The quality and price are never question
2 days ago
We are grateful for your support. Thank you, from all of us at Acratech!
2 days ago
I've been using Acratech ball-heads since 2003. I started with the Ultimate and am now replacing the GV2 (2008) with the long lens head. I went with them originally for the light weight and unique non-jamming ball-head. Both old heads are still going strong on secondary tripods. The quality of their products cannot be beat. The new long lens head is mounted on an Acratech leveling base. (On a RRS TVC-24 tripod.) I tired of having to re-level my camera every time I tweaked a composition, an issue with any ball-head. Now I can easily level the base once and independently adjust the other two axes. This new setup is also great for panoramas, which I shoot quite often in conjunction with an Acratech nodal rail.
Jul 3, 2019
Wow, Thank you so much for being a long time, loyal returning customer. Your experience and in depth review means a lot to us. We feel like our customers often take a leap of faith to try something different and when they do, it's like an Aha moment. You have to think outside of the box to bring innovation and that is exactly what Scott did when he developed the first ballhead in 2001. He didn't set out to make a ballhead like the others....he wanted a ball head that would work for his needs and no ball head on the market fit those needs. Owning a machine shop seems like a drag but it really comes in handy when you decide you want to reinvent a wheel.
Jul 3, 2019
My third transaction with them. Great products, prompt shipping.
Jul 2, 2019
Thank you for the awesome review. We do our best to offer our customers a level of service that is on par with our products. I remember your recent order and truly appreciate your kind words.
Jul 3, 2019
Only complain I have that there seems to be no means of logging out, at least I could not find one. Everything else is very good, placing orders, phone support and speedy delivery.
Jun 30, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the heads up on the logging out and will investigate the issue with the site.
Jun 30, 2019
Outstanding products and service.
Jun 22, 2019
Thank you for the awesome review, it really means a lot to us.
Jun 23, 2019
excellent well made products
Jun 12, 2019
Hi Anna, Thanks so much for the awesome comment.
Jun 19, 2019
I’ve only used the Long Lens Head for about a month now and I’m satisfied. It supports my Pentax body and D FA 450 with teleconvert just fine.
Jun 12, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us. We really appreciate your effort. If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact us via email or phone.
Jun 12, 2019
Very nice communication and amazing piece of equipment. Thank you
May 24, 2019
Jan, thank you for the terrific review. We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying your new Pano gear. If you ever have any questions, please email us and we will be happy to help.
May 27, 2019
Great stuff! Fast service.
May 21, 2019
We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your opinion of our product and our service.
May 21, 2019
exactly as advertised!
May 3, 2019
Is the best head-ball you can find on the market!!!
I've been using Acratech ballheads for many years now. I'm a professional landscape photographer and have put these ballheads through just about everything you can imagine from desert sand and ocean salt to hard use and abuse in the mountains of Colorado where I primarily live and work. These things take a beating and when I've eventually given them such a beating that they need some help, the great folks at Acratech fix them for free! I couldn't be happier with the products they offer or the service they provide!
Awesome company. Awesome heads! My camera has never been more secure. Great quality workmanship.
Acratech is Awesome! Wonderful Customer Service, attention to detail, and prompt delivery. The best part is that they'll actually listen and act if you've got an identified need.No Pro camera bag should be without!
Fabulous company to do business with. I have numerous items purchased from them, one of which is their universal L bracket. I wanted to adapt it to a technical camera that I have and needed a shorter bolt which they had machined while talking to me on the phone. Great customer service.
Acratech make a very good product.
Acratech make a very good product. I purchased the L bracket that I can move from one Camera to the next easily. Works great would highly recommend the L bracket.
Well engineered. High quality. It works!
Well engineered. Finely machined. A perfect mate for my Acratech GP ballhead. Adds some weight and height to your tripod but very stable. I appreciate the high quality. Why trust your expensive gear to anything less.
You like it! Great!
Quality and design at the top! Soon we will start to try them on the field but I already know they won't disappoint us!
I have been using an Acratech head for about 8 years now. The same one! Never failed me! For some reason I thought I wanted a Really Right Stuff head. Bought one used it for a month. Back to my 8 year old Acratech! The RRS was very well built but much heavier and the tightening knob kept getting in the way. I will never doubt Acratech again. Thank you for making such a fine product!
I was using an Arca-Swiss, Benro snd Induro ball heads on my tripods and Kirk Lowpod. I recently purchased the Acratech GP and it instantly became my favorite...great range of motion, locks tight, and looks like something Jules Verne would have created...the only ball head for Steampunk events! I like it so much I plan on getting another one!
AWSOME company to deal with... Thanks Scott for producing such outstanding products..
Awesome company! Excellent photographic equipment! Fantastic team working behind the scenes! Amazing quality and craftspersonship!!! Thank you Acratech!!! ...and, your website and information videos are top-notch! I love the Acratech team because they design the best photo products available!!!
I have two Acratech ball heads, a GP and a GPSS. I had a third one but when I sold a tripod the buyer insisted I sell him the Acratech ball head as well.
After using them for over 6 years, I wouldn't own a different ballhead. I have also convinced several of my students and fellow photographers to buy these ballheads. I honestly can't say enough good things about them!
I've been using my Acratech GP ballhead for just about 4 years now. This is the first and only
ballhead I've ever purchased and I'm very satisfied!
While the initial cost might be steep, the quality and customer service are well worth it!
I was having an issue with the ballhead where a heavy lens would cause the ballhead to move down
slightly, even after locking all the knobs down. Acratech's customer service rep quickly responded to
my email, and my ballhead was repaired within 1 day! Not only did they fix the problem, they also
completely overhauled the ballhead and installed some of their latest tech! (All for free too, I just paid
No matter what conditions I shot in, the GP Ballhead held its own! Between the 10 year warranty,
great customer service, and quality product, I'm glad I went with Acratech!
Tripods, monopods and Ball Heads video. Benro and Acratech are a perfect combo. 11/19/2017
This award winning macro photographer gives you his honest opinion on why he likes our "Ultimate Ballhead" for his macro photography. Check out his site for some terrific tutorial and awesome macro landscapes.
Ballhead comparison and review by True Load September 30, 2017
An independent review comparing our GPs and the BH55 and BH 40.
An in-depth review of our Nomad Ball Head by one of the best photo technical writers in our industry. Jack has over 35 years of experience, working for many photo publications and he maintains his own blog called Pixelperfexion
Night Photography Workshop Review
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Product Review: Ultimate Ballhead
By Brian at Industry Outsider
December 3, 2015
The Ultimate was the first Ball Head 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."
Read the rest of Brian's review at:
Acratech GP Ball Head 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 Ball Head,
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.
Read the full review at:
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
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 Wimberley, the newer Mongoose, the nerdy Really Right Stuff offering, or even the cut down Wimberley Sidekick, 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.
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
Shooting Panoramas is a lot of fun and with the correct equipment can be easy to do. See this site for more information on how to get started.
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."
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."
Reviews Around the Web
- The Quest for a small, light, leveling video tripod and head - the result
- Read an online review at Luminous Landscape of the Acratech V2 Ballhead and Leveling Base
- Read an online review at Luminous Landscape By Steve KossackSteve Kossack's f-8 and be there workshops
- Read reviews and user recommendations of the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead on Photo.net
- Read an online review by Bay Images.net
- Read customer reviews on PC Photo Review
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.