Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 sp with Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 sp with Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 sp with Quick Release

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Arca-Swiss Z1 sp overview

  • 1Description

The Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 sp (Single Pan) Ballhead 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
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Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 sp with Quick Release
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Arca-Swiss Z1 sp specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Load Capacity 130 lb / 59 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Dimensions H: 4.0" / H: 10.0 cm
    Weight 1.4 lb / 635.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.087 x 6.299 x 3.78"

    Arca-Swiss Z1 sp reviews

    Monoball Z1 sp with Quick Release is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 127.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silky smooth ballhead! There's a reason why this ball head is always backordered. Compared to a Gitzo ball head I owned...well, there really is no comparison. The Z1 is silky smooth and locks extremely tight (with no issues at all!) I use the Z1 with RRS plates, a Markins tripod base, and a Gitzo 3530. It's an amazing set up that has allowed me to capture some great shots. I went with the cheaper Gitzo before the Arca. It was 150 dollars cheaper. Creep? Yes there was. When I loosened the knob and watched my camera/lens flop over and hit the tripod, I decided to return. My advice to anyone reading this: Just go with the Arca. Sure, that 200-250 ballhead might seem nice (price wise), but the AS is DEFINITELY worth the difference in price.
    Date published: 2008-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ballhead I've tried! Great ball head, smooth like butter. It is a bit expensive compared to Gitzo/Manfrotto heads, but this one is in another tier of its own. I've not tried RRS head yet, but I don't think I'll ever need another head after using this one. The adjustment knob with the minimum dial is awesome, very simple to set up. Just put on your camera and turn until it holds it into position. Quality is amazing, but of course it is Arca Swiss and you'll get what you pay for! I'm just a little surprised at the size of this, people said it's quite a bit smaller compared to the B2.
    Date published: 2011-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did I wait so long I do a lot of nature photography with a Nikon D3X and the Nikon 300mm f4 with a TC-17E attached. The lens has no VR and to do the photos justice, I need a good tripod in my case a Gitzo G2228 and a good ball head. I have used both the Kirk BH-1 and a Gitzo ball head. I've come to close to having camera and lens smash into concrete by an almost tight enough ballhead. Shudder. I'll make a long story short. The Arca Swiss is superb and I no longer fear an $8,000 plus accident. My only regret is that I didn't get this superb ballhead sooner. Don't settle for less. One disaster and you will see the more expensive Arca SwissMonoball Z! single pan is worth every penny!! It works to perfection and it's a true joy to use.
    Date published: 2011-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arca Swiss Z1: The perfect ballhead I finally changed my Kaiser ballhead for an Arca Swiss Z1, and I couldn't be happier. Why did I wait so long? The Arca Swiss is perfectly steady, light and extremely precise. This is actually the part I enjoy the most. The previous ballhead would slightly shift when I would lock position, which was very annoying for precise composition. Having the two knobs on the same spot of the head is also very handy.So this is it. I feel no need to change or upgrade for anything else. Now I understand why Arca Swiss has such great reputation.... I'm a happy photographer!
    Date published: 2011-03-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Clamp was glued to the body The individual I bought had a problem. Normally, the clamp is removable to install option parts, such as 2nd top pan (panning unit). However, clamp of my Z1 was glue to the body (stalk). I could removed the screw but could not take the clamp off. I believe that ArcaSwiss will not refurbish this individual and resale it. (Please do not do this, ArcaSwiss!) If you do not use heavy lenses, Z1 is not very different from other monoballs such as GITZO monoballs for type 1 leg. Even with Z1, you will see a little displacement of the image in the finder when you release the camera from your hand. This may not be a bad product, however, the individual I received was a defective.
    Date published: 2011-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best There Is The headline says it all. Arca Swiss is the standard by which all others are judged in my opinion. This ball head excels in every way, solid locking, no creeping whist locking, silky smooth, no fuss operation, a pleasure to use. Highly recommended, worth every cent of its high price, will last a lifetime. If you are a serious photographer buy the best first time around, all those other cheaper ballheads are just a vexation, I've tried more than a few. You will probably end up upgrading anyway, so save the money and frustration and get the best to begin with.
    Date published: 2011-05-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Ball is great, the pan is terrible. I am a commercial and travel photographer and have used this head for about six years professionally. While I agree with most reviewers that the ball locks solidly, it has always been a huge problem for me that the pan locking knob does not secure the head. I believe the pressure screw is too short. That means if you ever use the head in a way other than vertically on the pod ( for instance shooting downward on a studio stand or with a lateral arm near the ground) nearly any amount of torque will cause the head to twist. It simply will not lock down. I now only use it for a backup. My Markins is a far superior ball head and locks down totally securely. It is also much lighter than the z1. I have also owned an Arca B1 and did not have these issues with it.
    Date published: 2012-11-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why are the knobs reversed? I'm replacing my arca b1 with this head that jams up in cold weather. I'll be using with an 8x10, 4x5, and pentax 67II. I didn't notice in the pics that the knobs are completely different than the other arca heads I've seen/used. When the tension knob is on your right, the numbers are backwards. The pan lock is then on the back of the head. Completely the opposite of the B1! The instructions show the proper knob orientation.If you say it's intended for use with the left hand (makes sense for you slr users) then why does it turn towards you to lock? Not sure if I'm going to keep it since I'm afraid my habits of righty tighty may cause gear damage when I turn knobs the wrong way. @
    Date published: 2011-05-09
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