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Vanguard GH-200 Grip Head with Universal Style Quick Shoe/Friction Control/Panoramic Function


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  • Friction Control System - Adjustable for Precise Adjustments
  • Two Bubble-Levels
  • Universal Standard Quick Shoe
  • 72-Point Panoramic Function with Click-Control for Perfect Panoramic Photography
  • Contoured, Ergonomic Handle
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 23 x 9.5 cm ; 821 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Item model number: GH-200
  • ASIN: B007BKEQ6G
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

GH-200 Pistol Grip Ball head
Universal standard quick shoe plate
Universal standard quick shoe plate
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GH-200 is modeled after VANGUARD’s multiple award-winning GH-100. GH-200 supports standard and large zoom lenses with impressive security. Its quick shoe plate with clamp knob enables large telephoto lenses to be shifted forward and backward for precise positioning, while maintaining steady center-of-gravity support and preventing accidental release.

GH-200 provides smooth movement with extremely impressive ergonomic control. This beautifully engineered ball head has the Grip Position Release System with an industry-leading pistol grip-style handle, which rotates 360 degrees and enables you to unlock, reposition and lock gear into place with ease. Its one-handed, convenient operation frees the user’s other hand to make lens zoom adjustments.

The handle can be quickly and easily positioned at any angle, too, without the need for tools or dismantling, for maximum comfort. Depression of the handle allows 360-degrees of panning movement and -32 to +90-degrees of side-to-side tilt and -8 to +90-degree back to front tilt movement all round. It instantly locks into place with simple release of the handle.

Other impressive features include its Friction Control System which allows photographers to modify the level of friction on the ball to accommodate changing equipment weight, such as switching to heavier lenses. The anodized center ball allows for extremely fluid movement without sacrificing precise control. It also has a bubble level located beside the quick shoe plate for balance.

Other notable features include an accurate panoramic base, offering 72 point rotation with gentle click-in-place positioning that moves the camera 5 degrees per click and prevents jumps in shots to ensure a perfect 360-degree panorama, universal standard quick shoe plate and two bubble levels.

Ball/Grip Head 2-in-1
Ball/Grip Head 2-in-1
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• B&G DESIGN - BALL/GRIP HEAD 2-IN-1 : It enables you to follow an object ultra smoothly by pressing the trigger

• FC SYSTEM -Friction Control System : Friction control switch enables precise adjustment

• Versatile Movement : Provides impressive versatility in positioning with 360° horizontal movement and 90 degree angle tilt

GH-200, 3-in-1 Ball head and Pistol Grip

1. Ball Head

Perfect for photographing moving subjects, simply use the friction control (FC) to balance your equipment, and enjoy smooth, continuous tracking.

2. Pistol Grip

For shots where you want to lock the camera in position, the pistol grip offers GPR – Grip, Position, Release, system. Simply squeeze the pistol trigger, move your camera to the desired position, and release to lock it in place.

3. Panorama Function

The GH-200 also includes a panoramic function, with the camera mount able to move through 360 degrees in 4 degree steps. Each step is accompanied with a gentle "click" to help you position the camera perfectly.

Two bubble levels
Two bubble levels
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Features

• GPR (Grip, Position, Release) System
• Friction control switch
• 360-degree panning
• 72-point click function enables perfect panoramic photography
• 8-stop handle position
• 2 bubble levels
• Universal standard quick shoe plate
• Contoured, ergonomic handle

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Vanguard GH-200


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Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Groom TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2013
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There are certainly things to commend about this ball head.

- It's mostly constructed from metal, and feels robust.
- It's an attractive piece of kit - it certainly gives an outward appearance of quality, and all the markings are easy to read.
-When fully locked down, it is suitably rigid, and it will support heavy camera and lens combinations with ease - I've used mine with a D800 + 24-70 f/2.8 on a battery grip, which is quite a front-heavy combination. I experienced no creep with the pistol grip at maximum tension.
-The pistol grip can be adjusted quickly and easily in one plane of rotation to any angle in steps of 45 degrees by means of a sliding locking ring.
-Having dual level bubbles means that you can level in portrait or landscape mode relatively easily.
-Having a rotating mount extends the use of this head beyond being a simple ball head, and it does make a good basis for pano shots. Rotation is smooth and controllable, with marked graduations.
-The pistol grip has a firmness adjustment which is easy and quick to operate, and the handle is nicely shaped and rubberised back and front.
-All controls are decently sized and easy to use with gloves on.

However, there are some things I'm not so keen on personally.

-The camera mount plate does not have a quick release. You have to unscrew the locking screw to entirely disengage one side of the bevel lock and tilt the plate out of its base. This is rather cumbersome and inconvenient. I much prefer the quick lock and release system employed on my Manfrotto 322RC2.
-Because the camera mount plate can be slid forwards and back to some degree, getting the camera repeatedly mounted in the exact same position is not as easy as it might otherwise be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evan VINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2013
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Up until now I have been using a Giottos MH1300 ball head and have mostly been happy with it. The only real downside to it I would say is that when you have a heavy long lens coupled with a full frame slr at a certain angle, you'd get a slow creep downward. Now this is where the Vanguard GH-200 grip head comes into its own...

I received my GH-200 grip head today and immediately took it out for a test shoot along the Thames. I noticed a few funny looks from people who had probably noticed the pistol style look of the camera head. Luckily the few police officers I passed didn't seem bothered by it at all...

I found a good spot to set up my tripod and placed the camera on top, composed and fired off a few shots. I played with the tighten/loosen control to see how it affected the trigger control expecting that once I gripped the trigger on a 'loose' selection the head would move quite easily. What I found though, was that when the dial is towards the 'loosen' end the head moves freely regardless of whether the grip has been squeezed which kind of defeats the need for the grip. It also causes the camera/lens to fall under its own weight. Not so good.

The grip only really comes into its own once you have the dial on 'tighten' selection or close to it. Once there, you'll really need to squeeze the grip hard to move the head around. But it can be difficult to accurately compose your shot when the movement is so tough. To get a good balance of tightness and ease of movement, you'll need to move the dial somewhere between 'loosen' and 'tighten' to suit your strength and the lens/camera combination weight. Once you find the ideal, it becomes fluid and precise.

I was testing on a D800 and 35mm prime so not too heavy a set up.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Bhangal TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2013
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Ball heads are a nice idea. Rather than having two axes to control as with most normal heads, you have a single, simple to control universal ball joint that allows you to easily reposition in any direction. Although simple in concept, all ball heads have a number of issues.

(1) Most ball heads require you to reposition the camera by using both hands - one to move the camera itself, and the other to loosen and tighten the ball head. Worse, you often have to take your eye away from the viewfinder a little whilst tightening/loosening the ball head (or risk a stinging nose/eye!).

(2) Most ball heads do not allow smooth panning in one direction only - the ball head is an omi-joint, meaning you cannot limit movement to one axis. This prevents you being able to use a ball head for the most common movement required in video and some stills - panning.

(3) Ball heads are much simpler than standard heads so you would think they are useful on a monopod but in practice they can be quite tricky - you have to hold the camera with one hand and the other hand is also at the top of the monopod loosening and tightening the ball head. As both of your hands are at the top of the monopod, stability suffers during changes of camera position. In fact, most monopod users just leave the camera in a fixed position and move the entire monopod, which makes it more unstable. If only there was a way to move the camera angle quickly yet keep the monopod upright...

The GH-200 fixes so many of these problems that I am left wondering why all ball heads don't use the same solution: it has a pistol grip to allow you to loosen/tighten the ball head.

With the pistol grip, you can reposition the ball head AND tighten/loosen *with one hand*.
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