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Acratech GP-ss Ballhead

B&H # ACGPSS Mfr # 1185
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You Pay: $379.95
Product Highlights
  • Supports 25 lb / 11.3 kg
  • Gimbal Head Feature
  • Reduced Base Diameter for Travel Tripods
  • Overall Height - 3.75" / 95mm
  • Overall Width - 2.83" / 72mm
  • Bulls-Eye Level
  • Double Speed Rubber Knobs
  • Laser Engraved Dual Degree Markings
  • Weighs 13.4 oz/ 380 g

The Acratech GP-ss Ballhead has the ability to function as a gimbal head and as a panoramic head, providing you with incredible positioning flexibility and stability for your equipment. Gimbal heads are desirable when shooting with telephoto lenses, especially when following moving objects.

The GP-ss Ballhead is designed with a small diameter base diameter of 2.08" to allow it to be used with travel-type tripods where the legs fold around the tripod head. The smaller base diameter allows the tripod legs to fold more compactly.

Even when using your tripod on rocky, uneven terrain the GP-ss Ballhead allows you to pan parallel to the horizon, eliminating the need to carry a separate leveling base to create accurate panoramic images.

Fits all standard tripods (1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads).
Easily holds 25 lb (11.3 kg) at any angle.
Works as a gimbal head with lenses up to 400 f/4.0
Weighs 13.4 oz/ 380 g
Reduced base diameter of 2.08" (53mm).
Dual laser engraved calibrated panning scales.
Full movements allow any camera position.
Precision C.N.C. machined.
Compatible with Kirk, Arca, 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.
Oilless and greaseless ball will not attract or hold dirt and debris.
Made in the U.S.A.
Load Capacity 25 lb (11.3 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Base Diameter 2.08" (53 mm)
Quick Release Standard Arca-Swiss type dovetail quick release clamp with 3/8"-16 hole
Spirit Level Bull's eye level
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Gimbal Yes
Panning Range 360°, with calibrated panning scale: 5° lines numbered every 15°, 1° marks on index
Tripod Mount Thread Size Arca-Swiss type, 3/8"-16 female thread (1/4"-20 reducer bushing included)
Height Overall: 3.75" (95 mm)
Width Overall body width: 2.83" (72 mm)
Weight 13.4 oz (380 g)
Acratech GP-ss Ballhead
  • 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • Bull's Eye Level
  • Quick Release Clamp
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    AcratechGP-ss Ballhead
     
    5.0

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (6)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Travel (4)
      • Wildlife photos (3)
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      5.0

      Superb Ballhead

      By SoCal Thom

      from Oceanside CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Acratech GP-ss Ballhead:

        I needed a photographic ballhead for a Manfrotto 755XB fitted with a video fluid head. Of course, the number of ballheads available is overwhelming, and my budget wasn't. A quick call to B&H's product professional put me on to this ballhead, from a company I wasn't all that familiar with. However, the rep assured me that it would fit my requirements: lightweight, reasonably-priced, and well-made. This ballhead is all that and more. Nicely designed and easy to install on my tripod (once I remembered those three little set-screws on the mount), I couldn't be more pleased. I can see myself purchasing other products from this company, if the build quality of this item is representative of their other products. If you don't have a mounting plate already, you'll need one, either an Arca-Swiss Universal plate, or you can purchase a camera-specific plate made by Acratech (the advantage of which is a little raised lip on ones side of the plate that keeps your camera from moving on the plate).

        If you're in the market for a well-priced, well-made ballhead, I recommend you give the Acratech GP-ss a look.

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        5.0

        the best ballhead gadget I ever had

        By AC_Lomie

        from Hartford, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Acratech GP-ss Ballhead:

          Fits perfectly well with my GItzo 1542T. Lightweight and it does all the functions I expected it to perform especially the Gimbel option. Best of all its made in the USA, 1 kg weight and easier and simple to use.

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          5.0

          Long waiting ... great satisfaction

          By Jacques

          from Charlevoix. Qc, Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Acratech GP-ss Ballhead:

            I waited two years before I buy this head.
            I am very satisfied. Easy of use, I will sale my old one.
            Reliable for my 70-200 lens. Easy of use with gloves or mitaines.
            Great product.

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            5.0

            Versatile design, solidly executed.

            By PhotoJohn

            from Bellevue, WA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Fine Machining Finish
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile 3 Uses

            Cons

            • Inverse Head Position Odd
            • Level Not Always Viewable

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Acratech GP-ss Ballhead:

            - "Open" ballhead design affords freedom of movement but also prevents dirt accumulation around or under ball.- Versatile design allows for 3 functions including "normal" use, use as a gimbal head and use as a levelling panoramic head.- Refined design is complemented by high-quality machining and finish.- The only reservations I have are when the ballhead is placed in an inverse position for panoramic photography...altho it works fine, I have a paranoid nagging feeling the inverse position is not as secure as it could be. And the bubble level is not easily viewable once a camera is secured on the quick release plate.

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            5.0

            Beautiful unique design

            By Bruce

            from Asbury, NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Quick Pan Leveling

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Acratech GP-ss Ballhead:

              This is a beautifully designed and manufactured ballhead by Acratech. I've owned the GV2. But this head is perfect for tripods with legs that fold back 180º for travel and back-packing--it is much more compact. The uniqueness of this head is you can quickly remove the QR clamp (arca-swiss compatible) and fasten it onto the pan base. Then one mounts the head upside-down so leveling is achieved above the ballhead. No matter how askew the tripod legs are placed, leveling is done in a moment, thereby stitched panoramas can be created with precision.

              There are many knob controls -- pan, ballhead, tension, clamp. For the non-pro, that can be a bit fussy and hard to master.
              Note:
              The base of this head is 53mm, suitable for mounting on tripods with a narrow base width.

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              5.0

              Solid lightweight travel tripod head

              By Chris

              from New Jersey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Acratech GP-ss Ballhead:

                  I paired this ballhead with a Gitzo 1541T and couldn't be happier. Having owned the GP version for my larger tripod, I already new the quality that Acratech offers with their products and the GP-ss continues that tradition. I would not hesitate recommending this ballhead for a travel tripod, offering a small diameter base, in a solid lightweight smooth functioning ball head . Great job Acratech !

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