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Acratech ballhead

Review Date: Dec 7, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 1 

Pros: Compact, lightweight, and not ridiculously priced.
Closure failed and dropped my 1Ds MkIII destroying the 16-35 lens and lens mount.

The negative says it all. A screw gate on this type of head makes no sense at all, particularly one without any kind of lock or secondary closure. I've always known the head was sketchy so I always double check my tighteners. On this particular instance I specifically remember checking all of the tighteners on my rig before picking it up, this was clearly a failure of the closure.

In the future I will avoid any ballhead with a screw gate closure.