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Gitzo GH3780QD Centre Ball Head Series 3 Quick Release D (Multi Color)
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- Spring assisted double lock
- Separate Pan Control
- Bubble ball
- magnesium construction
- Arca style QR plates
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|Included Components||ball head|
|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 5.1 x 3.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.6 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||ball head|
Gitzo’s Center Ball Heads are designed to be an extremely balanced product, that not only guarantee a high max load, but also maximizes other key features including minimized drift angle, reduced weight, lowered center of gravity, increased range of tilt angle, compactness, ergonomics and safety.GH3780QD is the large and rigid Series 3 version, and features a hybrid quick release system which comes with an Arca-style plate but also accepts the traditional Gitzo C-profile plates. The camera/plate can be snapped into the head from above, which is faster and easier than trying to slide it in from the side. By simply removing the adaptor from the head, it will also take Gitzo C-profile plates, especially useful for photographers who already own and use our plates as standard. specs ball locking yes series 3 material magnesium quick release yes plate type GS5370D panoramic rotation 360 degrees lateral tilt +100 Degree / -16 Degree tilt range independent pan lock yes ball friction setting yes working height 5.31 in weight 1.87 lbs safety payload 46.3 lbs
Top Customer Reviews
Avoid this BH for the following reasons:
1) Poor reliability: The BH I ordered had a faulty quick release clamping mechanism. the result was that the Gitzo provided mounting plate (with my camera mounted on it) slipped out of the Gitzo shoe and dropped to the pitched roof in front of me and stopped about a foot from the edge of the roof. I was shocked as this had not happened to me in 35 years of photography and I had been using the ballhead extensively the first week after I purchased both from Amazon. I remounted the plate and camera into the shoe and was able to replicate the failure: the quick release lever has a spring loaded release button built into the face of the lever and this release button was failing to completely seat itself when the spring loaded lever arm was triggered by a pin that gets depressed when the mounting plate was placed into the quick release shoe.
2) Poor ergonomics: The quick release shoe is at least 2 inches long and interferes with viewfinder use when placed to the back and interferes with lens focus ring operation when placed to the front. In the end, I was rotating the plate 90 degrees on the camera so the plate long axis was along the width of the camera body. The quick release button is also an operating hazard to finger tips when the camera is placed into the shoe because the lever arm travels about 120 degrees with about ~3# of force and sticks out about an inch.Read more ›