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Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp

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You Pay: $429.95
Product Highlights
  • Functions as a Gimbal Head
  • Functions as a Leveling Base
  • Reduced Base Diameter for Travel Tripods
  • Lever Quick Release for Arca Style
  • Dual Laser-Engraved Degree Markings
  • Supports over 25 lb
  • Lightweight - Weighs Just 0.9 lb

The Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp is an updated version of the existing GP-s head. Rather than a rubber knob, this model features a locking lever for securing the Arca Swiss-style clamp that constitutes the quick-release element.

Featuring first-class construction, the GP-s Ballhead also functions as a gimbal head for lenses up to 400mm f/4.0, and it can be positioned upside-down to function as a leveling base for panoramic photography. Even if you're operating on rocky or otherwise uneven terrain, you can pan absolutely parallel to the horizon, so you won't need to carry a separate leveling base to create accurate stitched panoramic imagery.

With all that functionality, the GP-s Ball head is designed with a small base diameter of 2.08" to allow it to be used with travel-type tripods whose legs fold up 180°, reaching to the top of the tripod head. The smaller base diameter allows the tripod legs to fold more compactly.

The ballhead also features a bull's-eye level on the quick-release clamp and a detent pin, which prevents the plate and anything attached to it from sliding out of the quick-release clamp when it's partially loosened. Lightweight at only 0.9 lb, the GP-s Ballhead supports loads over 25 lb from any position, including tilted 90° and mounted upside-down.

Fits all standard tripods (1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads)
Easily holds over 25 lb (11.4 kg) at any angle
Works as a gimbal head with lenses up to 400mm f/4.0
Weighs 0.9 lb with quick-release clamp
Reduced base diameter of 2.4"
Dual laser-engraved calibrated panning scales
Full movements in any camera position
Precision machined aluminum
Compatible with Kirk, Arca Swiss, Acratech, R.R.S., and many other quick-release plates
Beautiful satin black-anodized finish
Long-lasting stainless-steel hardware
All knobs are secured so they cannot vibrate loose and fall off
Built-in safety detent pin
Oilless and greaseless ball will not attract or hold dirt and debris
Made in the USA
Load Capacity Greater than 25 lb (11.3 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.5" (38mm)
Quick Release Yes, lever-lock clamp
Compatibility Arca Swiss-style plates (Kirk, Acratech & many others)
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Gimbal Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 female thread (1/4"-20 reducer bushing included)
Base Diameter 2.08" (53mm)
Height 3.87" (98mm)
Width 3.15" (80mm)
Weight 0.9 lb (400 g)
Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp
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    AcratechGP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp
     
    4.8

    (based on 5 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large range of motion (4)
    • Stable (4)
    • Attaches firmly (3)
    • Strong clamp (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      5.0

      Ballhead I've been looking for

      By Cat Lady

      from Colorado

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp:

        I've been shopping for a long time for a good ballhead and tripod and this is it!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        nice ballhead

        By msvent

        from Michigan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp
        • Very light weight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp:

          This is my first ballhead from a monfrotto panhead. Wow!! much quicker to change directions and target your objects on the fly. To me, this is at the expense of camera stability. If you adjust too quickly without paying attention to the tension adjustment, your camera can fall to the side and cause damage.Remember to always tighten before letting loose your camera. Although this can happen with the panheads too, the panhead seems more stable with the larger zoom lenses. The acratech is much lighter, quicker to adjust, and easier to carry when packing for a long walk. I use it with my 7D, 70-300 IS USM on a Gitzo tripod. I have quickly made the change to a ballhead for most of my photos, and this is a nice one( I can't compare to others though, as this is the 1st one for me) I now use the acratech 90% of the time with the exception when time to set up, weight to carry, and weight of your equipment is not a factor. I really like this one!

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Monk

          from Springfield, IL

          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 Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp:

            It is easy to use. well made and versatile and very sturdy the controls are designed to enable fine adjustments.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great ballhead

            By Taylor B.

            from San Antonio

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp:

              I really like Acratech's design in their GP ballhead line; I happen to be one that values form almost as much if not as much as funtion in most cases. And this is the kind of product that balances both. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is because the panning lock at the base doesn't have enough torque to positively lock against the kind of leverage a person can apply when, say, screwing or unscrewing the ballhead onto or off of their tripod legs. Dont' get me wrong, it's plenty strong enough, but when giving it a good snug cinch down during the install, it slipped on me just a little. Now, in its defense, I might have been tightening more than necessary. And I might also have failed to tighten the panning lock enough (I don't want to strip any threads so I just snug it down slightly more than "finger tight"). This might not be the case on the full size GP; I only have a GP-s so I can only comment on its strength. Otherwise, it's an incredibly capable ballhead that also offers a lot without requiring a lot of weight to be carried around.

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              5.0

              Great ball head

              By NoGoPro

              from Hood River, OR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None so far

              Best Uses

              • Any time

              Comments about Acratech GP-s Ballhead with Lever Clamp:

              I use this with Gitzo Traveler legs. This head like the legs is a precision piece of equipment. Head locks solidly with little pressure. It sets up easily for panorama shots.

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