shoe mount that extended a light above the shotgun mic on a Canon XA10 video camera. The mount more than met the need and the ball joint allows east tilting the light in any direction.

                                          Excellent piece.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          My little gem!

                                          By Roberto

                                          from 59100 Prato (PO) Italy

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Family Photos
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Travel
                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                            Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                            Lightweight, compact, great price.
                                            I am very glad I purchased. Buying it from other manufacturers, usual price, I just bought the shoe flash.

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                                            • No

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                                            4.0

                                            Useful for video lights

                                            By Bill

                                            from Northern California

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy to Use

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Travel
                                              • Video
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                              I like being able to adjust the direction of the throw of the camera mounted video light. It took me a little while to figure out that I needed a *very small* hex key to get the whole thing nice and tight - but once I tightened the hex nut near the bottom it is rock-steady.

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                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Price fine and works fine

                                              By mike7501

                                              from Elyria, Ohio

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Hold H4 Recorders
                                                • Video

                                                Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                                It was just what I was looking for

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                VERY GOOD

                                                By HECTOR

                                                from FLORIDA

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Video
                                                    • Weddings/Events

                                                    Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                                    I USE FOR MY VIDEO LIGHTS

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Use with most lightweight camattachments

                                                    By Ron at Star City Fame

                                                    from Roanoke, VA

                                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Compact
                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Easy to Use
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Lightweight Attachments
                                                      • Photography
                                                      • Video

                                                      Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                                      Works as expected. I am using it with my newly acquired Datavideo DN-60 attached to a Canon XHA1, transforming my camera work from tape-based to digital files. Can't beat that! You can use this shoe mount for anything but I would guess not for something too heavy. Parts on this shoe mount are adjustable, which makes it even better to position your attachments to suit your needs, ie, to see an LCD panel easier. Great product!

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                                                      4.0

                                                      A quality product

                                                      By Cebe

                                                      from Jacksonville Florida

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Compact
                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Easy to Use

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                                        • Sports/Action
                                                        • Travel
                                                        • Video
                                                        • Weddings/Events

                                                        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                                        It works, holds the 8 inch monitor in place on my glide cam.

                                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                                        • No

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                                                        5.0

                                                        A solid Ball Head

                                                        By JP

                                                        from Philadelphia, PA

                                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Compact
                                                        • Durable
                                                        • Easy to Use
                                                        • Multi-Purpose
                                                        • Professional Look

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Family Photos
                                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                                          • Sports/Action
                                                          • Travel
                                                          • Video
                                                          • Weddings/Events
                                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                                          Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Top & Bottom Shoe Mounts:

                                                          I was hesitant to buy a brand I did not know at first & for the price I thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I gave it a shot & have since bought another Vello Ball Head & Vello Triple Shoe V-bracket. First thing I noticed was that it looks professional w/ a durable black finish & has a nice weight to it. I've only had this for a few weeks & could not imagine it breaking any time soon & if it did I'd probably buy another one. I am using it with a ROTOLIGHT on a light stand & with a shock-mount on-camera shoe so I can not verify how much weight it can hold but the knob on the side seems able to tighten well enough to hold some weight when tilted. It says it can hold 2.2 lbs. & it feels like it can. A great feature the Ball-Head has is that it has a shoe mount at the bottom that can be removed to reveal a female 1/4"-20 screw hole & the top is a 1/4"-20 male screw, both w/ plastic tightening wheels. I tried to find a con so far such as the Ball-Head itself reflects light but it was not an issue for me. If so a little Gaff tape would solve that. The only plastic parts are the 2 tightening wheels & knob & they seem very durable to last a while. Just as good as more expensive Ball-Heads.

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