Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release

Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release

Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release

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Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release

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The Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release System is a "socket & ball" head that has been carefully designed and manufactured to precisely position the camera easily and securely.

In order to cut back on its weight, this head features a hollowed out heavily anodized aluminum ball. The body shell (socket) follows a slimmer and lighter structure design, yet offers increased hardness. Three separate knobs provide optimal security and convenience. In addition to the main locking knob, it also features a friction control knob, and a separate locking knob for pan control.

The attached MH-655 is an ultra-compact clamp style quick release system that is compatible with plates that fit the Arca Swiss standard. It comes with horizontal and vertical bubble levels, and anti-twist reversible tabs on the plate to prevent slippage when using the head in a vertical position.

Features an independent calibrated pan bed
Hollowed out ball
Sliding calibrated quick release plate is only 1.6" (40mm) long
In the Box
Giottos MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release
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  • Draw String Pouch
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty, Extends to 12 yr with Online Registration.
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    Giottos MH1302 specs

    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
    Camera Mounting Thread Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Quick Release Plate Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Load Capacity 13.2 lb / 6 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 2
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 3.7" / H: 9.4 mm
    Weight 12.5 oz / 355 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.4 x 3.2"

    Giottos MH1302 reviews

    MH-1302 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead with MH-655 Quick Release is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little ball head I use this head on two tripods. It is light weight and is very flexible in application. As a light weight ball head, it is going to have a few weaknesses, but for its weight I haven't seen anything better.
    Date published: 2008-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product for the money I've had this tripod head attached to my Tripod for over a year now and have found it to be increadibly stable. When I lock it into place it does not move, and yet it is still easy to loosen up the knobs again to move the camera if I want to. If your tripod also has a bubble level built in, the bubble levels on this head make it handy to make sure your camera is perfectly level so you can shoot a series of images to stitch together to make a panorama. By far the best tripod head I've ever owned.
    Date published: 2010-05-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific lightweight ballhead This is a super ballhead for a lightweight travel tripod. Amazingly enough, it can handle a 1DmkIII body and 400DO/IS lens without difficulty. The only downside is a limitation in the ability of the head to rotate 360 deg - after a few rotations, the head can tighten down or loosen up, requiring that one readjust to a half-way position. But that said, this is a wonderfully useful ballhead for travel!!! (Note - the clamp will just fit an Arca-Swiss style lensfoot mount.)
    Date published: 2008-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Lightweight Back-up Head! This is the head I use for my wide angle lens. It's so small and light weight that I can carry it in my pocket and take the gimbel head off the tripod and slip it on and use the wide angle whenever I want to switch from telephoto. It's easy to remove the small stop screw with an allen wrench and then it will work with any standard Arca Swiss Lens Plate (I have a RRS)
    Date published: 2010-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Precision Ball Head with QR I bought this ball head along with a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod to use outdoors and in studio with my Leica D-Lux 4. This combination has been great in the studio for shooting on-body and laydown apparel shots for our online clothing business. It's a very versatile system and I've been very pleased so far.
    Date published: 2009-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is so good to be true! It is working so good as all the knots are there and not lacking of anything. It supports my night/macro shoot perfectly. I love to use it with my tilt/shift lens + long exposure. Only thing is the screw for the patent lock mechanism need to be removed to support other arca-type L plate.
    Date published: 2010-05-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Enough I bought this for an inexpensive tripod setup I was assembling. Overall I've been pleased in general with the feel and usability of the head, but honestly they must be smoking crack if they think it'll hold 13 pounds. I've used my Nikon D7000 w/18-200 and had it creep and wiggle and slump over. Admittedly, I can really crank down on the knobs and lock it up tight, but I was expecting better. Moreover about the knobs: Friction and Lock, the two horizontal knobs, seem to do the exact same thing. I'm not expecting the thing to be butter smooth like a fluid head on a video tripod, but still. The clamp is nice, it should be said. Very sturdy feeling. In fact everything seems very sturdy with some functionality shortcomings. Oh well. Get what you pay for. My advice? Just buy a heavy duty or large ballhead and keep this one around for things like strobes.
    Date published: 2011-09-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from nice overall, the plate does move... This is a decent ballhead in general, it's not as expensive as the RRS ones and other more highend ones. It serves the purpose of a ballhead, the only thing I would complain is the plate does move if it's not tightened down fully. But for $, it's not bad.
    Date published: 2008-07-21
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