Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System

Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System

Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System

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The Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 Tripod Head Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System is a unique knobless tripod head featuring a design that abandons traditional locking knobs and replaces them with a three-element geared locking system. This system allows the head to be positioned at any angle. The Monoball P0 locking elements apply a uniform force around the ball ensuring smooth camera movements in any axis. When the camera is placed directly on the ball and not on its neck, the movements are as stable as if they were on a rubber ring. The aspherical ball also prevents sudden camera movements.

The panning system is located just below the camera mount, providing a panoramic rotation that remains in line with the vertical. The Monoball P0 has a tilt ball range of 90° and 360° panning range. It weighs only 9.9 oz (280.66 g). The Monoball P0 is a part of the Slidefix QS Quick Release System. With many adapter plates available (not included), it enables your camera to be mounted or dismounted from the tripod head in an instant.

Compatible Slidefix Quick Release Camera Plates:
  • 802260
  • 802265
  • 802262
  • 802270
  • 802275
  • 802283
  • 802290
  • 802288
  • 802285
  • 802280
  • 802012
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Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System

Note: Does NOT Include Camera Plate (additional purchase required)

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Arca-Swiss 801213 specs

Head Type Ball Head
Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
Load Capacity 44.1 lb / 20 kg
Dimensions : 2.4 x H: 2.9" / : 60.0 x H: 74.0 mm
Weight 14.0 oz / 397.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 4.2 x 4.1"

Arca-Swiss 801213 reviews

Monoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultra lightweight panning ball heads I was looking for a decent ball head to pair with an ultralight Gitzo tripod I am planning to take on one of the New Zealand great walks this summer. The existing head on the tripod is pretty useless at taking panoramas - but I wanted to stay lightweight (its all on my ageing back after all!!) I finally came down on trying the Arca swiss monoball system - and went with the slide fix quick release plate to keep weight to a minimum. The ball head is miles smoother than the rather turgid Gitzo head - weighs little more - and can be levelled off very easily on uneven ground to allow panning with the slide fix head. Perfection with really no significant compromises.
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Out of the Box Thinking First off the reason for four instead of five stars has nothing to do with the ball head. It is simply one star off because this unit utilizes plates that are NOT traditional Arca Swiss size. They are much narrower and forced me to purchase additional plates.The operation of the head is smooth and although others have complained about the 'vertical play' of the ring, it is designed to have movement and does NOT affect the holding power of the ring/ball head clamp. It is truly a one hand operation and I've been using it with a Pentax 645Z along with a medium telephoto lens without any movement.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from buy with caution If you plan on changing the slidefix clamp to other made such as your existing RRS clamps, be warn that there is a little stainless steel stud in this version that is fixed to the pano head and cannot be removed. It is not the same as the other version that comes with just the screw mount. The mounting M6 screw is not the typical length used for mounting other clamps, it is much shorter as the slidefix clamp is much thinner than the normal arca compatible clamps. Everything for the slidefix mount has been reduced in dimensions. The weight specification is not correct. Without the clamp it is already 290g. With the 50g slidefix clamp it is about 340g. If you use other clamps it will be close to 400g so this is not really as light weight as the manufacturer wants you to think. Nevertheless operation wise it is smooth and holds well. The integrated pano head made it worth the while. RRS pano mount alone is almost the price of this head. Get it if you need panoramic function.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great head, with a few caveats I agree with most of the positive comments here. The Monoball is a great, lightweight, but strong head. It inspires confidence when attaching and position a heavy camera/lens combo. I would point out just a few negatives: 1) It's not immediately clear from the product description or Arca's spartan website, that the Slidefix system uses a non-standard, narrower plate. You need to buy a compatible Slidefix plate if you don't have one. The quick release mechanism is not meant to be removed, so buy the right plate and QR system (I believe there is now a double-dovetail QR top for the Monoball). 2) The silver lock ring inexplicably has vertical travel, as others have noted, yet functions the same (loosen/tighten) whether pushed up or down. (It does not lock, for example in one position). The manual describes this vertical play as Functional motion (What does that mean???) Overall, it's a great head. The silver friction ring is brilliant because you don't have to find a single knob -- you can get to it from any angle. That vertical play is more of an annoyance than anything else - just ignore it. Just be aware of the plate issue before ordering.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from READ BEFORE YOU BUY I knew the Slidefix quick release system was not compatible with the popular Wimberely or Arca-Swiss plates, however I thought I would buy this version anyway and if I did not like the Slidefix system I would simply remove it. I was wrong. The Slidefix quick release attached to the top of the p0 panning ballhead has a small screw in the middle, fastening the two together. The Allen key that came in the set fits this screw perfectly. However no matter how hard I tried, the QR will not separate from the Ballhead. I now know that this screw has an anti twist device that will prevent you from taking the Slidefix QR plate off. Shadowless already wrote a review warning of this. Apparently there is a way to remove it but it requires drilling and the Slidefix will be ruined in the process. Luckily BH Photo has a fantastic return policy. As for the Ballhead itself, I was very impressed. The fastening ring that has replaced the traditional locking knob is very easy to use. It requires very little turning, maybe 1/4 of a turn, to go from movable to very tight. That ballhead is not going anywhere. The Slidefix system also looks good, although a little narrow for my personal preference. It is fixed to the ballhead and is very secure. I purchased an Arca-Swiss Quick release plate for Canon telephoto lenses and that didn't fit either! Make sure you purchase only the plates with Slidefix QR in the name. The head was not as smooth turning as I would have liked. But I think this would improve after some use. The panning movement is VERY smooth and very nice to use. I cannot advise as to the p0's reliability as I never used it properly for any amount of time. The whole p0 with QR system feels very well made and should serve you for many, many years. Attached to my Gitzo 2531 it is designed to face the camera exactly 90 degrees to horizontal when fully turned ie. It faces directly up into the sky (the tripod legs need to be positioned with 2 legs fully retracted and 1 fully extended. I don't know if all tripod legs would give the same perfectly vertical angle). It attaches to my Gitzo tripod very securely. I ended up buying the Arca-Swiss Z1 instead to see if it is a little smoother. However I would highly recommend the p0 if you want to go with all new Slidefix plates. It is very well made and I believe it is very good value at this price with an excellent panning function included.
Date published: 2012-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ball head, non-standard release You would think an Arca Swiss ball head would come with a standard Arca Swill release plate but it does not. The so called QS quick plate works ok but it means having to purchase a separate plate for your camera. I purchased this head primarly for travel as it is light, small for for a panning head, and is exeptionally well made. I would have no hesitation in giving it 5 stars if it were not for the the non-standard release plate which has to be changed whenever I use my other tripod, which ironically also has an Arca Swiss head. Another limitation is the lack of an L-bracket for the QS release meaning that there is no way I can see to mount the camera vertically and use the panning system for panoramic images. If this is your only ball head and you dont need to mount your camera vertically (the entire ball head will shift 90 degress but that wont help for panoramas), then the P0 is a well made and easy to use compact head and for me almost perfect for travel.
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and Solid as a Rock Very solid. The best feature is that you can level the head and then Pan and maintaine the same horizone. The best uses are Panaramas and Landsapes. I was disapointed that Acra Swiss changed to a 25mm dovetail as opposed to the normal 35mm width. The standard L brakets made for D800 wont fit.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is probably overkill for my set up but my previous ball head was small and became more unstable overtime. I use this in conjunction with a Feisol CT-3472 and it is works great! This ball head is slightly bigger than the Zeiss Loxia lenses I put on my Sony a7ii...again, overkill but I feel my equipment is very secure. The quick release system works very well and it takes little effort to know when the plate is secure. My previous ball head required the plate to be slid on and I much prefer the way you rock the plate in from the top.
Date published: 2015-06-22
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