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Giottos MH-1002 Compact Ball Head with Independent Panning Lock - Supports 6.6 lbs.

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About Giottos MH-1002

Compact ball head with ball lock knobs and pan lock. Calibrated base. Supplied in draw string pouch.

Giottos MH-1002 Specifications

Max. load Capacity
6.6 lbs.
Head height
Quick Release
Spirit Level
Female Thread size (Connect to Tripod)
3/8" tripod socket with 1/4" reducing bushing
8.4 oz.
1/4 and 3/8" camera threads
Mfr #

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Reviewed by 3 customers


Great Ballhead


I was looking for a compact ballhead for my Induro AM25 monopod to use for travel and I couldn't be happier with my Goittos MH-1002. It feels solid,it's light, the ball moves smoothly throughout it's range, and the camera attaches firmly. I also like having a separate panhead lock. I had never used a QR plate before, so in trying to keep my cost down, I didn't add one at the time of purchase. I did end up adding one down the line. Truly a quality product.


Great Ballhead for smaller cameras


First of all, there is no way this ballhead supports 13 pounds, or even the 6.6 pounds that it is sometimes rated at. However, it is a great ballhead for smaller cameras like my Panasonic G1. The Giottos MH-1002 has a really nice look and feel to it, appears very well made. The independent panning lock is a great feature...the actual panning movement is a bit stiff, but works smoothly enough...the stiffness may not be a negative, it may keep your camera from wandering too easily when the panning lock is not tightened down. In my opinion, this ballhead is a great size for micro-four thirds cameras, and probably for smaller DSLRs with standard lenses.


if you have more money get a better head


I find the ballhead easy to use and smooth. But it is not capable of clamping tight enough for me. Cranked all the way down, I can still move the head with my hands. The panning lock is really nice though. The construction is overall solid but a little wobbly. If you have enough money, I think you should get a better head. It should be fine for light-duty work though, I wouldn't recommend using a large, heavy lens with it.

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