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Acratech Ultimate Ballhead with Quick Release, / Detent Pin, with Left Sided Rubber Main, and Pan Knobs, Supports 25 lbs.


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  • Weighs less than 1 lb (.45kg) with quick release clamp.
  • Easily holds over 25 lbs (11.4kg) at any angle.
  • Full movements allow any camera position.
  • Precision C.N.C. machined.
  • Shown with left side controls (right side available).
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Product Description

Acratech Ball Heads are perfect for nature photographers, landscape photography,outdoor photography, and any situation which requires rugged, high quality and light weight photographic equipment.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000F3NL5S
  • Item model number: GV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C on February 12, 2008
I picked this up from B+H in 2007 and it's a spectacular piece of equipment. It's hand-crafted and absolutely beautiful. It comes in a simple box with foam padding and instructions. You'll need to get a mounting plate though, I recommend the Wimberley QR. After using a Bogen 3265 for a few years for light work, the Acratech is a nice change.

It comfortably holds a D200 (or Olympus E-3) and any Nikon lens that you can find readily available since it holds up to 25 lbs. I plan on trying it out with my 4x5 view camera too (I don't care if it's not a 3-way pan/tilt head, I'll still use it) . The head moves smoothly in all directions. It has degree marks on the base for anyone who likes to take panorama shots and stitch them together. It's light, compact and perfect for almost an job. I couldn't ask for anything better.
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I'm a mechanical engineer and this mount just blows me away. It is SO simple, so well designed, so smooth, it does everything well. I bought a Manfrotto tripod with a ball head. My first ball-head tripod. It pretty much sucks (The ball head, not the tripod.). Why? Because it's all ball, all kind of wobbly. What I love about this is the pan feature. Lock your camera, then turn the knob and pan. Yes, I have an old Bogen and it pans and it requires three arms to do it and I love it, but this head is seriously cool. One knob for the ball, one for the pan. Yeah, I know, we're all different. But having a dedicated pan function really makes it for me. Did I mention that it's engineered REALLY well?! My only gripe is that they didn't include a QR plate. Seems stupid when you're paying this much not to include a QR plate.
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I have used the Ultimate bullhead for several trips. It is a great ball head; it is stable and does not slip. Unlike another reviewer I have not had any problem with the clamp. I would not hesitate to use this ball head hold critical camera gear.

There is one critical one design flaw that limits the utility of this head and led me to lower to the rating to 4 stars. The poor design is related to diagonal housing. The ball head can only move around 270 degrees - about a quarter of the head is not usable.

Bottom line - buy this ball head with caution.
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By Tripwire on November 4, 2013
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This is as close to a perfect ball head as I can imagine. And I have a rich imagination!

Movements are smoother than silky smooth, and the lock up is tighter than Fort Knox.

The precision with this head is so fine that you will think your camera is free floating in until you make a minor turn of one knob and the universe locks into place.

It is expensive. Sorry about that, but if you think of the amount of time you will be using it, adjusting it, trusting it, then the cost is almost insignificant.

Enjoy life. Get this ball head.
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I don't know why good costs so much (3 times more than my 2 previous) but it will be my last ballhead. It works with ease and smoothness. I took one point off because the quick release plate had to be purchased separately. There must be a reason, but it's lost on me.

The knobs on the AUB work well, hold their positions and the unit itself is nice and light but performs strongly. It is easy to maneuver between horizontal and vertical positions. I strongly recommend this ballhead.
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