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Acratech Leveling Base, with 3/8" Tripod Thread - Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg)

B&H # ACLB Mfr # 1117
You Pay: $149.95

The Acratech Leveling Base is a leveling base that fits between the tripod (or stand) and the tripod head, and can be used with any tripod that features a 3/8" head screw. This device allows for the photo or video head to be quickly leveled, independently from the tripod.

At its center is an oilless and greaseless ball that will not attract or hold dirt and debris. It allows 10° movement in any direction, and features smooth knob action for easy and secure positioning.

Precision bull's eye bubble level provides accurate positioning
Ball will not shift when tightened
Satin black anodized finish
All knobs are captive so they cannot fall off accidentally
Low profile design-just 1.77" (45mm) tall not including the 3/8"-16 threaded screw
2.4" (60mm) Base & top diameter(excluding the knob and bubble level)
Precision C.N.C. machining
Made in the U.S.A.
Load Capacity 25 lb (11.4 kg)
Control Range 10° movement in any direction
Height 1.77" (45mm)
Weight 8 oz (240 g)
Acratech Leveling Base, with 3/8" Tripod Thread - Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg)
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    4.7

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves tripod function (28)
    • Easy to use (25)
    • Fits well (24)
    • Solid/sturdy (24)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (20)
      • Video (11)
      • Portraits (9)
      • Wildlife (9)
      • Travel (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Leveling Base by Acratech

      This is a robust, and very secure level base that allows me to set up a tripod shot quickly on rough terrain. I am very pleased with the positive hold this base has while...Read complete review

      This is a robust, and very secure level base that allows me to set up a tripod shot quickly on rough terrain. I am very pleased with the positive hold this base has while using large lenses. I feel the Aratech level base is a great add to any photographers tripod work in the field.

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      Better than nothing

      This is an OK but not great leveling head with a decent range. It is basically a semi ballhead design. The weight capacity is a little low. 25 pounds seems to be the...Read complete review

      This is an OK but not great leveling head with a decent range. It is basically a semi ballhead design. The weight capacity is a little low. 25 pounds seems to be the standard weight capacity for Acratech products. But the weight capacity is sufficient to marginal for most of my gear. Leveling the head is quick and easy. But when the clamping knob is tightened securely, the head will go off level a little. The bubble will move toward the clamping knob. This happens regardless of how slowly the head is clamped. It seems that it is not being clamped evenly around the ball. To get it centered, the bubble has to be off a little in the opposite direction and then clamped. Trial and error is needed to find the right spot to get it to work. The bubble level is accurate however. There are probably better leveling heads available for about the same price or less. I can not recommend it for that reason.

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      4.0

      Great

      By Ana

      from NYC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Tripod Function

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

          Great

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          5.0

          Acratech Leveling Base

          By Chris02

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

          • Cost
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

          Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

          I purchased this with a video head in order to utilize some standard tripod legs for my video setup rather than purchasing a dedicated video tripod. Build quality is top notch and the large knurled adjustment knob is easy to access and use. The cost was a little higher than some of the others but for the extra 30-50 dollers you get solid precision.

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          5.0

          Pan/tilt head leveling - quick and easy

          By JT

          from Ashland OR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Light But Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

            Use this with manfrotto fluid head on gitzo carbon tripod for video setups. Super helpful for rapid set-up using bubble level on base itself and grid lines on LCD screen of camera. Almost impossible to achieve without this accessory….

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            3.0

            Better than nothing

            By Bill in GA

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                  This is an OK but not great leveling head with a decent range. It is basically a semi ballhead design. The weight capacity is a little low. 25 pounds seems to be the standard weight capacity for Acratech products. But the weight capacity is sufficient to marginal for most of my gear. Leveling the head is quick and easy. But when the clamping knob is tightened securely, the head will go off level a little. The bubble will move toward the clamping knob. This happens regardless of how slowly the head is clamped. It seems that it is not being clamped evenly around the ball. To get it centered, the bubble has to be off a little in the opposite direction and then clamped. Trial and error is needed to find the right spot to get it to work. The bubble level is accurate however. There are probably better leveling heads available for about the same price or less. I can not recommend it for that reason.

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                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By Handlebar

                  from Gainesville, Florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                    I purched the Acretech Leveling Base to use with my panorama head. Very well made and makes setup and leveling the camera quick and easy. It holdes the camera and pano head secure with no creeping or movement which is critical when shooting 360x180 panoramas.Wish I had gotten it sooner.

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                    5.0

                    Leveling Base

                    By Hrachya

                    from Managua

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                      quality performance, easy-to- use ...

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                      4.0

                      Compact and well-built

                      By Bamboo Pictures

                      from Singapore

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                        I got the Acratech leveling as an interface between a photog's stick and a WF 717 fluid head. Initially I was a little worried that the leveling head would be heavy and bulky but the diameter fits the fluid head exactly. It's very sturdy and now I don't even notice that it's there.

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                        5.0

                        Incredibly useful

                        By Laughing Eel

                        from Oakland, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                          I bought this to use with a small HD camcorder (Canon XA10) on carbon fiber legs (Feisol) with a fluid head (Manfrotto 701HDV). I have to have a lightweight system for travel, and this really shaved the weight off of a full bowl system.

                          Leveling is fast and easy, and locks in rock-solid once in place. The bubble is bright and easy to see. I found it to have plenty of range of motion shooting outside on uneven ground. It worked well and saved me a lot of leveling adjustment time.

                          My only annoyance is that it can sometimes be hard to find the adjustment knob in fast setups, not something you can do much about with a leveler that isn't a full bowl system. I may try putting red fingernail polish on the knob to make it easily visible.

                          Beautifully constructed, and highly recommended.

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                          4.0

                          mainly grab and little finess

                          By ardus

                          from Australia

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Fits Well
                          • Machining
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                          • Sticky

                          Best Uses

                          • Panoramas

                          Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                          Does the job well up to a point. Seems to grab a little, making it difficult to easily position the camera (D2X) and ball head (Markins) combination when trying to fine tune the level.

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                          5.0

                          Should Have Bought This Sooner!

                          By M. Baehr

                          from Kingsburg, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Panoramas

                            Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                            Although I originally thought about trying another slightly cheaper brand, Acratech is a known quantity to me as I also use their ballhead which, after years of use still looks brand new and works perfectly. As always, the Acratech Leveling Base is extremely well made, and when combined with their ballhead, looks like a single unit. Very solid, nicely engineered and finished, this unit works great for any application where panning level is a must. I should have sprung for this earlier!

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                            5.0

                            Just what I needed

                            By Jake

                            from Clinton, UT

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                              I picked this up when I bought the Acratech Panoramic head to help get the base level. It's extremely easy to use and is great quality. I only wish it had more than 10 degrees of movement.

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                              5.0

                              Pano Use

                              By Phil

                              from Texas / Maine

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                I use it with the RRS PCL-1 Panning Clamp for doing landscape panos. That way you do not have to level but one device. I find that most of my landscape shots are near level, so I often leave the ball head at home or on my travel rig, which is a lighter tripod. I use this setup on a Gitzo 3 series Systemic. The whole rig is less than 6 lbs.

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                                5.0

                                Well made, well designed

                                By Pictureted

                                from Redwood City, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                  Just like the Acratech GV-2, this leveling base is made of the best materials and is very well crafted. Works just like it should and looks like it will for a very long time. I also use it with the GV-2 on the Kirk low pod - gives me a bit of additional height when I want it along with making leveling quick and easy.

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                                  5.0

                                  Small, light weight, and very useful

                                  By Bill

                                  from Cape Coral, FL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion
                                  • Very light weight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Video
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                    I do a lot of bird photography and very seldom have a level place to set up my tripod. The leveling base levels the gimbal head, camera, and lens quickly and is far less bother than adjusting the tripod legs.

                                    The unit adds very little weight to my support system and just a couple of inches in height. The quality is very good and typical of other Acratech products I own. I can't think of anything I don't like about this leveling base.

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                                    5.0

                                    Perfect

                                    By dmbNik

                                    from North Virginia

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fits Well
                                    • Improves Tripod Function
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                    I love Acratech products - precision and quality!
                                    If you like Aircraft grade products these guys make it. Works perfect.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent, finely crafted tool.

                                    By Richard Brittain

                                    from Tucson, Arizona

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fits Well
                                    • Improves Tripod Function
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots

                                      Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                      Architectural and panoramic photographic applications describe my primary uses for this tool. It provides rapid leveling with a single knob. I have not identified any issues that are negative regarding this tool yet.

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                                      5.0

                                      Pano Use

                                      By Rex

                                      from Tallahassee, FL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Solid/Sturdy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                        Great addition for pano use; placed below the ball head which permits not having to place the horizon in the middle of the frame for panos, it greatly facilitates the leveling process.

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent base

                                        By Eliav

                                        from Israel

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Panoramic Photography
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                          I bought this base to replace a bigger and much heavier Manfrotto 438 leveling head.
                                          I use it with my Seitz 28/220 panoramic camera and it is perfect.
                                          It fits right underneath the camera base and stays there permanently.
                                          Operation is easier than with the Manfrotto.
                                          I could not have designed it better.
                                          An excellent product.

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                                          4.0

                                          Good for lightweight travel video head

                                          By ChrisSand

                                          from Toronto

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fits Well
                                          • Improves Tripod Function
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Video

                                            Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                            I shoot mostly video and have looked in vain for a reasonable solution to the problem of heavy video heads/mounts while travelling. While this solution is certainly compromised relative to a good fluid head mounted in the bowl of a heavy tripod, I have finally found a reasonable compromise that can be packed and carried in a regular sized camera bag:
                                            - A large Joby gorillapod 'Focus'
                                            + this Acratech levelling base
                                            + a Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head

                                            I will not be doing pans & tilts at 600mm but for normal focal length use this set up works pretty well. That 10˚ levelling ability makes the rig quick to set up and workable.

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                                            4.0

                                            Not for large tripod heads

                                            By Edvuard

                                            from Maryland

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Improves Tripod Function
                                            • Solid/Sturdy

                                            Cons

                                            • Loose Clamp
                                            • Too small

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery

                                            Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

                                            I used the base with a Markins Q3 initially but when I upgraded to a Really Right Stuff BH-55, I was no longer able to use the base and had to return it.
                                            The size of the BH-55 actually covers up the bubble level on the base and made the base unusable. So I would have to recommend the Gitzo systematic leveling base instead.
                                            Other than that it's a bit difficult to use at first since there is no tension knob and your equipment's weight is suddenly in your hands.
                                            In terms of build quality this is top notch.

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