Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

Acratech Ultimate Ballhead


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Product Highlights

  • Leveling Clamp
  • Quick Release (Requires Plate)
  • Left Side Rubber Knobs
  • Detent Pin
  • Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg)
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You Pay: $319.95

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The Acratech Ultimate Ballhead is the result of innovative efficient design, created for combining low mass with incredible stopping power. Available with or without an installed Arca-type quick release clamp, it is an ideal head for those that do not require a progressive tension control.

The innovative design of the Acratech gives the photographer full access to 25% of a sphere at any time, and it is entirely capable of providing support in any direction so long as the tripod legs are not overwhelmed.

A quick release plate is not included, and Acratech offers a range of camera-specific plates, as well as a generic plate. Or can be used with any "Arca-Swiss type" plate, available from Arca-Swiss, Foba, NPC, Novoflex & Wimberley.

This version of the V2 includes a built-in spirit level aiding in tripod and camera alignment.

Note: Quick release plate not included.

Arca-type quick release system
Absolutely no migration after tightening the clamp
Silky-smooth black anodized finish for precise positioning
Open design facilitates quick maintenance
Calibrated panning bed
"Dry" ball does not attract dirt or dust
Fully captive controls will not come off from prolonged vibrations
Maximum Camera Supported Large format cameras
Load Capacity 25 lb (11.4 kg)
Height 4.1" (10.4 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Camera Mount Thread Size Dependent on quick release plate used
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (1/4"-20 reducer bushing supplied)
Weight 1 lb (453 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 4.6 x 4.5"
Acratech Ultimate Ballhead
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • 10-Year Warranty

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    Acratech 1126

    By Lawrence

    from Winston-Salem

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy To Level
    • Strong


      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Acratech Ultimate Ballhead:

      Using to support medium format, 4x5, and 35mm film cameras.After about 16 years of using the same ball head, I needed a replacement and wound-up choosing this one. This has an unusual design, which is very strong / sturdy. I've only been using it for about a week+, and noticed these points right away:1) Very strong and I feel like I could load any reasonable amount of weight on it. 2) The main knob does not need to be tightened a lot when compared to my old ball head. Just a light amount of pressure is enough.3) The swing of the ball head is limited to about half of what most ball heads are capable of. In order to get the full range you are used to, you need to use the extra axis knob near the bottom of the head.4) I got this 1126 version that has a bubble level on the quick release.If you can see the demo video please watch that. I am still getting used to the ball head and like it a lot. I was able to watch the demo video before purchase.

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      Lightweight, stable and well made

      By Bjørn J

      from Norway

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer


      • Attaches Firmly
      • Easy to clean
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Lightweight
      • Open construction


      • Not for the heaviest gear

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Travel

      Comments about Acratech Ultimate Ballhead:

      This lightweight ballhead is precision engineered, and very stable for most uses, except the longest and heaviest telephoto lenses. The open construction is brilliant, the ball is easy to clean if it should be contaminated with sand or dirt. An excellent head for travel and hiking. The rubber knobs ensures a good grip on the controls.

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