The ultimate macro ballhead is actually called the “Ultimate Ballhead” from Acratech. This is the best head on the market for the macro photographer. it’s unique design makes the macro photographers life a lot easier when shooting.
Here is a typical ballhead with the ball fully encased in the housing and it has a little U shaped slot which is how you move the camera downward to shoot, and then you have to pan the head side to side to get the camera in the correct position. So you have to use both controls to get the camera in position.
Here is the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead, and as you can see the front of the ball housing has been cut away, which allows you total freedom of movement in any direction as you move your camera into position. So just one control which is the large knob you see in the foreground to release the camera and then lock it down when you are in position.
Here is the side view of the Ultimate Ballhead. You can see the ball is riding in this circular housing and is open on both sides. If you need to shoot upwards, just pan the camera 180 degrees tilt the camera backwards and you have total freedom of movement in all direction with one control knob. It has an oilless and greaseless ball that will not attract or hold dirt and debris.
Acratech Ultimate Ballhead Features
- Weighs less than 1 lb (.45kg) with quick release clamp.
- Easily holds over 25 lbs (11.4kg) at any angle.
- Full movements allow any camera position.
- Precision C.N.C. machined.
- Compatible with Kirk, Arca, R.R.S., and many other QR plates.
- Beautiful satin black anodized finish.
- Fits all standard tripods (1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads).
- Engraved degree markings.
- Solid precision feel.
- Made in U.S.A.
- Ball will not shift when tightened.
- All knobs are secured so they cannot vibrate loose and fall off.
Provides total camera movements without moving your tripod
One piece of advise, is when you first start to use this head and you go to tighten the knob to hold the camera in position, you tend not to tighten the knob hard enough. You do have to tighten the knob with good amount of pressure, but once you have the right amount of tightening the camera holds steady. You will get use to using the right amount of tightening as you work with it, I did.
Cost with leveling bubble, $319.00 Plus if you don’t have an arcaswiss style mounting plate on your camera, you will need to purchase a plate as well.
Purchase one here.https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=1126ACRA&mfg=Acratech&show=yes