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Acratech ballhead

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Review Date: Jan 6, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: $299.00

 
Pros: Light weight, cool design, reasonable price
Cons:
Awkward for taking verticle shots, nonintuitive for everything else

I originally purchased the Arcatech Ultimate Ballhead because I tromp around in the mountains a lot and wanted something light. But after awhile I became increasingly frustrated. If you want to point the lens down you have to turn the ball in one direction and if you want to shoot up you have to turn it another. Taking verticle shots is a real hassle. After awhile I found the setup was getting in the way of composing shots. Far from an "ultimate" experience. I recently switched to an Arca Swiss, which works much better. Wanna buy a used Arcatech?

 
Acratech ballhead

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Review Date: Jan 4, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $299.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Cool design. Light weight makes it good for hiking.
Cons:
Awkward for verticle shots. Non intuitive for everything else.

I echo many of the comments made previously. The nonorthodox design makes it difficult to set up a shot quickly. Because the ball rotates only in certain directions, I end up thinking too much about where the camera is in relation to the subject, the ballhead and the tripod. A setup like the Arca Swiss (which I recently purchased as a replacement) makes more sense because it rotates in every direction, so you can quickly move your camera in the direction your eye takes you; much more intuitive. The Acratech is far from ultimate.