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Photo Clam PC-33NS Ball Head (Black)

B&H # PHPC33NS Mfr # PCBH-PC33NS
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Product Highlights
  • 66.1 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Style Quick Release
  • Separate Pan Base and Ball-Locking Knobs
  • Biaxial Progressive Friction Control
  • 90° Tilt
  • Weighs Just 0.7 lb

The Photo Clam PC-33NS Ball Head (Black) features extremely strong ball-locking for a very high 66.1 lb load capacity. The head has separate knobs for locking the ball and the pan base, enabling you to keep the orientation of your framing locked while you pan. This makes it appropriate for panoramic photography.

Within the ball-locking knob there's a dial for applying progressive biaxial friction, to accommodate lighter and heavier camera setups across the head's vast load capacity.

The head features a slot for tilting 90° to portrait orientation. Bubble levels allow you to ensure that your framing hews to the horizon in either landscape or portrait orientation. Featuring a sturdy knob for its clamp, the Arca-style quick-release platform is compatible with camera plates (sold separately) from Photo Clam as well as other manufacturers such as Kirk, Arca-Swiss, and Really Right Stuff.

Attaches to tripod via its 3/8"-16 threaded mount
Weighs just 0.7 lb
Load Capacity 66.1 lb (30 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.3" (33 mm)
Quick Release Arca-style (plate sold separately)
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Pan 360°
Tilt 90°
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Height 3.4" (8.7 cm)
Base Diameter 1.96" (50 mm)
Weight 0.7 lb (310 g)
Photo Clam PC-33NS Ball Head (Black)
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    Photo ClamPC-33NS Ball Head (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large range of motion (6)
    • Stable (6)
    • Strong clamp (6)
    • Attaches firmly (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Travel (5)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Wildlife (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Love this ball head!

      By Backpacker Dan

      from San Diego

      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
        • Wildlife

        Comments about PC-33NS Ball Head (Black):

        Love this thing. Love having the Arca Swiss type release, although the standard one that can be ordered for this head is too big and it blocks my battery door. Got a different one and now its perfect.Thats the beauty of the universal nature of Arca Swiss plates.
        Nice and solid hold. Bubble levels are in a useful spot that you can actually see with camera mounted, unlike some other brands. Great build, smooth movement. Really no need to pay double for really right stuff or any of those.

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        4.0

        PC-33NS Ball Head

        By HDMan

        from NC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PC-33NS Ball Head (Black):

          Very nice, well built SLR tripod head. Quality of movement, lock down & build is impressive. Recommended.

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          5.0

          The best ball-head under $

          By mattkoyak

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about PC-33NS Ball Head (Black):

            This little ball-head is well built, tough, smooth, and compact making it the best ball-head I've ever used that was under $ . It even accepts my Really Right Stuff QD plates! I highly recommend this product!

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            5.0

            Smooth Operation and well-finished

            By Mr Peabody

            from Pasadena, Ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Smooth Operation
            • Spring Safety Pin
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Clamp Is Not Fast-acting
            • Weak Panning Clamp

            Best Uses

              Comments about PC-33NS Ball Head (Black):

              This ballhead has most of the features I want: A minimum-friction setting dial within the main friction knob, a clamp with a spring-loaded safety pin, and panoramic degree wheel and lock. It is very smooth in operation. I have a Nikon D7000 and with my largest lens, a 70-300, this unit is just adequate. I imagine that a larger unit, the PC-36 or PC-40 might be easier to control with larger lenses, but this is certainly good enough. It will certainly hold at any angle without much effort on the friciton knob. I like the spirit levels.

              I'll mention that it has a marginal panning clamp because you have to really twist it hard to get enough torque on the ballhead when you are mounting it on the tripod mounting pad.

              I give it 5 stars for quality and being exactly as advertised. But be aware that there are other brands with better value coming up, like SunwayFoto (made in China) if you really have to save money. I like this one because I feel it is better to support south Korea, if I can't afford a superb, American-made unit.

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              5.0

              Top-quality ballhead at a good price

              By Scott K MacLeod

              from Malaysia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fits Traveller Tripods
              • Good Stability
              • Good Value
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Light
              • Strong

              Cons

              • Semi-useful Spirit Level

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Lightweight Camera System
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about PC-33NS Ball Head (Black):

              Many keen photographers these days are choosing small mirrorless camera systems over DSLRs, and this has boosted demand for top-quality ballheads that are relatively small and light.

              I bought this ballhead to use with a Micro Four Thirds system, after previously shooting with Nikon DSLRs.

              Traditionally, the best ballhead brands have included Markins, Really Right Stuff, Arca-Swiss and Kirk. Those brands tend to provide large ballheads aimed at professional photographers using heavy cameras and lenses. Among the smallest ballhead models are the Really Right Stuff BH-25, which at 225g is very light but which lacks a tension-adjustment screw (this lets you set a minimum tension level so that your camera does not suddenly bang to one side when you loosen the head), and the Markins Q3, which does have a tension adjustment screw but is a bit on the heavy side at 365g.

              Positioned between these two ballheads is the Photo Clam PC-33NS, which is essentially a fully-featured 315g version of the Markins Q3.

              Photo Clam is a newer company than the well-established and highly-respected Markins, and this is reflected in the cheaper price of its ballheads. Both brands are South Korean, and appear to be equal in terms of quality.

              I've been very happy with my purchase.

              I have found that the PC-33NS ball moves smoothly within its mounting and does not have the "jerkiness" associated with some small ballheads. The smooth movement allows for precise positioning. The ballhead never droops with even the largest Micro Four Thirds lenses mounted. I have not tested the ballhead with a DSLR, but it should easily support all but the largest APS-C bodies and lenses. A D7000 with 70-200 should be fine. The ballhead should support a full-frame camera with wide-angle and short telephoto lenses.

              The PC-33NS ballhead comes with a screw-clamp but not with a quick-release plate. The clamp is compatible with Arca Swiss-style plates. I keep a Markins P20 plate permanently mounted on my Olympus E-P3 camera. I would recommend the P20 plate if you are using a smally mirrorless system because it is narrow enough to sit flush with the camera body.

              The PC-33NS ballhead is fully-featured. Apart from the tension adjustment screw, it also has panning base with separate tightening knob. I have paired the ballhead with a Sirui T-1204x carbon fibre traveller tripod. This combination weighs a mere 1.2kg. If you are using a Sirui or Gitzo traveller tripod then you should note that the knobs on the PC-33NS are positioned better than those on a Markins ballhead because the tripod's legs slot between them more easily when folded back.

              Different versions of the PC-33 are available. The "NS" version has a spirit level attached to the clamp. The horizontal level is useful, but the vertical level is pretty much useless. This is the only negative aspect of the ballhead that I have found in over a year of use.

              In short, the is one of the smallest and lightest fully-featured top-quality ballheads on the market. Its build quality is equal to Markins, but at a much lower price.

              I would recommend the PC-33NS to anybody looking for a high-quality ballhead for an interchangable-lens camera system, with the caveat that it might struggle with the heaviest professional camera systems.

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              5.0

              excellent ballhead for the money

              By nate

              from vancouver, wa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Camera plate not included

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about PC-33NS Ball Head (Black):

              just got this ballhead in the mail today. it is extremely well made and smooth. compact, light, but very strong. I dont know if it will actually hold 66 lbs, but it will hold all my heaviest gear at about 4 on the locking knob. i would have to get a much better tripd to test this thing. holds securely, releases smoothly. a very impressive product.

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              5.0

              Lite and strong

              By Caslon

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Small numbers

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about PC-33NS Ball Head (Black):

              Excellent head, locks tight, very smooth with a little tension.
              Beautiful finish.
              Wish it came with a QR plate, the additional cost diminished the overall value.
              Numbers on base are hard to read.
              Makes a great combo with PhotoClam 124 tripod.

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