Arca Swiss Monoball p0 with Panning System and QS Slidefix Quick Release System (Requires Plate)

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About Arca Swiss P0

The p0 is a revolutionary tripod head design due to it precision, ease of use and its extraordinarily strong, concentric and uniform locking force. It's called Knobless because the traditional locking knobs have been removed and replaced by an ingenious geared mechanism. The p0 is precise, stylish, light and very strong - a hand of steel in a velvet glove!

At first glance...
The first thing you notice is that there are no knobs. You can grasp the tripod head from any angle, left or right and block it simply by turning the knurled part. There's no longer any need to fumble for the locking knob! The tripod head is equipped with three locking elements, arranged around the ball like planets. These locking elements apply a uniform force around the ball ensuringa smooth movement of the camera in any axis. As 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 patented aspherical ball also creates a gravitational friction force thus preventing sudden camera movement. The panning system is unconventionally located just below the camera mount, providing a panoramic rotation that remains in line with the vertical.

Not only is the p0 particularly affordable, but it also offers a tilt ball range of 90° and 360° panning. Despite its super light weight of only 9,9 onces and compact format, it has unbeatable locking power.

ARCA-SWISS has gone one step further to offer you two camera mounts for the p0:

- The 1/4" basic model ships with a 3/8" adaptor. This Universal adaptor will enable you to attach any make of camera. And, you can upgrade your p0 at any time by buying a Slidefix kit.

- The new patented Slidefix system designed by ARCA-SWISS, offers a large selection of rapid mounting adaptor plates so that you canattach your camera to the tripod head in an instant.

p0 - dimensions: H = 74 mm, diameter = 60 mm

The Arca Swiss P0 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Arca Swiss P0 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Arca Swiss P0 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Arca Swiss P0: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Stable (20),Large range of motion (19),Attaches firmly (16),Strong clamp (16),Lightweight (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (20),Travel (16),Portraits (12),Night shots (11),Wildlife (11),Home (8),Weddings (6),Sports/action (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (8),Pro photographer (6)

Arca Swiss P0 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 26 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works well for me.

This ball head is very easy and intuitive to use, no need to find knobs. It stabilizes the camera very securely. This system may not be for everyone but I find that it works very well for me. The QS Slidefix quick release allows the camera/lens to slide back and forth in the clamp or you can push the clamp lever all the way in and lock it into place. If you already have a quick release system, having to buy new plates is going to be a major hassle and pricey. If you don't, this issue may not ...

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This ball head is very easy and intuitive to use, no need to find knobs. It stabilizes the camera very securely. This system may not be for everyone but I find that it works very well for me. The QS Slidefix quick release allows the camera/lens to slide back and forth in the clamp or you can push the clamp lever all the way in and lock it into place. If you already have a quick release system, having to buy new plates is going to be a major hassle and pricey. If you don't, this issue may not be a big deal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Drop camera twice with this head

I bought this head with a matching P0 plate. Plate mounted to the camera securely. Attach the plate to this head. And the camera fell off. Not only once but twice. The clamp is loose. It moves from a secure position to an unlock position easily. I don't know if mine is faulty or not. But I'm returning this for sure. Be careful with this head. Stay away if you don't want to see your thousands of dollars investment fall to the ground.

Reviewed by 26 customers

 
5.0

The Ideal Ballhead

By

from Orinda, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The inverted ball design allows the head to double as a leveling device. The single adjustment ring allows easy and intuitive control from any position. This is such a simple and better design. It's the best ballhead I've found. This version allows you to choose your preferred quick release clamp. I added the the RRS B2 LR II.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Design -- But Slidefix Plates $$$

By

from San Diego, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I'll start with my one major con. I would have gone 5* on this model because the new-ish Slidefix plate system is currently 100% proprietary to Arca-Swiss. That means insane prices ranging from $45 to $75 for each individual plate when good-quality regular Arca plates can be had in the teens. It also means nobody else makes heads supporting the system. If you already have a head on another tripod, that means switching plates. It also means if you buy a new head and you want to maintain plate compatibility you must go Arca. One good thing I can say here, though, is that the P0 also comes in a mount-less model. Thankfully, inexpensive and light standard Arca mounts do exist for the P0. I knew all this up-front, but I still bought this model. The main reason come down to weight savings, as the Arca Slidefix mount weighed less than anything I could find, and I'm coming from a Manfrotto's 3-Way with their own mount anyway. So even if I'm not thrilled about plate pricing, I don't regret the decision. Coming from the three-way pan/tilt world, I have to say that standard Ball Heads drove me crazy! I tried three different brands, including an highly rated and almost universally lauded Sirui. I know I would have gotten used to them, but the Sirui leaked oil and made my hands reek, so that drove me to choose something less conventional. I also considered the Acratech line, but two things sold me on the Arca-Swiss. The P0's lighter weight, and its "planetary" clamping system. Arca-Swiss uses a bearing-based clamp that wraps the head's circumference and tightens uniformly. The sheer simple brilliance of that idea just cried out good design -- especially over the typical locking screw that you drive into one point against the ball. I also found the "upside-down" design of the P0 to be another stroke of brilliance (something the Acratech could also do). It eliminates the need for a (heavy!) panning base, and having never captured a long-sequence panorama before, I got nearly perfect horizon-to-horizon shots of smoke from the May 2014 San Diego fires. Since I already found regular ball heads a problem, I really like the single locking ring system. I'm still in learning-curve phase, twisting it the wrong way some times, but I've never once had my camera come smashing down against the tripod because I over-loosened too quickly. And here ALL the credit goes to the P0. I do over-loosen all the time (still learning!), but I ALWAYS have my hand securely around the release ring -- and therefore, also around the free-floating portion of the ball head. In other words... By design, you have hold of the ball head when you loosen it, which allows you to maintain control over your camera at all times! The Slidefix system works fine, and I actually got the hang of that right away. One trick -- learned from another review -- is that the QR level "clicks" into place when locking. No click means no lock I often set the camera, then slide it into position before locking fully. Initially I felt like the lens sagged a few millimeters after tightening, but I've solved the problem by tightening to the point of mid-level drag, positioning for my shot, and then finishing by clamping down fully. Other than the proprietary nature of the plates, I really have just one issue. When creating a panorama in portrait, there is no bubble-level to guarantee proper alignment for a good pan. I can see why a *round* head would have this issue, but I still wish Arca-Swiss had solved it -- and with the overall outstanding design of the P0, they certainly are the people who could have! Okay, one other issue I should point out, but I don't consider this a con. It can be a bit difficult to align the head with the portrait cut-out when shooting high shots like into trees. On the positive side, the P0 gives more vertical range across the whole circumference, so you can shoot higher angles than most other ball heads without finding the P0's cut-out. I also hated hunting for the cut-out on even the Sirui, so that's why I don't consider it a con -- this is an issue with ball heads in general. I am really enjoying using the Arca-Swiss P0, and find myself wanting to take my tripod just so I can "play" with it. I'm also one who is really appreciates great design, and I must say I never expected to be so impressed by a simple ball head. But Arca-Swiss really nailed this one, and if you can get past the plate issue, I really recommend giving the Arca-Swiss P0 a try!

 
5.0

Great ball head

By

from Chicago, Ilinois  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this ball head with my Nikon d700, slr slidefix and Sirui R4203 tripod. I photographed Pelicans with this setup and a 300mm F2.8 with a Kenko 1.4 extender. It worked very well. I set the head to move smoothly on the elliptical ball as well as panning. This worked almost as well as a gimbal head. I had total confidence the ball would support the weight. It's load capacity is rated at 44 lbs. I attached the slide fix plate to the foot of the lens and easily set it in the device. Great Purchase

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Drop camera twice with this head

By

from Seattle, WA  -  Pro Photographer

I bought this head with a matching P0 plate. Plate mounted to the camera securely. Attach the plate to this head. And the camera fell off. Not only once but twice. The clamp is loose. It moves from a secure position to an unlock position easily. I don't know if mine is faulty or not. But I'm returning this for sure. Be careful with this head. Stay away if you don't want to see your thousands of dollars investment fall to the ground.

 
5.0

Unique and very effective

By

from Tacoma, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have 2 of these, on for a travel tripod and one for my heavier duty tripod. These are light, yet very stable and easy to manipulate. No problem using a D4 with a Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 lens plus TC. The panning function is very good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very, very good

By

from Austin, TX  -  Photography Student

Used for landscape photos the device seems most helpful. Panorama lock knob is difficult to engage with plate latch situated over the knob. Othewise the device is easy to operate and so very light despite its size.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent

By

from Sunset Valley, TX  -  Photography Student

Light yet sturdy, easy to work with in any position. I miss a plate at the base that would prevent spontaneous unscrewing from the tripod. The panning lock however can rub on quick release lever. I wish there would be a more clear and encompassing technical description at Adorama as there are many models that differ in subtleties. Easy to decide for a pro, not so for the rest

 
5.0

Very easy panning

By

from Phoenix, AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

Have tried two other tripod heads, including a Manfrotto. The Arca allows easier, more stable panning. Strong construction. Pricey, but you get what you pay for.

 
5.0

Acra Swiss p 0 ballhead without clamp

By

from Atlanta, Ga.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Added a clamp that takes standard AS plates. very happy with this new ball head.

 
5.0

Finally a ball head that works!!!

By

from Stoneham MA  -  Pro Photographer

Finally a ball head that I can put into a vertical position and tighten without having to take my eye from the viewfinder. Fabulous build quality.

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LAU K  L plate of "Really Right Stuff" can be use for "Arca Swiss Monoball p0 with panning system and QS slidefix quick release system ?
DAVID B  It's my understanding the the RRS plate will work with this head. But I haven't tried it.
Leo S  Which quick relese plate I should use for P0 head with Canon 5D mark II or mark III? Thanks.
MUNIB J  Look under the accessories tab on the product page for this head. The 802270 looks like a good one.
Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
CARLOS M  I choose this after checking several reviews, specs and most of all becuase I wanted something versatile and easy of use. This one met the criteria I was looking for: light weight, strong, can take a lot of load, similarly priced as competitors, self leveling which I really like because it saves you time and headaches if you use tripod a lot. Quality is excellent and I have used for 1.5 years and have taken it to many places without issues. I really like it and will keep it for long.
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