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Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin

B&H # ACGV2BHQRDP Mfr # 1150
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You Pay: $349.95
Product Highlights
  • Gimbal Feature
  • Arca-Style Quick Release
  • Detent Pin - Requires Optional Plate
  • Supports up to 25.0 lb / 11.3 kg
  • Same as Model 1152 but w/o Bubble Level

The Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal Head is a sturdy, heavy duty, yet compact ball head that is similar in design to most conventional ball heads (unlike the unique Ultimate head). However, the GV2 model has been improved so that it can be locked down when the head is in the 90° orientation, which effectively turns this ball head into a gimbal-style head. This will now allow the camera to pivot around its center-point, gimbal style.

The GV2 features a low profile design, and sports all-rubber knurled knobs that are more comfortable to use, especially in extreme weather.

The built-in industry-standard Arca-Swiss style quick release clamp makes it compatible with the many different plates available from Arca-Swiss, Kirk, Wimberly, Really Right Stuff, Foba, Novoflex, etc. The clamp also feature a spring-loaded detent pin that projects into the pockets or windows that are cut into the bottom of most manufactures (Acratech, Kirk, Really Right Stuff, etc.) quick release plates. This detent pin will prevent the plate from accidentally sliding out in the event that the knob is partially loosened.

Note! This model does not included a bubble level

Full movements allow any camera position
Precision C.N.C. machined
Engraved degree markings
Solid precision feel
Fully adjustable tension control knob
10-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
Made in U.S.A.
Load Capacity 25 lbs (11.3 kg)
Height 4.25" (108mm)
Quick Release Yes, Arca-Swiss type
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size Dual 1/4"-20 and 3/8"
Weight 1 lb (450 g)
Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    AcratechGV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin
     
    5.0

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (6)
    • Large range of motion (6)
    • Strong clamp (6)
    • Stable (5)
    • Improves tripod function (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Long exposures (4)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Stabilization (4)
      • Home (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (6)

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      5.0

      Works as Advertised

      By Tropicdiver

      from Cape Coral, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

        The GV2 Ballhead/Gimbal has worked perfectly for me.I have used it with my Canon 100~400 L IS and have had no problems with it supporting the weight of that particular lens. My only niggle is that there are several knobs on this head and it takes a few times of using them all, before it becomes second nature using the head by feel, not so much by looking at it, while adjusting the knobs.

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        5.0

        Amazing product

        By Carlton the picture guy

        from North texas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

          Great for nature photography... Easy to use, simple construction.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Like a fine precision Instrument

          By Lar

          from Philly, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Smooth Operation
          • Solidly built
          • Strong Clamp
          • Very Precise

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Difficult Angles
            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

            I am an amature photograpner. I chose the GV2 without actually touching it, but found it to be the right piece of equipment. It is engineered and opperates like a fine surgical insturment. It is both rugged and precise. The tightening mechenisms require very little tensioning to get them to hold my 6.8 lb. gear. All movement is smooth like water over glass. The GV2 is very versitile, especially with the Gimbal notch, I can't imagine any position I will not be able to accomplish. I thought I would have preferred largeer "Leavers" rather than the thumbscrews, but these wor very well, and their various sizes make it easy for me to work them while looking through the viewfiner. I love the open architecture and expect that dirt or other debris will never get in the way or clog the movement. I coulc go on and on, this is a great piece of eqipment.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Ball Head!

            By B. Akers

            from Dayton, OH

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

              Solid Ball head. Excellent craftmanship.
              No Cons yet!

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              5.0

              Excellent construction & design

              By Al

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots

                Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

                Very impressed with the design & construction of the GV2. Bigger than I thought it was going to be, but very lightweight. Prefer the Manfrotto Quick Release system but this one works well as well.

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                5.0

                Lightweight and Strong

                By neilvan

                from Coquitlam, BC, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Long Exposures
                  • Photography
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

                  Very light and simple to operate. Works as advertised. The panning motion is very smooth.

                  It takes a little bit to get used to the fine tuning. I use this with several DSLR's/lens combinations with no problems. It is overkill for my P&S cameras but it works.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent

                  By Eric

                  from Brussels, BE

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Value
                  • High Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

                      Prior to this, I owned a another popular American-made ballhead. It was nice, but was prone to sticking and I had to send it back to the factory for repairs. It now sticks again despite light use and proper maintenance.

                      This ballhead is much better and handles light set ups to my 200mm lens with ease. I also like the gimbal feature - while not a true gimbal mount, it makes taking pictures in portrait mode easy, especially if I need to plug cables into my Canon 5D2.

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                      5.0

                      a great, great ballhead!

                      By QQ

                      from Madrid, Spain

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

                        Very very solid and sturdy, but low-weight: a perfect ballhead and gimbal mixture

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                        5.0

                        simply PERFECT!

                        By QQ

                        from Spain

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Exposures
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

                          Rock-solid, smooth movement, low weight...! What else can be demanded to a ball-head?

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A ballhead that's ahead of its class

                          By Jason the Cameraphile

                          from San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

                          About Me Getting started

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Extremely durable
                          • Extremely precision made
                          • Good for action
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Less than a pound

                          Cons

                          • No built-in level
                          • Pricey

                          Best Uses

                          • Action shots

                          Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

                          Controls are smooth and easy to adjust.

                          Word of warning, built in quick release clamp is NOT removable. This is done for stability/reliability reasons according to Acratech. If you want to use a different clamp or do not have a plate for an accessory you are out of luck.

                          This ballhead supports my Canon EF 100-400mm lens with ease.

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                          (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Wow is the only appropriate word!!

                          By clcarder

                          from Orlando, FL

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Fits Well
                          • Gimbal feature works
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Acratech GV2 Ball Head/Gimbal with Quick Release and Pin:

                          I bought this ballhead as a light alternative to my RRS BH-55 and boy was I surprised when I realized that I liked it more than the RRS. I bought it with the intention of only using the Acratech for long hikes or trips where weight was really an issue. Never did I imagine I would choose the Acratech over the RRS even for studio work. I love the Gimbal feature, no it doesn't replace a true Gimbal, but those times that I've been hiking and missed crucial shots because I didn't want to lug the Gimbal around are no more. This is the ultimate ballhead for versatility and I'm amazed nobody came up with this idea earlier. The engineering is solid and I have absolutely no complaints. Buy away you will not be dissappointed.

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