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Gitzo GH1780QR Series 1 Magnesium Center Ball Head QR (Gray)

by Gitzo
4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Advanced Leveling System with 2 spirit levels
  • Large Bubble sphere for smooth movement and accurate locking
  • Large locking knob with friction control
  • Separate Panoramic lock
  • Redesigned quick release system
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Technical Details

Product Description

Designed for maximum locking torque this head eliminates micro movements and cuts vibration for sharper images. Gitzo has now developed a new exclusive technology that enables us to produce high quality, completely round hollow spheres, with a ultra thin wall, for an incredible weight reduction. Gitzo Bubble Ball also features a perfected PTFE treatment that further reduces the surface micro roughness for the ultimate shooting experience and accuracy. From the Spring lock system to a redesigned quick release system, built in bubble level and a separate pan control you are assured ease of use in even the most difficult situations. This head will support up to 22LBS.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 35.4 x 5.1 inches ; 15.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Item model number: GH1780QR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 17, 2003

Customer Reviews

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By RH on April 13, 2009
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First you'll notice is that it looks weired, second you'll notice is how small it is, third you'll notice is how light it is. The action is smooth, very smooth. There's a little bit of post lock sag but I guess that's what you would expect at this price range and below. Though this can be minimized if you tighten the camera plate as well as the lock adjustment screw. If you loosen the tilt lock and pan lock, you can actually use it as a poor man gimbal while tracking birds in flight, sort of. Even with all the locks loosen, the limit of the tilt would not let your lens hit the tripod when you let go of the camera without tightening the tilt lock. I doubt you'll find anything that can support 22 lbs and this light at this price.

Updated 04-16-09

After trying this with a few lenses, I think you cannot really ask the ball head to carry too much weight, the post lock sag might have to do with front loading of the gear. With a long lens mounted with the tripod mount ring on this ball head instead of mounted with the body, not only there is no post lock sag, the whole setup is smooth like mounted on a gimbal (I know that's a stretch). While stalking couple pairs of hummingbird darting about in the backyard, I did not even once need to lock down the tilt lock. This thing is smooth if used properly. I still can't believe how small and light this thing is.

One more thing, not sure why Amazon does not mention it, you get $40 rebate on this from Gitzo. Most Gitzo products are eligible, download rebate form here ---- [...]

Updated 05-26-2012

Having been using this for a few years now and it is still holding up pretty good. I am also using it for a Zeiss spotting scope now as I cannot justify buying another head for the scope that I use no more than a few times a year. I wish the quick release plate is cheaper as I need two more for my Macro lens and the spotting scope.
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I received the Gitzo GH1780QR ball head several days ago and have gone out on several daytime hikes with it. What follows are some initial thoughts of the tripod head. I am moving from the pistol-grip style Manfrotto tripod head which was stolen while I was on a hike and so I decided to replace that with this head. I had thought I would miss the flexibility of the pistol-grip head, but I have discovered very quickly that the Gitzo 1780 is still very easy to maneuver and position. The pistol-grip I had did not have a visible notch to drop the camera from its horizontal orientation to a vertical one but the Gitzo head does, making it extremely quick to obtain the proper orientation. The head itself has three spirit bubbles for proper horizontal/vertical alignment. Two of the bubbles duplicate effort, measuring whether the horizon is even or not. A third bubble in the housing that connects to the ball helps to correct for proper tilt angles.
One feature I enjoyed on this head that I did not have on the other is the avalability of an independent panorama control. The ball head sits on top of a plate that turns left and right, allowing for trouble-free panorama image-taking possibilities. There is a separate tightening control that will allow you to lock the camera in place after you setup shot-after-shot for a panorama. I don't shoot sports much, but I would assume it would be good for shooting action shots as well given the smooth panning action.

The tightening control for the ballhead comes in the form of a very well-built (feels very heavy duty) knob. Clockwise turn tightens the tension and hold the camera very well in place and a counter clockwise turn frees the ballhead to reposition for a new shot.
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I initially bought the Gitzo GH2781TQR head to go with my Gitzo 1541T tripod. I had to return the 2781TQR b/c I don't like the fact that it has only one control to release both the panoramic and vertical tension. Thus, when you're trying to turn to take panoramic, your camera can tilt down. I then bought this 1780QR head, which has a separate control for panoramic and tilt. This way I don't need to worry about the the camera drooping down when I'm turning to take different panoramic views. I can attach my Canon 7D with the 70-200 IS II lens and this head has no problem holding the weight. In fact, the round knob that controls the tilt tension doesn't have to be fully tighten to hold it. This allows me to move the camera (with the 70-200 lens) a few degrees up/down without the need to adjust the round knob tension. Gitzo heads and tripods are not cheap, but as the saying goes "you get what you paid for". I bought this when Amazon had this on sale for $220. Additionally, Gitzo had an $80 rebate. Thus, I ended up paying $140. BTW, Gitzo frequently has rebates on their heads and tripods. I got $160 rebates from them for buying this head and the 1541T tripod. Look for rebates to save some money.
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My tripod gets out into the world 3 or 4 times a week for nature shooting, so your mileage may vary. At first, this head performed great... but within a few months it started to sag and worse, the pano rotate collar began to pop out. So, even if everything was locked down, tight as a tick it would wiggle in different directions.
Gitzo makes great stuff, my advice is to stay away from this head, unless of course you need a 300 paper weight.
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