Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release

Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release

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Product Highlights

  • Double Panning Ball Head
  • Quick Release
  • Choice of Optional Arca Plates
  • Supports 130 lb

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Arca-Swiss Z1 dp overview

  • 1Description

The Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head builds on the success and popularity of their Z-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. This quick release version requires separate purchase of an Arca or Arca-type camera plate.

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 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
A tension adjustment thumb-dial is built into the indexed friction control knob
The ball head includes the "Arca" style quick release system for quick mounting and dismounting of cameras. Separate purchase of a camera plate is required
Base diameter of 2.7" (69mm), excluding knobs
In the Box
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    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 None
    Friction Control Yes
    Dimensions H: 4.7" / H: 12.0 cm
    Weight 1.6 lb / 725.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.299 x 6.221 x 4.016"

    Arca-Swiss Z1 dp reviews

    Monoball Z1 dp Ball Head with Quick Release is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expensive but one of the best It was a choice between another Realy Right Stuff BH-55 PCL ballhead which has an almost identical quick release and independent panning head just under the camera or the Arca Swiss Z1. Both have great reputations and for good reason. Having used both now for several months I can highly recommend both. The Z1 is a bit lighter than the RRS BH-55 but the RRS head is a bit faster due to the degree of turning needed to loosen then tighten the head. Both have very little movement of the camera-lens when being tightened which is especially important with macro photography with the Z1 having a slight edge over the RRS head. I the very happy owner of the Z1 ball head and expect it to last a life time.
    Date published: 2010-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, my! I've been debating making this investment for over six months. Reviews at B&H as well my photo blog had nothing but high reviews. So I took the jump and waited for Santa to appear (dressd in a brown uniform). It arrived and carefully unwrapped my gift to me. The double panning ball head was engineered to precision - nothing but outstanding quality. The quick release was firm and held my Canon Mark III with the f2.8 70-200 mm lens without any movement. . When the camera & lens were attached to the monoball head it was rock solid. While ownership is costly, the long term benefits will outweigh the intial cost. Can't wait to use my Canon DIII with the the Canon marco lens.
    Date published: 2015-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from How did I live without it! Arca Swiss makes some of he most beautifully designed and impeccably manufactured equipment I have seen. I use this Monoball with my 35mm dslr, my medium format Phase one and my 4x5 view camera. The stability and ease of motion with this head gives me a secure feeling that my cameras are safely mounted. The range of motion available with the head allow me to position the Camera at any point and know that I can get the shot.
    Date published: 2009-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock solid! Before ordering any Arca Swiss, make sure that the mounting plate fits your existing camera plate. Some of the newer models have changed the SIZE footprint. This is a surprise that you really don't want.
    Date published: 2016-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ones in a life time purchase This is the only ball head you need for your DSLR cameras. This model is the dp version, which features double panning. It can keep the camera perfectly vertical to the swinging plane (and vertical), and is ideal for perfect panoramic stitching. The I prefer the screw type quick release over the lever quick release. It's just so much easier, accessible and more rigid. Although you can tilt it 90 you might want an L-bracket too to keep the camera in the center.
    Date published: 2013-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic ball head I agonized over which ball head to order after doing way too much research. I saw the Arca Swiss recommended online, and after my first big shoot with it, it was a great purchase. I've used another well known brand's ball head in the past, but didn't like how the camera could easily flop over when loosening the ball. The Arca Swiss maintains some tension due to the egg-shaped design and is very smooth to operate. The hard part was deciding whether to go with the lever-type quick release system or this one's screw quick release. While I tend to like lever quick releases, the lever on the Arca Swiss looked a little bit too cumbersome to use with too many safety catches to wrangle. The screw type on this one looks to be reliable and will work with a bigger variety of plates without needing adjustment, and it doesn't take many turns of the knob to lock it down. The other hard decision was deciding whether to pay the extra money for the double pan option on this dp version. I'm glad I did because on my first shoot it proved to be a big time saver when framing shots. You don't have to shoot panoramas to get a benefit out of the extra panning. It's nice once you have it leveled to make an an adjustment to pan quickly. If you're getting paid to make photos, saving time is critical, and the extra pan helps out quite a bit in my opinion. I thought it might make the ball head more unwieldy having the extra pan option, but it's pretty unobtrusive. Yes, this is more expensive than some other options out there, but I hate going too cheap and having to re-buy stuff that isn't working. This Arca Swiss I believe will last a long time.
    Date published: 2016-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid as a Rock Like the headline says, its solid as a rock and as heavy as one to. I have a gitzo GH2750QR and I always noticed a little drift in it. I wanted a solid head to shoot landscapes with so I ordered the Z1. It does the job very well as it should for what you pay.
    Date published: 2011-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate ballhead Rock solid ballhead that can hold yr equipment firmly. Good choice for DSLR with long lens & medium format cameras. Double pan works well to keep the leveling, no need to consider third party pan heads. One head do all.
    Date published: 2010-09-12
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