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Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg)

B&H # GIGH3780 MFR # GH3780
Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg)

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Product Highlights

  • Series 3
  • With Friction Control
  • Magnesium
  • PTFE Treated
  • Bubble Ball
  • Extended Tilt Angles
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You Pay: $374.88

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Offer ends: MAR 31 '15
Price after rebate: $324.88

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The Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead is a relatively 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 3
Recommended for use with Series 3 tripods.
Friction Control
The separate friction control allows you to fine-tune the freedom of movement of the head. This allows you to control the head slower and more precise, or faster and looser.
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.
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.
Extended Tilt Range
This head offers independent pan and tilt locks with 360° pan movement, +100/-16° tilt movement, and a graduated engraved panoramic base.
Supplied with a 1/4"-20 camera mounting screw.
Load Capacity 46.2 lbs (21kg)
Height 4.45" (11.3cm)
Quick Release No
Spirit Level Yes (vertical)
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 1.3 lb (600g)
Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg)
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    GitzoGH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg)
     
    4.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (4)
    • Attaches firmly (3)
    • Strong clamp (3)

    Cons

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        4.0

        It needs time for locking firmly.

        By DaHawaii

        from Hawaii

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg):

          When I lock the ball head for the first several times, it needs with extra firm for tightening up. The oil comes from the slit and it is thick. Sooner or later, the head becomes stable and smooth without extra firming.

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          5.0

          Excellent!

          By Camac68

          from Torquay, Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg):

            The Gitzo GH3780 head has rehabilitated an old aluminium Gitzo Series 4 tripod that I had lying around. It's an excellent tripod head, and easily holds the equipment I intend to use (a digital SLR and a 300 mm + 2x, or a 14mm - 24mm zoom are my heaviest lenses).

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            4.0

            a good buy

            By photolloyd

            from vancouver, bc

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg):

            all is good except the locking lever is a little stiff. not a big deal

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            3.0

            Well Made, smooth and sturdy. But...

            By lrjanzen

            from Rhode Island

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Bases

            Best Uses

            • Long Exposures
            • Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg):

            The head operates flawlessly and smoothly. The bases however are a real problem especially with the lens ring for the Nikon 70-200 f2.8. The base of the ring is smooth. THe Gitzo foot does not grip the base very well. A couple of slight torques on the lens will cause the whole assembly to loosen. Part of the problem is the very slick base to the lens ring. A few small torques back and forth and the base center screw loosens up so that you have to remove the lens from the tripod and retighten. If you are used to the form fitting arca type bases by Kirk you may be in for a shock. There is some of the same problem with a base attached to the camera. That said the rest of the head is great.

            Thanks

            Lonnie

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            5.0

            WOW!!

            By Jack Flack

            from New York

            About Me 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 Gitzo GH3780 Center Ballhead - Supports 46.2 lbs (21kg):

              This is one of the best engineered pieces of equipment I have ever owned. I have a 1ds MarkII and an Arca Swiss 4x5. This holds anything steady. Its not heavy at all...this is the real thing. If this were the first ball head I had ever bought it would be my last. Unfortunately, I purchased many before this one which will all be sold on [...] as of today.

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