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JobyBallhead X (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (50)
  • Stable (47)
  • Large range of motion (39)
  • Strong clamp (39)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (38)
  • Landscape/scenery (32)
  • Night shots (31)
  • Portraits (26)
  • Home (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good with Peak Design's Capture Clip Sys

Nice quality and overall smooth feel. This is my first ball head unit for any tripod so I'm very happy with the quality. I love Joby tripods - I had the GP2, and...Read complete review

Nice quality and overall smooth feel. This is my first ball head unit for any tripod so I'm very happy with the quality. I love Joby tripods - I had the GP2, and now the GP3 (aka SLR Zoom) and Focus. I mainly bought this because with Peak Design's Capture Camera Clip system that uses the arca-swiss system, I wanted the ability to quickly remove my camera from my belt or backpack's strap and place directly onto this ballhead unit fast without needing to take off the plate first. It's not quite as slick as the locking system on Capture, but once on the ballhead x, you turn a knob to fully grasp it tight. Done, fast and almost easy.

This ballhead x unit works on the GP3 (SLR Zoom) and the awesome strudy Focus tripod. If interested in the Focus, buy the bundle to save a bit of cash.

I use this with my Sony NEX-5 camera with various sony lens and mf lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looked good online

Thought this'd work well for me, but size was smaller than expected. Worse yet, it seems to lack a safety catch for the QR plate. I wouldn't risk my equipment on this...Read complete review

Thought this'd work well for me, but size was smaller than expected. Worse yet, it seems to lack a safety catch for the QR plate. I wouldn't risk my equipment on this system, so it went back in its box for return before I even tinkered with the ballhead.

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5.0

Light and sturdy!

By tDOTace

from El Paso, Texas

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

    Love how tiny yet strong and sturdy this is built!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Solid, well made, great value

    By SBP

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

        Bought mainly as an add-on for my Manfrotto Super Clamp. Can hold DSLR with 80-200 2.8 no problem. Compared to larger heads from Manfrotto this is half the price, and as a secondary it's great.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great little ballhead

        By symes

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

          So I bought this based on watching Gary Fong using them with Manfrotto nano stands to mount speedlites. If you put a standard speedite on a stand then you may have the ability to tilt the head, but it will be limited to the specific stops on that particular gun. If you mount this bullhead on the stand then put the flashgun on top, then you have one large easy to use screw wheel to quickly enable any angle to be set (also limiting wear on the flashgun head tilt).

          I'm sure there are other's like it, but these are very solid and feel exceptionally well built and the quick release plate allows you to mount and unmount speedlites very quickly.

          I guess you could put a camera on it too...;)

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          5.0

          super great

          By albert2323

          from australia

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

          brilliant.... indispensable for the Gorilla!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works great!

          By Steve

          from Orlando, Fl.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

            I'm using this ball head on light stands to mount speed lights on while using Gary Fong products. Very simple and easy to adjust the direction of the light and is also very sturdy. Much better than traditional mounts with umbrella holders if you do not need an umbrella.

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            5.0

            Good Value

            By Phil in the desert

            from Terlingua, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                Makes a great combo combined with a table top tripod (not necessarily the Gorrilla pod). Easily handles a DSLR with a long macro set up. Separate ball and pan lock knobs a useful feature
                QR plate has a locking pin good for safety. I also use this on top of a hiking stick to make an improvised monopod.

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                4.0

                Convert Manfrotto to ARCA

                By Zambukbooi

                from Hoboken, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Well Priced

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                  I used this ball head to convert my Manfrotto RC1 tripod to be compatible with ARCA. Works perfectly.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Work on SLR zoom

                  By Lung

                  from Hong Kong

                  Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                  I have a joby SLR zoom which I found that it was very inconvenience to change the quick release plate when i use with my Capture Pro Quick plate. When I was searching for a cheap ballhead with qr plate, i found this joby ballhead which suit my needs.

                  I want a fairly light weight, solid and yet could fit on SLR zoom ballhead, while this one is perfectly suit the case. And it is fairly inexpensive and I do recommend this ballhead to joby user!

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                  5.0

                  Great Inexpensive Ballhead

                  By Danny Grizzle

                  from Longview, Texas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Arca Swiss Compatibility
                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Great Build Quality
                  • High Value Economy
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Compact
                    • Mirrorless Cameras
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                    You can spend almost anything on a ballhead, but it is hard to beat the little Joby Ballhead X for many modern cameras such as the Panasonic GH4, any of the excellent Olympus OM-D M43, advanced compact cameras, or small full frame mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7 series. The Joby Ballhead X is a particularly attractive alternative to Manfrotto ballheads. Besides being the perfect size for cameras listed above, the Ballhead X uses an industry standard Arca-Swiss compatible quick release. I've standardized on this through my entire camera package, which is currently over a dozen camera bodies. Where Manfrotto camera plates tend to be bulky and clunky, Arca Swiss can be simple, like the one that comes with the Ballhead X (Joby also offers a long plate, which is nice). But even better, you can get custom fit Arca Swiss plates from many manufacturers such as Kirk Enterprises and Really Right Stuff. I buy plates specifically designed for each camera model I own, and they are permanently mounted to the cameras. Over the years, I've bought a ridiculous number of camera support systems including sliders, jib arms, and tripods. Each of these is standardized on Arca Swiss quick releases, which makes it easy to mix and match gear on shoot days with no delays due to camera rigging. I like the Joby Ballhead X so much, I have bought about a half dozen of them, each one permanently assigned to a slider or jib arm. That way, everything is ready to go at a moment's notice. The Arca Swiss system is far, far better for my purposes than the unwieldy assortment of incompatible Manfrotto quick release systems. Also, Arca Swiss scales better into special applications like Really Right Stuff and Kessler Kwik Release -- all 100% Arca compatible. The Joby Ballhead X represents a phenomenal value and a great entry point into Arca Swiss compatible quick release systems. And it does this at a great price without compromising quality. The Ballhead X is a truly terrific product!

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                    5.0

                    Very good

                    By Gavroche

                    from Sao Paulo, SP

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Difficult Assemblying

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                    The product is really good, but I had a few problems assembling the head on the Gorilla Focus tripod. I bought them separated.
                    Happens that the screw inside the ballhead was a little bit too much inside the piece, so the tripod could not connect to the ballhead. I even tried to use the screw size adapter, but that was not the right solution. It took me a while to understand what was going on.
                    The solution was to put a screw driver inside the ball head in order to screw it and make the connection possible.
                    Using the ballhead and tripod with my camera was nice and easy after that. The quick release could be a little easier, but it works just fine. It's safe.

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                    5.0

                    Worked perfectly for my use.

                    By mjgoulet

                    from Lincoln, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                    Using this with a Manfroto 5001B light stand and they work together perfectly.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great ballhead

                    By AO

                    from NY, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                        Lightweight, durable and strong. Multi uses. Easy to use.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect ballhead

                        By Bill

                        from Lancaster, PA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

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

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Better than I expected

                          By Planosteve

                          from Plano, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

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

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                              4.0

                              Works well. Definitely worth the money.

                              By Steve

                              from Syracuse, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

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

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

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

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

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                                4.0

                                Cheap ball head for Gorillapod Focus

                                By zzooioozz

                                from NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Joby Ballhead X

                                  By Walt2D2

                                  from Brooklyn NYC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

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

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Good Value

                                  By Kevin

                                  from Las Vegas Nevada

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

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

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Solid

                                  By Yiddopaul

                                  from Baton Rouge

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

                                    Build quality is impressive. Easy to use.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Very strong. Easy to move its parts

                                    By Juggernaut

                                    from NJ

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Joby Ballhead X (Black):

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

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

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