Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball

Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball

Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball

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Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball


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The Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball comes complete with a short tightening handle to mount all flat-base heads to any 75mm bowl tripod.

UPC: 719821246923
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Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball
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    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.79 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.9 x 3.6"
    520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact half-ball that does what it should. I purchased this alongside the VidPro CX-400 Travel Jib, in order to mount a fluid head to the jib. On compact/low-cost jibs, every ounce counts and keeping things as light as possible helps with balancing. The 520BALLSH fit the bill, both as a low-cost option and as a lightweight addition to the jib. The short handle is helpful as well, allowing the jib to dip near ground-level without inhibition from a long handle. This is also helpful for use with a hi-hat, since a long handle cannot fit under the bowl. This half-ball is easy to install and easy to balance, and it tightens wihtou a problem.
    Date published: 2015-07-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what I needed I wanted to build a slider system which used as many shared parts with my tripod as possible. I already had a set of legs with a ball top so did some research to see what fluid head system might work for me. I decided on this halfball (the only halfball I could fine) and a Manfroto HV504 (I think, not in front of me now) flat base version. It has worked out great. The halfball attaches to the head (of course, per design), but also the rail of my slider does too, allowing easy leveling, and the tripod head attaches to the slider carriage directly. My only issue is despite this being the short handle model the screw for securing the halfball to the tripod is incredibly, ridiculously long. its a good four inches of thread, total overkill and slows down making changes to configuration.
    Date published: 2012-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What I Needed The Manfrotto 520BALLSH is a high quality ball level system that works the way it is supposed too. Good ergonomics as well. I bought this to supplement my Edelkrone V2 slider. I use a Vinten Vision 3 tripod system. Instead of mounting the slider onto the Vinten head I remove the Vinten head which is not flat but a ball head and then drop in the Manfrotto half ball mount into the 75mm Ventin legs. I then attach the slider to the Manfrotto via the 3/8 stud and mount my flat base Gitzo 2380 fluid head to the slider. If you followed all of the above then you'll understand it makes great sense to mount your slider between the head and the legs. Easy leveling and any tilting you are attempting is happening at the head and not the slider. The Manfrotto 520 BALLSH is just what I needed.
    Date published: 2014-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Rock Solid Very good product. I bought this half-ball for use with a Miller DS20 Solo DV and it works real well. The ball is slightly shorter (shallower) than the Miller half-ball base so it doesn't allow for as much lateral movement as the Miller half-ball. Consequently, you have to get your legs pretty close to level to start with. The half-ball is built extremely well and is rock solid. My only complaint is the rubber handle: when you're tightening, the rubber on the handle starts to slip or twist, making you think you've still got some more tightening to do. It shouldn't do that. The handle's also too short for my taste. I wish I had gone with the longer 520BALL. No fault of the product, just a personal preference. I would recommend this only if your tripod has very low spread capabilities where a longer handle might touch the ground.
    Date published: 2011-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I use this half ball with a Miller DV Solo carbon fiber Tripod and a Manfrotto (not so)fluid head. It fits perfectly into the Miller 75mm bowl, the short locking handle allow to lock / unlock the head (once locked it won't move) but it's a little short and in some configuration not so easy to access, in the other hand having a short handle is convenient when you use the tripod in low configuration (the miller tripod allows you to go very low). A good product that do what it's supposed to do.
    Date published: 2010-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Manfrotto flat base adapter Build quality is great! Not surprising coming from Manfrotto. I use this to attach a slider to my 546B sticks and it holds perfectly. All metal construction, doesn't feel cheap.
    Date published: 2016-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works exactly as it should This part was purchased to allow use of a ball head on a Gitzo Series 5 tripod. The goal of faster leveling of my gimbal was achieved. Previously I would adjust the legs to achieve level but now I can get close with the leg adjustment and finish with fine adjustment of the ball. I got exactly what I wanted with this purchase.
    Date published: 2016-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leveling base for gimbal head I bought this to use on my Gitzo GT4552GTS tripod. I secure the half ball in a Gitzo 75mm ballhead adaptor and a Sunway LP-76 to be able to level my Jobu Design Pro2 Gimbal head. The setup is very stable and robust. The leveling setup builds less than the Gitzo leveling base, but the tilt is a bit limited.
    Date published: 2014-05-19
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