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The Uniqball UBH45XC offers users of super telephoto lenses all the smooth movements of a top quality ball head plus the ability to shoot perfectly levelled pan shots - all built-in. Extremely strong but lightweight, the UBH45XC comes with an X-Cross Arca-Swiss pattern quick release, which allows the camera to be quickly repositioned at 90°, and is designed for use with a camera attached to a lens up to 800/f5.6 size.
Uniqball’s revolutionary design combines two ball heads in the same shell. The outer ball acts like a conventional ball head and also becomes the levelling base for the inner ball. So you can have the freedom of movement to follow action or get into a tight spot for a macro picture, and the next have a perfectly level base for landscape, panorama or video tracking shots.
The advantages of this design are many: most pictures, whether they include architecture, animals or people, need to be level, so ensuring this at the time of exposure saves time straightening and cropping in a computer; tracking horizontal fast action becomes extremely easy; and having this advantage with all the use of a conventional ball head, saves you the need to carry and swap two types of head.
Setting the outer ball takes just a few seconds: loosen the large lock knob and use the built-in spirit level to set it up – there’s no need to fiddle with the tripod legs. Then use the red knob under the quick release to control the inner ball. Its internal mechanism only allows panning and forward/back tilting, so it will always stay level once set up. And unlike most built-in bubble balls which are accurate to around 1°, the Uniqball one is calibrated at installation to 0.1°.
Although they are very strong, the Uniqball heads are not heavy. Designed for the travelling photographer using long lenses, they are manufactured from very high quality aluminium alloys – certal or perunal – used in the aerospace industry. These parts are milled to a 1/100mm tolerance resulting in a steel-like solidity with light weight, plus silky smooth movements. The heads are hand-assembled, with every part tested before being passed.
The X-Cross Arca-pattern clamp allows rapid bi-directional mounting of a camera, with a single locking knob for either orientation, whilst still permitting fore-and-aft movement of the camera plate to facilitate balancing of the camera/lens assembly. It’s supplied with a 60mm plate: longer types are available from Uniqball, and other makers’ plates which adhere accurately to the Arca pattern (e.g. Kirk, RRS, Novoflex) can also be used.
Uniqballs are supplied with an adjusting allen key for the plate and clamp, a soft drawstring pouch, instruction manual and are guaranteed for one year. This can be extended to 3 years free of charge by registering with Uniqball.
The UBH45XC is recommended for use with pro-body DSLRs with any type of lens, including the largest e.g. 600mm f4, 800mm f5.6, 200-400mm f4, 500mm f4, 400mm f2.8, 300mm f2.8, 100-400mm f5.6, 50-500mm f6.3.