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RRS BH-55 VS. Acratech GP

 
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Aug 10, 2012 16:20 |  #1

I am debating between these two ballheads. I hear amazing things about both. What do you guys think about them?

I shoot everything from cityscapes to landscapes to wildlife. I just don't know! I want to have these forever so I want to make the right choice!

RRS BH-55: http://reallyrightstuf​f.com …ll-sized-ballhead-with-LR (external link)

Acratech GP: http://acratech.net/pr​oduct.php?productid=69 (external link)


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Aug 10, 2012 17:48 |  #2

I have the BH-55 PCL and it is sweet... but also spendy. It is solid, no droop, locks on tight and works great with my RRS L bracket. I'm very happy with the purchase. I'd say the only con is the sucker packs some weight to it but that may not be a bad thing because it may help with creating a little more stability with light breezes and what not.




  
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Aug 10, 2012 21:02 |  #3
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Aug 11, 2012 01:50 |  #4

Personally I'd get the acratech because I've been interested in their heads for a while now and want to try them out.


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Aug 11, 2012 06:33 |  #5

Here in the UK it's not easy to check these things out beforehand. Availability can also be a problem. That's why I went for an Acratech ballhead - that and the fact that they look a billion times cooler than anybody else's.


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Aug 11, 2012 12:48 as a reply to  @ hollis_f's post |  #6

I have two Acratech heads, the GP for my GT2531 and the GP-s for my 1541T, and they are spectacular pieces of equipment. Operation is smooth and precise, and they can be turned into levelling panorama heads in seconds. I have used them as a gimbal for my 400 f5.6L and had no creep. I am sure that RRS equipment is excellent, but they seem to have almost an Apple-like cult following, and I am a bit of a contrarian.


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Aug 12, 2012 03:56 |  #7

I have an Acratech GV2 on the way which is quite similar to the Acratech GP. I opted to not get an RRS head in favor for Acratech's "open" ball head design. However, I am pairing the Acratech GV2 with an RRS Lever-Release Clamp because I enjoy the convenience.

After doing some research and considering what other experienced photographers have said, I chose the Acratech because I feel the "open" design of the ball head will be an asset, especially for landscape photography. It will be easy to clean if anything gunk or grit gets on the ball itself. For a head like RRS, if fine grains of sand got to the ball because of wind, lets say on a beach, you would be hard pressed to clean it yourself and will more likely than not have to send it to RRS.

Also, the Acratech GP (1 lb) is roughly half the amount of weight as the RRS BH-55 (1.9 lb). If weight is a factor, I'd strongly consider the Acratech GP.

As someone mentioned earlier, the Acratech definitely has more of a "cool factor"

Both heads are great though, so good luck!


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Aug 12, 2012 07:03 |  #8

The RRS BH 55 works for me and no droops. No experiance with acratech.




  
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Aug 12, 2012 19:08 |  #9

I use an Acratech GP with an RRS lever clamp. Best of both worlds.




  
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Jan 01, 2013 16:04 |  #10

What's the difference between the V2 and GP? they look the same




  
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Jan 01, 2013 16:37 |  #11

Tanglefoot47 wrote in post #15431997 (external link)
What's the difference between the V2 and GP? they look the same

GP can be used as a Panoramic leveling head. see end of video - http://acratech.net/pa​ges.php?pageid=14 (external link)


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Jan 01, 2013 20:36 |  #12

Justaddwata wrote in post #15432106 (external link)
GP can be used as a Panoramic leveling head. see end of video - http://acratech.net/pa​ges.php?pageid=14 (external link)


Got it don't think I would need a GP, I recently sold a gimble head I think I made a mistake so I am either buying the V2 or another gimble trying toi make up my mind. I like the gimble for shooting birdies and for grandsons baseball games




  
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Jan 01, 2013 22:44 |  #13

I picked up the GV2 after months of debating and I just couldn't be happier. The head has seen 2or3 years of use and is still rock solid st any angle.

Its super easy to clean, and hardly ever needs it. I use the standard screw clamp and have never had it come loose.


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Jan 02, 2013 15:26 |  #14

RRS all day and then some


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Jan 02, 2013 21:56 |  #15

DisrupTer911 wrote in post #15433396 (external link)
I picked up the GV2 after months of debating and I just couldn't be happier. The head has seen 2or3 years of use and is still rock solid st any angle.

Its super easy to clean, and hardly ever needs it. I use the standard screw clamp and have never had it come loose.

Looks like an awesome head and light weight




  
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