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Arca Swiss Z1 SP
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2 26125 Mon October 1, 2007
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100% of reviewers $325.00 9.5
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Description: It weighs in at 1.4 lbs.

It can support 130 lbs.
3/8"-16 tripod mount.

Graduated locking knob with minimum-tension wheel and independent pan lock.

Available with traditional and flip-lock quick-release - or none at all.
Keywords: arca swiss z1 sp ballhead



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DiggitalD

Thoughtful Monkey

Registered: May 2005
Location: huntington beach, ca
Posts: 316
Review Date: Wed June 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $325.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: smoooooth
Cons: I had to pay for it

Just a quick blurb on the Arca Swiss Z1 single-pan ballhead:

This head is great. After being disappointed by Kirk Enterprise's BH-3 ballhead, I decided to go for the benchmark. Arca Swiss boasts a 130lb-off-axis load-capacity. I have yet to find a small person willing to sit on the ballhead, so I cannot attest to this rating. I can however say that the locking mechanism is super-smooth and locks tight with little effort. The plastic pan lock is a bit cheesey, but works. The head has made macro shooting much easier - when the head is locked, there is no initial sag, as with the Kirk. The minimum friction wheel also makes life easier, and it works (unlike my BH-3).

There is not a whole lot else to say. The head works like it should and is so much better than the Kirk I own, and the Bogens I have tried. One thing I failed to notice until I used the Z1 is that the locking knob is on the opposite side compared to the Kirk. Of course this only changes where the right-angle slot is, but I am used to making adjustments with my left hand while I shoot with my right, keeping the slot in front for low angle shooting. Now I keep the knob centered, making on-the-fly adjustments a bit more difficult. Whatever.
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beowulfde
IT/Photographer Dude

Registered: September 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 25
Review Date: Mon October 1, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I agree... and use this head as my primary. The rotation is super smooth when the head's tension is adjusted properly.

It's a great head and one that I wish I purchased far sooner than I did.

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--JTK

http://pix.delmarvagroup.com
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