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Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount

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Product Highlights
  • 4.4 lb Load Capacity
  • Mounts Monitors and Lights to DSLR
  • 90º Vertical Articulation
  • Single Adjustment Knob
  • 1/4"-20 Screw on Top
  • Removable Bottom Shoe Mount
  • 3/8" Thread with 1/4"-20 Bushing on Bottom

The Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount from Vello can mount directly to a DSLR shoe mount, 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.

Accessories attach via the 1/4"-20 screw thread on top, and the bottom features a removable shoe mount and a 3/8" thread with a supplied 1/4"-20 bushing. The head itself allows for 90º vertical articulation.

Removeable shoe mount on bottom and 1/4"-20 screw on top allows for multiple applications
Single locking knob for safe and fast operation
Fits most standard shoe mounts (except for Sony flash shoe)
Load Capacity 4.4 lb (2 kg)
Dimensions 2.6 x 2 x 1.2" (6.7 x 5 x 3 cm)
Weight 3.8 oz (108 g)
Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount
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    4.0

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    78%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (15)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Durable (11)
    • Lightweight (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (10)
      • Sports/action (4)
      • Weddings (4)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (20)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Stands apart for the rest !

      I have bought quite a few different shoe mount adaptors like this throughout my years. I bought the cheapies on ,@ and a few rebranded ones sold by stores like @ just to give...Read complete review

      I have bought quite a few different shoe mount adaptors like this throughout my years. I bought the cheapies on ,@ and a few rebranded ones sold by stores like @ just to give them the benefit of a doubt. This one is a couple bucks more, but you will not care once you witness it's quality.The difference was noticeable the second I pulled it out of perfectly packaged box B&H sent to me. You can feel the strength in it's weight, and the materials used to make it scream professional and tough. I use it to hold field monitors, and sound recorders that weigh upto a couple pounds. I love the smooth feel of it when I loosen the knob, and equally love how little tightening pressure it takes to lock it in place - other I have had felt like they were going to break as I tightened them.I decided to throw all the others I owned away, not even re-sell them, I don't want to make anyone else deal with that garbage. I now have 3 of these. Don't pass these up to save a couple bucks!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      I broke it...

      I'm a professional videographer and I bought this to replace the default multi-directional joint that came with my LED light.

      This product was taller than I expected. It performed well,...Read complete review

      I'm a professional videographer and I bought this to replace the default multi-directional joint that came with my LED light.

      This product was taller than I expected. It performed well, but I found it heavy and the lock screw doesn't have a good feel when you lock it into position... like metal grinding against metal. And there is no "range" in the tightness. Only: loosy all over the place; Or: lock dead hard so it don't move! The upper body also has a tendency to unscrew from it's shoe, so you kind of have to over tighten it so it stays in place... not something I like doing.

      Cautionary tale:
      A few weeks after I started using it, I dropped my camera (that never happens to me) over a distance of a feet or two. I had the habit of laying down the lamp at a 90 degree angle, facing down, when carrying. BAD IDEA! The ball head acted as a lever and with little force, it bent the receiver shoe on my camera. It also damaged the ball head. Needless to say, I'm leaving my lamp in the upright position from now on.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By grayteck

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Solidsturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

        These are great. They are not only cost effective but very sturdy and easy to use. I find the ball adjustment to hold tight with a heavy strobe load (~2.5 pounds), and when the strobe needs to be tilted, the adjustment is easy and rock solid. This unit is so much sturdier than the heads I had to replace. I highly recommend this product.

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        4.0

        Solid Materials, but a little wobbly

        By JJ the Movie Guy

        from New York, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Loose Mount

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

        All the parts move, so you've got to tighten this baby really tight to make sure it's secure. Not the worst problem in the world, but there are definitely other shoe mounts that are better designed.

        All in all, if you can get over tightening this thing pretty tight, I suppose it's good bang for your buck.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Enough for the price

        By Aytek

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

          I bought it together additional backup to my Manfrotto 492LCD Micro ballhead. It is good enough for my opinion for the price I am paying

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          5.0

          Stands apart for the rest !

          By Joseph Davis Castleberry

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

            I have bought quite a few different shoe mount adaptors like this throughout my years. I bought the cheapies on ,@ and a few rebranded ones sold by stores like @ just to give them the benefit of a doubt. This one is a couple bucks more, but you will not care once you witness it's quality.The difference was noticeable the second I pulled it out of perfectly packaged box B&H sent to me. You can feel the strength in it's weight, and the materials used to make it scream professional and tough. I use it to hold field monitors, and sound recorders that weigh upto a couple pounds. I love the smooth feel of it when I loosen the knob, and equally love how little tightening pressure it takes to lock it in place - other I have had felt like they were going to break as I tightened them.I decided to throw all the others I owned away, not even re-sell them, I don't want to make anyone else deal with that garbage. I now have 3 of these. Don't pass these up to save a couple bucks!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Removable bottom, Best feature

            By Video Pro

            from Nottingham, MD

            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 Bottom Shoe Mount:

              I use this Vello shoe mount adapter mostly on top of my camera for small camera lights as well as for my Ninja2 video recorder. It also doubles as a mount on top of my light stand, via the removable shoe, for my Switronix TorchLED 220. This way I can tilt/pan the LED light and use it for interviews without having the LED light on top of my camera all the time. Works great and the price is right. Fairly robust but not the strongest adapter out there. The removable shoe however, has been a blessing.

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              3.0

              Good not great

              By Joe lav

              from Lynbrook

              Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

              I was expecting more from this item after all I do like Vello products normally this ball mounts are never good anyway as you get what you pay for with a little work and trial and error you can get your lead light to be secure on your dslr but strongly enough it doesn't slide in snugly into the camera shoe so there is some wiggle...I will with it all for the price savings over the Manfredo equivalent but I'm sure it would be better with the extra price tag...give it a shot it may work for you.

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              4.0

              Perfect Replacement for Monitor Mount

              By Shaon

              from Gulfport, MS

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                Got this for the simple reason of being able to take the hot shoe mount off and use a screw post and nut for a more secure mount for a 7" LCD monitor for our needs. 4 Stars because you do have to do some engineering for what we needed. Maybe they will include additional accessories in the future.

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                4.0

                durable, multi-functional mount

                By ferris830

                from Brooklyn, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Ball Head
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Multi Thread

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Not Lightweight

                Best Uses

                • Mounting Accessories

                Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                Perfect for attaching accessories. It's really great they thought of the most common mounting threads (1/4-20 & 3/8) by including a threaded insert. The ball head gives much more versatility than a standard shoe mount.

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                5.0

                Really solid

                By ...

                from Chicago

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                    Great tool, Love the Removable Hotshoe to reveal a 1"2 and 3/8" socket perfect for mounting on a DSLR cage.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    sturdy, higher quality shoe mount

                    By VidRip

                    from Portland, OR

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                        I attach this to my SONYs - the ned-7, and video cameras - and it allows me to attach on camera lights and most recently, a TASCAM audio recorder - not to mention the receiver end of my Sennheiser wireless units. I've had a few of these before - but this model is higher quality , with better materials and tighter lockdown - and smother screw capability. It's worth the money.

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                        1.0

                        Too weak

                        By Javier

                        from Santiago, Chile

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Construction

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                            This accessory is too weak to sustain any expensive and delicate product. Unfortunately, it is being offered as part of a bundle, but for me, its use is not recommended.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Nice

                            By Steve

                            from Massachusetts

                            Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                            Quality product....works nicely

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                            5.0

                            Good fit

                            By Heidi

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                              Purchased to use with my Zoom recorder and DSLR. Good fit in the hot shoe and screw mount on recorder. Have only used it once so far but no issues and I like it!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              small, sturdy and functional

                              By ACon

                              from Massachusetts

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                                  I use this ball head to support my Nikon SB-800 speedlights and a softbox with a Chimera speedring on a light stand. Works great and I am able to angle the softbox to any direction. I found this to be much stronger and more sturdy than the Giottos mini ball head. I think this would also work very well to support a compact point and shoot camera. Definitely not to be used as a ballhead for a dSLR.

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                                  5.0

                                  It does what it needs to do.

                                  By Bladeaudio

                                  from Knoxville, TN

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                                    Holds the 7 inch monitor on top of my video camera well.

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                                    2.0

                                    Poor construction and quality

                                    By Digital Media Guy

                                    from Bay Area, California

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Cheap Quality
                                    • Flimsy Construction

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                                      Was listed as an alternative to the Manfrotto 492 LCD. Used to replace the Lite Panels OEM ball head shoe mount. Vello product felt cheap and poorly constructed. In short, not a professional solution and not an alternative to the Manfrotto 492 LCD.

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                                      • No

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                                      3.0

                                      I broke it...

                                      By WL Production

                                      from Sherbrooke, QC

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Bulky
                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                                        I'm a professional videographer and I bought this to replace the default multi-directional joint that came with my LED light.

                                        This product was taller than I expected. It performed well, but I found it heavy and the lock screw doesn't have a good feel when you lock it into position... like metal grinding against metal. And there is no "range" in the tightness. Only: loosy all over the place; Or: lock dead hard so it don't move! The upper body also has a tendency to unscrew from it's shoe, so you kind of have to over tighten it so it stays in place... not something I like doing.

                                        Cautionary tale:
                                        A few weeks after I started using it, I dropped my camera (that never happens to me) over a distance of a feet or two. I had the habit of laying down the lamp at a 90 degree angle, facing down, when carrying. BAD IDEA! The ball head acted as a lever and with little force, it bent the receiver shoe on my camera. It also damaged the ball head. Needless to say, I'm leaving my lamp in the upright position from now on.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Practical. Usefull. Great Price.

                                        By Roc

                                        from San jose, CA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                                          Great with my Sony hdcx 580v camcorder!

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                                          3.0

                                          OK for the price

                                          By demjame

                                          from New York,NY

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Price

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Video

                                            Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                                            I use this to mount my field monitor. It's fine for the cost, but it's not rock solid. If you mounting anything heavier than a small monitor I'd keep looking. I'm not sure this will last longer than a year of regular use.

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                                            4.0

                                            Simple and sturdy

                                            By TeeVeeJim

                                            from Pennsylvania

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Video

                                              Comments about Vello Multi-Function Ball Head with Removable Bottom Shoe Mount:

                                              I bought this to mount a compact point-and-shoot camera that shoots video on top of my DSLR. The head is rated for up tp 4lbs but the problem I ran into with my 2lb camera is the torque required to tighten the ball head in place. I'm worried that over time I'll be stripping the screw but I can't fault Vello for something I think I might happen.

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