Gitzo GH1780QR Series 1 Magnesium Center Ball Head QR (Gray)
- 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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|Package Height||3.5 x 4.3 x 5.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||ball-heads|
Top Customer Reviews
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 ---- [...]
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.
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.Read more ›
Gitzo makes great stuff, my advice is to stay away from this head, unless of course you need a 300 paper weight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great ball head. Quick and easy to use. Highly recommendedPublished 17 months ago by George Chen
A very professional ball mount. Smooth operation and very good for panoramic images with the rotating collar. A bit expensive, but worth the extra cost. Will last a lifetime. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Thomas A. Bianchi
This is an amazing ball-head and I use it most weeks. Two years old and it looks as if I bought it yesterday.Published on January 12, 2014 by TokyoChris
Easy to manipulate. Bubble leveler helps in keeping camera straight. Somewhat heavy but I don't mind that for the quality of the ball head. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Product User
I just purchased this head from Samy's Camera here in Los Angeles. It was recommended by Casey Winkleman (A professional photographer). Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Anthony Vito Fiore
It took me a long time to convert to a ball head from the traditional three way Gitzo head. There is no comparison. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by ePk
This is a great lightweight ballhead for a fairly decent price, as well as performing well I found the spirit levels really useful. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Milon