UniqBall is a revolutionary new type of ball head, combining all the attributes of a traditional ball head, a gimbal head, a pan & tilt head and a fluid head. It has all of the great advantages of these established heads but without any of the drawbacks.
And here’s the best bit, it has an integrated levelling ball so you can always shoot with 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 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 can.
It takes only 2-3 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 with an always straight horizon and complete freedom of movement, even for fast moving action photography. UniqBall has very smooth panning properties, perfect for tracking fast moving subjects but also for recording video too. With a twist of a single knob the UniqBall can be locked rigid, it is strong enough for even the most demanding of photographer. It’s perfect for travel too.
So there you have it. UniqBall gives you several tripod heads in one with the ability to shoot level horizons. 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!
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 be 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 sport events etc. always need to be level. In the real world 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. Being of this unique versatility, UniqBall can always stay on your tripod, saving you a great deal of time and 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.
All of our ballheads are equipped with a highly visible, contrasty precision vial, which, by design, almost free of parallax error, gives an accurate result when looked at from any angle of view. In the photography industry, most bubble levels and horizon indicators, even the electronic ones, are rated to a 1 degree of accuracy.
The vials in all of our units are calibrated at installation to a 0.1 degree of accuracy. We guarantee that your horizon is always really straight.
From a historical perspective, ball heads have been used for camera support since the earliest days of photography. They are very practical, being freely rotatable around 3 axis, 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 virtue is the silky smooth camera movement, and 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 three axis 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 three axis. 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.
The best choice for a photographer
Quality, Simplicity, Accuracy, Design
If you are using the best photographic equipment, then the UniqBall is the perfect compliment for your cameras and tripods in any situation. Applying the finest modern engineering techniques, aiming for ultimate functionality as the most important requirement, UniqBall will meet all your photographic needs.
We are manufacturing UniqBall from the highest quality, hardest aluminium alloys, certal or perunal, known for their usage in the aerospace industry. This results in steel-like firmness within a lightweight structure. The parts are machined on cutting-edge multi axis CNC machinery to 1/100mm tolerance. 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. We build in a precision circular spirit level with very good visibility, free of any parallax errors and calibrated to a 0.1 degree accuracy which allows the UniqBall to be set precisely in the horizontal plane.
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.