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Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head

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Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head

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Product Highlights

  • Bird Watching Pan/Tilt Fluid Cartridges
  • 360° Pan & ± 110° Tilt
  • Almost Frictionless Fast Movements
  • Single-lock Mechanism
  • Suitable for Right/Left-Handed Use
  • Quick-release Plate
  • Supports Loads up to 8.82 lbs (4 kg)
  • Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripods Compatible
  • Removable / Reversible Pan Bar
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Offer ends: MAR 31 '15
Price after rebate: $224.90

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The Gitzo Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head features completely redesigned pan and tilt fluid cartridges - Bird Watching Fluid Cartridges. These cartridges allow for smooth and controlled movements at low speeds and almost frictionless movements at high speeds, making quick repositioning of the camera a breeze.

The single-lock mechanism quickly fixes the 360° pan and ± 110° tilt movements using a single knob, making adjustments easier and more effective. Ergonomically suitable for both right/left-handed use, the tripod head offers maximum stability to avoid even the smallest play, and a high-precision mechanism ensures accuracy. A quick-release plate makes for fast removal as well as facilitating the mounting of scopes, cameras and other such equipment.

Made of magnesium, the lightweight tripod head has high structural rigidity, and can support a load up to 8.82 lbs (4 kg). When used with Gitzo carbon fiber tripods (the Leveling series), the tripod head yields additional speed and versatility while shooting. The removable and reversible pan bar proves useful while using long photographic lenses. A compact design makes the tripod head easily portable and ideal for travel.

The Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head's light weight along with its innovative Bird Watching Fluid Cartridges, add up to the ideal tripod head for bird watching and wildlife photography/videography.

Designed for bird watching and wildlife photography / videography
Pan and tilt fluid cartridges (360° pan and ± 110° tilt)
Smooth and controlled low-speed movements
Ideal for distance spotting and tracking
Almost frictionless fast movements and quick repositioning
Single-lock mechanism quickly fixes the pan and tilt movements
Suitable for both right-and left-handed use
Maximum stability, zero play
High-precision mechanism ensures accuracy
Made of magnesium and supports loads up to 8.82 lbs (4 kg)
Compatible with Gitzo carbon fiber tripods
Quick-release plate and 1/4" screw
Removable / reversible pan bar
Compact and lightweight
Construction Magnesium
Plate Quick release, 1/4" screw
Pan 360°
Tilt 110°
Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
Height 3.6" (92mm)
Weight 1 lb (0.5 kg)
Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head
  • G1173-14B Quick Release Plate for G1172/1276
  • Anti-Dust Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    GitzoGH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Birding (4)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head by Gi

      By Keben

      from Doha, Qatar

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head:

        The GH1720QR is really good, easy to use with easy and smoothness of movement, especially when penning. It is strong and light. I am able to use it with heavy lenses such as Nikon 300 mm VR f/1.4 and the Nikon fieldscope 85mm VR. It can be used with any tripod.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Terrific

        By Charles

        from Tucson

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Precise
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Birding

          Comments about Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head:

          The head is very smooth, very precise. I have mounted my 85mm spotting scope onto the mount and find the it superb.

          I can identify no cons to the product.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Terrific

          By Charles

          from Tucson

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Birding

            Comments about Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head:

            I use the 1720 QR to support my spotting scope and it works great. I was out with it all day and was always impressed with how smooth it was, how easy it was to adjust to a bird's movement, always precise.

            The locking mechanism secures the scope with a small turn of the mechanism and about a half turn more locks it down for toting the scope/tripod on my shoulder.

            You may find a period of getting used to the locking mechanism and it's relative clamp 'tightness'. With the head holding the scope well and almost no clamping, I tend to forget to turn it that half turn before I walk off with the scope and tripod on my shoulder.

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            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very good but why noring to add stap

            By Bilbander

            from NJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head:

              Birdwatching

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Sticky and flexes

              By Benjamin

              from the Great Basin, USA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head:

              I tested this with an 80mm Swarovski scope (total weight with eyepiece is 3.6 lbs). Although I feel the head might be better sized for a 60mm class scope, it's overall weight seemed on par with other heads that do well with 80's.

              I found the fluid cartridges in the scope provide a lot of resistance to initial movements even when fully unlocked. While there is some intention to this in the design, the problem comes about because the head also flexes. The result is I try to make a small movement of the scope to center an object and the stiction of the cartridges resists my movement but the head gives to flex. My object is centered but when I release the handle it bounces back because I hadn't actually move the mount on the bearing, I only bent it into position and it sprang back when I released. Therefore I found myself over shooting objects in the field hoping to have them bounce back into the center.

              It wasn't the QR that was flexing either because I was using the handle that attaches to the mount. I also tried using the scope as a handle. I could clearly see the mount was flexing on it's axis and bouncing back.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Easy and complete lock, smooth panning

              By Marcel

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Locks completely
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Birding
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head:

              This head is light, quick and easy to adjust its tightness with a single large know. It works well with a spotting scope or long lens, pans smoothly and easily and locks completely when needed to. I found it useful to add a longer quick release plate for use with my spotting scope so that it can be balanced when digiscoping (and extra weight is added to the eyepiece end). The need for this depends on how well balanced the mounting point is on your scope, lens or camera. I've had a lot of tripod heads and I think this is the best overall birding head I've had yet.

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              5.0

              Excellent tripod head

              By Rob

              from Olympia, WA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Birding

                  Comments about Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head:

                  Very lightweight and easy to use. I use it with a 65mm Swarovski scope for birding and digiscoping. Easy to lock in place.

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