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ACRATECH - Long Lens Head - Three Questions

Discussion in 'Other Cool Gear, Camera Bags, Camera Straps' started by MMRadman, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Three questions related to title subject.


    1) Does any one own/use it and wish to share impressions/experience.

    2) Is Acratech Long Lens Head good alternative to more expensive Wimberly Gimbal Head - opinion based on first hand experience appreciated.

    3) Is Acratech clamp compatible with Wimberly plates - in relation to spring loaded pin fitting Wimberly plate indentation.

    Many thanks,
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 17, 2009
  2. Anyone???
  3. I think this model is pretty new. May be no one has one or has seen one. I think Allen's Camera in PA/USA just became a dealer for them, you might contact them to see what he thinks about it.
    home page www.allenscamera.com
    4401 New Falls Rd.
    Levittown PA 19056
  4. The Acratech site lists it as pre-order only. Apparently not yet available.
  5. Larry,

    Thank you for replying.
    I think also it is relatively new so exposure to such product could be limited.
    There is a dealer closer to home here in UK who specialises in ACRATECH (Bob Rigby) but retaiers usually put positive spin on products that sell with good margin. Last time i spoke to them guy was trying to sell me Wimberly gimbal.

    Will check also ADORAMA and B&H for customer reviews, with their volume of sales there might be a feedback.
  6. Hi Luke,
    The plot thickens, i will call Bob Rigby in the morning as they seem to have it listed for sale (while i think new universal L bracket is pre-order).

    Bob Rigby is UK based retailer so would be surprised if they have it for sale before US market.
  7. GoGo


    Apr 20, 2006
    New York
    It is a very good quality head, I use it exclusively with my monopod. Very well designed and manufactured. That and it works well and is not sticky.

    I was using the RRS long lens head and I hated it.
    These Acratech heads are in short supply, I got mine used. You might have better luck. I don't know if I would want this head on a tri pod?
  8. Giorgio,

    Much appreciated.

    ACRATCH LLH (Long Lens Head) does resemble similar monopod head from RRS (type MH-01) or sturdier version of Manfrotto #234 monopod head.

    Is the RRS "long lens head" you refer to by any chance type MH-01 http://reallyrightstuff.com/tripods/04.html
  9. Mladen,

    I did find a review or two here.
  10. How were you able to get one when the site says pre order only?
  11. I think Giorgio has the right take on this head. From the picture of it on the Acratech website, it does not have full movement like you'd get with a gimbel. If it supports a big heavy load on a monopod it would be ideal. Thanks Giorgio. I may put it on my short list.
  12. I think pre order means they build them when they get an order?
  13. Larry,

    Much appreciated, exactly kind of information i was after.
    Gentleman in BIRDFORUM classed it as cheap? As of today it retails in UK for £295 instead of £499 for full Wimberly. Draw your own conclusions about being cheap.

    Giorgio made very valid point about being more of a monopod head that corroborates opinion in http://www.birdforum.net/reviews/showproduct.php/product/261/limit/recent

    Have a feeling that ACRATECH LLH can complement my Gitzo GM5561T by providing proper tilt. Total weight would be still bearable to carry on long walks. All i need now is to wait for Santa to drop it down the chimney :wink:

    Thank you all on your feedback.

    Q - how do you make hyper link appear to read "here" instead of full address (i can see the code while i type this but don't get it)
  14. Mladen,

    Easy to do. See the little earth with chain link above the text area in the reply box? Click it, paste the URL in, click okay and then type the description you want to show.

    Here the Wimberley is almost $600 with the LLH a bit over $300. A bit curious that their is less difference over there.
  15. Oh, could be, I am not sure.
  16. GoGo


    Apr 20, 2006
    New York
    yes that's it
  17. GoGo


    Apr 20, 2006
    New York
    Kidding right?
    I found one right here on this site in the for sale section, after looking everywhere else (including FM). As I clearly stated in my post.
  18. No I am not kidding. I didn't see where you said that, sorry Giorgio.
  19. I ordered one from Scott (co-owner) and got it a few days
    later. You don't need to wait to receive the Long Lens head...
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