Giottos MH-1000 Large Ball Head with Independent Panning Lock with Built-in MH652 Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs


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About Giottos MH-1000

Each giotto's head has been carefully designed to work with a specific tripod. They are engineered to position the camera precisely in the required shooting position with a minimum of fuss for optimum results.

The heavily anodized aluminum ball lets you make camera positioning adjustments more smoothly than ever before by eliminating all vibration and skipping so you can frame the perfect photograph the first time without wasting precious seconds on micro corrections.

Add ergonomic design and advanced precision engineering to guarantee high performance locking and your camera is not only quickly adjusted but also rapidly and securely locked where you want it.

The Giottos MH-1000 Large Ball Head with Independent Panning Lock with Built-in MH65 2 Quick Release will Support 22 lbs/ 10kg,

The Giottos MH-1000 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Long exposures, Night shots, Photography, Portraits, Stabilization, Wildlife and more.The Giottos MH-1000 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Giottos MH-1000 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Giottos MH-1000: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (17),Attaches firmly (14),Strong clamp (14),Large range of motion (12)
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (12),Stabilization (9),Landscape/scenery (8),Long exposures (8),Night shots (7),Photography (6),Travel (4),Home (4),Wildlife (4),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (7),Enthusiast (5),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Giottos MH-1000 Features

  • Easy to install or release top plate with interchangeable 1/4" and 3/8" nut.
  • 1/4" and 3/8" alloy screw can be easily released or installed with a knob.
  • Innovative design Double balls joint head features unique 3-D movememt.
  • Independent Calibrated Pan Bed, & Separate Pan & Friction Knobs.
  • Compact Quick Release System
  • 3 Bubble Levels Easily & Accurately Level Camera in Any Position.
  • Eliminates All Vibrating & Skipping

Giottos MH-1000 Specifications

Head Type

3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing Provided
Quick Release
Yes built-in
Head Height
4.8" /12.3 cm
1.4 lb /624 g
Bubble Level(s)
Yes, Three (Two Horizontal, One Vertical)
22 lb /10 kg
Draw String Pouch included
with Tension Control
Separate Panning Lock

Giottos MH-1000 Reviews

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(based on 17 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Solid performer

Coupled to a set of Manfrotto 3021 legs, this is a rock solid platform for a Canon 30D with a 70-200 zoom attached. Silky smooth operation but locks up tight when needed. I was very concerned about the quality because it is so inexpensive when compared to other heads. My concerns drifted away after a few sessions in the field.

Reviewed by 17 customers


High Quality with built-in bubble levels


from Yuba City, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Personally, I prefer the drop and snap (designed in this head) versus the slide and snap quick release functionality on tripod heads. This head makes this task extremely simple where I don't need to really look at what I'm doing when attaching the camera. The slide and snap design is just as secure but seems to require slightly more attention when attaching a camera. Overall, the quality of this head is superb for the money. Also, it's the only head that I found that had multiple built-in bubble levels with the drop and snap design. This was definitely a selling point for me.


Giotto MH-1000 Large Ball Head


from Chittenango, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this product on a Giotto tripod for shooting wildlife, low light shots, and in other situations where my hands just aren't steady enough. I still have a Giotto, light-weight tripod with head but it did not support the weight of my Olympus E-Volt 510 with my long lemns mounted. I especially like the friction control adjustment as well as three bubble levels. The head is very well made - a bit heavy for backpacking but that's why God made large rock outcrops and such. Adorama folks did their usual high quality job in sending the right equipment the first time and on time.


Great Ball Head


from Clearwater, FL  -  Pro Photographer

I've been using this ball head for a couple of years along with the giottos MH-621 Quick Release Assembly and it is a great combination. I use it for landscape and night work and am rarely without it.


Very sturdy and overall great product!


from Orlando, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Overall, I love my new Giottos MH-1000. It holds my Nikon D7000 and battery grip without any issues. I've also used it to support a Nikkor 80-400mm and still holds strong.


User Friendly


from Grand Haven, MI  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this ball head with my Giottos MTL9371B aluminum tripod. It is heavy, but provides excellent stability. It has all the features of more expensive ball heads. The large knobs are easy to use even with gloves on doing winter photos. It locks down easily with a gentle pressure on the knob. The tension control is very touchy--too little and the camera swing freely, and too much, and you have to force the camera to move. However, with practice, you can come up with a happy medium.




from Lubbocl,Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Heavy and big. To heavy for my tripod.Had to return it.


Excellent product


from Tucson  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Love the vertical lock down feature. Love the panning feature and lock. Love the built in levels. Great tool for night shots and landscapes.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good Value & Versatile


from Austin, Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Surprisingly solid but I wouldn't advise putting the full advertised weight on it (22 or 24 pounds I think). It might hold but why risk your camera?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


T the learning photographer


from Martinsburg, WV  -  Casual Photographer

This is a very firm and sturdy ball head that does what it is supposed to do.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very satisified


from Warrenton Va  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am very satisified with the way the ballhead holds my big Sigma 170-500 lens


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