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Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head

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Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head

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Product Highlights

  • Low-Friction PTFE-Treated Ball
  • Compact Design
  • 100° Tilt and Full 360° Pan
  • Safe Lock Polymer on Upper Disc
  • Magnesium Construction
  • 13.2 lb Load Capacity
  • Weighs Just 0.5 lb
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The Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head combines ultra-smooth operation, strong-locking materials, and a compact, lightweight design – adding up to a high-performance, low-profile ball head that's small & light enough to earn it a spot in any travel bag. The head supports camera/lens combinations up to 13.2 lb.

The GH1781T weighs only 0.5 lb thanks in part to its patent-pending "bubble ball," which is hollow to achieve a significant reduction in weight. Like the bushings, the ball is treated with PTFE, a silky-smooth material that coats the metal ball to enable super-accurate, ultra-low-friction adjustments to your camera's positioning.

This "simplified" center ball head features a single knob for locking pan and tilt. The head features a full 360° panoramic adjustment range and lateral tilt up to 100° for portrait orientation.

Safe Lock
Safe Lock is a special techno polymer that maximizes locking torque and equipment stabilization. It is used on the upper discs of the head – where the camera is rotated and screwed onto the support – to eliminate micro-movements and vibration
Bubble Ball
Gitzo has developed an exclusive technology that enables the company to produce high-quality, completely round, hollow spheres, with an ultra-thin wall that results in an incredible weight reduction
Silky-Smooth PTFE Coating
Gitzo's Bubble Ball also features a PTFE treatment that further reduces the surface's micro-roughness for the ultimate in accuracy. PTFE is a special treatment that generates a unique ultra-smooth surface and dramatically reduces friction between moving parts. This treatment bonds strongly with metal surfaces and ensures long-lasting performance. PTFE is one of the lowest-friction materials known to science, with the same friction coefficient as melting ice
Magnesium Construction
Magnesium comes in different grades, and Gitzo uses material only of the highest quality. It offers significant weight savings, being 30% lighter than aluminum. In magnesium castings, every functional bolt and screw works on threads reinforced by high-quality steel inserts for lifetime performance
Load Capacity 13.2 lb (6 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Quick Release No
Spirit Level No
Tension Control No
Separate Panning Lock No
Tilt Range -30 to +100°
Pan Range 360°
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (with fitting for 1/4"-20)
Material Magnesium
Height 3.15" (8.0 cm)
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 0.49 lb (0.22 kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.5"
Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
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    GitzoGH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    Best Uses

    • Travel (3)

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    5.0

    Very nice ball head

    By VV

    from Seattle, WA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head:

      The ball head is simple, light weight and smooth. It is very stable.

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      4.0

      Gitzo/Manfrotto Quality

      By F1 The Blur

      from Evansville, IN

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head:

      I bought this to use on my Gitzo tripod and ended up using it to add range of movement to a gridded SB28 flash. I currently have three Gitzo ballheads and am pleased with their quality and smoothness. I use this one with a flash cold shoe on a Super Clamp. It makes for a very versatile light. Handy to get light in hard to light spaces in interiors. Also sometimes helps with portrait lighting. As always with Manfrotto/Gitzo, the quality is obvious.

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      5.0

      Truly a Traveler

      By John

      from Southern California

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel

        Comments about Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head:

        Attached to the T-1205x I've got the stability and flexibilty for most shots and it's only 3 lbs - can't ask for much more than that

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        5.0

        Best Small Lightweight Ballhead

        By Rivington

        from Harrisburg, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Lightweight
        • Well Made
        • Works flawlessly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head:

          I purchased this ballhead for my Gitzo GT0531 tripod after trying the smaller Gitzo G-077M ballhead. The G-077M is a bit smaller and lighter but it is not nearly as smooth or strong as the Gitzo GH178T Series 1 Traveler head. The Traveler head also fits better and looks better on the on the GT0531 tripod and is rated for a load closer to the rating of the tripod. Primary use for this setup will be foreign travel by air where size and weight are more critical than domestic travel by car. The entire setup weighs about 38 ounces and is strong enough and vibration free enough for a full size DSLR with lenses like the Canon 24-105 or even the Canon 70-200 f4.0L. I added a Really Right Stuff quick release clamp which does not add much weight and makes the arrangement very fast and easy to use. This is the lightest and most compact tripod/head arrangement you will find while still providing sufficient support for long exposures with a full size DSLR. A bit pricey but there is nothing as good for a lower price.

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