Giottos MH1004 Mini Ball Head with Single Knob for Ball and Pan

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About Giottos MH1004

The Giotto MH1004 with a single Knob for ball and pan is a solid entry-level performer in the ballhead segment and is the smallest in the Giotto Ball Head line.It features an independent Pan bed and offers weight support to accomodate most 35mm or Digital cameras.

The Giottos MH1004 is commonly used for Long exposures, Photography, Sports/action, Stabilization, Travel and more.The Giottos MH1004 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Giottos MH1004 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Giottos MH1004: Attaches firmly, Compact, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (18),Attaches firmly (16),Large range of motion (14),Strong clamp (12),Compact (4)
Best Uses:
Photography (8),Travel (6),Long exposures (5),Sports/action (5),Stabilization (5),Landscape/scenery (3),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Casual photographer (4),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Giottos MH1004 Specifications

Head Type
Mini Ball Head
Max Height
2.4" / 7 cm
Max Load Capacity
5 lb (2.3 kg)
35mm SLR Maxximum Camera Supported
4.8 oz (135 g)
Notes and Special Features
Tripod Mount Thread Size:
1/4"-20 reducer bushing provided
Mfr #

Giottos MH1004 Reviews

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(based on 26 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great little ball head

Great little ball head. Perfect for flashes along with a cold shoe or for a p&s camera.


Most Liked Negative Review


worked great, for a while

This isn't strong enough for an SLR. Started to slip after a day of use. Probably just fine for a point-and-shoot.

Reviewed by 26 customers


Perfect for speedlights


from Dayton, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great little ball head. It won't hold a full frame DSLR but it's perfect for holding and positioning speeddlights. I use them to hold 6 speedlights in position on a simple wooden frame to photograph hummingbirds. The mini ball head holds my speedlights very securely and I've never had one slip.


Very good quality and solid construction


from Tallahassee FL  -  Casual Photographer

The pivot ball is metal not plastic very solid. I would highly recommend it.


Great for speedlights


from Columbia, SC  -  Pro Photographer

The mini ball head is just the right size for mounting speedlights to light stands with either 1/4-20 or 3/8 threads, with or without wireless triggers.


Small but strong


from Aneheim ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Giottos Always exelent products

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


worked great, for a while


from Cambridge, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This isn't strong enough for an SLR. Started to slip after a day of use. Probably just fine for a point-and-shoot.


Good, simple tool


from Los Angeles  -  Photo Enthusiast

I got this for use on a monopod with Olympus PEN cameras. For most uses, I think that it will be quite good enough. Only real annoyance, as has been mentioned, is that loosening the ball allows the entire assemblage to rotate on the monopod. I disassembled it to see why. See photos. Also the ball is not perfectly spherical, so that rotation into the 90 degree slot needs slightly looser clamp, but this does not bother me.


Strong and cheap


from San Francisco Bay  -  Photo Enthusiast

Will support absurdly heavy loads. Attaching is a bit awkward because when loosened, both ball (top) and socket (bottom) rotate independently, so you can't screw it onto a tripod, then loosen the ball and then easily screw that into camera base. But this is a minor complaint. Is very strong, and very small. I use it on a Kirk arm to give better aim to the flash, and plan to incorporate a second one into a small tripod.


Very good product


from Enola, PA  -  Casual Photographer

This Giottos mini ball head is very good to use on a monopod to hold a compact ILC camera or a good point & shoot. Is light and easy to set.


Just perfect for my monopod!


from Cypress, Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

Small and sturdy! Very easy to adjust!




from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan  -  Casual Photographer

I attached this nice little unit to my Sherlock hiking staff and put the knob back on top. I can remove the wooden knob and attach my camera in seconds and then use the 30x zoom with some assurance of a steady hold. Good price, good product.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
WILLIAM S  This works perfectly for mounting a Speedlight onto a light stand. It allows easy aiming of the light without moving the whole stand.
Shopper  What is it made of--plastic, aluminum, or what?
BOB C  metal poss aluminium
Shopper  The tech specs don't indicate the diameter of the base, anybody know?
POLLY F  I use this on my monopod and canon 5d mark ii. it works great and is sturdy.
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