Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S Ball Head with Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S Ball Head with Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S Ball Head with Quick Release

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Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S Ball Head with Quick Release

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  • Supports 66 lbs (30 kg)

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Arca-Swiss P1 S overview

  • 1Description

The Arca Swiss Monoball P1 S Ball Head with Quick Release is a unique, entirely re-engineered type of ball head that improves on the conventional ballhead design. The first noticeable difference is the "upside-down" design of this ball head. Instead of having a ball that rests inside a ball-housing, the entire P1's ball-housing sits on top of the ball. Three small gears surround the ball and apply a uniform, synchronized force around the ball, thus ensuring smooth movement of the installed camera in all axes.

Another major difference with the P1 head is the conspicuous absence of a locking knob. Instead of using a lever or knob, you lock down the head by turning the knurled ring, which is positioned between the camera platform and the ball. This means that whichever orientation the head may be positioned in front of you, you can blindly reach for the ballhead and turn the knurled ring to set the camera, without having to fumble for the locking knob.

The panning system is unconventionally located above the ball, just below the camera mount. This allows the 360° panoramic rotation to be kept in line with the vertical axis.

Ever since their introduction over forty years ago, the Arca Swiss Monoballs have been at the forefront of quality and performance. Today, their unique shape (an ellipse rather than a sphere) is still what separates them from all others. With other ball heads, no matter how good the tension modulation is, invariably you will need to increase the tension control as you move the load away from the center. This is because gravity has a greater effect on gear when not perfectly level.

Includes the "Arca" style quick release system for quick mounting and dismounting of cameras
Maximum tilt range of 35°
Base diameter of 2.5" (65mm)
Camera plates purchased separately
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Arca-Swiss Monoball P1 S Ball Head with Quick Release
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Arca-Swiss P1 S specs

    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Load Capacity 66 lb / 30 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 3.6" / H: 91.0 mm
    Weight 1.3 lb / 0.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 6.2 x 3.8"

    Arca-Swiss P1 S reviews

    Monoball P1 S Ball Head with Quick Release is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from very simply to use, highly recommended This ball head is as good as any previous Ball head from Arca Swiss. Strong enough for 8x10 camera. The simplicity of use is amazing. The quick release clamp can use the standard arca plate but one can directly use the rail from arc a swiss 4x5 cameras (without the mounting bracket). This allowed me to save the trouble of bringing the 30 CM extension bracket for lighter travel. It also has a lower profile so that it will fit a carry on when left on the 1228 gitzo tripod. it will not tilt 90 degrees but you should now this before you buy it.
    Date published: 2010-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Precision engineering at it's best I love this ball head. Easy and simple to operate, movements are precise, and the finishing is like a museum piece. I did not give it 5 stars only because the head cannot be tilted to the vertical position. You will need to get an L plate for your camera if you use this ballhead, which I always do anyway.
    Date published: 2009-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly simple to use The description says it all: Instead of using a lever or knob, you lock down the head by turning the knurled ring, which is positioned between the camera platform and the ball. This means that whichever orientation the head may be positioned in front of you, you can blindly reach for the ballhead and turn the knurled ring to set the camera, without having to fumble for the locking knob. Works like a charm. Of course the ballhead is rock-steady. One possible issue is that it doesn't tilt to 90 degrees. Since the panning mechanism is above the ball, a levelling base is not required. The clamp is fixed to the head (but can be removed). Some reviewers find the clamp cumbersome to open as it has something like a safety latch preventing accidental opening, but this hasn't bothered me. It accepts both the traditional quick release plates and their RRS/Kirk clones as well as the newer smaller ones and LF rails.
    Date published: 2012-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet! The craftsmanship is over the top Very nice works well taken macro shots, pano, and many other instances. Love it
    Date published: 2011-08-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from No good in snows days under cold weather(snows days) , the monoball becam tight
    Date published: 2011-12-17
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