Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head
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- GPR System provides lighting quick handle adjustment with pinpoint accuracy
- Friction control system to accommodate changes in equipment weight and balance
- Provides 360-degree horizontal movement and 90-degree angle title
- 72-click panoramic rotation to ensure perfect panoramic images
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Fusing the smooth precision of a ball head with impressive ergonomic control, GH-100 enables you to position your camera or spotting scope quickly with unmatched versatility. This well-engineered ball head has the Grip Position Release System with an industry-leading pistol grip-style handle, which rotates 360 degrees and enables you to unlock, reposition and lock gear into place with ease. Its one-handed, maximum comfort and convenient operation frees your other hand to make lens zoom adjustments. Depression of the handle allows 360-degrees of panning movement and -32 to +90-degrees of side-to-side tilt and -8 to +90-degree back to front tilt movement all round. It instantly locks into place with simple release of the handle. Other impressive features include its Friction Control System which allows you to modify the level of friction on the ball to accommodate changing equipment weight such as switching to heavier lenses.The anodized center ball allows for extremely fluid movement without sacrificing precise control. GH-100 ensures the safety of your expensive equipment with a dual-locking quick shoe mechanism that prevents accidental release. It lets you attach and detach your gear quickly and efficiently. Other notable features include its 72-click point panorama, offering 72-point rotation with click-into-place positioning that moves the camera 5 degrees per click and prevents jumps in shots to ensure a perfect 360-degree panorama.GH-100 provides impressive versatility in positioning with 360-degree horizontal movement and 90-angle tilt.
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Some other reviewers have complained about the force required to pull back on the trigger. I didn't find this to be the case. It requires some pull, but it's not excessive. In my opinion, it's just right. The first thing I did was to mount my 70D with my 180mm macro lens... and wow! Where have you been all my life GH-300T? I was so excited I wanted to do back flips, but I'm 62.
I bought this Pistol Grip Head to replace my Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head. The feel of the GH-300T is very, very sturdy by comparison. The 489RC2 was very awkward to use with no sweet spot on the friction control. With this GH300T, I have all the control I need... sturdy with ease of motion for Macro shots... LIKE NIGHT AND DAY. I can move the camera around and zero in on the spot I want to shoot.
I first ordered the GH-100, but after reading complaints about its inability to handle much weight, I returned the box as soon as it arrived and bought this one. I'm very happy with it so far. The GH-100 & 200 have a lifetime warranty. The Vanguard web site has not been revised to include the 300T as of yet. I suspect the warranty will be the same, I hope.
As others have mentioned, the arca plate requires a coin or screw driver... minor inconvenience. I have other plates I can use instead. The shutter release cable is another issue. I had to spend another $14 bucks, but that has been hashed over by almost everyone on this site.
This pistol grip is a little heavier and much larger than my 498RC2, but the stability and control make all the difference in the world; well worth the size and weight difference. A ball head is of no use if it's frustrating to use, therefore, the Manfrotto is up for sale.
I hated to spend $200 bucks for another head, but it was so well worth it.
I just now received this today so I can only give you my initial impressions. Because of neck issues, at one point I lost 80% strength and dexterity in my right hand (I am right-handed). I look for ways to compensate for that and that's why this pistol grip caught my attention. I've since rehabbed and worked my way back to regain some of that strength and dexterity and continue to do so. That said, I do find it a little hard to squeeze back that pistol grip to position the camera even when all tension is off. It's not really a problem, just something to consider if your hands are weaker than most. In my case doing this repeatedly will continue to strengthen my weakened hand.
It feels solid and well built. It's going to take a little getting used to because as you put your eye to your viewfinder, the pistol grip is right up against your chest. Plenty of room but I find it a bit awkward for me. That is easily resolved by positioning the camera between 45° and 90° to one side of the pistol grip which will get you right up against the tripod if needed instead of stretching your neck over the grip. That's easily done by repositioning the camera via the panning part of the head which is a very nice feature. For me having the pistol grip slightly to the side has a more natural feel to it anyway. The cable release on the trigger of the pistol grip, is what sold me over the GH-100 model and it's worth every penny. It comes with two different cable releases. One that fits Canon, and the other that fits Nikon. It fits my Canon 5DMk3 perfectly. The quick shoe does screw on with a coin. Some here have said that is a nuisance but for me once it's on it stays on, so this is not an issue for me. I did buy an extra quick shoe for my backup camera. I am giving this rating 4 stars for now because I just got it but it looks very promising and may upgrade it to five stars once I have more experience with it.
Update: By rotating the grip 45° to the left of the camera, using the panoramic feature and adjusting the grip, (using the collar release to reposition it), to an angle that fits your left hand perfectly, provides a comfortable ergonomic feel. With the cable release now in the left-hand, my right hand is free to do any adjustment on the camera I need to. The shutter release being off-camera is perfect for solid - vibration free images as well. All the adjustment knobs, except the quick release knob, are tear drop shape making it easier to loosen or tighten them. Still on the first day with this, but so far it is exactly what I would hope it would be.