Giottos MH-1001 Large Ballhead with MH-652 Q.R.

Giottos MH-1001-652 Medium Ballhead with MH-652 Quick Release System - Supports 11 lb (5 kg)

Giottos MH-1001-652 Medium Ballhead with MH-652 Quick Release System - Supports 11 lb (5 kg)

B&H # GIMH1001652 MFR # MH1001-652
Giottos MH-1001 Large Ballhead with MH-652 Q.R.

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The Giottos MH-1001-652 Medium Ballhead is a pro level ballhead similar to the MH-1001, but also includes the MH-652 quick release system.

With a load capacity rating of 11 lb (5 kg), this head is ready to support a pro SLR camera system. Friction of the head can be adjusted to precisely match the equipment in use, making movement and control a cinch. Like all other Giottos ballheads, this head has an independent calibrated pan bed, with separate pan and friction knobs.

The Giottos MH-652 Quick Release Assembly is a compact quick release system that uses a base plate that features three bubble levels to easily and accurately level the camera in any position. The camera plate is released from the base via the 1.75" double action safety lever.

Heavily anodized aluminum ball lets you make camera positioning adjustments more smoothly than ever before by eliminating all vibration and skipping
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Giottos MH-1001-652 Medium Ballhead with MH-652 Quick Release System - Supports 11 lb (5 kg)
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Draw String Pouch
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty, Extends to 12 yr with Online Registration.
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    Giottos MH1001 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
    Load Capacity 11 lb / 5 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Dimensions H: 4.3" / H: 10.9 cm
    Weight 15.5 oz / 440.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 5.4 x 3.8"

    Giottos MH1001 reviews

    MH-1001 Large Ballhead with MH-652 Q.R. is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent head I had this head for about one and a half months, it wasgreat and all, I loved it, and It came pretty cheap where Ihad bought it Smooth panning and all.After I got a 70-200 2.8 VR, some trouble has been comingup. I have to tighten both bolts way down and sometimestakes a while, and sometimes while doing it I have to thenreframe the shot. I also noticed the hex key bolt thattightens the quick release thingy to the ball loosens quiteoften with my 70-200. I am definitely getting a better head, most likely anovoflex or a manfrotoo. Expertise: Amature Problems Encountered: As I said, its a chore to tighten it way down for my70-200. and after I finished tightening down it often dragsdown a bit, which is very very annoying for macro ish naturephotos. Items I Recommend: a velbon Sherpa tripod leg, both very cheap and gets the job done
    Date published: 2007-12-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointment, too weak I'm afraid I will only have owned the MH-1001 for two days. I bought it with budget and weight rating in mind but got home and was immediately disappointed with it; with the knobs tightened as much as possible, it still crept with a little pressure applied with 2 fingers to the tip of a light zoom lens. An 11 lbs rating isn't enough for a light DSLR with a grip and small zoom, unless it's a problem specific to Giottos....have already purchased a more generic brand ballhead, costing less and rated for 17.6 lbs - and which doesn't creep an inch even with lots of pressure applied.Only nice thing about the Giottos was a nice finish, very well built. Just too weak for my modest needs.
    Date published: 2009-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, smooth Researched a lot before choosing this one.This was my first ball head, having used only 3-way heads. Was tempted to go with a trigger style, but saw enough questionable comments that I was unsure I'd like it. Still getting used to it, but works very smoothly, and is solid. Once tightened, it doesn't move. I've only used it with an 18-135 lens so far, but I'm sure it will support my 100-300 F4 with no trouble, and is rated for much bigger.Being able to pan without releasing the primary clamp was a HUGE plus. Can't believe this isn't standard on all all ball heads.The release clamp takes 2 actions as a precaution against accidental release. Still getting used to that too, but I think it's a good feature.
    Date published: 2013-02-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice, but kinda weak Nicely constructed. Quality product, but not strong enough. My Nikon D300s with an 18-200mm lens sagged even when the ball head was wrenched as tight as possible. It was even worse on the vertical plane. I returned it and got a MH-1301.
    Date published: 2010-01-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Pleased I use the MH-1001 for my canon 40d.The unit it self is very solid and has a wonderful smooth pan and ball head motion. The one issue i do have with it, is the bubble levels. They are very small and hard to see when you have the camera on the ball head.
    Date published: 2008-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great balance of features This head is a replacement for one I lost (don't ask), so I knew it would fit my needs before I bought it. I wanted one that was light but had a separate pan adjustment and quick release, and the strength to hold my rather heavy camera and lenses, even in vertical position. I use every feature - pan, ball, ball pressure adjustment, quick release, levels - but haven't wished for one that wasn't there. It's my workhorse head. My strongest endorsement is that I bought it twice!
    Date published: 2011-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought 1 and then another Very easy to use. Strong enough for my gear. The quick release is very convenient.
    Date published: 2008-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1001-MH652 ball head This is NOT a large ballhead. It is a medium ballhead. I haven't used it enough yet to give a very useful review, but I think it will serve me well with my bridge camera. If I had a DSLR with lenses, I would definitely need a large ballhead which, I repeat, this is NOT. I was told by a salesperson that the 1000-MH652 large ballhead had been discontinued. But there has to be a replacement and I was not offered an alternative to the large ballhead.
    Date published: 2014-03-25
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