Uniqball Ballheads Review


UniqBall is a new type of tripod head, winner of TILPA's Best Accessory award in 2015. Combines all the attributes of a traditional ball head, a pan & tilt head and partially a fluid head. Uniqball heads are ultralight and were designed for large loads. These can totally replace gimbal heads as well if used together with an accessory that is now under development and will soon be launched on the market. It has all of the great advantages of these established heads but without any of their drawbacks.
Uniqball created a truly universal solution, a genuine 3-in-1 tripod head.

The leveling of Uniqball is also something special. The bubble level is much more accurate than at other tripod heads and here's the best bit; thanks to it's design, you can always shoot along a perfectly straight horizon. Now that is something truly unique.

UniqBall's amazing design combines two ball heads into the same unit. The outer ball can act as a conventional ball head, or most importantly, act as a levelling base for the inner ball (which then acts as a levelled pan & tilt head). As it's made from modern alloys and using modern manufacturing techniques, it has perfect friction to allow smooth movement for even the biggest telephoto lens. One minute you can be shooting extreme action photography, the next UniqBall will let you shoot perfectly level landscapes or function as a traditional ball head for those difficult to reach macro shots. It sounds simple because it is simple, UniqBall solves all of the traditional problems associated with trying to find one head to do everything. It truly does.

It takes only a few seconds to set the horizon level on the outer ball with the built-in precision spirit level, from that moment the system can be used as the perfect 2-way head always gets a straight horizon and allows for complete freedom of movement, even for fast moving action photography. UniqBall has very smooth panning properties, perfect for tracking fast moving subjects or for shooting videos. With a twist of a single knob UniqBall can be locked rigid, it is strong enough for even the most demanding photographer. It is perfect for travel too.




An amazing new product, designed by photographers for photographers and tested in the field over many years. UniqBall is one of those rare developments in the photographic industry, it's truly unique!

Features
Versatility
UniqBall heads are perfect for any photographic application. They can perform as a simple yet strong and rigid ball head that you need for closeups, but their advantages start to become more obvious with applications that need a level horizon - and almost all photographic work requires a level horizon.

Pictures of landscapes, architecture, animals, people, or sporting events etc. always need to be level. Tripods are rarely set up on a level surface. This results in the need to straighten and crop images during post processing, which is time consuming and can remove vital compositional elements from the original picture.

UniqBall is the world’s only ball head with an integrated leveling base, it can always stay on your tripod, saving you a great deal of time and the effort of changing and carrying different heads for different applications.

While it’s perfect for all applications, UniqBall was originally designed for action photography on long telephoto lenses. It is here that UniqBall really shines, as it offers great versatility without compromise. It's like having a ball head, a pan and tilt, a fluid head and a gimbal head all built into one tough little package. Perfect for travel, perfect for your photography, UniqBall is, as the name suggests, truly unique.
Accuracy
In the photography industry, most bubble levels and horizon indicators, even the electronic ones, are rated to a 1 degree of accuracy, however, our vials are calibrated at installation to a 0.1 degree of accuracy. All of our ballheads are equipped with a highly visible, contrasting bubble level, which by design is almost free of parallax error and gives an accurate result when looked at from any angle of view.
Uniqball guarantees that your horizon will always be straight.
Structure
Traditionally, ball heads have been used for camera support since the earliest days of photography. They are very practical, being freely rotatable around 3 axes, thus providing the complete freedom of movement for all camera positions. With this huge advantage, they gained popularity among photographers, becoming the most widespread tripod head. Their other advantage is the possibility to secure the equipment by just turning one knob.

However, their advantages are responsible for their biggest drawback.

In most of their work, photographers want a level horizon, and this is where the advantages of the ball head become its disadvantage. You cannot keep a level horizon with 3 axes of movement. Therefore different kinds of tripod heads with pan and tilt ability were invented, but all of them needed a level platform to function properly, and anybody that has tried to accurately level a tripod in the field, knows the difficulty.

The marvellously simple and elegant solution to the problem was hidden in the very nature of the ball head. It’s very easy to establish a horizontal plane with a ball head, freely movable around all 3 axes. It's simple, you just add a ball head within a ball head to give you all the free movement that you need. A ball head for levelling and a ball head for movement. Perfect. And it's called the UniqBall.
Materials & Quality Control
We are manufacturing UniqBall from the highest quality, high strength aluminium alloys, known for their usage in the aerospace industry. The plastic parts used for fitting the moving parts are made of an especially durable kind of plastic, industrially used as sliding surface in plain bearings. It's Teflon filled for fluid like movement and stick-less start, which is needed for being able to easily pan the smallest movements of your subject.
All UniqBall heads are manually assembled, with every part quality tested for a flawless end product.

The quality and the simplicity of the mechanism guarantees that you never have to worry about your equipment, nothing will distract your attention from composing your pictures and UniqBall will serve you for a very long time as your companion in photography.

Essential Accessories

  • Bidirectional clamp (included)
     allows the use of the plate perpendicular with the original direction, recommended for most L-brackets and QR adapters
  • Arca Swiss/RRS compatible plates (1 plate included)
  • Pan Bar Adapter and pan bar (optional)
     available for the first time in Mezdon's offer, with or without pan bar
  • Gimbal Adapter (available soon)

 
 
UBH-35X Ball head   UBH-45X Ball head

UBH-35X, the smaller UniqBall head, is recommended for medium telephoto lenses up to a lens weight of 3 kg (6.6 lb).
The larger ball head, the UBH-45X is recommended for any telephoto lens including also super telephoto lenses.
 

Uniqball 3D Simulator

Here you can see more how Uniqball heads work, in 3D!