Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Ballhead with Classic Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Ballhead with Classic Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Ballhead with Classic Quick Release

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Product Highlights

  • Compact with a High 44 lb Load Capacity
  • All Aluminum Construction
  • Knobless Locking Mechanism
  • 360° Pan
  • 90° Tilt
  • Stable Inverted Ball Design
  • Lightweight 0.88 lb
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Arca-Swiss 801-214 overview

  • 1Description

The Arca Swiss Monoball p0 with Classic Quick Release is an unconventional ballhead built with portability, simple functionality and performance in mind. Its minimalist design is indicative of its ease of operation. The Monoball p0 has an inverted, aspheric-shaped ball. This means that as the camera is tilted further from the horizontal plane it meets increased resistance, which is desirable if you have a heavy camera or long telephoto mounted on the head. The p0's 44 lb load capacity comes in a very compact package, being about the size of an average 50mm SLR lens while weighing in at less than 1 lb. Turning the highly visible knurled collar on the body will lock even a large camera firmly in place; no need to fumble for the locking knob which may be out of sight. The unique design of the head has negated the need for any lubricating grease which can work against the user and produce "head creep" which can lead to your tripod and camera tipping over.

Inside the head three locking "planets" clamp firmly around the ball, applying even force on all sides. This arrangement also ensures that all camera movements are smooth in any axis. The inverted ball design provides greater stability in keeping the camera's center of gravity closer to the center of the ball. The p0 allows for a full 90° of tilt. Placing the head's panning system directly below the camera ensures that the panning motion is directly aligned with the camera itself and does not deviate from the same plane. The locking lever for the pan head is the only external control on the Monoball p0.

Knobless Design
Locking operation is facilitated by simply turning the highly visible knurled ring on the body of the head. It is easy to feather control between loose and firm lock.
Panning Mechanism
Situating the panning mechanism directly below the camera plate, instead of in the base of the head, means that the pan is always in the same plane as the camera.
Aspheric Ball
The aspheric shape of the ball gives progressive resistance to tipping and can prevent accidents.
In the Box
Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Ballhead with Classic Quick Release
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Arca-Swiss 801-214 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 44.1 lb / 20 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Dimensions : 2.4 x H: 2.9" / : 60.0 x H: 74.0 mm
    Weight 0.9 lb / 0.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 4.2 x 2.9"

    Arca-Swiss 801-214 reviews

    Monoball p0 Ballhead with Classic Quick Release is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 29.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great solution from Arca Swiss I bought this in search of a really solid but ultra compact and lightweight one-piece tripod head. I'm really astonished at how Arca Swiss has accomplished what no other manufacturer has done. Throw a long heavy lens & DSLR on this and with the slightest turn of the novel adjustment ring it's solid as a rock. By inverting the usual ball head configuration, a leveling base is built in. So it's ready for panoramas & video even. Takes a bit of getting used to the feel of the planetary gears in the mechanism, but that's the secret sauce that makes this work so well. Soon there's bound to be copycats, but as usual, Arca Swiss owns the field.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best small head for field work. I have owned many ball heads all of which have had drawbacks. Within an hour this head has become my favorite. I have it on a Gitzo mountaneer and have reduced the total weight I have been carrying by over a pound and upped performance dramatically. This head handles my Canon 5d w grip and 70-200 2.8 with ease. I mostly use it w a Sony 7R and Leica M glass and the friction is smooth at both ends. Very little force is required to lock it into position. The bubble level is ultra sensitive but if you have it centered panoramas are perfect. Get used to not having multiple knobs to remember.I love it.
    Date published: 2016-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like it. I mainly shoot landscape and wildlife. For the wildlife I use a gimbal head on a Gitzo Series 5 tripod. Heavy but it gives the required steadiness for super telephoto lenses. I like the gimbal for general shooting but I was restricted to landscape format. For portrait, it was not simple to rotate the camera. With the purchase of the Monoball P0, I can pan, shoot portrait OR landscape with easy transitions. The ring lock on the P0 is easy and allows fast easy camera movement and then easy lockup. The lock ring has a aggressive knurling but this is a plus. I read a review that it hurt someone's hand and they had to wear a glove but this, in my opinion, is from someone far into the delicate flower spectrum. Overall - well made, easy to use, robust.
    Date published: 2016-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth as Silk, Solid as a Rock After using Monfratto heads for 30 plus years and having creep and slippage with a Nikon D810 and 80-200 lens, I finally took the leap and paired this head with a Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod (X-Long) & Kirk plates. This a a fine instrument, featuring smooth, solid operation. I create product, portrait, architecture and landscape images. Thus far, I am very satisfied. B&H provided exemplary service, which is why they have been my Number One choice Photographic Supplier for over 30 years.
    Date published: 2015-09-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent, but with one flaw This ballhead is very strong, fits my series two Gitzo Traveler perfectly, and is easy to lock in place with no droop. The one flaw, for me, is Arca Swiss' new, smaller standard, and the ballhead supporting both standards. I use traditional Arca style plates and it's very easy to have the plate slot into the notch for the smaller plate when I'm attaching my camera. This makes the system fussy and often takes more time to attach my camera when I need it to be quick and easy. I wish Arca-Swiss had left well enough alone.
    Date published: 2016-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best for my Gitzo Series 1 Traveler 6x Carbon Tripod I have a Gitzo Traveler carbon tripod years ago from B&H, and add a Gitzo Series 1 Center Ball Head with Bubble Sphere and QR Plate. Gitzo ball head is nice, but is not very firm and stable for my Canon 5DIII with Canon EF 28-300mm IS L or 70-200mm IS L lens. This Arca-Swiss head are small and light, very stable and firm. Perfect match with my Gitzo traveler tripod. I am very happy.
    Date published: 2016-03-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favorite ballhead everbut not perfect. The Arca-Swiss p0 ballhead is the best head I've ever owned but it is not perfect. I. Why I love it: LIGHTWEIGHT: At 416g (14.67oz) in this particular configuration it is extremely lightweight. COMPACT: It is small enough to work with a travel-style tripod where the legs fold up over the head. FAST & EASY TO OPERATE: The head has three controls which cannot be confused. The ring that locks the head down couldn't be easier to use. It locks the head down exactly where you want it with no droop. Operating it with gloveseven mittensis child's play. And it is very fast to lock and unlock; a quarter turn of the ring gets it done. II. Things that should have occurred to me but didn't: PANORAMAS: I bought this head because I loved the idea of shooting panos without the tedious job of leveling the tripod itself. The upside-down design of the p0 allows thatbut only if you're shooting panos with your camera perfectly level. If you're shooting a pano with your camera angled up or down, the traditional right-side-up design on a leveled tripod is superior. Arca-Swiss could have offered the best of both worlds by including a panning base in this design but at the cost of increased size and weight. The inexpensive Feisol PB-70 panning base resolves this issue and can be left in the bag when weight is more important than flexibility. COMPACT: I love the p0's compact size. But put it on a Gitzo 3-Series Systematic Tripod without a center column and it can be very difficult to rotate your camera into portrait position without the tripod's spider interfering with the camera body. You have to fit it just right between the tripod's legs. An L-bracket would solve this problem. So would a center column. A taller panning base like the Feisol PB-70 also helps, depending on the size of your camera body. III. Things that could be improved: CLAMP KNOB: More and more manufacturers are using coarse threads on their clamp knobs to allow users to open and close a clamp with a single rotation of the knob. Arca-Swiss uses a very fine thread which requires multiple twists. Making matters worse, the clamp knob is specifically designed to face forward, under the camera body and lens, so a full twist of the knob isn't even possible. Rod Klukas, the extremely helpful US Arca rep, suggests sliding the plate in and out of a slightly-opened clamp as an alternative to fully opening the clamp's jaws. This works but it is not my preference given that my camera plate runs the entire length of my camera body. PANNING KNOB: Panning is nicely damped on the p0 but I don't love the knob. The shape is greateasy to operatebut the knob, which is not captive, is either tight or it's flopping around loose. In my perfect world this would be a switch that toggled between locked and unlocked. DOUBLE-LEVEL CLAMP: I've never had a problem with the double-level clamp (designed to accommodate both the traditional and the new Arca-Swiss plate styles). I thought it might be fiddly but it isn't. That said, I would prefer to have just the traditional Arca plate accommodated for the sake of both weight and simplicity. The p0 is available in other configurations that accommodate the new-style plate. IV. The bottom line: My initial reaction to the p0 was that I would be sending the head back. But the longer I played with it, the more I liked it. It was only after I packaged it back up and resumed using my previous ballhead that I realized how much more I liked the p0's unique design and control system.
    Date published: 2016-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant design for convenience This is a ground-breaking design.� It's convenience far surpasses all tripod head supports I have used over the last 25+ years.� I am highly-tempted to buy a second one since I own more than one tripod.� The ability to quickly open and securely tighten the head with the twist of a single ring is genius.� As a hiker/traveler, I like the compact low-profile form factor - fewer protruding knobs means less chance to get hung up in overhanging branches and clothing.� Also, I can operate this head in cold weather while still wearing relatively -decent gloves and even mitts, something that is more frustrating with heads that employ small knobs.� The panning feature is brilliant - just level the head and you are ready to take photos for stitching together later on in software.� The build quality and finish also appear superb, although I haven't had the chance yet to abuse it.� I am using this with a full frame DSLR.
    Date published: 2018-02-11
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