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Gitzo G-1178M Magnesium Center Ballhead 1 with G-2285MB Quick Release - Supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)

B&H # GIG1178M Mfr # G1178M
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The Gitzo G1178M ballhead is light enough to travel with, but strong enough to carry loads up to 8.8 lb. With the G1178M's ergonomic design, it is easy and intuitive to use, while its advanced precision engineering guarantees high performance locking with a wide range of camera equipment.

The G1178M offers excellent locking power for its size with a single lock for rapid and reliable locking in any position.

This head features the G2285MB quick release system. This mechanism offers a secure locking system for the plate so equipment cannot accidentally fall off the head, even if it has not been locked down. To remove the equipment and plate, simply press the lock release button and slide the plate out. The non-keyed square plate ensures perfect alignment without having to worry how the plate fits on the adapter.

Magnesium construction, which is 20% lighter, means the same stability with less weight
Secure locking system for the plate
Features 360° pan and +90°/-20° tilt
Maximum Camera Supported Smaller medium format
Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Height 3.8" (9.6 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Separate Panning Lock No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 14.1 oz (400 g)
Gitzo G-1178M Magnesium Center Ballhead 1 with G-2285MB Quick Release - Supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
  • G2285MB Quick Release Adapter with Plate
  • GS5370C Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Screws
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    GitzoG1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1
     
    4.0

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (18)
    • Attaches firmly (17)
    • Large range of motion (13)
    • Strong clamp (9)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

    • Unstable (5)
    • Complicated controls (4)
    • Weak clamp (4)
    • Small range (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Travel (17)
    • Night shots (16)
    • Portraits (13)
    • Home (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Most excellent product!

    Having owned a Bogen-Manfrotto ball head in the past I find this Gitzo product far superior in both construction and performance. I use it with a Canon EOS 40D with a Sigma 17-70mm...Read complete review

    Having owned a Bogen-Manfrotto ball head in the past I find this Gitzo product far superior in both construction and performance. I use it with a Canon EOS 40D with a Sigma 17-70mm lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Buy Gitzo for Legs, NOT Heads

    I got this with the B&H combo deal with the Gitzo 1541 CF legs.

    For the price, it really doesn't deliver.
    I am getting increasingly frustrated with the complicated and...Read complete review

    I got this with the B&H combo deal with the Gitzo 1541 CF legs.

    For the price, it really doesn't deliver.
    I am getting increasingly frustrated with the complicated and unreliable attachment of the QR plate. Plus, the ball head lock doesn't prevent the camera from drooping.

    First of all, you have to slide the QR plate in while pressing the button. Then you have to turn the small lock just right so the QR plate can squeeze through (turn it too much and the QR plate won't slide all the way in, too little and the lever won't lock because the camera gets in the way when trying to turn to tighten the lock), and then you have to turn the knob to secure the plate to the ball head.
    The camera won't slide out even if you don't tighten it using the lever, but the plate will jiggle around in the ball head if you dont.

    I upgraded from the Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head and I prefer that head over this one. Too bad the Manfrotto one is too heavy.
    Many recommend the Markins Q3T ball head because it's light, holds a tight grip, and is very simple to attach and detatch, albiet for more money.

    Also, I was shooting products and had it on a 135 - 150 degree angle and I saw that it drooped down more and more even when I tightened the ball head lever as much as I could.

    If you're thinking of buying this ball head, I'd reconsider. I'm planning to sell mine to fund a Markins ball head.

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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    5.0

    Great product

    By Guelo

    from Elizabeth,NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

      Traveling

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      GITZO SOLID

      By VIP Video

      from West Deptford, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

          I already have one on my monopod. I use this second one on my slider so I can easily and quickly slap my DSLR on there and start sliding. Instead of a bulky, heavy head, I use this one. Its built so solid and durable. No problems and I highly recommend.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great product for an affordable price

          By ADH

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

            It is very easy to use and very affordable. I was recommended this product by a professional photographer and have been very pleased thus far.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Perfect ball head for my Leica M9

            By Wang Man

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • No panning

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

            This Gitzo 1178 ball head is attached to a Gitzo 0531 tripod. I use this combo with my M9 which is perfect, the quick release is simple and secure. This ball head is light, so it will not be good for heavy DSLRs with long lenses.

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            • No

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            4.0

            A great head, a must for a serious photo

            By iosik

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large base for the D3X
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Smooth rotation
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Has no level
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

            Very easy to use. Almost intuitive.
            A pleasure to use in the field once it is setup.

            A little bulky and no level. Does not fit in the case together with the Gitzo traveler tripod
            Does not have a level.

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            • No

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            4.0

            G1178M Ballhead

            By Jon

            from Greensboro, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

            I got this ballhead as a package with a GT1531G Mountaineer tripod. It is great except for one thing - When a 35mm-style camera is mounted the body blocks rotation of the lever that locks in the camera-mount plate. The lever is spring-loaded so you can get it set right - it's just a pain. Seems like there would be a better way of locking in the camera plate. Stability and locking is excellent - I can use this with my Pentax 67 and shorter lenses!

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            • No

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            4.0

            It's very light and it's enough good

            By lzammi

            from italy

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Simply
            • Usability

            Cons

            • Small Range

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

            for general purpose and for camera with lens until 200mm .

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            • No

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            2.0

            Frustrated with Quick Release Plate

            By dianapa

            from Holland, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Can't see level
            • Complicated Controls
            • Unstable
            • Weak Clamp

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Travel

            Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

            I am getting increasingly frustrated with the complicated and unreliable attachment of the QR plate. Not very quick at all.

            Very frustrating when switching lenses and trying to capture a photographic moment when you cannot easily get the QR plate back on. Currently in my house trying to get the QR plate on and having difficulty. Not something I want to deal with out in the field or at home.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Terrific Ballhead

            By jes4317

            from Gainesville, Florida

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Built-in level
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

            Perfect match for the Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod. The built-in level is a real plus. Makes it very easy to level the camera. Very lightweight yet strong.

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            • No

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            1.0

            It's broken already.

            By Jim the Runner

            from Chicago, IL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls
              • Unstable
              • Weak Clamp

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                I used only once. I couldn't put the Quick Release back to the Ballhead because the screw on the Head was too loose and became high to prevent the Release from clicking into. I had to open it and tighten it. And more, the ball is loose, too. Brand new things shouldn't be like this.

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                • No

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                4.0

                no-frills functional head

                By Wolpertinger

                from Belington, WV

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                • Tricky level wcamera on

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                This head took a little time to get used to, but everything that I have wanted to do with it (except panning video shots) I have been able to. Solid product.

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                • No

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                3.0

                A good lightweight ball head

                By hawk person

                from Morgan Hill, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good for travel
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Hard to adjust
                • Small Range

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                Purchased to complement the Gitzo 1541 tripod, this ball head is lightweight and gets the job done. I do not find that I can get the camera positioned very quickly using this ball head, but it is strong enough to handle my kit weighing in at about 4.5 pounds and is super lightweight for easy carrying and small enough to travel with.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Good product

                By Linda from Sarasota

                from Sarasota, Fl

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                  This came with the Gitzo Traveler tripod. It is light weight and works well. The release takes a little time to get use to but it is secure and won't move. It is a good compliment to the tripod.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Easy adjust

                  By Donna

                  from Cupertino,CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                    Easy adjust,turn around

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Decent, basic & fairly compact

                    By Dominic

                    from Chicago IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Inexpensive

                    Cons

                    • Oddly placed clamps

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                    I got this head as part of a wonderfully priced B&H kit of Gitzo traveler tripod and this ball head. My only real complaint is the orientation of the camera on the QR head can place clamp and level right in your face during shooting. It's only a millimeter or two larger than the mounting location on the Gitzo traveler tripod, and therefore is a very minor space loss over the true travel head. I'm sure there are better, but for the money, and the kit, this is not a bad option. If you want to spend more, skip this head.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    not very enthusiast for it

                    By luciano

                    from rome italy

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                      I expected a better product for its price

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Very strong and stable.

                      By Bristolfoto

                      from Boca Raton, FL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                        The most important thing is that it is strong and very stable. I was long over due to purchase an item like this. The other Gitzo heads where much more expensive and i bet they do the same thing.

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                        2.0

                        Pretty good for [$]

                        By Not Joe

                        from Benicia, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                        • Unstable
                        • Weak Clamp

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                        This is a pretty standard ball head with a plain square quick release plate; no panning. I got this with the matching Gitzo 1-series traveler tripod. If not for the generous rebate, I would've opted away from this tripod head.

                        For the most part, it does what it is expected to do. It will hold your camera tight in a given position. In the vertical position, the release plate just can't hold tight enough to my camera (Nikon D700 + 24-70) to keep it from creaping (turning).

                        The head is strong enough to hold a full frame camera with a 70-200 f2.8 lens, but probably, because the lens foot will allow the rig to better balance. Try that rig and attach to the body, I'm pretty sure trouble will follow.

                        Get this tripod head if you get the rebate. But, for the money, there are better heads out there. And, for just a little more money, there heads the pros swear by.

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                        2.0

                        Buy Gitzo for Legs, NOT Heads

                        By Hyuni

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                        • Complicated Controls
                        • Unstable
                        • Weak Clamp

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                        I got this with the B&H combo deal with the Gitzo 1541 CF legs.

                        For the price, it really doesn't deliver.
                        I am getting increasingly frustrated with the complicated and unreliable attachment of the QR plate. Plus, the ball head lock doesn't prevent the camera from drooping.

                        First of all, you have to slide the QR plate in while pressing the button. Then you have to turn the small lock just right so the QR plate can squeeze through (turn it too much and the QR plate won't slide all the way in, too little and the lever won't lock because the camera gets in the way when trying to turn to tighten the lock), and then you have to turn the knob to secure the plate to the ball head.
                        The camera won't slide out even if you don't tighten it using the lever, but the plate will jiggle around in the ball head if you dont.

                        I upgraded from the Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head and I prefer that head over this one. Too bad the Manfrotto one is too heavy.
                        Many recommend the Markins Q3T ball head because it's light, holds a tight grip, and is very simple to attach and detatch, albiet for more money.

                        Also, I was shooting products and had it on a 135 - 150 degree angle and I saw that it drooped down more and more even when I tightened the ball head lever as much as I could.

                        If you're thinking of buying this ball head, I'd reconsider. I'm planning to sell mine to fund a Markins ball head.

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                        4.0

                        easy to use

                        By azhar

                        from Jersey City, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly

                        Cons

                        • Small Range
                        • Unstable

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Gitzo G1178M Magnesium Center Ball Head 1:

                        very easy to use. But not suitable for pro users. If you want to use this gear to shoot landscape, you will probably have some problem with it.

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