Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head with Classic Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head with Classic Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head with Classic Quick Release

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Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head with Classic Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head with Classic Quick Release

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Product Highlights

  • Compact with a High 44 lb Load Capacity
  • All Aluminum Construction
  • Knobless Locking Mechanism
  • 2 Self-Locking Geared Segments
  • 360° Pan, 90° Tilt
  • Stable Inverted Ball Design
  • Lightweight: 1.1 lb
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Quick-Release Type: Classic Quick Release

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Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 overview

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The Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head Classic Quick Release from Arca-Swiss has a unique design that combines the light weight and straight-forward simplicity of the original p0 head with the geared precision movements of the C1 Cube. The p0 Hybrid employs an aspheric ball with 3-point locking that enables smooth adjustments and secure lockdown, allowing the 1.1 lb support to handle loads up to 44 lb.

The photographer or videographer first makes coarse leveling and alignment adjustments, locks them down, and makes fine adjustments of plus or minus 10 degrees on the x and y axis using the head's 2 self-locking geared segments. You can then use the swivel stage above the geared sections for a completely level 360-degree rotation without further adjustments.

This version of the head has a Classic Quick Release. The quick release accepts virtually all Arca-type compatible camera plates.

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.
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Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head with Classic Quick Release
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 specs

    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate Type Classic Arca Swiss
    Load Capacity 44 lb / 20 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Physical
    Dimensions : 3.3 x H: 4.9" / : 83.0 x H: 125.0 mm
    Weight 1.1 lb / 0.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 6.3 x 3.8"

    Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 reviews

    Monoball p0 Hybrid Ball Head with Classic Quick Release is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Finer Composition Views on the Go The Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 Hybrid is indispensable for producing on-the-go photography of any finer quality, especially when traveling far or backpacking. I first learned of the tripod head while on my second three month photography journey in Europe in 2017, mostly in Paris where I was shooting many hours per day every day. At that time I could not order it from any USA source, so I bought it from a Paris photography dealer. I had been lugging my Arca Swiss Cube around, which was heavy and bulky to carry with four to five lenses and other gear, using my Canon 5D Mark IV from B&H Photo. Between the two heads, I shot about 20,000 images primarily in Paris, other parts of France and Germany. My reason for preferring this tripod head, much like the Cube, is it's ability to quickly adjust the view angles very precisely by turning two gear knobs. The two gears on the Hybrid and Cube make it simple to compose your tripod shots for ideal aesthetics. And unlike most other heads, the geared head positions are tuned to the focal plane which I believe can result in a more consistent photo series. But I tend to "feel" it as if I'm just melting into the right variation of any one scene. You feel your view angle adjustment but your eye remains in it's original spot. That can make a worthy difference toward aesthetic outcome when doing multiple takes of one scene as I normally do. If you used only the ball, you could easily encounter unplanned angles unsuitable for fussy visionary outcomes. Additionally, the indexed panning is an okay touch for those who do panorama stitches, something I rarely shoot. The Hybrid does not have the 90 degree quick flip mechanism like the Cube. So you need to adjust the ball 90 degrees to get portrait mode unless you have a good two-way L-bracket installed as I do. Unfortunately, you cannot safely put all that camera weight to the side without some risk or stress. So get yourself an L-bracket and use the ball adjustment only to enhance your angle without extremes. I prefer this "classic" screw clamp version of the Hybrid over the other one with quick release lever. The screw clamp is just simpler and easier to avoid mistakes. It's important to keep the Monoball Hybrid wrapped in a thick cloth when not being used and don't drop it on a hard surface because the knobs are obtuse. I keep mine attached to the tripod center stem stored in my gear-backpack when walking. The pan lock lever feels way too delicate. Arca warns users to not over-torque anything. You need to operate it with a soft touch and don't let untrained hands play with it. This is not a cheap head for action or sports but I've used it with my 5D Mark IV and a rather heavy 70-200mm lens (my heaviest). It's best to treat the Arca Hybrid as a fine little instrument and use it mainly for your finer scenic shots and slow life in general. Getting the right angles is not nearly so accurate and swift with most other heads. With exception to the vulnerable knobs, i would say the build quality is profoundly excellent. For sake of durability, I think Arca-Swiss should make the knobs less obtuse with a more protected and rugged design because one drop could cause them to get bent or broken at great expense. Rugged dials might be better. This is after all a tripod head intended for portability. Nevertheless, this is a great product. Just be careful not to knock the tripod over. I rate it 4-1/2 stars due to it's delicate knobs but will round that to a full 5 stars.
    Date published: 2018-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of gear I was shown this item by one of the in-store camera support sales people, Daniel. He was terrific in helping sort out some options to improve my macrophotography (kudos to B&H on service). I don't think I would have been aware of it otherwise. I bought it for macro photography; I found using a regular ballhead to be too imprecise. This combination of ball head and gear head solves a lot of my framing problems quickly, effectively, and precisely. Even on landscapes, though, it has proven its worth, enabling me to make small, precise adjustments quickly and easily. Very nice. The price for this ballhead is pretty heart-stopping, I will give you that. And it's so weird-looking, I almost rejected it out of hand. That said, this is a first-rate piece of gear. Recommended.
    Date published: 2018-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant. Uncanny. A work of art. I purchased this head for the ability to frame quickly and precisely, in a small and lightweight package, while maintaining stiffness and stability. That's a very tall order, and this design delightfully passes with flying colors. I have tried much heavier and bulkier geared heads, but this thing outperforms those alternatives while fitting between tripod legs folded backwards and weighing barely over 1 pound. The ball head is superb. The asymmetrical ball is not a gimmick, and it provides graduated resistance, as advertised. The locking ring has a pronounced texture which inspires confidence that I have indeed turned it the amount that I think I have. The locking mechanism works like a charm. It locks firm with a quarter turn for lighter loads, and heavier loads require more rotation. The geared L60 stacked on top is uncanny. The same technology as used in the C1 Cube head. The action is highly precise and buttery smooth, while the self locking is rock solid. The pan on top has relatively soft detents every 90 degrees and very nice resistance. The L60 can be small because it doesn't need a high degree of travel in either of the geared axes. The ball head does the coarse adjustment, and is easy to readjust if necessary. +/-10 degrees is more than enough for refinement of the initial placement with the ball head. There are two comments that I have: (1) The clamp is not removable unless you send it to a specialty shop, so that you can use your clamp of choice. The included 'Classic' clamp, IMHO, is very nice. However, this is still irritating to many consumers, because those buying this caliber of head are probably wanting to use exactly the clamp that they wish to use so their relatively large investment is everything they want it to be. Arca Swiss is so good that they can get away with it *eye roll*. Annoying. (2) I could do without the detents. Or I would like the ability to disable them when I want to. It's just as easy to read the scale on the side of the pan, as it is to let the top plate click into the detents pre-positioned at 90 degree intervals from square. This way, your X and Y axis adjustments are truly X and Y adjustments, not a combination of both. Once I have adjusted X and Y, the last adjustment (as suggested by the manufacturer in the manual) is the pan. However, at this point, I am already very close to my final composition, and the pan requires very little adjustment. Many times, the final pan adjustment is so slight that it is still partially in the detent, which is a pain in the butt to make. CONCLUSION: Uncanny combination of weight, size, stability, functionality, precision, and speed. Seriously, UNCANNY. Buy this thing if it lines up with your requirements and budget. SIDE NOTE: If you're going to play big shot and complain that it doesn't work perfectly at 90% of its load capacity, then get a bigger head. What is the gas mileage of your vehicle? Manufacturers rarely quote specs so conservatively. If that is your qualm, then this is not the place for that discussion. Go with your gut. If it looks unreasonably small, then it's probably too small. I can't imagine you'd be concerned with weight/size if your system is so heavy to begin with, so buy a beefier head like the D4.
    Date published: 2018-08-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Gear Mechanism, Awful Ball Mechanism The gearing mechanism on the top is fantastic. I love it. Solid, self-locking, smooth, precise. Five stars for the gearing mechanism. Wish I could afford Arca Swiss's Cube which is presumably of a similar quality. The ball half of the product (and by extension I must assume the original p0 it's taken from) is completely worthless. At maximum tension it's no more than half as "locked" as a Really Right Stuff BH-55. And it's awkward, difficult, and even painfully to even *get* maximum tension because of the stiff, sticky, wobbly, even painful-to-turn locking ring. I get that the inverted head design leaves limited room for an ergonomic knob like the BH-55, but they could've used a repositionable one like the BH-40. This is probably not a "bad sample" - I've had two copies. 1 star for the ballhead mechanism. The panning mechanism under the clamp has cool 90 degree detents (though they're a bit shallow and hard to feel when the head is under load), and it has a fairly smooth movement which is not too stiff as some ballhead panning bases can be. However, the knob is *extremely* flimsy plastic I was terrified of breaking. 3.5 stars for the panning mechanism. All of Arca-Swiss's clamps are not great. Knobs are too small, safety stops positioned too far out to allow the plate's full range of motion, and it being a dual clamp with their useless Slidefix system nobody asked for, it's difficult to seat a plate into the proper dovetail if you're in a hurry or dim light. And they lock them permanently onto the head because they're bitter than Really Right Stuff and others make a superior product in "violation" of Arca Swiss's 40-year-old expired patent on the form factor. 2 stars for the clamp mechanism.
    Date published: 2018-01-23
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