Any experience with Gitzo ballheads?
I just purchared an older Gitzo tripod (Reporter Performance Gilux) which doesn't have a model number on it, but seems to be solid. For $100.00 I figured I there wasn't much to lose. I was leaning towards purchasing the Kirk BH-1 ballhead, but just got my Gitzo catalog in the mail today. I see they've got a Gitzo G1377M center ballhead (magnesium) and it looks like a new item. Now, I've never owned a tripod much less know anything about Gitzo, but is this a new ballhead? Does anyone out there have practical experience with this head in the field? I own an F5 and my biggest lens is an 80-200mm AF-D with collar. I enjoy taking landscape photos, and am going to central Mexico (Guanajuato, San Miguel) before the year's out and don't want to be without a quality ballhead. Tell me what you think and have a great day. Thanks, Jack
#1. "RE: Any experience with Gitzo ballheads?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberThu 19-Jul-01 11:45 PM
My only experience with Gitzo ballheads is with the older ones. When they first came out, they were quite good, but designs of competing heads have improved a lot. I don't like the offset platform design. I get smoother operation with better balance with a ballhead that has the platform on axis with the ballhead and tripod.
The new ones are probably better and they even offer a version that will accept an arca-type plate. I suspect that the Kirk will be much smoother and the action more predictable.
#2. "RE: Any experience with Gitzo ballheads?" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberFri 20-Jul-01 12:08 AM
The G1377 M is a Center BallHead, which is nice since, like BJ, I don´t like offset ballheads either.
This ballhead is only 3-3/4 inches tall and can be had simple or with either of two adapters: the G1285 Quick Release that looks good, or the G1387 which is a dovetail adapter looking a bit more sturdier and Arca Style.
I think you will be very happy with it in whatever configuration you choose. It supports very well up to 17-1/2 lbs and can be had for just US$199 brand new at B&H.
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#3. "RE: Any experience with Gitzo ballheads?" | In response to Reply # 0
If you're leaning towards landscape photos, perhaps the more deliberate working style of a 3-way head would suit you better. (Please note, a cynic like myself might note that "more deliberate" means slower ). These are generally cheaper than an equivalent ballhead. Both Gitzo and Bogen make them. I personally have the 3029, because I'm too cheap for a nice ballhead . However, if you are looking to start doing some action shots, the ballhead will prove invaluable.