Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Center Ball Head  - Landscapegear

Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Center Ball Head

Regular price R 5,299.00
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Tax included.

This is the smallest of the three and is closest in size and ratings to the SIRUI K10x. It features a load capacity of 11kg, but weighs just 390g in a slim and compact design.

  • This head is ideal for any cameras up to a pro body like a 1Dx, D5 or gripped D810 or 5D with lenses up to a light medium telephoto like a 70-200mm f/4, Canon 70-300mm or Nikon 28-300mm.
  • If you plan to use anything heavier, such as a 70-200mm f/2.8, 100-400mm, 300mm f/4, 400mm f/5.6 or greater, the GH1382QD is a more suited choice. 

It is important to note that this model does not feature tension adjustment – it comes out of the factory with an ideal amount of tension applied to the ball and this cannot be adjusted. 

This head is a perfect match for Gitzo Series 1 Traveler models like the GT1545T and GT1555T

New Gitzo Ball Heads

This new range of ball heads from Gitzo is one the most exciting products to hit the tripod market in years, especially for South Africa. Gitzo is well known as the best tripod leg brand in SA, but it is with good reason that until now, we’ve never sold any of their heads. They always wanted to do something different and the products available were odd, to say the least.

With these heads, they have finally jumped on the bandwagon and conformed to the standard arca-swiss compatible ball head design. Why is it exciting for yet another manufacturer to be making the same ball head that 50 other companies do? Because Gitzo does things better than all 50 of the other companies.

These heads are made from different materials than everything else on the market. Almost all the manufacturers use aluminium for both the cup and the ball and the cup is usually a single piece of machined aliminium, but Gitzo have taken a different route here. Firstly, their cup consists of two pieces made from two different materials - a lower section consisting of the same cast magnesium alloy that the apex of their legs are made from and a top section made from a very intricately piece of machined aluminium. The ball is made from a material you’ve likely never heard of – Tungsten Disulfide. This is one of the ultimate low-friction alloys known to man and upon playing around with one of these heads, you realise why they chose this product and what makes these heads different to the rest of the market.

This low-friction material makes it easy to tighten the head to a level that holds your composition, but still allows adjustment thereof. The main locking knob also functions more gracefully than on any other head we’ve ever used. Completely locking the ball requires almost no force and this prevents sore hands and fingers when shooting frequently.

The best part? These heads are substantially cheaper than their closest competitor – Kirk. In the USA these heads are substantially more expensive than the Kirk counterparts, but in SA they are cheaper.

Specifications

  • Weight: 390g
  • Load rating: 11kg
  • Height: 10.4cm

Included in the box

  • Polyester dust bag                        
  • Tools for adjustment                        
  • 2-year warranty card

Do you have the item in stock? 

Products are either in stock, out of stock (sold out) or special order. 

  • In stock: We have stock at our local warehouse. You can see how many we have in stock, add these products to your cart and check out. 
  • Sold out: We usually carry stock of this item but it has sold out. Please get in touch to get an ETA and reserve and incoming product. Or use the "Email me when available" button to get an email when new stock arrives. 
  • Special order: We don't carry local stock of this item. Get in touch to confirm stock availability and ETA to place an order. 

Delivery options and what they cost

We pride ourselves on FREE lightning fast shipping. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

Can I collect my parcel? 

Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. Please call or message Rudolph on 061 468 1931 if you have any questions.

  • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
  • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
  • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
  • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
  • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

What payment options are available?  

  • EFT
  • EFT via Payfast
  • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

*If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

Where is my order? How can I track my order?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

You can shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers. 

Orms Bellville
Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town

Fritz, 021 910 1380

Kameraz
Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Martin Wright, 011 880 2885

Photoquip
28 Pearce St, Berea, East London

Damien, 083 574 9134

Katz
66 17th Ave, Broadwood, Port Elizabeth
Lascel, 041 367 4401

Lime Photo
Kloof, Durban
Emil, 084 484 9959

Photo Freedom
Ballito, Durban
Graham, 032 586 1212

DPC
Pretoria
Danie, 072 608 3345

We have a no-nonsense approach. If a product breaks due to a manufacturer defect, we will replace it without asking any questions. If we have any reason to believe that the product was put through unreasonably heavy usage, we will have to follow the manufacturer's standard warranty procedure. 

Find more info on proper care and use for each brand below. 

NiSi Care & Use

F-stop Care & Use

Leofoto

The manufacturer offers a 10-year limited warranty on all products and we extend that warranty to our customers. Please read the below very carefully, so you understand your position when something breaks or doesn’t work ideally anymore.

It is critical to understand that this warranty only applies to factory faults and not to standard wear and tear. Tripods are subject to a lot of gray areas in this regard as tripods used outdoors, particularly in sand and sea water, are subjected to extreme wear and tear. We will e.g. replace the affected part of your tripod if a carbon tube snaps or cracks without much pressure applied to it or if the apex breaks. We will not replace your tripod or the affected part if e.g. a joint locks up due to sand or salt build up or if a hinge becomes corroded or stiff/floppy and unserviceable due to corrosion or salt build up. 

In sum, if we see that you took good care of your tripod and something went wrong, we will go out of our way to fix or replace it for you. If we see that you dragged it through the mud (literally or metaphorically), then we are unlikely to fix/replace it for you. How you handle your tripod and take care of it, is all the difference between 3- or 20 years of service. 

The best of tripods will not last longer than 2/3 years if used regularly in the sea, INCORRECTLY, and never serviced. Always make sure to extend the lowest leg section first, so you keep the joints out of the water/sand. Always rinse with freshwater after use in the sea, wipe down with a wet cloth, leave extended to dry and ENSURE YOU KEEP THE HEAD AND APEX DRY. If your tripod’s joints start feeling sandy/gritty, open them up, give them a proper clean and lubrication and fine-tune the tension on the joints.

If travelling on dirt roads, ensure that your tripod is in its carry-bag when not in use.

Your tripod will not take care of itself – it is up to you to do so. All our tripods ship with an info-sheet on taking care of your tripod. We also offer a full tripod disassembly and service for R1000, including shipping both ways.

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