Acratech Ultimate Ballhead w/ Quick Release w/ Detent Pin & Left Rubber Knobs

Acratech Ultimate Ballhead w/ Quick Release w/ Detent Pin & Left Rubber Knobs

Acratech Ultimate Ballhead w/ Quick Release w/ Detent Pin & Left Rubber Knobs

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  • Supports 25 lb (11.3 kg)
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The Acratech Ultimate Ballhead is the most efficient design ever created for combining low mass with incredible stopping power. Available with or without an installed Arca-type quick release clamp, it is an ideal head for those that do not require the progressive tension control of the heavier (and more expensive) Arca-Swiss B1. It can be combined with a Wimberley Sidekick to give exceptional gimbal-type control of all but the largest of 35mm & medium format supertelephoto lenses.

The innovative design of the Acratech gives the photographer full access to 25% of a sphere at any time, and it is entirely capable of providing support in any direction so long as your tripod legs are not overwhelmed. It may seem odd that such a small device would work well on a large tripod such as a 1500 series Gitzo, but in fact it does just that.

Occasionally it is necessary to reorient the controls of the Acratech to access a particular angle, because the clamp is mounted at a 45° angle to the ballhead. Thus, if one needs to point straight down on one shot and then five degrees backward on the next, one must reorient the clamp 180°. This is quickly mastered and not a detriment to ownership, as the benefits of traveling with such a lightweight design are realized every time it is carried.

This version includes a quick release clamp, with safety detent pin, and all rubber covered left-side control knobs.

Note: A quick release plate is not included, and Acratech offers a range of camera-specific plates, as well as a standard 1/4"-20 plate. Or can be used with any "Arca-Swiss type" plate, available from Arca-Swiss, Foba, NPC, Novoflex & Wimberley.

Absolutely no migration after tightening the clamp
Silky-smooth black anodized finish for precise positioning
Open design facilitates quick maintenance
Calibrated panning bed
"Dry" ball does not attract dirt or dust
Fully captive controls will not come off from prolonged vibrations
10-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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Acratech Ultimate Ballhead w/ Quick Release w/ Detent Pin & Left Rubber Knobs
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • 10-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Maximum Camera Supported Large format cameras
    Load Capacity 25 lb (11.3 kg)
    Height 4.1" (10.4 cm)
    Quick Release Yes
    Spirit Level No
    Tension Control No
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (1/4"-20 reducer bushing supplied)
    Weight 1 lb (450 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 4.9 x 4.4"
    Ultimate Ballhead w/ Quick Release w/ Detent Pin & Left Rubber Knobs is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value for this ballhead I am an amatuer landscape photographer with concerns about gear functioning well in the field. The rubberized knobs make winter phtography a little easier. The ball is easy to manuever and fix tightly in place. Position holds as well in vertical position as it does in the horizontal position. It is also easy to clean. I prefer the swivel latch quick release clamp, so I bought the head with the detent pin. As it turned out, the Arca-type clamp works so well in the vertical position, I have no concern the camera will slide out, and the detent pin turns out to be more of a psychological tool rather than a necessity.
    Date published: 2008-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great ballhead for the money. I've owned it for about a year and a half. I haven't experienced any slippage. I usually set it with the quick release knob in front, with the panoramic knob on the lower right and the ball knob on the left, this allows for quick adjustments by feel and prevents me from loosing the quick release without wanting to. Best ballhead I could find for the price and it hasn't disappointed me.
    Date published: 2009-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent but not for all The moment I picked this ballhead up in my hands, I was surprised by how solid this skeleton of a ballhead is. I was looking for a ballhead with a 6 cm diameter to fit my Manfrotto tripod legs. This one fit that bill perfectly. The combo went out in 5F weather for about 2 hours and performed without any hitch. The ballhead remained smooth throughout while loaded with an SLT camera and a bigma. Minor issues with this does indeed exist. I like to keep my ballhead friction control to my left and hold the camera grip with my right. This means that the 90 permissive slope of the ballhead is forward facing. If I suddenly require to tilt my camera up even by 15 I will have to loosen the pan and the head friction control and rotate the ballhead. Fortunately I use my system for long exposures and not sportsy, birdsy things. So this head is good for semi-fixed photography which requires little up or down camera angle changes. Another minor gripe I have is that friction gradient is steep. But once you get to know it, it does not matter. I do not use an acratech plate. And if you use any other arca-style plates you will have to ensure that the detent pin locks your camera in place. Else you might end up with a costly accident. Over all my rating would be 4 stars, but then this is such a very well built unit and is indeed an innovative design that I had to give it 5 stars. I believe it is going to be with me for a very long time.
    Date published: 2014-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant gripping I use the ballhead primariy for landscape photography, but I also do a little portrait shooting. I love this ballhead. It quickly and accurately locks my 5d mark iii, even with my heavy l-series lenses -- no camera sag. The only problem is shooting in portrait: one of the locking knobs becomes very close to the camera, and you need to get used to locking the ballhead in a tight space. With a little practice, I have adjusted and fully love the ballhead. It is also less expensive than some of the high end ball heads of similar quality
    Date published: 2013-01-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, strong, easy to use. I bought this to go with a Gitzo 1542T. It's a little bulky for that, but not overly so. I wanted the Ultimate for the cutaway in front because I do a lot of near-macro photography. The ball locks well (better than I expected), and indeed you can turn the ball lock knob slightly to get the equivalent of a friction knob. All the controls are definite and feel solid. The limited position is not difficult to get used to; releasing the panorama control is all that's necessary to adjust it. The only negative I've found so far is that the quick opening arca clamp make me a bit nervous, even with the detent pin; I'm used to a longer through screw thread that takes quite a while before loosening the clamp. I've had no trouble with this one, however, but I probably tighten it too securely right now.
    Date published: 2014-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ballhead Works beyond my expectations. It's easy to put on and take off the tripod legs if I so choose and it holds my camera steady no problem. I have a Canon 6D and have used it with a Canon 24-105 and 100 mm lens. The ballhead swivels around so you can point the camera straight up or straight down if you wishe. All in all a great tripod head. The thing is super light.
    Date published: 2016-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant Ball head I use this with Manfrotto 055CXPRO4.I had manfrotto ball head that sags when used with 100L and extension tubes which makes it hard for macro photography. With acratech ultimate ball head, I dont see the sag after locking the ball head. Ball head takes time to get used to compared to other ball heads. I am quite happy with the ball head. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2012-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ballhead I'm a macro photographer so having the ability to move my camera around without having to be confined to a single slot is so freeing. The knobs are finger friendly and I have noticed that I am not getting any sag. I use a Nikon 105mm on a Nikon D90 with an MB-D10 so it can get a bit weighty. I was using a Manfrotto 498RC2 (which I really liked too) but did have problems with it creeping or sagging down once I had my composition set. I was having to go a little high with my composition so when it would creep it would be where I would want it. With the Ultimate Ballhead. when I compose my photo I don't have to worry about any movement and I can change my angle very easily. I was a little leary since it is so lightweight but mounted on my Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 it is a sturdy and wonderfully built ballhead. I am very pleased with my decision. All my heads have been Manfrotto so I have never used an area swiss plate before but really do like it also as it feel very secure.
    Date published: 2012-01-29
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