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Arca-SwissMonoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (18)
  • Stable (18)
  • Large range of motion (14)
  • Strong clamp (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Travel (11)
    • Night shots (5)
    • Portraits (5)
    • Home (4)
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    4.0

    Out of the Box Thinking

    By Mark

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • One Handed Operation
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Requires Special Plates

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

    First off the reason for four instead of five stars has nothing to do with the ball head. It is simply one star off because this unit utilizes plates that are NOT traditional Arca Swiss size. They are much narrower and forced me to purchase additional plates.The operation of the head is smooth and although others have complained about the 'vertical play' of the ring, it is designed to have movement and does NOT affect the holding power of the ring/ball head clamp. It is truly a one hand operation and I've been using it with a Pentax 645Z along with a medium telephoto lens without any movement.

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    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Ralph

    from NYC

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

        I've had several ball hads before and always liked the speed with which you can adjust them, but always hated how inacurate they are as they're so sticky that making small tweaks is hard. Not so with this head -- it is silky smooth. I'm glad I decided to try an Arca before I gave up on ball heads forever. It's not cheap, but it feels like it'll last me the next 10 - 20 years, so it's actually excellent value

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        5.0

        Ultra lightweight panning ball heads

        By Iain

        from New Zealand

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

          I was looking for a decent ball head to pair with an ultralight Gitzo tripod I am planning to take on one of the New Zealand great walks this summer. The existing head on the tripod is pretty useless at taking panoramas - but I wanted to stay lightweight (its all on my ageing back after all!!) I finally came down on trying the Arca swiss monoball system - and went with the slide fix quick release plate to keep weight to a minimum. The ball head is miles smoother than the rather turgid Gitzo head - weighs little more - and can be levelled off very easily on uneven ground to allow panning with the slide fix head. Perfection with really no significant compromises.

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          4.0

          Light and Solid as a Rock

          By Moxee kid

          from Indianland SC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Do Not Fit Standdard Swis

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Panaramas
          • Portraits

          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

          Very solid. The best feature is that you can level the head and then Pan and maintaine the same horizone. The best uses are Panaramas and Landsapes. I was disapointed that Acra Swiss changed to a 25mm dovetail as opposed to the normal 35mm width. The standard "L" brakets made for D800 wont fit.

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          4.0

          Steady and easy to use system!

          By DK

          from Irvine, CA

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          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Travel

            Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

            Plan to take some Pano pictures so get this one on my Sirui T‑1205X. It is a perfect fit and so light to carry around. Easy to turn and set the position. Very firmly attached with D600. Good buy~!

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            5.0

            "four friends have ordered it!"

            By RCRCathy

            from Nokomis, Florida

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            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife

              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

              Took it to my camera club and after trying it four menbers plan on ordering it. I have very bad wrists and with this head I could use it all day without any pain. Best tripod head ever!

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              5.0

              Perfect Solution - Sturdy and smooth

              By Chandra

              from Cincinnati, OH

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                I bought this because my current manfrotto head just didn't hold the camera steady when I moved to taking pictures on a portrait orientation. Especially during long exposures, the camera would slip causing significant blur in the images. The Arca Swiss head is phenomenal. It's grip is so strong that it holds the camera steady whatever the angle and position is. It doesn't take a lot of effort from my perspective. The knobs turn easy but still tighten really well.

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                4.0

                monoball PO with panning system and slid

                By bear

                from califoria

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Difficult To Place The Pl
                • The Camera Plate

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                the tripod head panning system works wonderfully. The tilting mechanism works well.

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                5.0

                Arca Swiss Monoball

                By CTO4

                from HKG

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                  I have used it for both DSLR and Leica M and found the operation most conveneitn and efficient. Adjustments of both horizontal and vertical axises are quick and intuitive.

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                  4.0

                  Excellent pannining system

                  By cognac0827

                  from Louisville, KY

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Inadequate Instruction
                  • V Long Delivery Wait

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Panorama Panning Shots

                  Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                  I bought this for taking SweepPanorama photos using Sony DSLR Alpha 580. Excellent quality and pans very smooth, you won't be disappointed. Also no regret choosing the one with Slidefix because when you pan the camera you don't want the camera getting unscrewed from the tripod screw. Very quick and easy to fix the camera on the ball with Slidefix.
                  Here are 3 reasons I can't give the 5 stars.
                  This is my first time using quick system, you need a minimal instruction but the sheet came with the Monoball was inadequate. I have to go to Robert White site for excellent video clips on Monoball and Slidefix. This really helped. I am still waiting for Slidefix 100 plate I ordered originally with the Monoball. It is well over 2 months and Arca-Swiss seemed has no intension of re-stocking this as their customer service did no answer my email. This item is still backordered at B&H and I am waiting. I gambled and bought Slidefix #802270. This works just fine with Alpha 580 when you pick a right pin hole. However, the plate is not made for this model so the plate is installed slightly angled on the bottom of the camera parallel the body. Not the normal lens-axis position. But the camera can be fixed on the ball without coming loose. The last reason was I waited 2 months to received the Monoball. It was a 2-week wait item as this should be stocked at the US distributor.

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                  4.0

                  READ BEFORE YOU BUY

                  By Matt

                  from Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA

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                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                    I knew the Slidefix quick release system was not compatible with the popular Wimberely or Arca-Swiss plates, however I thought I would buy this version anyway and if I did not like the Slidefix system I would simply remove it. I was wrong.

                    The Slidefix quick release attached to the top of the p0 panning ballhead has a small screw in the middle, fastening the two together. The Allen key that came in the set fits this screw perfectly. However no matter how hard I tried, the QR will not separate from the Ballhead. I now know that this screw has an anti twist device that will prevent you from taking the Slidefix QR plate off. Shadowless already wrote a review warning of this. Apparently there is a way to remove it but it requires drilling and the Slidefix will be ruined in the process. Luckily BH Photo has a fantastic return policy.

                    As for the Ballhead itself, I was very impressed. The fastening ring that has replaced the traditional locking knob is very easy to use. It requires very little turning, maybe 1/4 of a turn, to go from movable to very tight. That ballhead is not going anywhere. The Slidefix system also looks good, although a little narrow for my personal preference. It is fixed to the ballhead and is very secure. I purchased an Arca-Swiss Quick release plate for Canon telephoto lenses and that didn't fit either! Make sure you purchase only the plates with "Slidefix QR" in the name. The head was not as smooth turning as I would have liked. But I think this would improve after some use. The panning movement is VERY smooth and very nice to use. I cannot advise as to the p0's reliability as I never used it properly for any amount of time. The whole p0 with QR system feels very well made and should serve you for many, many years.

                    Attached to my Gitzo 2531 it is designed to face the camera exactly 90 degrees to horizontal when fully turned ie. It faces directly up into the sky (the tripod legs need to be positioned with 2 legs fully retracted and 1 fully extended. I don't know if all tripod legs would give the same perfectly vertical angle). It attaches to my Gitzo tripod very securely.

                    I ended up buying the Arca-Swiss Z1 instead to see if it is a little smoother. However I would highly recommend the p0 if you want to go with all new Slidefix plates. It is very well made and I believe it is very good value at this price with an excellent panning function included.

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                    4.0

                    Beautifully made

                    By Arne

                    from Belgrade, ME

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                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Innovative design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                        Arca Swiss products are first rate, and this is a meticulously made head, that seems to function very well. The plate locks in place very cleanly and the controls all seem very well designed.

                        Unfortunately I ended up returning it, as I felt as though I'd want to baby it, unlike my old Gitzo head – which is not nearly as nicely made or easy to use – but keeps taking a beating.

                        It might work for you.

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                        5.0

                        very good tripod head

                        By keisen

                        from tokyo JP

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                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home

                          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                          It is the cheapest one,but very light,very cool,very solid.

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                          5.0

                          My second one

                          By PhoenixPhotographer

                          from Phoeinix, AZ

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                            I love the ease of use, weight, and compact size. I bought the second one to put on my monopod.

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                            5.0

                            Exceeds Expectations

                            By JWP

                            from Coldstream, BC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                              I use this head with a Gitzo tripod and Hasselblad 500C. The Monoball is easy and intuitive to use, and the ergonomics are great. The only negative factor is that it requires specialized mounting plates for the cameras.

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                              5.0

                              Good Head

                              By somebodE

                              from Oklahoma

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                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots

                                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                This is my first ball head so I have nothing else to compare it too. I had lots of trouble finding information on this head; but got it anyway. I am not disappointed. I got this to use with a Canon 7D. Like other reviewers have said; the clamp/plates are not compatible with other common Arca Swiss gear. The plates are compatible with the Arca clamps that are designed for the Arca monorails. The clamps are compatible with Arca monorails but not the normal Arca Swiss camera plates. There are multiple versions of this head; one of which allows you to use a third party (or other Arca) clamp so you can use the head with other camera plates. I find the ball head stable and easy to adjust. The control ring is easy to manipulate and it loosens and locks down with easy. It is also easy to loosen the head partially so that the camera stays still until you move it and it will stay put when you let go. When fully tightened; the camera will not move. The head works great with Gitzo 3541xls tripod.

                                Because the panning function is on top of the head instead of the bottom; it was not designed to pan horizontally while tilted for a portrait orientation.

                                The head has the look and feel of a professional quality machine. It holds my gear without any concerns. Not sure if I'd use it for a lens larger than the 70-200 2.8 zoom; but it handles this lens & Canon 7D with grip just fine.
                                While getting use to the head; one should take care when loosening the head not to place one's fingers between the head and the plate. If you loosen the ball to much without supporting your gear in the process; you may find your finger(s) pinched by the head.

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                                4.0

                                buy with caution

                                By Shadowless

                                from Sunnyside, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Large Range of Motion
                                • Panoramic mount

                                Cons

                                • Heavy
                                • Non standard everywhere

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                If you plan on changing the slidefix clamp to other made such as your existing RRS clamps, be warn that there is a little stainless steel stud in this version that is fixed to the pano head and cannot be removed. It is not the same as the other version that comes with just the screw mount. The mounting M6 screw is not the typical length used for mounting other clamps, it is much shorter as the slidefix clamp is much thinner than the normal arca compatible clamps. Everything for the slidefix mount has been reduced in dimensions.

                                The weight specification is not correct. Without the clamp it is already 290g. With the 50g slidefix clamp it is about 340g. If you use other clamps it will be close to 400g so this is not really as light weight as the manufacturer wants you to think.

                                Nevertheless operation wise it is smooth and holds well. The integrated pano head made it worth the while. RRS pano mount alone is almost the price of this head. Get it if you need panoramic function.

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                                4.0

                                Great ball head, non-standard release

                                By gsmith

                                from MD

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                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                  You would think an Arca Swiss ball head would come with a standard Arca Swill release plate but it does not. The so called QS quick plate works ok but it means having to purchase a separate plate for your camera. I purchased this head primarly for travel as it is light, small for for a panning head, and is exeptionally well made. I would have no hesitation in giving it 5 stars if it were not for the the non-standard release plate which has to be changed whenever I use my other tripod, which ironically also has an Arca Swiss head. Another limitation is the lack of an L-bracket for the QS release meaning that there is no way I can see to mount the camera vertically and use the panning system for panoramic images.

                                  If this is your only ball head and you dont need to mount your camera vertically (the entire ball head will shift 90 degress but that wont help for panoramas), then the P0 is a well made and easy to use compact head and for me almost perfect for travel.

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                                  4.0

                                  When ARCA is not ARCA compatable

                                  By JJ

                                  from Annandale, MN

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                    I guess I should not have been surprised when ARCA Swiss came up with a DIFFERENT PLATE DESIGN since other tripod head manufactures seem to have as many plate designs as they have tripod heads. This unique ball head does not use what many of us think of as "ARCA style" plate. So I exchanged this model for the one with the screw mount and attached an "ARCA style" quick release from another manufacture. The remainder of this review is about the ball head with this other quick release. I really like this head!! Its novel design provides an ergonomic delight for the user. The clamping ring is always reachable unlike the conventional ball head with a knob. The one hand operation also reduces the "flopping" common among other ball heads. One downside to the design is a somewhat less friendly ergonomic when one uses it tilted toward 90 degrees. It is sleek and light weight while still providing powerful clamping. I think it's a winner.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Head

                                    By mick klass

                                    from Tacoma, WA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easily Adjusted
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Locks In Tight
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System:

                                    This is a great tripod head! Fast to adjust. Just the right level of tightness. Good, heavy capacity. Light weight on a Carbon Fibre tripod. And all for a very reasonable price.

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