Acratech Video Ballhead with Lever Clamp Quick Release

Acratech Video Ballhead with Lever Clamp Quick Release

Acratech Video Ballhead with Lever Clamp Quick Release

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Product Highlights

  • Payload: 25 Pounds
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Compatible Flat Base
  • Adjustable Pan and Tilt Drag
  • Full Ball Head Adjustment
  • Arca-Swiss Compatible Camera Platform
  • Adjustable Pan Handle
  • Dual Bull's Eye Bubble Levels
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Quick-Release Type: Lever Clamp

Knob Clamp Lever Clamp
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Acratech's Video Ballhead is a hybrid between a still photography ball head and a fluid, dampened, pan-and-tilt, video head that can hold camera and lens combinations weighing up to 25 pounds. This version features a lever clamp style quick release for quickly and easily securing your camera or lens. Despite its load capacity, the Video Ballhead only weighs 1.5 pounds, so it can be easily incorporated into an existing still photographer's setup, especially if they want to start shooting video with their camera as well. The head has a flat base that can be screwed onto a still photo tripod with a 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 attachment.

Because it combines stills and video head technologies, it can be configured for either purpose. With the fluid, pan-and-tilt dampening engaged, the camera can be moved deliberately and precisely for smooth cinematic shots. With the damping disengaged and the ball unlocked, the camera can be tilted freely in any direction to compose photographs. Using the laser etched markings, the head can also be used with traditional panoramic photography techniques for stitching in post-production. The adjustable Arca-Swiss compatible camera platform can secure camera plates, lens supports, and nodal slides from Acratech and other manufacturers as well, so your existing equipment will still retain compatibility.

Features

Works as a video head, still photography ball head, long lens head, and a panoramic head
Fully adjustable ball tension control
Fits standard tripods with 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 mounting screws
Compatible with Arca-Swiss type quick release plates
Removable pan handle
Laser engraved dual degree markings
Dual large 15mm bull's eye bubble levels
CNC machined from 6061 T-6 aluminum and stainless steel
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Acratech Video Ballhead with Lever Clamp Quick Release
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Load Capacity 25 lb / 11.3 kg
    Weight 1.5 lb / 680 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.8 x 6.5 x 4.3"
    Video Ballhead with Lever Clamp Quick Release is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A hybrid ball head with good pan. I wanted a hybrid ballhead that is less than 1.5lbs, is arca-swiss compatible, with fluid pan/tilt controls. This is my second Acratech video ball head. I returned the first one, because of the following reason. - The tightening knob on the Pan/Tilt handle fell off on the second day. I called Acratech customer service. I was hoping they would ship me a new handle and provide a return label to ship back the old handle in the same box. However, they asked me to ship the handle to them so that they could fix it and send it back to me. Since it was within the return period, I returned the ballhead and got a new one from BH (free shipping). Thanks BH for the excellent customer service. The ballhead feels solid and pleasure to hold right out of the box. It has more of an industrial feel to it rather than a commercial feel. The ballhead ball has white markings to align it with the ring. Looks like they have read the previous review and fixed this issue. The tilt-knob makes around 270 deg rotation (knob, not the tilt axis). Out of this only the first 2 degree changes the tilt from fully locked to fully unlocked. The rest 268 degree rotation seems useless. In this 2 degrees, one would need to adjust the knob position to generate the right amount for friction of tilt based on the weight of the camera and lens. Since there is no counter-balance, correct friction setting on the tilt know has to be applied to prevent the camera from flopping over. This becomes very tricky since the tilt-knob has to be rotated precisely in an extremely narrow range (< 2 degree). I think this degree of rotation should be like 10 to 15 degree. I spoke to Acratech and they promised to look into it. The amount of force on the tilt axis varies with the angle of elevation. This results in less than pleasant tilt experience. Using a nodal rail and balancing the camera helps a bit. The dampening on the Pan axis is good. Since I tend to do mostly pans, I am ignoring the tilt issues. The long pan/tilt handle cannot be set at any angle due to the way the notch is provided. It can be set at horizontal or vertical mode. Changing from horizontal to vertical (for storage) is not a fast process as it requires me to almost unscrew the handle. The quick lever release clamp is nice and I can quickly attach my camera. I use this VBH on top of Gitzo 1555T tripod. The entire combination is under 3lbs.
    Date published: 2018-07-01
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