Vanguard GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead

Model #GH-100

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General Information

Load Capacity 13.23 lbs (6 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level 1
Tripod Mount 1/4" with 3/8" adapter
Tilt Range +35° to -90° side to side
-8° to +90° back to front
Tension Control Not specified by manufacturer
Separate Panning Lock 72-click point panorama
Height 7.125" (180mm)
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 26.45 oz (750 g)
User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
4 December 2016

Just an update on my GH-100 ballhead. After 4 years of use I have come to the conclusion that the tension adjustment is the big Achilles heel on this tripod head. As the head wears, It becomes nearly impossible to adjust the tension enough to hold my 6lb setup (half the heads rated load capacity)...

Optics planet.32834104
28 February 2014

I was constantly frustrated in trying to make my old tripod "work" with my long range spotting scope. It was maddening to field the target and almost impossible to fine tune. The Vanguard Alta eliminates the guess work. When the target comes into view it stays put, no guesswork, totally reliable.

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25 April 2014

Works very nicely with long lens like my Sigma 150-500mm. Makes panorama shots a breeze! Very stable and precise adjustments when compared to most ball heads, which makes up for the additional weight of the tripod. Recommended for any level photographer.

B h photo.32817553
31 December 2016

A great step up from using a smaller Sunpak grip,but at the price, it should be.Using with Induro alloy and aluminum tripod legs,AT and CT 213.Secure, with no wobble, very well made,grip spring is easy to tighten and loosen.Great combo with my Sony 70-400G.

B h photo.32817553
25 February 2016

I am 67 and have had chemo. I am not strong enough to hold a camera and a 400 mm lens. I put the GH-100 on a monopod and I am good to go. I worried that I would not be strong enough to use it but that is not the case. I go birding almost everyday and could not do it without the GH-100.Dot Rambin

B h photo.32817553
1 September 2015

Too stiff when you want to make small adjustments and the ball head is too hard when you tighten it up for stiffness even if you make pressure on the grip. It is not a good head and there are many more better options for very similar prices. Would definitely would not recommend it to anyone.

B h photo.32817553
23 July 2015

Feels very sturdy and may work for some people, but not for me. First off, the bubble level is hidden under the camera mount, so you have to take the camera off to see the level. just plain dumb!More importantly, the trigger grip is VERY STIFF.

B h photo.32817553
12 June 2015

Im loving this mount, the way you can re adjust the grip to however you want is excellent! Its biggest use is probably in photography though, because if you want to make tilt shots it wont be as straight since it is afterall a ball head mount. Buy it, you wont regret having it!

B h photo.32817553
21 January 2015

After much research and two weeks of use, I am happy to report that I am completely satisfied with this product. I highly recommend it for those of you seeking a pistol grip type ball head that is solidly built, reliable, and reasonably priced.

B h photo.32817553
26 September 2014

So this is a well made product, and I have used it for over 30 shoots, but it is not the head for me. I use it when I shoot with my Mamiya C330 or Mamiya Rz67, both heavy and big cameras.But my problem is that the pistol grip is hard and awkward to use in actual use.

Product Highlights
  • Pistol Grip Offers One-Handed Operation
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Lightweight (26.45 oz)
  • One Bubble Level
  • Extremely Fluid, Precise Movement
  • Dual-Locking Quick Shoe Mechanism
  • 72-Click Point Panorama
  • 90-Degreee Vertical Tilt
  • 360-Degree Horizontal Movement
In The Box
  • Vanguard GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead
  • QS-65GH Quick-Release Plate for GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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