Acratech GV2 Ballhead with Quick Release, Level and Detent Pin, Supports 25 lbs.

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About Acratech GV2

The Acratech GV2 Ballhead is uniquely designed to function both as a ballhead and as a Gimbal head. The traditional ballhead designs work well for most photography but when longer lenses with tripod collars are used; it can be difficult to control them. In the past it was necessary to carry a separate Gimbal head or Gimbal attachment for your ballhead.

The Acratech GV2 Ballhead solves this problem by functioning as a Gimbal head simply by rotating the ball into the Gimbal slot on the side of the ballhead. It features bushing on the stem of the ball and a pin on the bottom of the ball to provide smooth rotation. It provides total ease of use and freedom of movement.

The Acratech GV2 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Travel, Wildlife and more.The Acratech GV2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Acratech GV2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Acratech GV2: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

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

  • Weighs less than 1 lb (.45kg) with quick release clamp.
  • Easily holds over 25 lbs (11.4kg) at any angle.
  • Full movements allow any camera position.
  • Precision C.N.C. machined.
  • Compatible with Kirk, Arca, R.R.S. and many other QR plates.
  • Beautiful satin black anodized finish.
  • Fits all standard tripods (1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads).
  • Engraved degree markings.
  • Solid precision feel.
  • Ball will not shift when tightened.
  • Oilless and greaseless ball will not attract or hold dirt and debris.
  • All knobs are secured so they cannot vibrate loose and fall off.

Acratech GV2 Specifications

Load Capacity
25 lb (11.4 kg)
Quick Release
Tripod Mount Thread Size
Fits all standard tripods (1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads)
1 lb (.45kg)
Acratech 5 year warranty
Mfr #

Acratech GV2 Reviews

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(based on 13 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent Ballhead

Compared to my other ballhead there is no drift when I use my Sigman 150-500mm zoom. It's balanced and very easy to use.

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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