Acratech GV2 Ball Head / Gimbal Head with Lever Clamp, Supports 25 lb

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About Acratech GV2

The Acratech GV2 Ball Head / Gimbal Head with Lever Clamp is an updated version of the existing GV2 head. Rather than a rubber knob, this model features a locking lever for securing the Arca Swiss-style clamp that constitutes the quick-release element.

The GV2 is a sturdy, heavy-duty, yet compact ball head that is similar in design to most conventional ball heads (unlike Acratech's unique Ultimate head). However, the GV2 model can be locked down when the head is in the 90deg. orientation (in the "gimbal slot"), which effectively turns this ball head into a gimbal-style head. This allows the camera to pivot around its center point. A bushing on the ball's stem and a pin on the bottom of the ball enable this smooth rotation - free, gimbal-style movement.

The built-in industry-standard Arca-Swiss-style quick-release clamp makes it compatible with the many different plates available from Arca-Swiss, Kirk, Wimberley, Really Right Stuff, Foba, Novoflex, etc. The clamp also features a spring-loaded detent pin that projects into the pockets or windows that are cut into the bottom of most manufacturers' (Acratech, Kirk, Really Right Stuff, etc.) quick-release plates. This detent pin will prevent the plate from accidentally sliding out in the event that the knob is partially loosened.

In addition, this model uses a "leveling" q.r. clamp, which features a large 15mm bullseye bubble level that extends out of the side of the clamp. The GV2 features a low-profile design and sports all-rubber knurled knobs that are comfortable to use, even in extreme weather.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Large range of motion (13),Stable (12),Attaches firmly (11),Strong clamp (9)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (10),Night shots (8),Portraits (8),Wildlife (7),Travel (7),Sports/action (4),Home (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Acratech GV2 Features

  • Lever-operated quick-release clamp with 15mm bullseye level, with detent pin to keep the plate from sliding out by mistake
  • Works well with lenses up to 400mm f/4.0 and any tripod with a 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 threaded screw
  • Full movements allow any camera position
  • Precision CNC-machined
  • Solid, precision feel
  • Engraved panning degree markings
  • Satin-black anodized finish
  • Fully adjustable tension-control knob
  • Oilless and greaseless ball will not attract or hold dirt and debris
  • Ball will not shift when tightened
  • All knobs are secured so they cannot vibrate loose and fall off

Acratech GV2 Specifications

Precision CNC-machined
Load Capacity
25 lb (11.3 kg)
4.25" (108mm)
Quick Release
Yes, lever-operated Arca-style (plate sold separately)
Spirit Level
Tension Control
Separate Panning Lock
Tripod Mount Thread Size
1/4"-20 and 3/8-16" (reducer bushing included)
1.1 lb (482 g)
Mfr #

Acratech GV2 Reviews

Review Snapshot®


(based on 13 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Reviewed by 13 customers


Ballhead on steroids!


from Central Pennsylvania  -  Photo Enthusiast

I tried several different heads on my monopod until I put this one on it. I'm done trying different monopod heads. This head tops them all. I purchased this without a clamp and topped it off with my RSS clamp. Using an RSS L plate on my camera and the gimbal feature of this ballhead gives my camera a well balanced, stable monopod platform with smooth vertical movements in the gimbal position. The best platform I've found for a monopod. The gimbal feature is surprisingly versatile and smooth, but, I doubt it would compete with a true gimbal head. Don't kid yourself...there's good reason a true gimbal head costs what it does. I haven't tried this on a's staying on my monopod.




from Goshen, IN  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love the dual control for tightening and releasing. It is very easy to set the tension for different camera/lens combination weights to get optimal control. It is also nice that the knob can't come off.


Lightweight and very stable.


from Albuquerque, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

Light and easy to use. Would like the camera bases to have screws won't fall out when not in use.


The definition of


from Avon Lake, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this ballhead mostly for macro work with the fabuoulus Manfroto 055XPROB and a Novaflex CASTEL-Q precision rail. All angles - overhanging and up-side-down.. Solid support! Of course everything attaches with ARCATECH Arca Swiss mounts ! Very nice friction control - not on/off like some.... Smooth and Progressive. This is one of those products that are an absolute joy to work with. The price - yes high - but this is a porsche - and once you drive one you will not go back.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great ballhead


from Atlantic Beach, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love this ball head. Lightweight and easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Lightweight, versatile


from Bay Area, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have not tried other high-end ballheads, but this is everything I need for daily use. It provides a very stable platform for my DSLRs. My combo of D7000 with a 300mm F4 probably maxes out its capacity.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Beautifully Engineered


from Portland, OR  -  Photo Enthusiast

OK, I read many reviews and decided to pop for this model. The engineering is amazing; thoughtful and out of the box. I have only used a few times and pleased overall with it's performance. I have noticed that you must tighten the the knob holding the ball in place pretty well when using larger DSLRs (I use a D300). I assign my lack of familiarity with the controls. I am impressed with the design and uses enabling movement in all directions and leveling as an added bonus. So far, I am very impressed with this head. The range of motion is terrific. I have noticed that I will need to re-work the head where it attaches to the tripod because it has a tendency to loosen and unscrew. Again, it may be my lack of familiarity (it's been a long, cold winter here)


King of Ballheads


from Santa rosa Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love how light and well built this ball head is. The rubber knobs enable precision adjustments with ease. The ball and movement within the socket is ultra smooth. Overall well built and completely satisfied. If your thinking about it, get it! Easily holds my D700 and 70-200vr2 with ease. Totally dependable and flexible for all types of uses.


beautiful engineering


from Portland, OR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Nicely engineered tripod head. Fully functional and well designed. With little practice, it becomes a wonderful tool to assist in recording images.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good Support


from Albuquerque, NM  -  Pro Photographer

This ball head is one of the best heads we have every used. The head provides rock solid support and is very light weight. We have found to increase support and minimize the slightest camera movement; you might consider an L-bracket over a camera plate. We switched to L-brackets for our camera, the camera body remained firmly attached with no movement of any kind. So if you are looking for a light weight and firm support, this is the head you want.


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Linda R  Are there any other pieces needed to connect a camera to the GV2 & lever release? i.e. a plate?
LESLIE M  It comes with a plate.
LESLIE M  Apologies, this showed up as a question on the SIRUI K 10X 33mm Ball Head. I can't speak to the product you asked about. Again, so sorry!
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