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Arca-SwissMonoball P0 with Panning System and Slidefix QS Quick Release System
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (23)
  • Stable (23)
  • Large range of motion (17)
  • Strong clamp (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (19)
  • Travel (14)
  • Portraits (10)
  • Night shots (7)
  • Home (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

Reviewed by 25 customers

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great head, with a few caveats

By Dave G

from Philly, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

  • Non-standard Plate Width

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Portraits
  • Weddings/Events

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

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.

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  • No
 
5.0

Best Tripod Head Ever

By juan carlos

from yokosuka, japan

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

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

    It is so easy to use and very solid... Makes you feel confident and secure.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Excellent!

    By Tom F Watson

    from Atlanta

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits

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

      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.

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      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lightweight, robust and precise head

      By cosmozorb

      from Switzerland

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Travel

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

        I've bought this head to change my manfrotto 3-way pan head. This one is way more compact, but still very precise. The ring mecanism seemed unprecise the first time I used it but it's not. You just have to get used to it. The reverted panning system is very useful.
        The slidefix QS quick release system is a big plus. Attaches firmly the plate and very quickly.

        But, you have to be precise when handling the ring with the camera attached. It gets loose very quickly and can be surprising.

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        5.0

        This sublime product works great!

        By Taconite

        from Duluth, MN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife

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

          I normally would have looked past this product but the more I read about it and did research the more intrigued that I became about how it worked. Really glad I took the plunge on this one. It works great!

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          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Out of the Box Thinking

          By Mark

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • One Handed Operation
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Requires Special Plates

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Video

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

          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.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Fantastic

          By Ralph

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I've had several ball hads before and always liked the speed with which you can adjust them, but always hated how inacurate they are as they're so sticky that making small tweaks is hard. Not so with this head -- it is silky smooth. I'm glad I decided to try an Arca before I gave up on ball heads forever. It's not cheap, but it feels like it'll last me the next 10 - 20 years, so it's actually excellent value

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ultra lightweight panning ball heads

              By Iain

              from New Zealand

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

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

                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.

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                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Light and Solid as a Rock

                By Moxee kid

                from Indianland SC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Do Not Fit Standdard Swis

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Panaramas
                • Portraits

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

                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.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Steady and easy to use system!

                By DK

                from Irvine, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

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

                  Plan to take some Pano pictures so get this one on my Sirui T‑1205X. It is a perfect fit and so light to carry around. Easy to turn and set the position. Very firmly attached with D600. Good buy~!

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                  5.0

                  "four friends have ordered it!"

                  By RCRCathy

                  from Nokomis, Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife

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

                    Took it to my camera club and after trying it four menbers plan on ordering it. I have very bad wrists and with this head I could use it all day without any pain. Best tripod head ever!

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                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect Solution - Sturdy and smooth

                    By Chandra

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

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

                      I bought this because my current manfrotto head just didn't hold the camera steady when I moved to taking pictures on a portrait orientation. Especially during long exposures, the camera would slip causing significant blur in the images. The Arca Swiss head is phenomenal. It's grip is so strong that it holds the camera steady whatever the angle and position is. It doesn't take a lot of effort from my perspective. The knobs turn easy but still tighten really well.

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                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      monoball PO with panning system and slid

                      By bear

                      from califoria

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Place The Pl
                      • The Camera Plate

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

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

                      the tripod head panning system works wonderfully. The tilting mechanism works well.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Arca Swiss Monoball

                      By CTO4

                      from HKG

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

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

                        I have used it for both DSLR and Leica M and found the operation most conveneitn and efficient. Adjustments of both horizontal and vertical axises are quick and intuitive.

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                        • No

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Excellent pannining system

                        By cognac0827

                        from Louisville, KY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Excellent Quality
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • Inadequate Instruction
                        • V Long Delivery Wait

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Panorama Panning Shots

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

                        I bought this for taking SweepPanorama photos using Sony DSLR Alpha 580. Excellent quality and pans very smooth, you won't be disappointed. Also no regret choosing the one with Slidefix because when you pan the camera you don't want the camera getting unscrewed from the tripod screw. Very quick and easy to fix the camera on the ball with Slidefix.
                        Here are 3 reasons I can't give the 5 stars.
                        This is my first time using quick system, you need a minimal instruction but the sheet came with the Monoball was inadequate. I have to go to Robert White site for excellent video clips on Monoball and Slidefix. This really helped. I am still waiting for Slidefix 100 plate I ordered originally with the Monoball. It is well over 2 months and Arca-Swiss seemed has no intension of re-stocking this as their customer service did no answer my email. This item is still backordered at B&H and I am waiting. I gambled and bought Slidefix #802270. This works just fine with Alpha 580 when you pick a right pin hole. However, the plate is not made for this model so the plate is installed slightly angled on the bottom of the camera parallel the body. Not the normal lens-axis position. But the camera can be fixed on the ball without coming loose. The last reason was I waited 2 months to received the Monoball. It was a 2-week wait item as this should be stocked at the US distributor.

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                        • No

                        (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        READ BEFORE YOU BUY

                        By Matt

                        from Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

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

                          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.

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                          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Beautifully made

                          By Arne

                          from Belgrade, ME

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Innovative design

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              Arca Swiss products are first rate, and this is a meticulously made head, that seems to function very well. The plate locks in place very cleanly and the controls all seem very well designed.

                              Unfortunately I ended up returning it, as I felt as though I'd want to baby it, unlike my old Gitzo head – which is not nearly as nicely made or easy to use – but keeps taking a beating.

                              It might work for you.

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                              • No

                              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              very good tripod head

                              By keisen

                              from tokyo JP

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home

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

                                It is the cheapest one,but very light,very cool,very solid.

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                                • No

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                My second one

                                By PhoenixPhotographer

                                from Phoeinix, AZ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Large Range of Motion
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Travel

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

                                  I love the ease of use, weight, and compact size. I bought the second one to put on my monopod.

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                                  • No

                                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Exceeds Expectations

                                  By JWP

                                  from Coldstream, BC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                    I use this head with a Gitzo tripod and Hasselblad 500C. The Monoball is easy and intuitive to use, and the ergonomics are great. The only negative factor is that it requires specialized mounting plates for the cameras.

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                                    • No

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