- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm ; 200 g
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Item model number: 1138
- ASIN: B00DJ5XH4O
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 12 2013
- Customer Reviews: 1,154 customer ratings
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- #19 in Camera Mounts & Clamps
SMALLRIG Cool Ballhead Arm Super Clamp Mount Multi-Function Double Ball Adapter with Bottom Clamp for Ronin-M, Ronin MX, Freefly MOVI - 1138
- Cool-Ballhead-V4 is a Multi-Function Double Ball Head with bottom clamp and 1/4" threaded screw.
- Can Mount Monitors and led Lights to DSLR, 360?Articulation. 1/4"-20 Screw on Top.
- Can be mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder's shoe mount, and allows for the attachment of a full array of video accessories.
- Used to attach monitors or small lights to your camera while shooting video, this ball head has a single locking knob for fast and safe operation.
- The best load < 1.21kg
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Cool-Ballhead-V4 is a Multi-Function Double Ball Head with bottom clamp and 1/4" screw.
Cool-Ballhead-V4 can Mount Monitors and led Lights to DSLR, 360?Articulation. 1/4"-20 Screw on Top.
It can be mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder's shoe mount, and allows for the attachment of a full array of video accessories. Used to attach monitors or small lights to your camera while shooting video, this ball head has a single locking knob for fast and safe operation.
The best load < 1.21kg
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Seems durable enough, but the 1/4" size without contact between the base of the screw and the receptacle mean that you are quite limited as to the weight of what you can expect to put on there without running into probles with overtightening or disalignment.
A great tool and is valuable for your productions
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I actually purchased these for holding a couple of HTC Vive lighthouses, and they work really well for that purpose.
I feel this clamp was over engineered in places while completely over looking others.
The jaws of the clamp seem robust with its heavy metals but inside the jaws are some very thin rubber pads. While I like the rubber pads because it prevents me from scratching other surfaces, it seems too thin for day to day or long term use in my opinion. The handle / screw system used to tighten the jaws seem weak in comparison to the heavy duty jaw material. It makes you feel like if you were to tighten the handle too much, the bolt itself may break in half. On the positive of that, I haven't broke my handle yet.
Moving along, we come to the next section and this is really where I have my issues. For the sake of this review, lets refer to this section as the "barbell" since it sort of looks like a old time strong man bar bell. This design gives you the illusion that you can swivel things into position and how you need it. However, if you look at the listings pictures closer, you will see the bar bell is split length wise.
What this means is you can only adjust the angle up or down / left and right. Again, this doesn't seem like a huge deal but once you angle the first side where you want it you are somewhat forced to use that angle when adjusting your second side of the bar bell.
Another drawback is the compression nut for the barbell is in the center of the barbell so when you loosen one side both side will loosen; not good. I would rather see a compression nut on both ends rather than the one single point in the center.
The post that goes into the bottom of your light or camera needs a touch of Loctite to prevent it from spinning out of place. the male and female threads to not mate up very tight so any vibrations can make your equipment loosen and potentially fall off the mount.
Over all the camp isn't horrible but it needs some attention. It would be nice to see a true swivel point on each end of the barbell to give more flexibility. Also tighten up the tolerances of the male and female mating points to make a more secure connection point.
If you need this as a indoor mounting point for a external camera flash or something of this nature. You may not have any issues with the design at all.
I hope this review helps and allows you to think more about your application.
The Zoom H4N Pro, double ball adapter, threaded rod, shock mount, NTG4+ and the deadcat are all mounted to the clamp, which is in turn is mounted to a standard tripod. See photos of the setup. Several more of these clamps are on order to take some of the load off of this one clamp. Very impressed.
They work great in a static situation. I ended up moving the mount to a place behind my windscreen and the mount never moved after that. The vibration of traveling 1000 miles of so didn't move the camera, as long as it was out of the wind.
My application for this clamp is to mount an Insta360 to a bike and it works well for this application.
The only reason I didn't give it five stars is I've found that the bottom pin which connects the arm to the clamp comes unscrewed easily when the arm is secured...i.e. if you have a camera mounted to it and everything is locked and you bump/twist the camera the whole arm assembly spins because it came loose at the clamp. This is solved with a bit of loctite but it's annoying to have to do that with an otherwise exceptional arm.
The only thing I can't understand is how on earth this thing ONLY costs $12. Honestly, for the level of quality this thing is manufactured to, it should be about $30-$45. $12 is literally a steal.
After all what buy a 50 gram camera so just to carry 40 pounds of support equipment for the thing?
I do a lot of indoor filming in nightclubs, bars, you name it. And even if I did want to lug a tripod around in those environments someone will potentially screw with or knock over your gear, ruining your shot. That's a pretty big deal when your goal is to record a live event.
But in a room I can almost ALWAYS find some pipe, a fixture, something that I can securely clamp my camera to that is usually out of reach of drunks or whatever, plus high enough to ensure a more unobstructed view. Worst case scenario you clamp it to a chair. at least you didn't carry a tripod which would have been about as bad as the chair is anyhow.
As for the outdoors, if there are trees around you're probably good. The desert? Not so much but are you actually recording in the desert? Right.
It's also strong enough to support my heavier camera which is a more traditional micro digital camcorder as opposed to my Action Cam which us super lightweight generic box camera PLUS a 10k battery pack.
My only minus is you can't assume the thing is always tight. Not a big deal, but I think an issue that could have been avoided with some o-ring or gasket or whatever with some elasticity to provide a push against the threads becoming loose. And the cushions on the clamp surface were prone to coming off but I just glued them on, again not a big deal in an otherwise perfect product for my needs.