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Vanguard ALTA GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head

BH #VAALTAGH100 • MFR #ALTA GH-100
Vanguard ALTA GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 4.1"
  • Weight: 1.4 lb
  • 360° Base Pan
The ALTA GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head from Vanguard is designed for action photography. By squeezing the ergonomic handle, the hold on the ball releases, allowing the camera angle to be quickly and easily positioned. Once released the handle it automatically locks into place.
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Vanguard GH-100 Overview

The ALTA GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head from Vanguard is designed for action photography. By squeezing the ergonomic handle, the hold on the ball releases, allowing the camera angle to be quickly and easily positioned. Once released the handle it automatically locks into place.

The magnesium ball head features two panning axes, which are located at the base of the head and the other just under the quick release plate. Dual bubble levels provide precise positioning in vertical or horizonal orientation. The panning base, with its separate panning lock, rotates a full 360°, and moves freely to follow a fast-paced subject. The second base has 72-click points with 5° intervals, which allows a camera to create panoramic photographs. Moreover, the ball has a lateral tilt of -32 to 90° and a frontal tilt of -8 to 90°.

The pistol grip itself can also rotate 360° vertically to 8 pre-set positions for comfortable use at any angle while shooting. A robust load capacity of 13.2 lb and adjustable tension control prevents camera creep and uncontrolled movement. The Arca-type quick release receiver incorporates a secure dual-locking quick-shoe mechanism and is compatible with the included QS-60 V2 quick release plate, in addition to other Arca-type compatible plates, brackets and accessories.

UPC: 026196349433

Vanguard GH-100 Specs

General
Head TypePistol Grip Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate TypeQS-60 V2
Load Capacity13.2 lb / 6 kg
Number of Bubble Levels2
Friction ControlYes
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialMagnesium
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt-32° to +90°
Vertical Tilt+90° to -8°
Panning Range360°
Physical
DimensionsH: 4.1" / H: 10.5 cm
Weight1.4 lb / 635 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 6.8 x 3.2"

Vanguard GH-100 Reviews

OK but not exceptional

By Larry J
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-05

Better with lighter cameras and lenses. Stiffness is not regular and it's difficult to get desired controlled movement when you would like to move a little without having to adjust control knobs.

Awesome Ball Head

By Ced
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-04

This ball head is second to none, it is very easy to use, great craftsmanship Vanguard did a really outstanding job on his bald head thank you for your quick service

Awesome Ball Head

By Ced
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-04

This ball head is second to none, it is very easy to use, great craftsmanship Vanguard did a really outstanding job on his bald head thank you for your quick service

Quick to compose with a few caveats.

By Rob
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-13

This ball head is very convenient to use. The lock feature is nice but you have to crank it all the way to get it to lock tight. The ball head doesn't have 100% free movement. You have to turn another knob to free up the panorama head after you line the camera up with the slots to go vertical, straight up or down. It is solid (a bit heavy) and I really love the fact it is very easy to quickly compose your shot. If you don't have to point straight up or down composing is a breeze. Shooting vertical is a bit cumbersome. First you have to find the slot, then loosen the panorama head to compose up and down. All in all it's a good and convenient ball head with a few caveats. It's not as quick as I would like but quicker than a standard ball head. It is solid, once you have it cranked down.

Overall good with one glaringly awful design choice

By Nathan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-02

This head addresses the shortcomings of many other pistol grip heads on the market in that it has been machined to allow 90 degrees of tilt along two axes rather than one and the plate is independently rotatable when the ball joint itself is completely locked down. These features are fabulous and I can't believe it's taken this long to get someone to build something like this into an affordable package. But there's always a but and this one's is located at the butt of the pistol grip. The tension lock is baffling and virtually unusable. Rather than using a traditional dead-man-switch style trigger lock that allows you to effortlessly lock the ball joint where you want it by simply letting go, Vanguard decided to put this tiny little lever on the back that you have to depress downward. This mechanism does not apply a true lock of any kind, but rather it increases the existing tension by some constant factor. If you have the tension dial as weak as it'll go, it's pretty easy to depress the lock lever with your thumb, but then the head isn't really locked and you can still move it around with a modest amount of force. Increase the tension to the midpoint and suddenly it becomes extremely difficult to depress the lock lever. Difficult enough that you will need two hands and are almost guaranteed to bump the ball joint out of whatever position you wanted to lock it in. Increase the tension to the maximum--which is really not all that firm even with a small camera attached--and it is physically impossible to depress the lock lever all the way down, even if you sink a pair of Vise-Grips on it. You can get it maybe 3/4 of the way down and then it pops right back up as soon as you touch it again. If you have smaller hands you should prepare for a struggle. If you have arthritis or any other condition that limits your mobility you should forget this head even exists. I cannot understand the thought process that went into this decision and it's unfortunate that it so drastically reduces the value of an otherwise well-made product. The previous version had a much better, traditional locking mechanism. All they really needed to add was the swivel plate, but for some reason they went off and did this.

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