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 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
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 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