Acra-Swiss Z1 Monoball Flip Lock experience
Has anyone here used the Z1 Flip Lock? I read all sorts of things about it, it works, it doesn't, its a pain, its a safety feature, it does this...I saw a Youtube vid showing how it works and it just doesn't look that complicated to me. Press a button, push the lever, and the plate slides. Release a catch on the lever to push it all the way around and it releases the whole plate. Pretty straight forward. Can anyone who owns one or has used one give me their thoughts about how it works?
#1. "RE: Acra-Swiss Z1 Monoball Flip Lock experience" | In response to Reply # 0petterf Nikonian since 27th Nov 2008Sat 11-Aug-12 10:59 PM
I have one.
It's simple but not as natural and smooth in the handling as I did expect.
You don't push the "button" down as one might think, you pull it and then flip the lever half way.
It's easy just not the procedure you first think of when you look at it.
To fully release the plate after flipping the lever half you need to release the catch which is a little tricky the first few times. You need to press on the countersinked fluted/cogged axle and pull it in the outward direction.
The axles diameter is a bit thin and the fluting do not give as much grip as I want.
You can use your nail instead as it dont need any major force to move it in the direction. It would have been much better with a mm or two added to the diameter.
The ball head handling is exceptional.
Super smooth friction, easy to lock and unlock, you can set a limiter which control the level of free swivel friction when unlocked.
The production quality is outstanding and when tightened it feels welded into place.
I've noticed one thing though.
After levelling it, unlocked, with its bubble. When you then tighten it the levelling change a tiny bit. Not much but still annoying.
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#2. "RE: Acra-Swiss Z1 Monoball Flip Lock experience" | In response to Reply # 0Clint S Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011Sat 11-Aug-12 11:04 PM
What you saw is how it works. The only problem with flip lock clamps is that other manufacture plates may or may not lock in place, this is true of all most all flip lock clamps. However the Arca-Swiss allow for small differences and is easily adjustable if needed.
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#3. "RE: Acra-Swiss Z1 Monoball Flip Lock experience" | In response to Reply # 2wkilburg Registered since 03rd Apr 2011Sun 12-Aug-12 06:13 PM
Thanks gentlemen. Much appreciated. I also saw an interesting evaluation of the Flip Lock from the guys at Luminous Landscape. It was embedded in a review of the Cube.
Also part of that review was an off topic mention of the ball head from Photo Clam, another Korean company that makes a very good copy of the other well known Korean ball head, Markins. He liked the Photo Clam so much he sold his Markins heads. Simply said it worked better with no slip.
I think in the end, you just pick the one you like for which ever reasons and go with it. At a certain level they all seem to function and work the same and it seems to me, looking in fairly objectively as I make my choice, evaluating ballheads at a certain point is just an exercise in splitting hairs.