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GitzoG1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Pros

  • Stable (10)
  • Attaches firmly (9)
  • Strong clamp (9)
  • Large range of motion (7)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (8)
    • Portraits (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Night shots (5)
    • Home (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

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    4.0

    Good

    By Shone

    from GA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Travel

    Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

    This is a good product and cost restricts me to avoid to buy a head with quick release

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    • No

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    4.0

    basic but good quality

    By txer

    from El Paso, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

        Got this to go with my Gitzo GT1542T because there was a rebate. Its good quality ball head, but no bells or whistles or level etc. I got this one (for now) rather than some other brand because the GT1542T legs fold backwards, so I wanted to get the right size head for this tripod and this seems to work fine.

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        5.0

        I like it.

        By Jennifer

        from Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

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              Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

              I bought this during a rebate period so the price point made it very appealing! Having never worked with a ballhead before, I am finding it quit easy to use...very flexible. It holds strong and there isn't really any settling when I tighten down. This was a really good purchase in my book.

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              5.0

              Light and easy to use.

              By Bob the Gambler

              from New York, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                  I purchased this to fit on a compact magnesium Gitzo tripod to attach a Sony Nex 7. I like that the threaded screw is fixed to the camera platform, so all you have to do is turn the entire platform to fix the camera onto it. The coupling is firm, so the camera stays put, as a result.However, I still prefer the
                  standard pan/tilt heads for larger cameras, and more critical work.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great ball head for the price

                  By Pete

                  from Rochester, NY

                  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
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                    I bought this ballhead during the rebate period and therefore was very excited to get a good ballhead at a great price. This ballhead is quite light, and travels easily. It is a little larger than I think I expected, but far more compact than my Manfrotto 430MG. It really does hold tight with minimal force on the lock lever, and holds my large camera and lens (~6lbs) firm in any position. Great compliment to a nice set of tripod legs.

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                    4.0

                    Light and functional

                    By Laeeq

                    from Berkeley, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                      Purchased due to the phenomenal rebate resulting in a total cost of [$]. However, I find it quite useful as a backup to my arca swiss setup as well as use as a flash stand. Thinking about even placing it on my monopod for heavier lens applications.

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                      4.0

                      nikonos

                      By nikonosrs

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                          Cheap. GITZO offers 75% rebate.
                          This is not as good as Arca Swiss Z1 (of course!). But the frame in camera finder does not move when you tighten the knob. It holds EOS5D markII and 80-200mm F2.8 withougt any problem. Besides, it is light. Importantly, you can change the top plate with RSS's clamp. Don't buy quick shoe version. Instead, you should buy this and replace the top plate with RSS's clamp.

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great ballhead for

                          By Phil

                          from Glendale

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

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                            Cons

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                                Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                Got this ballhead for my Gitzo GT-1541T Carbon Fiber tripod, and it works great. Perfect size when folded up, and strong enough for my Canon 40D, even with the 70-200 F4.0L lens. Was reasonably stable in high winds, but would recommend a strong center weight or other tie down. Looks great on the tripod, and quality is Gitzo superb. Had to really tighten down on the clamp to lock the head down, but it held the load once tightened.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Nice little ball head

                                By eche

                                from NYC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                • Small Range

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                Good little ball head for the price. I would not use this for any long lens work, but for landscape work with 5d2 and the brick its fine.

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                                • No

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                                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Head for the Money

                                By Stewart Mellentine

                                from New England

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                  Holds my camera and lenses without an issue. I attached it to the top of a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod, and it looks sharp. Performs great.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Center Ball with Head

                                  By Greina scenery - 001

                                  from Massagno, Switzerland

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                    Very simply and "essential" Tripod Head: if you want to travel light, then this Magnesium (lighter then Aluminium)Ball Head is the ideal choice.

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Why pay more

                                    By Robbie

                                    from Manchester, Vermont

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • No quick release plate

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                    Fantastic! This light weight head is easy to take on and off. No quick release plate but who cares really. It's fast, fast, fast. I'm a busy girl and I needed a lightweight head to travel with. This Gitzo head fits perfectly on my lightweight Gitzo tripod, and the rebate was an extra surprise! Sorry Manfrotto your 496RC2 is back in the box!
                                    A+ Gitzo, you never let me down.

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Perfect for any monopod

                                    By Crazy Frank

                                    from Manassas, VA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                      I have an old Gitzo (4) section monopod. I haven't been using it because I didn't like to handle it with other tripod heads that have a lot of knobs and leavers on the side. I didn't have a lot of money to spend, and I wanted the head to cosmetically match the fit and finish of the Gitzo. This is the perfect head for a mono pod. I love it. The quick release version is an additional $50.00, but then you have an additional object always attached to your camera, and the mounting plate is square, not smooth and round like this model. I use it with a pair of Canon 15x50 binaculars as well as my Canon G9. Just loosen the clamp and spin the plate and within seconds the camera or binaculars are attached.
                                      Stable...easy to adjust for vertical or horizontal shots. The round base is comfortable to hold for extended periods with the binaculars. A great ball head for any tripod, the perfect head for my Gitzo monopod.
                                      Thank you to the staff at B&H for all the help.

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                                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Perfect ball head for my DSLR needs

                                      By Chris L.

                                      from Martinez, CA

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Long Exposures
                                        • Night and low light photo
                                        • Photography
                                        • Stabilization

                                        Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                        I've always read and heard Gitzo is the product to get for Tripod and Tripod heads. So I just purchased the head only to try it out. After using it and comparing it on my friend's tripod, I realized that Gitzo does deliever as promised. The Center ball head is solid, strong, and light weight. It is very easy to attach, move, and secure. Now that I love this ball head, I've went and purchased the GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber tripod. Together it will be a great product to use for my Canon 40D w/ my prime lense (35mm L, 85mm L, and 135mm L).

                                        I will be taking the every where I go.

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent & Versatile

                                        By Matthew

                                        from New York

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Long Exposures
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                          Compact, lightweight yet solid with basic feature set well-designed.

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          excellence head by gitzo

                                          By ken

                                          from san jose, CA

                                          About Me Casual user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Fits Well
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits
                                            • Stabilization

                                            Comments about Gitzo G1177M Magnesium Center Ball Head #1:

                                            easy to use, take only 4 second screw in

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