Giottos MH1303-210C Ballhead
Like it's baby brother, the MH 1004, the MH-1303 also attaches directly to a camera without the need for a base plate. This is a much larger ball head, yet still compact and lightweight, capable of handling a full-size DSLR with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 zoom lens. Holds up to 8.8 lbs. Although priced very economically, it has the look and feel of tripod ball heads costing much more. Single knob controls tilt and pan action, allowing left or right-handed use (not, however, meant for panning shots of moving objects which would require a separate panning knob). Can swing to 90 degrees for vertical shots, but we would only recommend this with very small cameras. Larger cameras in portrait orientation would be much better served with a ball head utilizing an Arca-style clamp combined with an L-plate on the camera (see below).