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Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg)

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Product Highlights
  • Series 1
  • Magnesium
  • PTFE Treated
  • Bubble Ball
  • Extended Tilt Angles

The Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release is a lightweight magnesium ballhead that incorporates many innovative and state-of-the-art features. It is designed to match the range of high performance tripods available from Gitzo. Not only does it guarantee a high maximum support load, but it also offers many other improved features, such as: smoothness, minimized drift angle, low gravity center, greater tilt angles, compactness, ergonomics and safety.

Exceptionally smooth rotation, positive locking and rapid camera mounting are all features common to the Gitzo designed range of ballheads. The graduated base, with independent locking facilities permits perfect panoramic photography. The design of the panoramic base permits the ballhead to be used for table top or near ground level work with or without the use of a tripod.

Series 1
Recommended for use with Series 1 tripods.
Safe Lock Disc
The Safe Lock Disc top plate, composed of a techno-polymer compound, makes it possible to control the locking torque without prematurely stopping camera rotation and ensuring that the camera is safely and effectively locked in place.
Spring Lock
The SADL (Spring Assisted Double Lock) combines two locking systems in one. It maximizes both locking power and ball smoothness. A high friction metal guarantees a high efficiency lock, and the PTFE bushing - controlled by a pre loaded spring - maximizes smoothness and control.
Double Quick Release Safety System
The quick release system consists of two pins, one fixed and one manually operated by means of a button. This design prevents heavy equipment (such as long lenses, spotting scopes, etc.) from suddenly dropping out of the head when the quick release locking knob is released.
Bubble Ball
The Bubble Ball is produced as a completely round hollow sphere, with an ultra thin wall, for an incredible weight reduction. The Bubble Ball also features a perfected PTFE treatment that further reduces the surface micro roughness.
Leveling Bubbles
The three bubble levels on the quick release assembly allow you to always keep one bubble in front of you and one on the side, both for horizontal and vertical compositions. This ensures leveling accuracy in any position and condition.
Extended Tilt Range
This head offers independent pan and tilt locks with 360° pan movement, +95/-13° tilt movement, and a graduated engraved panoramic base.
Supplied with a 1/4"-20 camera mounting screw.
Load Capacity 22 lbs (10kg)
Height 3.7" (9.5cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 12.3 oz (350g)
Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg)
  • GS5370C Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Screws
  • Storage Bag
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    GitzoGH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg)
     
    4.6

    (based on 59 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (41)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (42)
    • Stable (42)
    • Strong clamp (38)
    • Large range of motion (31)
    • Lightweight (11)

    Cons

    • Complicated controls (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (29)
    • Portraits (23)
    • Night shots (22)
    • Travel (21)
    • Long exposures (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (8), Pro photographer (7), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great ball head for macro

    I do a lot of focus stacking in macro (up to 5x with the Canon MPE 65 mm 1x-5x macro zoom), so I need a ball head that stays exactly where I...Read complete review

    I do a lot of focus stacking in macro (up to 5x with the Canon MPE 65 mm 1x-5x macro zoom), so I need a ball head that stays exactly where I point it. This Gitzo has so far been great. The key factor is the construction that locks the ball in place without displacing it at all. This is my first ball head, so I haven't had a chance to compare, but I gather that most ball heads move the ball (and attached camera) very slightly when tightened--not a problem for most work, but potentially a big problem when your subject is only 3 mm across. I haven't noticed any such difficulty with the Gitzo; I point it, I lock it, and it stays put.

    I don't put a lot of weight on my support system (Canon Digital Rebel, Novoflex macro focusing rail, and the big macro lens, maybe one-tenth what the head can support), so I can't speak to its effectiveness with heavier setups, but I'm very pleased with it for what I do.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A cross between Bruce Lee and a flower

    I get the best gear and I'm a very careful user of my gear. After much research, I bought this ballhead. At first it felt great in my hands. The quick release mechanism...Read complete review

    I get the best gear and I'm a very careful user of my gear. After much research, I bought this ballhead. At first it felt great in my hands. The quick release mechanism was odd but I was willing to try it for the strength:weight ratio of the head.

    The best thing about this head is its strength. It never failed me with equipment incl. 2Kg Manfrotto pano head and 200 f2 IS + 5D2. It's as strong as Gitzo literature says. Also the 3 axis spirit level is a fantastic bonus.

    And here are things to watch out for:

    1. From day one, I felt the quick release lever might break off under general impact (the occasional drop) and it finally did! And even epoxy can't fix it afterwards! It's just a plain bad design - the lever.

    2. There's a spiky metal knob on the side to tighten the QR plate. Apart from this being an unnecessary complication that doesn't make removal or fixing "quick", it's a hazard to your fingers. On many times I've had the outer side of my fingers cut by this horrible thing. I don't understand the need for such sharp spikes as this knob isn't meant to be that tightened.

    3. The quick release plate needs to be slid in and it scratches its sides so easily. Mine scratched from the few times I just played with after first getting it. It also isn't smooth... so as I said, I wouldn't call this Gitzo approach to QR particularly "quick".

    4. On a minor note, the bottom small lever for the rotating base seems to be a potential weak point as it's tiny and a hard enough knock might break it off or bend it beyond use.

    This is a great ballhead because I can't find anything from all the other top manufacturers (Linhof, Novoflex, Arca-swiss, Acratech and Manfrotto) that does a similar job in a similar package.

    Buy it only if you need this strength in a ballhead that's also light. If you ever think you might drop this head, keep away from it and spend your big bucks on something else that will last.

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    5.0

    Panorama base loosened

    By Professor Furst

    from Daejeon, South Korea

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

      I use this tripod for panning the scenery here in Korea. So I really gave this ballhead a workout. I use it on my Gitzo GT1542t light weight tripod. I worked great for many months then I noted that the pan head was wobbly. No surprise as I really did not baby this head. What I liked was that I could take the ball head apart with a few tools and fix it and have it back working in a few hours. You need a small hex wrench, needle nose pliers and a soft nose small hammer. Remove the three screws in the head with the hex wrench, Then unscrew the ball head lock knob and remove the C clamp using the needle nose pliers. Then remove all the washers noting their position. Then force the ball out of the opening and there below you are three loose screws. Tighten them and put quick release epoxy on them locking them in place then put it all together and you can get a lifetime out of this kit!! I appreciate its construction and it being made very well and repairable with just a few tools and patience.

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      5.0

      Good

      By Shaltz

      from Mexico City

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      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

        Small, sturdy and compact, I like it very much.

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        5.0

        good ball head

        By Meng

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

          very functional ball head and good match to any gitzo tripods.

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          5.0

          A great product

          By The Baron

          from New Jersey, USA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

            Light weight ,great for on the go. Everything it says it will do it does. Gitzo is worth the investment, and B&h is one of the best places to buy with confidence.

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By Terry

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

              This is a superb product that is well crafted. I expect years of use. Is much lighter than it looks. Very nice action. I see no faults.

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              5.0

              Great

              By WK

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                Great for back country travel

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                4.0

                Strong but not quick

                By lhalcong

                from Miami, Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                  The ballhead seems smaller in size to what I am used to in a Manfrotto similar model, however I decided to try Gitzo due to second break I suffer on my manfrotto head. The repair was too expensive to make it worth it so I am giving Gitzo a try for its fame.This Gitzo ballhead although it is smaller and more compact in size, it is made of strong material. it seems of much stronger construction. I will use it mostly with a Canon 5D-II so this can hold more than I need. Good there. It will easily do the job.Usage is straightfoward, knobs are in the right places and easy to reach. This is important when quickly setting up a composition. However, the Quick Release as others have mentioned is not quick at all, definitely secure enough and tight , but not quick and actually a litte cumbersome. Once you get it, you'll be ok but the only reason it is not getting 5 starts. The manfrotto quick release was 1 sec. This one; expect to spend possibly 5-10sec to pull out. This gives it a plus though as the camera seems so more tight and secured than I ever felt it on the manfrotto. You can't have it all. For approximately the same price of the equivalente manfrotto ballhead, I will recommend this one hands down.

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                  4.0

                  Light

                  By AYZ

                  from Canmore, Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                    Very light and easy to pack. Quite solid. Can't quite handle the 70-200 lens on Canon7D that well - some vertical slippage.

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                    4.0

                    Excellent Product

                    By Natural Images

                    from Augusta, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                      I use this mostly for wildlife/scenic shoots. I do horizontal and vertical shots. I do have to make sure the plate is very tight to the camera or it slips. The design is good. The plate locks well. The adjusments lock well. I shoot with a Nikon D800 with either a 16-35mm, 24-70mm, or a 80-400mm normally and it holds in place well.

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                      4.0

                      Solid, but tricky at first

                      By ChrisHal4D

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                      Very light weight, and quick to use tripod head.
                      Great for travel.

                      It's a bit tricky to figure out the release at first. Practice in the light before you end up in the dark fidgeting around.

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                      3.0

                      Sturdy head.

                      By Larz

                      from Pueblo, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Clumbsy Clamp
                      • Clumbsy Quick Release

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                      Very sturdy head on Gitzo tripod! Clumbsy quick release. I make a lot of sports/action photos...running, cycling, swimming, soccer...and it is very clumbsy and slow engage and remove.

                      However, it is rock solid...and definitely exceeds my expectations for stability.

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                      5.0

                      Solid performer ! Good control for small

                      By Fred from boston

                      from boston

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                        Great for smaller cameras and medium lens.

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                        4.0

                        Smooth operator

                        By barlod

                        from Pennsylvania

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                        • Clamp adjustment is poor

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                          This ball head is high priced - but definitely also high quality. Due to the advertised teflon coating on the ball, I expected the ball to rotate with total smoothness right out of the box. I was initially a little disappointed with its action. However, once I applied a small amount of the lubricating grease that came with the ball head, I found that it operated smoothly as advertised. Bottom line - don't forgot to use the lubricant.
                          I like all the level indicators on the head for setting up panoramic shots.
                          I like the large control knob and the firm stability of the ball lock.
                          I did not give this product 5 stars because I would have liked a little more repeatability in the operation of the quick release lever. The adjustment screw that sets the locking pressure easily turns out of adjustment. This screw should have more resistance to rotation so that it does not accidentally change its setting. Also, I would have prefered a larger locking lever.
                          All in all, this ball head is a big improvement over my old pan and tilt style head.

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                          4.0

                          Great lightweight stable head

                          By Ben B

                          from Australia

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                          • Complicated Controls

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                          I bought this head specifically because it was light and it has quite a high load rating for its size. The biggest advantage to me of this head is its size and weight as I use it a lot while hiking.
                          This head has a much better tension knob than the Gitzo Classic ball heads which use a rubber grip which comes loose, especially when wet. This now is completely metal.

                          The levels (there are 4 of them) are a great feature about this head which is great for a bit of architecture and places where you can't see a horizon.

                          My one major gripe with the design of this head is the sharp edged adjustment knob for the quick release mechanism. It does seem to get knocked and moved around often.

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                          5.0

                          Very well build

                          By Rodrigo

                          from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                              Very precise and easy to operate

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                              5.0

                              Smooth, light, good looking.

                              By Chris Clarke

                              from Burlington, Ontario

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                                This is the second GH1780QR I have purchased. This one is for my GT1542T and it's a great combo. I had numerous Manfrotto heads prior to this and I was never happy. The Gitzo head looks great and doesn't suffer from the movement on locking that I have encountered with other heads. It weighs 335 gms and holds up to 10 kgs but my biggest lens is a 24-105 on a 5D2 so it isn't anywhere near it's capacity on my setup. I looked at the new basalt version of this (GH1781QR) and I'm just not sure about the 'flame' coloured thing. The colouring of the older 1780 goes with my tripod and it has that classic look that I prefer. I find the quick release plate easy to use, even with gloves on. I bought my first 1780 two years ago and I think the best endorsement of this product is that I bought a second one two years later. Great bit of kit.

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                                5.0

                                Just get it.

                                By Chris Clarke

                                from Burlington, Ontario, Canada

                                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
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                                  I had a few different ball-heads before I got this. My main complaint on previous buys was the lack of accuracy of the heads and the 'sagging' after locking. The Gitzo GH1780QR is just a good bit of kit. It's very light at 350 gms and really is a thing of beauty. The quick release system is finicky at first but I quickly grew accustomed and I much prefer it over the Manfrotto heads. The movement of the head is fluid and responsive. The separate panning ability is really useful and I like the single locking point over more fiddly set-ups that I had with a Cullman head. I originally bought this head for a mag fibre Manfrotto pod I had. I was so impressed with Gitzo quality that I bought a Gitzo GT2330 last year and I have now just bought the GT1542 traveller tripod. The GH1780QR plus the traveller weigh 1.35 kgs or 3 lbs which is amazing. I wish I'd saved my money and just bought the Gitzo gear first. Highly recommended.

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                                  5.0

                                  great

                                  By kamilla

                                  from ny

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                                    very happy with this purchase. not cheap but definitely worth every penny.
                                    purchase for life.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Ballhead, as always...

                                    By stanwoodsteve

                                    from Stanwood, WA

                                    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 Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                                      Gitzo makes some amazing tripod and ballheads, and I wasn't disappointed with this unit. Extremely solid construction - beautifully made and well designed. Can't go wrong with Gitzo products. They're not cheap, but they'll last decades.

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                                      5.0

                                      Awesome

                                      By Tony

                                      from las vegas, nv

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Gitzo GH1780QR Center Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 22 lbs (10kg):

                                        Easy to use. Locks down tight; no slipping. Ultra light. Easily supports my large format (4x5).

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