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Nov 12, 2014 12:31 |  #16

Thank you Peter. Just found out I'll be in NYC the early part of December and will go by B&H and check out the various heads. No need to rush at this point and it gives the credit card time to cool off.

In regards to the Gitzo Systematic head, the engineer in me likes the low center of gravity the Systematic head has in this tripod. The ball is roughly centered in the tripod's ring-clamp. I "feel" as though that would add to the stability of the overall system. I will admit the controls of the Gitzo appear rather convoluted, at least in the video I watched. The quick release is Arca compatible though and I'll bring a few plates to test.

The current price at B&H is $490 and subtracting the $150 rebate gets the price down to $340. I suppose it could be lowered further by selling the series 5 adapter ring included with the head - maybe another $40ish. So a $300 head when all is said and done.

Lastly, I called the rebate number posted above by jnswcd. The rebate can be claimed multiple times.


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Nov 12, 2014 17:16 |  #17

OneyedJack wrote in post #17267632 (external link)
In regards to the Gitzo Systematic head, the engineer in me likes the low center of gravity the Systematic head has in this tripod. The ball is roughly centered in the tripod's ring-clamp. I "feel" as though that would add to the stability of the overall system.

I understand this completely, I've seen the head and the concept is similar to the Burzynski ballhead (external link). The issue with the Burzynski head is that it has very limited degrees of motion, and I think that the Gitzo head may be similar. I'm shocked that they're asking $490 for the Gitzo, to be honest.

Having the ball located as low as possible is good, and this was actually the driving force behind the design of the RRS BH-55 head. That head is relatively squat in comparison to most ballheads and it's apparently the overwhelming favorite of a lot of pro photographers that use Gitzo tripods. I don't use one myself, all I have from RRS are a couple of lever clamps that are on Acratech and Arca Swiss Z1 heads.

The RRS lever clamps are something that only an engineer could love, they are heavy duty and obviously designed and made without regard to cost but clearly mindful of durability and fitness for purpose. The clamps also auto-adjust to any Arca-Swiss type plate which is a usability feature that very few if any other lever clamps can claim. If the ballhead is anything like these clamps (and I have no reason to believe otherwise) then the $450 cost is certainly justified.


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