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

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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 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (28)
    • Improves tripod function (28)
    • Fits well (24)
    • Solid/sturdy (24)
    • Compact (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (23)
      • Video (13)
      • Portraits (9)
      • Wildlife (9)
      • Travel (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (26)

      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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      5.0

      A perfect match for Acratech heads

      By Hanknyc

      from Edgewater, NJ/Metro NYC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Perfect For Acratech Head
      • Reasonably Priced
      • Works With Centerpost

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

        I have been using a Gitzo self-leveling base for over a decade but my Gitzo tripod, self-leveling base and RRS BH55 head are massive and are hauled out only for my longest L series Canon lenses. For all others my Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod with Acratech ball head has done quite well...except that it's difficult to level quickly. Adjusting the legs takes just too long. But at the recent Photo Plus Expo I saw a very compact self leveling head made by Sirui and knew that this accessory, placed between the ball head and the tripod, would work just as well as the massive (and loudly squeaking) one on the big Gitzo. So I checked out the Sirui, the Acratech and the Manfrotto self-leveling bases. The Manfrotto, although a third cheaper, is too massive and doesn't adjust "fluidly" at all; it's quite stiff. The Sirui adjusts easily and fluidly but so does the Acratech, which is obviously made to sit under their heads. It's hard to tell where the self-leveling base ends and the ball head begins once they're mated atop the center column. So for me, the choice was clear and I bought the Acratech which can level a head in moments and adds only 1.5 inches of height and no additional width to the tripod head. My photo students were asking why one even needs a self-leveling head. Why not just use the bubble level on the ball head, itself. It's much easier to level the base of the ball head than the ball, itself and having it level is critical for doing panoramas. Leveling the head prevents a multi-frame panorama from having jagged edges, requiring extensive cropping. And leveling a head with a self-leveling base is simply the easiest way to do this. The compact Acratech Leveling Base does it quickly and, unlike the Gitzo leveling base, you don't lose the centerpost. Construction-wise, it's a no brainer for Acratech head users as it's a perfect match for their ball heads.

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        5.0

        a joy to use.

        By GeorgeQ

        from Palo alto, ca

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

          Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

          This looks expensive, but for any use of a tripod, I find this is essential. It makes using tripod, especially leveling it, so much easier. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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          3.0

          Bit of a disappointment

          By Mike in Boston

          from Boston

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Hard To Adjust Precicely

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

          I use this for panos under a Manfrotto 410 geared head. It's sort of a half-ball design, and you tighten it by tightening a knob, just like on a ball head. It's very solid once it's set, and it has a nice big bubble level, but I find it difficult to level it with a moderately heavy head and camera. Although you can induce some drag by tightening the knob a bit, it's very finicky -- a slight turn on the knob locks the head quickly. As one other reviewer noted, the base moves a bit when you tighten the knob, which is frustrating. I'm going to try a Manfrotto 338 QVH, which uses three adjustable thumb screws to level the base rather than a half-ball.

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          5.0

          Excellent tool to level quickly

          By rsmith02

          from Hartford, CT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architecture
            • Video

            Comments about Acratech Leveling Base:

            This is basically a compact ball head that fits between your tripod and your video head. It lets you very precisely level the head in any direction and then lock it down. It also adds several inches of height which may let you get away with a smaller and cheaper tripod without having to extend the neck as much.

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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

                                Verified Buyer

                                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

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    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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