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Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release

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Product Highlights
  • Double Panning Ball Head
  • Quick Release
  • Choice of Optional Arca Plates
  • Supports 130 lb

The Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head builds on the success and popularity of their Z-series ball heads. Z-Series ball heads are just as elegant, and even more perfect. The size and weight of the ball heads have been significantly reduced. The ball and fastening are now assembled using a patented bayonet mount. Various accessories can thus be quickly mounted to adapt the tripod as required. This quick release version requires separate purchase of an Arca or Arca-type camera plate.

In addition to the proven, patented Arca-Swiss features, including aspherical ball heads, axial clamping and PMF (progressive motion related friction control), the Z-Series also boasts new technical developments and optimized materials and coatings. The Z-series can withstand an incredible 130 lb (59 kg) off-axis.

This model is the "dp" version, which features double panning. This means that besides for the standard pan base at the bottom of the head you also get a second panning mechanism below the camera mount. It can keep the camera perfectly vertical to the swinging plane, and is ideal for perfect panoramic stitching.

Ever since their introduction over forty years ago, the Arca Swiss Monoballs have been at the forefront of quality and performance. Today, their unique shape (an ellipse rather than a sphere) is still what separates them from all others. With other ballheads, no matter how good the tension modulation, you invariably will need to increase the tension control as you move the load away from the center. This is because gravity has a greater effect on gear when not perfectly level.

The Arca Swiss Monoball eliminates the need to modulate the tension, because its elliptical nature corrects it by virtue of its own design. The load stays exactly where you tell it to once it's locked into position. A separate control is set to apply a constant minimum friction, which allows the photographer the peace of mind that comes with knowing that his gear will never move of its own volition. The heavier the equipment, the more the advantages of the Arca Swiss become evident
A tension adjustment thumb-dial is built into the indexed friction control knob
The ball head includes the "Arca" style quick release system for quick mounting and dismounting of cameras. Separate purchase of a camera plate is required
Base diameter of 2.7" (69mm), excluding knobs
Maximum Camera Supported Large format
Load Capacity 130 lb (59 kg)
Height 4.7" (12 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 1.6 lb (725 g)
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release
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    Arca-SwissMonoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release
     
    4.9

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (11)
    • Stable (11)
    • Strong clamp (10)
    • Large range of motion (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Portraits (8)
      • Home (6)
      • Night shots (6)
      • Travel (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

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      5.0

      Just What You Would Expect

      By Ed From Washington

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Travel

      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

      Arca-Swiss has another winner. Smooth, but holds a heavy camera and lens tighter than a pre-ghost Scrooge.

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      5.0

      Rock solid and amazing!

      By Danruizmd

      from University Place, WA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

        Very precise and rock solid, just right in regards to weight. Holds My D800 very well.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Solid and Smoooooth...

        By Satisfied Customer

        from Vilonia, Arkansas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Extremely Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Display
          • Macro

          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

          I use this to hold a D800/grip with an L-bracket. My heaviest lens is a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 but it will handle much heavier with ease.
          The tension adjustment allows very smooth ball head movement and the aspheric ball does away with worrying about camera "flop" It locks with no camera movement or sag.
          Exquisite workmanship.
          Well worth the money.

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          5.0

          solid

          By Scott K

          from Columbia SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Macro
          • Portraits

          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

          dp comes in handy, especially when in vertical or non-level ground. solid product, highly recommend it- you get what you pay for!

          it does weight a bit, but I guess that expected from the high quality materials? (to make it sturdy)

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          5.0

          You get what you pay for...

          By A Gadget Freak

          from San Francisco Bay Area

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

              This is my first Arca-Swiss product. I am amazed by the quality. Very well made and designed. My only regret is that I did not buy it sooner. A fine example of "you get what you pay for..."

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              5.0

              Ones in a life time purchase

              By Josef

              from Rochester, MI

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

                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                This is the only ball head you need for your DSLR cameras. This model is the "dp" version, which features double panning. It can keep the camera perfectly vertical to the swinging plane (and vertical), and is ideal for perfect panoramic stitching. The I prefer the screw type quick release over the lever quick release. It's just so much easier, accessible and more rigid. Although you can tilt it 90º you might want an L-bracket too to keep the camera in the center.

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                5.0

                yup, the best costs the most.

                By Slabbin

                from Southern California

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                      I bought this as my first head after reading so many reviews and advice posts about spending as much as you could afford. I don't regret it. Actually saved some money by building my own tripod so I thought I'd blow the rest on this head. Action is smooth and I'd be surprised if there is a better head out there. Several of my product designer buddies were quite impressed with the smooth motion and quality of workmanship/tolerances.

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                      5.0

                      Monoball Z1

                      By esidelle

                      from Tucson, AZ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                        I have used a couple of other brand ball heads, but they didn't close to the quality of this head. The head is rock solid when locked or adjustable with a twist of a dial. Arca-Swiss plates makes quick change a breeze.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent quality

                        By mark2k7

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                              This is my second of these heads - I use them on Gitzo tripods with 35mm and medium format cameras. Great quality, smooth and reliable.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Solid as a Rock

                              By HD

                              from Oklahoma City, OK

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                Like the headline says, its solid as a rock and as heavy as one to.

                                I have a gitzo GH2750QR and I always noticed a little drift in it. I wanted a solid head to shoot landscapes with so I ordered the Z1. It does the job very well as it should for what you pay.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Arca'sBest, The Double Pan is the Bomb

                                By Flicker

                                from Phoenix

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Can hold 50 lbs
                                • Easy for Large Format
                                • Excellent Stability
                                • Large Range of Motion
                                • Pans level
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                • Doesn't scramble eggs
                                • Heavy for Wimps

                                Best Uses

                                • Ackward locations
                                • Breakwaters
                                • Cliff Edges
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                I had a single pan, but never could pan level. The tripod has a bubble balance, with one on the camera, level can be achieved. It may not sound like much unless you need to pan. Then you can understand the time it saves.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Ultimate ballhead

                                By Elden

                                from Hong Kong

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Long Exposure
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Panoramas
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                  Rock solid ballhead that can hold yr equipment firmly. Good choice for DSLR with long lens & medium format cameras.

                                  Double pan works well to keep the leveling, no need to consider third party pan heads. One head do all.

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                                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Expensive but one of the best

                                  By gsmith

                                  from MD

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                    It was a choice between another Realy Right Stuff BH-55 PCL ballhead which has an almost identical quick release and independent panning head just under the camera or the Arca Swiss Z1. Both have great reputations and for good reason. Having used both now for several months I can highly recommend both. The Z1 is a bit lighter than the RRS BH-55 but the RRS head is a bit faster due to the degree of turning needed to loosen then tighten the head. Both have very little movement of the camera-lens when being tightened which is especially important with macro photography with the Z1 having a slight edge over the RRS head.

                                    I the very happy owner of the Z1 ball head and expect it to last a life time.

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    NICE!

                                    By Sandi

                                    from IL

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easily Adjusted
                                    • Easy
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Locks In Tight
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                      This ballhead is fantastic and smooth... locks where you put it and is very easy with the knob release. works beautifully with Arca Swiss plates. I use it on older Bogan legs.

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                                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Strong as a rock

                                      By Chris

                                      from Boston

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Long Exposures
                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction)
                                        • Stabilization

                                        Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                        A nice piece of metal on top of some so called 6X CF legs. Not pretty but durable.

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                                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        How did I live without it!

                                        By Dave

                                        from Baton Rouge, La

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Long Exposures
                                          • Photography
                                          • Stabilization

                                          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                          Arca Swiss makes some of he most beautifully designed and impeccably manufactured equipment I have seen. I use this Monoball with my 35mm dslr, my medium format Phase one and my 4x5 view camera. The stability and ease of motion with this head gives me a secure feeling that my cameras are safely mounted. The range of motion available with the head allow me to position the Camera at any point and know that I can get the shot.

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                                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          This is a great ballhead...perfect

                                          By DG

                                          from Salt Lake City, UT

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Improves Tripod Function

                                          Cons

                                          • A bit expensive but good.

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Long Exposures
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Stabilization

                                          Comments about Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release:

                                          This ballhead is great. No wonder it has such a good reputation. Solid feel, easy adjustment and smooooth. Better than my older ball heads.

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