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Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1+ Single Pan Classic

BH #ARZ1 • MFR #801103
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1+ Single Pan Classic
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Arca-Swiss Z1+ Classic Overview

The Arca Swiss Monoball Z1+ Single Pan Classic builds on the success and popularity of their B-series ballheads. Z-Series ballheads are just as elegant, and even more perfect. The size and weight of the ball heads have been significantly reduced. The ball and fastening are now assembled using a patented bayonet mount. Various accessories can thus be quickly mounted to adapt the tripod as required.

In addition to the proven, patented Arca-Swiss features, including aspherical ball heads, axial clamping and PMF (progressive motion related friction control), the Z-Series also boasts new technical developments and optimized materials and coatings. The Z series can withstand an incredible 130 lb (59 kg) off-axis.

This model is the "sp" version, which features a single panning base. The Z1 head is also available as the "dp" version, with a double panning design.

Ever since their introduction over forty years ago, the Arca Swiss Monoballs have been at the forefront of quality and performance. Today, their unique shape (an ellipse rather than a sphere) is still what separates them from all others. With other ballheads, no matter how good the tension modulation, you invariably will need to increase the tension control as you move the load away from the center. This is because gravity has a greater effect on gear when not perfectly level.

The Arca Swiss Monoball eliminates the need to modulate the tension, because its elliptical nature corrects it by virtue of its own design. The load stays exactly where you tell it to once it's locked into position. A separate control is set to apply a constant minimum friction, which allows the photographer the peace of mind that comes with knowing that his gear will never move of its own volition. The heavier the equipment, the more the advantages of the Arca Swiss become evident.
The ballhead includes the "Arca" style quick release system for quick mounting and dismounting of cameras. This head now features the restyled quick release clamp, which features spring-loaded detent pins on both ends that project into the pockets or windows that are cut into the bottom of most manufactures quick release plates. Detent pins will prevent the plate from accidentally sliding out in the event that the knob is partially loosened. It also features a bubble level built in directly to the clamp.
A tension adjustment thumb-dial is built into the indexed friction control knob.
Base diameter of 2.7" (69mm), excluding knobs

Arca-Swiss Z1+ Classic Specs

Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Number of Bubble Levels1
Friction ControlYes
Pan & Tilt Range
Panning Range360°
Load Capacity130 lb / 59 kg
Weight1.4 lb / 635 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.087 x 6.299 x 3.78"

Arca-Swiss Z1+ Classic Reviews


By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-25

Exactly the high quality I expect from Arca-Swiss. Smooth and precise, great partner to my Cube when speed of movement is required.

Review 10 years later

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-03

Figured it was finally time to post a review a decade later. This ballhead has never let me down and I truly feel like I will never need a new head for the usable life of my hands. So I believe it will be amazing for the next 40+ years. I definitely put Arca in the next level compared to other ballheads but I wouldnt really know since I wont need to replace it any time soon.

Seems to work well.

By Peggy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-06-21

I haven't had the monoball very long and it seems quite stable but it is a little stiff to handle. However, overall I'm pleased w it.

Still the gold standard of Ball Heads

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-17

The Arca-Swiss Z1 is now my primary ball head. While I am not the biggest fan of their new QR plate, it does what it's supposed to. Overall, this is a great ball head - rock solid with any gear I will ever use with it - easy to adjust and with no extraneous knobs. The size of this ball head does require that you use it on a fairly large tripod - I am using it with the PMG TR344 - but it is still happy hiking around the White Mountains for birding and landscape.

One major issue

By Cameron
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-19

I have had this head for about ten years now and it has been a disappointment. I use it for commercial photography with DSLRs and Dmedium format equipment. It has been relegated to a backup because of one huge flaw. While the main ball is solid and secure, the pan base cannot be tightened nearly as much as necessary to prevent twisting when the head is not used in a vertical position. I use a lateral arm to shoot products pretty often and I occasionally just end up in weird positions on travel shoots or tight interiors. If you need to rely on the pan lock to hold the weight of the camera, it will twist and creep to the point that it is simply unusable. It is fine for regular vertical work where the weight is held by the ball, but my other ball heads don't creep this way and are much more useful and versatile because of it. I have Markins and RRS heads that I much prefer for most work because of this issue.

Best Ball Head for the big Equipment

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-28

Use it with D810 and Tokina 150-600 G2, Not any complaint.


By Satoshi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-12


Replacement for old Arca-Swiss

By Theresa
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-30

I've had an old Arca-Swiss head for many years and for the last 3 or 4 years the clamp at the top has been jury rigged to allow it to tighten up and hold my camera. Also, after many years the old one didn't move that smoothly any more (although still is functional) So I bought this one as a replacement and am very pleased with how smooth the action is and how nicely it clamps down tight without any movement, even with my D810 and a heavy lens. Very well built ball head....hope this new one lasts as long as my old one!!

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How would I go about servicing the ballhead under the 5 year warranty? Who does it close to Michigan? thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
You would have to contact their USA representative in Arizona. I will link you.
Answered by: Matthew C.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I bought the Kirk L-bracket for my Canon 5D Mark lll but am looking for the right Arca Swiss plate to accompany it. Do you know if it will work with the Monoball Z1 or can you recommend one that will work with the Kirk L-bracket.
Asked by: Anonymous
The Kirk L-brackets are designed to fit in Arca-Swiss or Arca-type quick release assemblies. This head will accept your Kirk L-bracket.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-28


I have a canon 7D. Using this Arca-Swiss Z1 bullhead and a feisol CT-3442 tripod.What camera plate is recommended?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Arca-Swiss Universal Quick Release Plate will be suitable for this setup:
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Sample picture is Z1(old model) Is this a new model Z1+? I couldnt find Z1+ in B&H.
Asked by: Takeshi K.
The Z1 you are referring to but in the Plus is the Z1g+And it is, Arca-Swiss Monoball Classic Z1g+ Ball Head B&H # ARZ1GDPMB MFR # 801123.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is this the new Z1+ model or the old Z1? The PN (801103) is identical.
Asked by: Valentin
There are many Z1 models. The one you listed is the current model for the Z1 SP.The Z1G+ is a newer model but is different.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27


What is the difference between these two models which are priced almost identically (one is 10 cents more) but have different parts numbers: 801103 and 801104?
Asked by: Joseph
The 801103 has a tension controled screw knob to apply/release the quick release plate to the head with, vs the 801104 which features a flip-lock type of switch to apply and release the quick release plate with.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27


how to change the quick release clamp?
Asked by: Mary F.
Does the Moonball Z1 sp with Quick Release fit the Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Tripod?
Answered by: Theodore A.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is it strong enough for use this with Sigma S 150-600mm ?
Asked by: andre
Yes, this ball head is rated to hold over 122 lbs off axis.
Answered by: Todd I.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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