Acratech Ultimate Ballhead with QR Locking Lever Clamp, 25 lbs Load Capacity

Acratech

About Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

The Acratech Ultimate Ballhead with QR Locking Lever Clamp is the result of innovative design, created for combining low mass with incredible stopping power. With the included Quick Release Locking Lever Clamp, it's an ideal head for those who don't require the progressive tension control of the heavier (and more expensive) Arca-Swiss B1. The satin black anodized finish and engraved degree markings contribute to the solid precision look and feel of this impressive camera support. The ball operates without oil or grease, so it will not attract or hold dirt and debris. The knobs are all secured so that they can't vibrate loose and fall off.

The innovative design of the Acratech gives the photographer full access to 25% of a sphere at any time and it is entirely capable of providing support in any direction so long as the tripod legs are not overwhelmed. This version of the V2 includes a built-in spirit level aiding in tripod and camera alignment.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Attaches firmly (12),Large range of motion (12),Stable (12),Strong clamp (12)
Best Uses:
Portraits (10),Landscape/scenery (9),Night shots (7),Wildlife (7),Home (5),Travel (5),Weddings (4),Photography (3),Stabilization (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Acratech Ultimate Ballhead Features

  • Arca-type quick release system
  • Absolutely no migration after tightening the clamp
  • Silky-smooth black anodized finish for precise positioning
  • Open design facilitates quick maintenance
  • Calibrated panning bed
  • "Dry" ball does not attract dirt or dust
  • Fully captive controls will not come off from prolonged vibrations

Acratech Ultimate Ballhead Specifications

Maximum Camera Supported
Large format cameras
Load Capacity
25 lbs (11.4 kg)
Height
4.1" (10.4 cm)
Quick Release
No
Spirit Level
No
Tension Control
No
Camera Mount Thread Size
Dependent on quick release plate used
Tripod Mount Thread Size
3/8"-16 (1/4"-20 reducer bushing supplied)
Weight
1 lbs (0.45kg)

Acratech Ultimate Ballhead Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.9

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Reviewed by 12 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super for macro!

By

from Northern Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was frustrated with my previous ballhead because of slippage; friend recommended Acratech. Great improvement for shooting macro shots with my Nikon D7000 + 105mm lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pro Ballhead

By

from Cleveland, Ga  -  Pro Photographer

If you are having problems with stability on your tripod, especially in the portrait mode (forward or downward lens creep on your ballhead because your camera rotates on its mounting screw), this will solve that problem handily. This head is a tidy, light ballhead for all uses. Be sure to order the right, camera specific quick release plate.

 
5.0

The Perfect Ballhead

By

from Florida  -  Photography Student

I've been doing photography awhile now and used 2 different heads prior to this one but none compare to this ingenious design for quick set up and stability. When used with a good tripod the photographer is all set for any angle any time.

 
5.0

Rock steady ballhead

By

from Lake Ariel, PA  -  Photography Student

I have only recently received this head. I use it on a Manfrotto tripod. The quick release is great; however, the head did not come with the quick release plate, which was quite annoying. I used it this past Monday for my grandson's graduation at a large arena where I was seated a good distance away from the stage and nearly at the top of the seating area. My camera was mounted at a sharp angle and it held steady once it was set.

 
5.0

Great Ballhead, exceeded expectations

By

from Austin, Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It takes a bit getting used to but once I got my technique down with this ballhead, it just became an extension of me. The friction adjustment on the ball works extremely well and you can dial in just how much resistance you want very easily. When you tighten it down, it doesn't move, period. Very well made and built to last. I consider it a good value for the price. I use it with an old Manfrotto heavy aluminum studio tripod and it is rock solid stable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great ballhead, very solid

By

from Atlanta  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a very solid ballhead. It easily locks in any position with no sag. The gimbal design does take some getting used to. Sometimes you have to rotate the head to get it into the position you need. The quick release is very convenient and quick to operate. Custom quick release plates are a bit expensive. The detent pin has saved my camera at least once.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A simple, sturdy, stable ballhead

By

from Lynnwood, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this BH atop my Induro C213 tripod. Together they provide a solid base for my Canon 5d Mk2 using a 70-200 f/2.8L with a 2X TC. I love the simplicity of this ballhead which has only one tension control knob. A real pleasure to use and to carry, as it adds less than a pound to my rig. I only wish that the detent pin worked with the QR plates I already own from a Giotto BH.

 
5.0

Incredible ballhead at a fair price

By

from Fairway, KS  -  Photo Enthusiast

A rock solid ball head at a fair price. Its specs are very conservative -- it can hold more than 25 lbs. It is so smooth in its operation. I have tried a lot of ballheads and this is by far the best for the money

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Makes Macro photograghy much easier.

By

from Sacramento Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

The Acratech ballhead is perfect for macro photography. It has taken my macro shots to a new level.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small with firm grip

By

from Kolkata-India  -  Pro Photographer

For landscape and micro photos of insects The great thing is its compactness. Its G shape and factory setting of angle I cannot comprehend.

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