Awarded "Best Buy: Practical and Versatile" by DPReview April 2015
It’s like getting 3 pieces of equipment all wrapped up in one beautiful and lightweight unit!
Our Acratech GP Ballhead is uniquely designed to function as a Ballhead, a gimbal head, and a leveling panoramic head.
The Gimbal action will have you shooting action like a pro. The Gimbal feature works with any lens (up to 400mm F4.0) that has a tripod collar. The pin in the bottom of the ball and the sleeve on the stem of the ball is what creates a smooth pivot for the Gimbal.
Unscrew the quick release clamp and put it onto the bottom of the head and you are now ready to use the the GP Ballhead to create level, single row panoramas. This eliminates the need to carry a separate leveling base in order to create accurate stitched panoramas, as you'll be able to pan parallel to the horizon even when using your tripod on rocky or uneven terrain.
All Acratech Ballheads are designed to be lightweight and rugged for the active outdoor photographer. The open structure lets moisture, dirt and debris fall through instead of being trapped inside a socket.
Available with our Arca Swiss style, knob or locking lever quick release clamp.
Camera quick release plates sold separately. Find your camera plate.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Apr 2017
I've owned and used this for a few weeks. After a short time learning just how much tension to set and the general layout of the knobs I can do it in the dark now. Set the camera position and it stays. Need to change no thought or fumbling. Well engineered piece of gear.
Posted by Jay Rohn on 10th Apr 2017
I've been using the GP ball head and am amazed at the fine workmanship, versatility, ease of use and design of this ball head. I feel my camera is secure when using the Actatech clamp and ball head. Moving the camera is smooth and easy. The design allows the bullhead to stay clean, even at the beach. I haven't done any panoramas yet, but plan to soon. Best ball head ever!
Posted by Barry Moskowitz on 22nd Jul 2016
I bought the Acratech GP with Level Clamp about 3 weeks ago. I have been using it in doors so far. Just practicing with it on my tripod. Been very satisfied with it. I use it with a Feisol 3472LV tripod and have attached Nikon D750 with both a Nikon 28-300mm and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8. It has performed great with no creep at all. It moves very smoothly. I have not yet tried out the gimbal head feature on it. The size and weight of the head is great.
Posted by Nick Page on 18th Feb 2016
I am immensely impressed with this ball head! It is an absolute joy to use I love the sleek look and the intelligence behind the design. I shoot on beaches quite often and the open ball design makes so much sense it is miles better than the competition. The only criticism I have to offer about this ballhead is that the main tightening of requires more force than I am used to in order to lock it down nice and snug. The panning function when you turn it upside down works excellent for leveling the ball head and doing panoramas. Another clamp is the only way to go its functions incredibly well and is so fast .... I absolutely love this ball head.
Posted by Robert on 26th Dec 2015
A well engineered ball head. Fairly light even though it has a good load carrying capacity. It has a nice feel to it and the tension knob provides nice smooth control of the camera/lens.