Vanguard GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead

Vanguard GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead

Vanguard GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead

B&H # VAGH100 MFR # GH-100
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Product Highlights

  • Pistol Grip Offers One-Handed Operation
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Lightweight (26.45 oz)
  • One Bubble Level
  • Extremely Fluid, Precise Movement
  • Dual-Locking Quick Shoe Mechanism
  • 72-Click Point Panorama
  • 90-Degreee Vertical Tilt
  • 360-Degree Horizontal Movement
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Vanguard's GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead combines impressive ergonomic control with a precise, smooth ballhead. The lightweight pistol grip allows you to lock, unlock, and reposition your gear comfortably with one hand, leaving your other hand free to make lens adjustments. It has a separate panning lock and a single bubble level. The 360° panning mechanism has 72 built-in click stops for precise positioning for panoramic photos, and side-to-side tilt of -32° to +90° and -8° to +90° of back to front tilt give you a wide range of camera movement.

An efficient friction control system allows you to modify the level of friction on the ball to accommodate changing equipment weight, such as switching to heavier lenses, while the anodized center ball facilitates extremely fluid movement without sacrificing precise control.  A dual-locking quick shoe mechanism prevents accidental release to protect your equipment. The QS-65GH quick release plate is included.

Pistol grip provides one-handed operation of head controls
Dual-locking quick shoe mechanism
Friction Control System which allows you to modify the level of friction on the ball to accommodate changing equipment weight
Anodized center ball allows for extremely fluid movement without sacrificing precise control
72-click point panorama
360°' horizontal movement and 90° tilt
UPC: 026196335917
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Vanguard GH-100 specs

General
Head Type Pistol Grip Head
Base Mount 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads
Load Capacity 13.23 lb / 6 kg
Number of Bubble Levels 1
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt -90 to +35
Vertical Tilt -8 to +90
Physical
Dimensions H: 7.1" / H: 180.0 mm
Weight 26.4 oz / 750.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.43 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 8.8 x 4.0"

Vanguard GH-100 reviews

GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 64.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid tripod head There is a definite learning curve to this tripod head, and right out of the box it comes fairly stiff. It does however deliver a very unique, and ergonomic experience for tripod use. It's not one that I would suggest for panning video, because you won't get a consistent pan result as far as I'm concerned. For photography however it really is a great head to use. Again there is a learning curve of <30 minutes involved, but anyone who is going to be using this even semi-professionally will be used to learning their equipment so it's a non-issue. Overall it's a great tripod head for the price and I'd recommend it for photographers.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good control and flexibility I decided to give this pistol-grip ballhead a try since it was only $. I have an old Manfrotto vertical pistol grip that is starting to fall apart (from my dropping it a couple times), so this looked like a good replacement. I was impressed by the amount of flexibility and control this pistol grip has. It not only lets you vary the tightness of the ballhead, but also lets you change the angle of the grip itself. My only minor complaint is that the spring in the grip itself cannot be controlled and takes a bit of strength from the pinky and ring fingers to squeeze.It's great for macro shooting, especially with a focusing rail.
Date published: 2011-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, but not perfect I bought this ballhead when the pan head on my Vanguard Trecker II tri-pod failed. It threaded right on and fit securely. At first, it was a bit bulky and stiff, but after figuring out the function and breaking it in a bit, it is smooth now. My only complaint is the vertical movement limitation. This ballhead will not move very high in a vertical direction unless you mount the camera on it backwards (goofy but it works). The pan function is nice and I enjoy the function of the pistol grip over the ballheads that do not have them. This unit is worth the money and dealing with the vertical function (or lack of) in my opinion.
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect This ball head has been great. Takes a little time and some fiddeling around to figure out how everything works. If folks would do that one thing. they wouldn't ding it for lack of vert capability. Which it can do. The one thing I don't like is the tension adjuster does not have a positive lock. More than once. I have set up my tripod and this head. And upon mounting the camera I have had it fall over because the tension adjuster had been nudged to the loose setting during transport. I now always double check this.
Date published: 2012-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for light/medium weight. Functions very well with a pro-level camera and low/medium weight lens & other attachments (flash etc). However, I found that the screw-in connector plate (at the bottom of the camera) did not secure the weight of a heavier lens (Canon 70-200 f2.8 L)& same accessories in portait orientation. Even after tightening the screw by a fair amount (so as not to break the ring), I still needed to keep tightening every so often.
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shooting straight up is easy Several reviewers state they were unable to aim the camera up very much or unable to shoot straight up. This is not difficult IF you use this head's unique combination of three key features: 1. the quick release shoe/plate is square, so the camera can easily be mounted in four different directions, as required for the shot. 2. the head can pan 360 deg and lock at any angle 3. the pistol-grip handle can be rotated independently of the head, locking every 45 degrees for eight different positions. If you use these three features in combination, there are several different ways to shoot at any angle of elevation including straight up. Want to shoot straight up? Rotate the ballhead to vertical portrait orientation but instead of attaching the QR plate with lens pointing forward and level, put the square plate into the quick release so the lens points straight up! Now do you want the pistol grip pointing down instead of horizontal? Pull back on the release collar, rotate the pistol-grip 90 deg so it points straight down and the collar clicks back in, locking the pistol grip in the new position. Want to shoot at 45 degrees up? One way is simply hold the pistol-grip release and rotate the head back towards the landscape position. Alternatively, hold camera body & lens securely, unlock the panorama lever, rotate the camera to whatever vertical angle you want, and re-lock the lever (important!!). A third way is to clamp the quick release in with the lens pointing the same direction as the pistol-grip (180 deg from the way you usually put the plate into the quick release clamp), and rotate the camera up with the pistol grip at the front, below the lens. So there you have it, three different ways to use this head's unique combination of three features to shoot up at any angle you want. Vanguard should have described & illustrated these in the manual rather than have us figure it out. I do not use the head with anything over a 15-85mm zoom, so I can not comment about long, heavy telephoto lenses hanging out front, attached to the tripod via the camera body. Nor am I a professional using it every day, so I can not comment on long term heavy use. I do wish the versatile square quick release plate was a commonly used QR plate width so that it could be used in some other quick release clamps, but not even Vanguard makes another head using this size plate. However, an earlier reviewer just mounted a different quick release clamp on top of the stock plate and used the plate and quick release system he wanted. This retains the ability to clamp the stock square plate in four different directions, as needed for the angle you want to shoot up, down, or horizontally.
Date published: 2011-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great design except... After about 6 months, the camera started to wobble. I thought it was loose, but it turns out that where the quick connect sits starts to wear a bit and there is no fix other than to hot glue a thin slice of suede in there. Once the wobble starts, it will never lock in tight. The tilt can be corrected by turning the handle 90 or 180 degrees which takes a few tries to get used to. Other than the wobble, a major concern to everyone that has tried mine, it's a great tripod head, especially for panoramas, 5 degree clicks at a time for a full 360!
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from long term update from my 2012 purchase & review Just an update on my GH-100 ballhead. After 4 years of use I have come to the conclusion that the tension adjustment is the big Achilles heel on this tripod head. As the head wears, It becomes nearly impossible to adjust the tension enough to hold my 6lb setup (half the heads rated load capacity) unless I'm shooting dead level. Problem is that the tension adjustment is limited in it's travel. Even when it was new, I had to have it set at maximum to hold tight. While the idea behind this design is wonderful and it is a pleasure to use. The fact that this head becomes nearly useless at only half it's load rating is disappointing to say the least. Therefore I'm down grading my former 4 star rating to two. I wouldn't recommend this head until Vanguard improves the tension adjustment so that it can be adjusted for wear.
Date published: 2016-12-04
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