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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  • Supports 130 lb (59 kg)
  • Single Pan Ball Head

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  • 1Description

The Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 sp (Single Pan) Ball Head 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.

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 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.
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.
A tension adjustment thumb-dial is built into the indexed friction control knob.
Base diameter of 2.7" (69mm), excluding knobs
In the Box
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 sp with Quick Release
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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: 10.1 cm
    Weight 1.3 lb / 590.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.7 lb
    Monoball Z1 sp with Quick Release is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 w/Flip-Lock The best ballhead on the market today. I had the RRS BH-55 and the Markins before but this one is better (and cheaper) than any of these two. The RRS BH-55 has an excellent workmanship but the smoothness of the ballhead does not compare to the Arca Swiss Z1 and also a lot bulkier. The Markins is very smooth but the aspherical ball head design of the Arca Swiss Z1 has a definite advantage.The Flip-Lock is excellent and the fact that it is user adjustableis a big advantage for different brand of mounting plates. Expertise: Advanced amateur with 40 years experience. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: RRS BH-55, Markins M-10, Arca Swiss B1
    Date published: 2007-08-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Arca-Swiss: Very Good; B&H: Outstanding Z1 Design: Good - unit performs well. Z1 Manufacturing Quality: Very good - clearly, a well-built product. Z1 Operation: Flawed - Friction Screw integral to Multi-function Knob seized unexpectedly and could not be released. Telephoned B&H and Arca-Swiss for assistance. Although both were very helpful, was unable to free frozen screw necessitating return of unit to B&H for replacement. Z1 Operating / Instruction Manual: Marginal - very poorly written and minimally illustrated. A-S Customer Service: Very helpful. B&H Customer Service: Absolutely outstanding!
    Date published: 2012-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SMOOOTH and SURE! I shoot everything from Minox to 4x5 rail cameras. I wanted a ballhead that could handle all of my cameras from submini to Large Format Rail cameras, and I only wanted to make that purchase once. After having used this ballhead for a couple weeks I am convinced I made the right purchase. This head is so finely engineered that It works just as well with a Minox B as it does with my studio rail camera that weighs in at 35lbs. The drag setting is infinitely adjustable and very easy to feel. I have been truely impressed by the fine engnieering and finish of this head. Now I am only wondering why it took me so long to purchase one!
    Date published: 2009-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arca Swiss Z1 This thing is incredible! I've been using it in the last 2 years without any issue. I used it in the snow, sand, beach, desert, no issue whatsoever! Just require some light dusting with a clean cloth and that is it. Supporting my Canon 1DS MK3 and the 70-200mm F2.8L with no issue. A pleasure to use since the ball moves like butter compared to another famous brand that my brother bought, it is no comparison. The same can be said about my Canon 1DS MK3. Wish all things were made with this kind of quality, but you get what you pay more, they're expensive.
    Date published: 2011-07-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from great ballhead ; didn't like the QR clamp 5 stars for the ball head. It is as good as its reputation - steady, sturdy and smooth. 1 1/2 stars for the quick release clamp. It was awkward to adjust and never felt secure. I have several plates and brackets from other manufacturers and I had to re-adjust it whenever I switched between them. I have now decided to replace it and this has been a challenge. I snapped two hex wrenches trying to unscrew the the bracket - I later found out that the screw has been fixed with epoxy. Now that I have the clamp off, it looks like I will have to machine the replacement plate so that it can be fitted. I really dislike being trapped into using only OEM products.
    Date published: 2016-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I live in Colorado and primarily do landscape & wildlife photography and sell my work, so stability in a ball head is key!. I was one of those guys that said, why do I need to spend extra $$ on a ball head when I can spend less, Right? Heck, its a ball head! Well, three ball heads later I finally bit the bullet and purchased my Z1, holy cow. what a difference a price tag makes! This Z1 is with out fail the smoothest easiest, fastest head to use, bar none! I looking at the RRS H55 in addition to the Z1 and based on the reviews (which are also good on the H55 by the way) I decided hands down that the oblong shaped Z1 head (at 130# at any attitude) rating was the ticket! Buy the Z1 and you wont be sorry, I promise!
    Date published: 2013-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow -- this is the one. This is indeed the ball head to get. Man is it expensive, but I will say that in twenty + years of shooting, I have never used such a sweet ball head. This head represents the penultimate evolution of the ball head. It is just so silky smooth. Feels more like a piece of camera equipment than support equipment. Yes, the quick release feels *slightly* worrisome, but works fine so far. I say this because as pros we are used to super-heavy-duty gear, and the QR does feel. as I mentioned, a bit like a piece of camera equipment. I think it works just fine though. This head did prompt me though to buy a padded tripod case. **One tip: you may want to do an internet search for the manual, which is a bit easier to understand than the one included.
    Date published: 2013-10-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Freeze-up problems I know many people with Arca-Swiss ballheads and most all of them experience the freeze-up problem at some point, if not regularly. The ballhead locks up so that it will not rotate at all -- it becomes completely frozen. It is very difficult to unfreeze. There are proposed solutions on the Internet and Arca has a solution, but according to every photographer I have talked to, the solutions do not work. The problem is real. Google it. It has been around for a long time and the manufacturer won't or can't do anything about it. It will persist until the two year warranty is up and then they will say it is not supported. (Ballheads are expensive -- do not settle for a two year warranty! Look for ballheads with longer, perhaps lifetime, warranties.) I have two very expensive Arca-Swiss ballheads that I cannot use and will not take on trips with me because the probability is very high that it will freeze up and become unusable. I can't warn new photographers enough to stay away from this ballhead. They think because the standard clamp is from Arca-Swiss that the ballheads must be top-of-the-line. Nothing can be further from the truth. (Experienced photographers probably know about this problem already -- either from their own experience or seeing it happen with other photographers.)
    Date published: 2015-12-10
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