Product Review: Ultimate Ballhead
By Brian at Industry Outsider
December 3, 2015
The Ultimate was the first ballhead to come off our production line, so we're always thrilled when we hear how much our customers continue to love this product (not to mention how much use and abuse an old unit has taken over the years while still functioning wonderfully).
"Having used this head with both the Canon 100-400 and Sigma 150-600 lenses, I found it helps keep my camera steady, for sharp images. Back in the studio, I can shoot products under continuous lighting, with exposures close to a second, knowing there will be no camera shake. And I really like the open design, as it’s nice to know that if I do venture out in bad weather, it’s not going to fail on me, and will take more abuse than my cameras and lenses can."
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Acratech GP Ballhead named “Best Overall” by DP Review
April 7, 2015
Anyone on the fence about the GP will love this review, which is heavy on details about the smoothness of its controls, its performance under heavy weight, and its overall versatility - you've heard it from us and others for years, now yet another independent source has confirmed it!
Check out their full review of the GP here:
Product Review: Acratech GP Ballhead,
Lever Clamp and Swift Release
By Marla Meier
I am completely impressed with the first-class quality of construction, full features, lightweight, stability, ease of use, and functionality of the Acratech GP ballhead and clamps.
With the added benefits of panoramic and Gimbal head capabilities, the GP ballhead is truly an innovative and well-designed precision product that I would recommend to all photographers.
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Theano Nikitas @ Photo.net
The Acratech GP ballhead is, by far, the best ballhead I’ve ever used. It has gotten me through two NY Fashion Weeks and countless other shoots, but has been most vital during Fashion Week.
Acratech Long Lens Tripod Head: The lightest way to use a long lens in the field
Submitted by David Cardinal on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 11:58
There is no substitute for the image quality from a pro-quality long lens when shooting wildlife or sports. Their high-quality images and fast focus speed come at a high cost in both dollars and weight, unfortunately. Adding to the weight is the need for specialized tripod heads. Conventional ballheads are seriously painful to use with long lenses, falling off to one side or the other just at the wrong time. Until now, replacement solutions have been both expensive and heavy. Whether you like the traditional , the newer Mongoose, the nerdy Really Right Stuff offering, or even the cut down , you’re looking at a minimum of 2 pounds and several hundred dollars (the Sidekick is the cheapest and lightest, but requires that you also bring and use a sturdy ballhead). Enter the new Acratech Long Lens Head.
Cardinal Photo Review of the Long Lens Head
Arthur H. Bleich, editor at Rangefinder
...photographers have not only been beating down his door, but they have encouraged him to expand his line. Today, a dozen or so master machinists at Acratech—many of whom are avid photographers—produce products with such precision and care that the company has become known as the “go-to” for lightweight, fail-proof gear.
Shooting Panoramas with Acratech's Equipment
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Lightroom Diva: September 2009
"All of Acratech’s products are well-made and thoughtfully designed, and well worth the investment for attaching your camera and lens when you are not holding them in your hands!"
By Joe and Mary McDonald
On our recent Arizona High Speed Flash Photography Shoot Mary and I had a chance to try two new tripod heads, both offered by Acratech, Inc. If memory serves me, the owner/inventor of the Acratech tripod heads is a backpacker who was frustrated with the size and weight of available tripod heads, and being an inventive guy he designed and built his own!
For the past decade Acratech has built a solid reputation for building strong, lightweight and innovative products. Their latest ball head, the GP, takes the innovation part beyond just about any other ball head on the market today. Like other ball heads in its price range it is fully featured, complete with independent locking, panning and friction controls. It weighs less than 1 lb, yet easily holds 25lbs at any angle according to the manufacturer.
PDN Gear Guide
With so many ballheads on the market, it’s hard to know which one to choose. Specs are usually minimal (load-bearing capabilities, weight, lens mounting plate) and, of course, price. The attributes that are equally, if not more, important though are the smoothness with which the ballhead moves and the ability of the device to lock into position and not “creep.”
Some ballheads, like the Acratech GP Ballhead, have attributes that go above and beyond many of its competitors, including the ability to be mounted upside down and used as a leveling base for panoramas.
The Acratech GP Ballhead looks like a very precise and futuristic device. This is the ideal ballhead for telephoto lenses as it supports up to 25 lbs. Because of it's unique ballhead mechanism the Acratech GP is ideal for panoramic photos as it allows you to pan the camera parallel to the horizon. This head has all the features that our other top choices have, but this one is the most precise of the bunch.
Outdoor Photographer magazine, August 2001
"Ballheads are a luxurious landscape essential. Acratech's new Ultimate ballhead weighs less than a pound ans can support more than 25 pounds. The unique design features an exposed ball that's locked down with an angled clamp. It may look unorthodox but it works like a charm. And if you are concerned about dust, sand, grit or other contaminants, the open structure alleviates any potential problems. The head is compatible with quick release plates from several manufactures."
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Shutterbug Magazine, January 2002
Article by Bob Shell
"Since weight is always a problem when working in the field , every once saved is a benefit. But he has sacrificed nothing it the process of reducing weight. The head is very sturdy and exceptionally smooth in its operation."
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What our Customers Say
"I've had this ballhead for 10-11 years. I don't baby my gear as my end goal is the photos and if the gear has to take a hit to get them, so be it. This ballhead has been on 6 continents, strapped to a snow machine for 6 months in Antarctica, tossed around for a month in the back of a Russian jeep in Asia. And, it worked then and now, the same as when I bought it!" - B.C.
"I am not sponsored by Acratech. I had to pay for this ball head the same as anyone else. And if I give up my hard earned money, I want the product to work. I can say without reservation that this is some of the best money I have ever spent. I exclusively use the Acratech head in the field and am very glad I tried it." - Scott Bourne
"This is a terrific piece of equipment." - T.P.
"Remarkable: beautifully crafted and rock steady and incredibly light." - B.W.
"It is everything it is reputed to be- silky smooth, light, rock solid and a work of art." - N.S.
"Thanks for the great support. It's the way to do business, and I appreciate it!" - J.L.
"I truly prefer your ballhead to any I have used including the Arca B1 which seems to be the standard to compare against." - B.W.S.
"It is here. It is beautiful. It just feels so good in hand, rather like my Leica." - E.H.
"I showed this to a few guys at work they were staggered. This really is impressive." - B.H.
- "The rubberized knob I just received makes a great product even better. I currently have several other ballheads and am I selling them all. They do not compare to the Ultimate Ballhead. The more I use it the more it exceeds my expectations." - S.C.