Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp with Flip-Lock Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp with Flip-Lock Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp with Flip-Lock Quick Release

B&H # ARZ1DPQSPFL MFR # 801114
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Product Highlights

  • Double Panning Ball Head
  • Choice of Optional Camera Plates
  • Supports 130 lb
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The Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 dp with Flip-Lock Quick Release builds on the success and popularity of their B-series ball heads. Z-Series ball heads 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. Separate purchase of an Arca or Arca-type camera plate is required for use.

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 "dp" version, which features double panning. This means that besides for the standard pan base at the bottom of the head you also get a second panning mechanism below the camera mount. It can keep the camera perfectly vertical to the swinging plane, and is ideal for perfect panoramic stitching.

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 ball heads, 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.
A tension adjustment thumb-dial is built into the indexed friction control knob.
The Flip-Lock quick release system offers double safety locking features, with instant flip-lock release of the clamp, for quick mounting and dismounting of cameras. Separate purchase of a camera plate is required.
Base diameter of 2.7" (69mm), excluding knobs.
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Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp with Flip-Lock Quick Release
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Arca-Swiss Z1 dp 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 1.5 lb / 680.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.378 x 6.378 x 3.858"

    Arca-Swiss Z1 dp reviews

    Monoball Z1 dp with Flip-Lock Quick Release is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tool I am impressed with the build quality of this ballhead. Arca Swiss delivers very precise tolerances. I saw tons if comments regarding the quick release, and they are there for a good reason, I would not have been able to figure out how to open it up completely just by looking at the sorry manual included in the box. To flip the lever all the way you must pull on the screw itself (!) with your finger nail, NOT the tiny nob you normally would use to open it half way. Weird constructions, but I love it. Highly recommended. Note: you can remove washers to adjust the head to your specific plates, if it doesn't fit after adjusting it with the little wheel.
    Date published: 2010-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unmatched Precision No play, precise, compact and beautifully constructed. Easier to transport than conventional tripod heads due to QR Flip-Lock feature. The included instruction leaflet isn't the best. Look at other reader reviews for tips on using Flip-Lock. Great feature once mastered, and it's easily mastered. It does take some tweaking to adjust proper tolerances for plates using the interior set screw (even Arca plates). My guess is that this contributes as much to the few complaints of slippage as does misuse of the Flip-Lock. Once configured properly, the camera is perfectly secure.
    Date published: 2010-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I purchased this monoball with the hopes that I would finally have the control and security I've been looking for. Arca Swiss does not disappoint! I've never felt smoother action and such precision. Getting the camera plate fitted was a little tricky if this is your first time fitting one, (you need to pinch the two sides together while you're tighening the plate) but once I got it on there, it was ON THERE! I have the Universal Camera Plate 1/4 Small by Arca Swiss attached to my Canon 5D and even with a 3.5lb telephoto lens on it, whatever position you set it to, it's stays there.
    Date published: 2010-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product, solid & reliable I was hesitating before buying this ballhead because of the other reviews. So I asked the Arca-Swiss representative at the New York PhotoPlus expo for his explanation. In short: the reviewers did not know how to use it, forced the lever open, and consequently damaged the mechanism. His claim is also that the ballhead is robust and reliable if used properly. After owning & using the ballhead for 6 months, I have to agree with him. Still, Arca-Swiss is not totally blameless, even if nothing is wrong with the ballhead: the documention that comes with it, a xerox copy of a poorly written page, is lacking. If one does not read it, then I'm not surprised that she/he may misuse the head. The issue is when trying to release the clamp. The lever flips out in a 2 step motion. First one pushes a small button at the top of the flip-lock lever out. This releases the lever, which can be turned *half-way*. At which point until one feels the lever cannot be pushed further out (do not force it or you'll damage the head!). The non-obvious part how to release the lever to complete the 2nd half of the motion. There is another safety to push: it's the ridged rod inside the lever which has to be pushed out until you feel the lever is released. At which point you may just release the safety and flip the lever out entirely. The head is fantastic. It has never frozen on me (as some have reported for older versions of the head). Everything is metal, precision-made, and inspire confidence. In particular I've used the flip lever countless times without a problem. Once used to it, I think it is a little faster and easier to attach and release the camera than for the version with a knob, but it's not IMO an earth-shattering difference either. The lever is not flimsy at all: it must have required a lot of force to pry it opened without releasing the safety as instructed. This being said. there is always room for improvement, of course. The screw which is used to adjust the head to the clamp is hard to rotate (this being said, my RRS L-plate did fit right in without adjustments). Also it would be great to have the option of a spirit level like in the one found in some Kirk release platforms. And all in all I feel the release mechanism - the one that has caused so much aggravation to the other reviewers - would be easier to use if one would use the same action to release the lever for the 2nd half of the rotation than for the first half.
    Date published: 2008-01-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very fragile flip lock I must admit that this ball head is in a class on its own. Perfect panning, solid retaining capacity, NO slipping when locked, light. You get for what you paid for. Besides the faulty fragile flip lock plate mechanism, this is a must have. Expertise: I work a lot with a tripod Problems Encountered: This brand new Arca Swiss Z1 with the flip lock mechanism is indeed a very fragile piece of equipment. After activating the locking plate about 20 times, the first stage of the lock mechanism is freely opening. Beware of this, as it can lead to disaster. If this lock can be pulled freely inadvertently your camera might fall off sideways (putting it on your shoulder when attached to your tripod). Such a nice piece of equipment with such a flaw is indeed a pity. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Manfrotto ball head
    Date published: 2007-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent heavy duty monoball The quick release works flawlessly if you follow the instructions. The tension adjustment wheel inset on the top of the mount is very stiff, as it should be. A small flat head screwdriver can be used to adjust it. . Looking at the top with the wheel on the right hand side, counter clockwise tightens the lock and clockwise loosens it. I suggest using a bit of cloth under the part of the screwdriver that rests on the surface of the plate to prevent scratching the black surface (if you should care about such things). The small silver disk on the surface of the ball lock can be easily turned with your thumb to lock the minimum tension on the ball. This is very useful if you are mounting heavier equipment. I have mine set to a minimum tension of 4.
    Date published: 2009-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swiss-made Ballhead comes close to perfe The Arca Swiss B1 is legendary and the Z1 improves on the design. It has incredible load capacity (122 pounds) and is silky smooth to operate. The unit has multiple options for tweaking/adjusting the ballhead. I especially like the flip lock quick release option. I chose this option over the standard screw quick release as the little screwing mechanism is bothersome with my fingers in cold weather. I was hesitant at first (in getting the flip lock) as there were several negative reviews stating the flip lever was fragile, hard to operate, and breaks on occasion. Then I read other reviews stating that you need to read and follow the directions. I can easily see how misuse will result in a broken lever (if you force the lever) while trying to unlock. Read the instructions and you will be fine. It is quite easy and simple to use. I figured it out in 30 seconds. The verdict on the flip lever mechanism? It is excellent.
    Date published: 2008-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute top class ballhead The Z1 dp is a superb ballhead. While I tossed up between the Z1 and the RRS BH-55. I settled for the Z1 because of the double pan feature, but I did have some concerns about the flick-lock quick release after reading some critical blogs. My concerns were unwarranted, it took me all of about 30 seconds to work out how to operate the release. as long it is not forced it is not flimsy and both it and the ballhead are easy to use. This is a fine piece of equipment and has exceeded all my expections. I recommend it without hesitation.
    Date published: 2012-09-22
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