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Giottos MH5001 3-Way Head with Quick Release

by Giottos

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  • 3-way head type
  • Two bubble levels ensure accurate levelling
  • Independent axis control with large locking handles for precise positioning
  • 6 kg max weight capacity
  • Mount thread 1/4" and 3/8"
  • Attachment thread 1/4" and 3/8" female
  • Die cast aluminium


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11,000 x 14,000 x 13,000 cm ; 907 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
  • Item model number: MH5001
  • ASIN: B000VBMNVM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Giottos 3-Way pan head with double lock QR plate MH-5001 - ideal for photography where precise camera positioning is crucial. Each axis of movement is controlled by its own locking handle meaning that one axis can be adjusted without upsetting the other two. The MH5001 is manufactured from die cast aluminium with a durable enamelled finish and features a quick release plate system with secondary safety catch for quick camera attachment and removal. Two bubble levels ensure your camera is level and large locking handles allow precise control over the camera positioning.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hamishjcb on 18 Mar 2009
I bought this head to go with my new Giottos carbon fibre lightweight tripod (MT8246B). I'm delighted with it - light weight and easy to use. The only slightly irritating factor I have found with it is that the "quick release" is at present rather stiff, but no doubt that will ease up with use. Also, you need to keep your fingers out of the way when releasing the catch as the spring is quite fierce. But these are very minor points - overall, I thoroughly recommend it. Cleverly, one of the head levers detaches and screws into the other, making it easy to fit into its carry case without the risk of losing it, which I find useful.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Sear on 28 Jun 2009
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Love this head a lot. Super quality. Light and yet very strong. Takes my Caono 1D and 100-400mm zoom with ease. Quality and great value.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Brown on 12 May 2010
I use the MH5001 head with the Giottos MTL 9351B tripod and I have to say I am pleased with the performance.

The head includes a spirit level which I find useful to ensure I am 100% level at the camera, as opposed to using the spirit level fitted to the tripod. The quick release on this head is indeed quick and uses a plate which can remain fixed to the camera base, should you chose. I mentioned the release is quick, just be careful when clicking the camera into place on the head as the lever "snaps" into place and it really hurts knuckles...however after 2 or 3 whacks, I learned to keep clear or hold the lock lever as opposed to letting it spring into place. I have however found there is a slight wobble or looseness in the quick release mechanism if I do not push the lock lever positively into place ie do not just rely on the mechanism springing closed when fitting your camera.

Otherwise the mount, so far, appears solid and well made holding my Nikon D300 and Sigma 50 - 500 lens without complaint. I would recommend this tripod head as it represents very good value for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jaz on 7 Jan 2011
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At last I have found a tripod head that is easy to use and extremely stable, the biggest plus for me is that the camera does not slip (or start to unscrew) at all, remaining rock solid unlike the last head I owned. I bought this one to go with my new Giottos carbon fibre lightweight tripod (MT8246B).

Whilst the head remains rock solid it is also simple to make even very minor adjustments to the position of the camera, the spirit level guide is a bonus for straight horizons.

I have a Sony A700 and various length lenses which it handles with ease, I can leave the quick release plate on the camera so it is quick and easy to click into place being ready to use in a flash.

Oozes quality!
Very pleased with my purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HS on 22 May 2012
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Although purchased separately this head was meant to be a part of a Giottos tripod which I have already reviewed. It was also selected following a test review in a well known photography magazine. I had decided what type of tripod and head would suit my needs. The device is excellent. It is beautifully made and works well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Whiting on 24 April 2013
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I have just purchased a second MH5001 as the performance is excellent even when under heavy load. The large controls make for easy handling and give accurate smooth movements when required. I use this head for telephoto (Sports), landscape (Wide Angle), studio and Macro photography. I also do video work (using a Canon 5D MkII) and astronomy.

In astonomy mode I add an auto tracking device (Astrotrac) along with a fairly heavy 80mm telescope or camera rig (Canon 40D with 200mm F2.8 lens.)

My experience with this product is that the head is rock solid and benefits from the inbuilt two bubble levels. The quick release plate does need a faily firm grip to release, which I consider to be a great benefit as I have to position myself properly, and hold the equipment appropriately before releasing from the head. Much safer!

I thoroughly recommend this as great value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ardenmill on 5 Aug 2013
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excellent product, easy to use, easy to removed and pack away if not requited. spirity levels are small but helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 26 May 2013
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Listen up good.
The 5001 is the well constructed heavyweight version.
The 5011 is the well constructed lightweight version.
Both do what they say they do.

However, from a photographer's viewpoint, why anyone would buy the 5011 is a mystery to me (unless they have a problem carrying those extra few grammes on top of the weight of the tripod).

5001 is fluidly precise for stills & vids (use a rubber band on the handle for those long wide ranging vid pans if you choose), it does the job it is designed to do more than adequately & makes photography life so much more pleasant.

Why not 5 stars?
No bolts supplied to fix it to whichever tripod you choose to use with it.
That's a minor grumble and I maintain that 4/5 ain't too shabby at all!!! :-)

Decent gear does not necessarily cost the earth (so forget the marketing blurb of some others). ;-)

Enjoy it.
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