JOBY Ballhead 5k Mount compatibility to Elgato System

Date: 2021-10-17 | recording | system | office | desk |


I've been creating a single-stand, multi-purpose recording studio for my desk. To do this, I've been using the Elgato mounting system along with a JOBY Ballhead 5k to mount my camera to the system.

However I ran into a problem because the JOBY Ballhead 5k isn't directly compatible with the Elgato mounts. It took me awhile to resolve this so I'm writing my findings here.


TL;DR - You need an adapter from 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 screw hole (like this adapter)

It seems like most 'professional' mounts (including the JOBY Ballhead 5k) use a 3/8"-16 screw hole on their bottoms while the screw hole to go into cameras is typically 1/4"-20 (i.e. the hole on the bottom of your camera that you screw your tripod into). As such the Elgato mounting system has screws for the 1/4"-20 because they're assuming you'll be mounting into cameras.

Thus to make your JOBY Ballhead 5k compatible with the Elgato system, you need an adapter that can convert the 3/8"-16 hole in the bottom of the JOBY into the 1/4"-20 hole that is compatible with Elgato.

These are relatively easy to find once you know what too look for - I used this adapter recommended from Amazon.

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