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73 of 74 found the following review helpful:
A Very well made Camera Swivel Feb 28, 2011
By P. Skow
This item impressed me.
I'm using it on a Targus Mono-Pod, with a Quick release adapter screwed onto the top of this swivel.
I use it with a Sony Camcorder and Canon Rebel camera with no problems. Once I tighten the swivel, I don't have to worry about it drooping or otherwise shifting position.
From top to bottom:
No rough edges from machining. The movement was very smooth.
It even includes a rubber screw cap, to keep the top camera mount screw from marring anything when it's not attached to something.
It's all metal, except for the thumbscrew tabs and screw-on camera seat.
The camera seat has an additional rubber pad for firmer gripping of the camera when it's screwed on.
The curve of the inside socket opening exactly matches the curve of the ball. This means no play or movement whatever once it's tightened.
It's designed so that the thumbscrew does NOT take much effort at all to lock the swivel and ball into whatever position I want. (you won't have to use a pair of pliers)
It has a set screw on the opposite side from the thumbscrew. It's purpose seems to be to keep the inside in position, while the thumbscrew is loosened. (The set screw should not be tightened fully. The only change I'd make is to apply some Loctite to the set-screw to prevent the possibility of it's falling out due to vibration.)
When the Thumbscrew is loose, the Outer part will swivel around the base insert, instead of loosening the nut that mounts it to the tripod. (it can swivel easily, both at the ball itself, and at the base.)
The base insert has an additional threaded insert to let it accept two different tripod screw sizes.
A Nickel coin matches the inserts slot width, for easy tightening or removal.
103 of 116 found the following review helpful:
OK for small cameras but don't put your 7D on it Jul 14, 2010
By Amazon Customer
The Giottos ball head is good for a small camera that's not too heavy, but you'll want to get something larger and more stable for your heavier cameras and/or fancy lenses. We found that the 7D with a 24mm wide angle lens on it tended to slide unless we cranked the knob so hard it nearly stripped the screw. "Professional" as a term to describe this item is probably pushing it; its really a consumer ball head for lightweight cameras like a Canon Powershot and/or other devices, such as handycam-type video recorders.
24 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Great for small Point-and-Shoot cameras... Feb 15, 2011
By Paul M. Provencher
This is a very small ball-head that will work extremely well for small point-and-shoot cameras. Do not expect it to support even the smallest DSLR - it's just too small.
I purchased this to put on top of the Remington Multi Functional Shooter's Rest, a small, light-weight monopod, for use with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue).
This is a perfect combination for someone who wants additional stability for their small camera, with light-weight being a prime consideration. This combination provides me with a good camera for hiking/biking/canoeing/beach, at very low cost.
Again, this ball head will NOT support a DSLR and contrary to the weight claims, should not be purchased for this purpose. If you want a ball head that is small and will support a DSLR, look at the Manfrotto 494 Ball Head Replaces Manfrotto 484 - big jump in price but very well worth the extra dollars.
By the way, the threads exposed are a function of the adjustable ring that moves up and down the threads - if you need more threads, just turn the adjustable ring downward to expose them.
43 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Lightweight but good Sep 06, 2007
By Bookloving Grandma
Watch how many pounds a ball head holds before you order any of them. This one is small and would hold maybe 2-3 pounds.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Advertised load capacity too optimistic Aug 22, 2010
This seems to be a reasonable ball head for the price if you stick to very lightweight cameras -- even more lightweight ones than the product specs suggest.
Using the Giotto's 3/8 inch socket by taking out the 1/4 inch bushing, mounting this diminutive head on my Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black) gives me just barely under 2 turns of threading, which is solid enough for most point-n-shoots on this, admittedly, overkill tripod for such a purpose.
Mounting the head to my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4K 8.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) gives me almost exactly 2 turns; to my Fujifilm Finepix F70EXR 10MP Super CCD Digital Camera with 10x Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD, over 2 1/2 turns; and, in a pinch, to my Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Black Gold Special Edition (Body Only), just over 2 1/4 turns. I have no idea how long the threads will last, but all of these connections are well within the sturdy range.
My only negative observation is that the advertised load capacity for this ball head is overly optimistic: this is fine for point-n-shoots, but when I have grabbed this in a pinch for my Nikon D60 with a lightweight lens, the mount is anything but steady, even on the Manfrotto, even though the total weight of the camera, lens (a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, battery, card, and camera strap weigh in at ONLY 2lbs, 1oz -- less than HALF of the Giotto's advertised "load capacity" of 4.4lbs. It holds together, but just barely, and it's a bit wobbly. I know this product is not designed for a DSLR, but shouldn't any product perform steadily at _under half_ of its advertised load capacity?
Just in the odd case that someone would consider getting this mount for the Manfrotto tripod mentioned above, I'd recommend against it -- the thumbscrew on the ball head is so close to the wide base of the ball-head mounting surface on the Manfrotto and is so short, that it's quite difficult to tighten. I haven't noticed that problem mounting the Giotto to quick-releases on cheaper tripods, though.
My complaint is that the effective weight rating for this product appears to be under half of what it advertises.
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