Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head

Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head

Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head

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Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head

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  • Bird Watching Pan/Tilt Fluid Cartridges
  • 360° Pan & ± 110° Tilt
  • Almost Frictionless Fast Movements
  • Single-lock Mechanism
  • Suitable for Right/Left-Handed Use
  • Quick-release Plate
  • Supports Loads up to 8.82 lbs (4 kg)
  • Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripods Compatible
  • Removable / Reversible Pan Bar
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Gitzo GH1720QR overview

  • 1Description

The Gitzo Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head features completely redesigned pan and tilt fluid cartridges - Bird Watching Fluid Cartridges. These cartridges allow for smooth and controlled movements at low speeds and almost frictionless movements at high speeds, making quick repositioning of the camera a breeze.

The single-lock mechanism quickly fixes the 360° pan and ± 110° tilt movements using a single knob, making adjustments easier and more effective. Ergonomically suitable for both right/left-handed use, the tripod head offers maximum stability to avoid even the smallest play, and a high-precision mechanism ensures accuracy. A quick-release plate makes for fast removal as well as facilitating the mounting of scopes, cameras and other such equipment.

Made of magnesium, the lightweight tripod head has high structural rigidity, and can support a load up to 8.82 lbs (4 kg). When used with Gitzo carbon fiber tripods (the Leveling series), the tripod head yields additional speed and versatility while shooting. The removable and reversible pan bar proves useful while using long photographic lenses. A compact design makes the tripod head easily portable and ideal for travel.

The Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head's light weight along with its innovative Bird Watching Fluid Cartridges, add up to the ideal tripod head for bird watching and wildlife photography/videography.

Designed for bird watching and wildlife photography / videography
Pan and tilt fluid cartridges (360° pan and ± 110° tilt)
Smooth and controlled low-speed movements
Ideal for distance spotting and tracking
Almost frictionless fast movements and quick repositioning
Single-lock mechanism quickly fixes the pan and tilt movements
Suitable for both right-and left-handed use
Maximum stability, zero play
High-precision mechanism ensures accuracy
Made of magnesium and supports loads up to 8.82 lbs (4 kg)
Compatible with Gitzo carbon fiber tripods
Quick-release plate and 1/4" screw
Removable / reversible pan bar
Compact and lightweight
UPC: 719821313496
In the Box
Gitzo GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head
  • G1173-14B Quick Release Plate for G1172/1276
  • Anti-Dust Bag
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Online Product Registration
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    Gitzo GH1720QR specs

    Construction Magnesium
    Plate Quick release, 1/4" screw
    Pan 360°
    Tilt 110°
    Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
    Height 3.6" (92mm)
    Weight 1 lb (0.5 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 5.0 x 3.5"

    Gitzo GH1720QR reviews

    GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific I use the 1720 QR to support my spotting scope and it works great. I was out with it all day and was always impressed with how smooth it was, how easy it was to adjust to a bird's movement, always precise. The locking mechanism secures the scope with a small turn of the mechanism and about a half turn more locks it down for toting the scope/tripod on my shoulder. You may find a period of getting used to the locking mechanism and it's relative clamp 'tightness'. With the head holding the scope well and almost no clamping, I tend to forget to turn it that half turn before I walk off with the scope and tripod on my shoulder.
    Date published: 2012-01-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sticky and flexes I tested this with an 80mm Swarovski scope (total weight with eyepiece is 3.6 lbs). Although I feel the head might be better sized for a 60mm class scope, it's overall weight seemed on par with other heads that do well with 80's. I found the fluid cartridges in the scope provide a lot of resistance to initial movements even when fully unlocked. While there is some intention to this in the design, the problem comes about because the head also flexes. The result is I try to make a small movement of the scope to center an object and the stiction of the cartridges resists my movement but the head gives to flex. My object is centered but when I release the handle it bounces back because I hadn't actually move the mount on the bearing, I only bent it into position and it sprang back when I released. Therefore I found myself over shooting objects in the field hoping to have them bounce back into the center. It wasn't the QR that was flexing either because I was using the handle that attaches to the mount. I also tried using the scope as a handle. I could clearly see the mount was flexing on it's axis and bouncing back.
    Date published: 2011-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and complete lock, smooth panning This head is light, quick and easy to adjust its tightness with a single large know. It works well with a spotting scope or long lens, pans smoothly and easily and locks completely when needed to. I found it useful to add a longer quick release plate for use with my spotting scope so that it can be balanced when digiscoping (and extra weight is added to the eyepiece end). The need for this depends on how well balanced the mounting point is on your scope, lens or camera. I've had a lot of tripod heads and I think this is the best overall birding head I've had yet.
    Date published: 2011-02-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did Not Care for this Head Was looking for a tripod head for digiscoping. Went on the positive reviews and purchased this head. Yes it's lightweight and nicely built but it not have the feel of a fluid head. It is more like a friction head. I sent it back and replaced it with a Manfrotto Head which is much smoother with a true fluid head, balances the spotting scope much better. and approximately $ lest money. No I wouldn't recommend this Gitzo head. For my use the Manfrotto is much better.
    Date published: 2015-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Tripod Head by Gi The GH1720QR is really good, easy to use with easy and smoothness of movement, especially when penning. It is strong and light. I am able to use it with heavy lenses such as Nikon 300 mm VR f/1.4 and the Nikon fieldscope 85mm VR. It can be used with any tripod.
    Date published: 2012-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gitzo #GH1720QR Pan/Tilt Birding head. I do some guiding for Birder's. I have a lot of spotting scopes by different manufactures for people to use, and Demo when out with me.I have found this Gitzo #1720QR to be the best spotting scope Birding head to date for me! In fact; I only use this pan/tilt head 12, or the larger version #GH2720QR 2, or a Gitzo #G2180 2 pan/tilt head's on all my tripod's. And out of these three, I like the Gitzo #GH1720QR the best! The one knob pan/tilt friction control has worked out very-very well for me. Allowing me to use and finely adjust the amount of friction needed to hold, and pan & tilt both fairly heavy 80-82-85 and 88mm spotting scopes with complete control. And the same when used with my smaller and lighter 62mm, and 65mm spotting scopes. It's a little expensive. But; the price has gone down some recently, since they are no longer machining perfectly flat the surface of the head where the QR plate rails ride on.(I have found no performance difference between the two version's to date.)For use with a spotting scope; I have found this Gitzo #GH1720QR pan/tilt head to be the best on the market! And I would recommend it to anyone, at any level, who is willing and able to spend the over $ for it. For me: It's a best buy, hand's down winner.
    Date published: 2015-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product that I highly recommend!!! This is an awesome product. I not only hunt big game animals in the west, which requires long range spotting, but also guide hunters to these same animals. Having a great spotting scope, as well as an efficient tri-pod that is smooth and easy-to-use head is critical. I found this product to deliver excellent results on a recent guiding trip. I am more than satisfied with this product and would highly recommend this product to hunters, bird watchers, camera buffs and the like. You won't be sorry.
    Date published: 2016-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific The head is very smooth, very precise. I have mounted my 85mm spotting scope onto the mount and find the it superb. I can identify no cons to the product.
    Date published: 2012-02-06
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