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Hama Ball & Socket Head 38mm
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
Hama Ball & Socket Head 38mm
I have to admit I took a risk with this product and on receipt I realised that I should have purchased the next size up.
If you have a small camera, this is just the ticket! However, I wanted it for a SLR Zoom and I found that it would not support the weight at an angle. So, if you want a tilting devise for a small camera, this is great, but if you have an SLR Zoom, get the bigger unit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2011
This is a little gem of a ball and socket. Having read all the reviews and comments etc I decided to purchase although I was warned that it was strictly for 'small' cameras. I wanted to support a Panasonic TM700 (medium sized video camera but quite heavy) and wasn't sure whether it would support it OK. Well, it does . . . just. However, I think this is largely as the camera support bush is pretty central and therefore the camera is well balanced when horizontal. If I try to use it with the camera tilted at more than around 30 degrees - it fails. So - if you want to support a small compact or Sony Bloggie etc - then I heartily recommend this gadget. It's well engineered, positive in operation and looks good. Don't try and support an SLR or a medium sized video camera - unless the camera is well balanced and you want to use it in the horizontal mode. I've given the product 5 stars as it deserves it - for the price, quality and its design use with small cameras.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2012
I bought a couple of these heads for mounting flashguns off camera. Having just tried them out I am really very happy with them indeed. They are well made and the clamp is positive and locks the ball very positively. (They have a built in swivel underneath into which the tripod screws - the twist knob locks this and the ball at the same time).

A tip here too. I'd also bought a couple of mini flexible tripods on Amazon (just search for them - Neewer or Hama come up as the brand names) these are very cheap but work very well and match up with this ball head almost perfectly.

But... do be careful. This does have it's limits. The ball head is very small (i.e. neat) and I'd never even consider using with a DSLR (look for a head with a ball of at least 35mm dia from a reputable maker - this one is probably only 10mm max). I have tried with a Canon G7 compact - that's a pretty chunky compact and it works fine on a table but I'd say that size is the limit for this head.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
So, you've bought your Gorillapod (Joby Gorillapod - SLR or Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom) and it hangs in all sorts of unusual angles to allow you to take pictures from where you want, however, it can be really difficult making all of this happen and still getting the camera level.

This solidly built accessory is the answer to two problems that you have...

The first problem that this solves is making the camera level, just loosen off the screw on the side and the camera can be tilted or panned to get the angle just right. A slight tighten and it is locked firmly in position.

The second problem that I have (and you might have as well) is the process of attaching and unscrewing the Gorillapod from the camera and (in the case of the SLR zoom version) finding a coin to use as a screwdriver to tighten it up. Well, you can leave this item permanently attached to your Gorillapod and it is then dead easy to attached or remove to your camera.

A very good investment that you won't regret buying. Fully worth the 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2011
This product is well made and suitable for the 'Smaller and Lighter' attachment items. The locking mechanism is positive and reliable in all positions. For 'Larger and Heavier' items, I would recommend the 50mm version. I bought both for greater flexibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2011
Needed a mini ball mount for my Flip Ultra ...and this fits the bill perfectly

Arrived very quickly too. Great service
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on 7 October 2013
## UPDATED..If you want to make sure the ball and socket dosn't move simply pull the plastic top off, undo the tightening screw all the way out and remove the socket base and the ball and thread top. Now get some really course sandpaper on a sanding block and sand flat bits all over the ball, rougher the better. Now get the socket and rub the inside with the same rough sand paper. Now when you put it back together and tighten it up the camera or bike light in my case will not move at all. ##

This little product has a lot of uses with anything using a 1/4 thread. I'm using these little things for my JVC action cam and also a customised mounting for my bike lights. Allows you to point anything attached exactly where you want it.

Good build quality, very small, pretty solid.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2010
This is a great thing to use if using it with a point and shoot Camera. Its very small and it doesnt even hold my Canon slr camera with a Kitt lens. Still a good product but very small.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2013
Works well for a compact size camera, but unsuitable for anything bigger.
Added a pice of inner tube (8mm dia) under the ball to add a bit more "friction".
Well impressed with how light it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2011
Bought this to fit to a steady cam I built.
For the money I got what I expected.
Works OK.
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