Acrat­ech GP Ball­head & Lever Clamp

£450 / $430­

Digital Camera World - - KIT ZONE -

Acrat­ech’s skele­tal de­sign ethos cer­tainly makes the GP Ball­head stand out, and re­sults in its im­pres­sively low 450g weight. The ball di­am­e­ter isn’t the largest, but it can sup­port up to 11.4kg and clamps very se­curely us­ing the grippy lock­ing knob. The fric­tion ad­just­ment knob on the op­po­site side of the ball works well, mak­ing it easy to set con­sis­tent, care­fully mea­sured drag. The ball’s mo­tion doesn’t sound as slick as some of the other heads here, but the ac­tual move­ment is smooth, and it doesn’t jerk when you’re mak­ing small move­ments with fric­tion en­gaged.

Up top, the lever-op­er­ated quick-re­lease Arca mount is very er­gonomic and a plea­sure to use. Our only nig­gle is that the bub­ble level be­comes ob­scured when you mount your cam­era.

The only other is­sue here is cost, but build qual­ity is flaw­less, and the de­sign adds value with its ver­sa­til­ity. The quick-re­lease mount can be re­moved from the ball and re­mounted on the base; with this as­sem­bly flipped, you get a lev­el­ling base for shoot­ing stitched panora­mas.

PROS Un­com­pro­mis­ing build; smooth; ef­fec­tive fric­tion con­trol; light weight

CONS Rel­a­tively pricey, es­pe­cially in UK; ob­scured bub­ble level


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