The brainchild of the legendary Breakthrough Filters, albeit working under a different name, has announced the world’s first hollow titanium ballhead. It’s called the Highline Ballhead Titanium, and its ultra-light, ultra-strong, and ultra-versatile.

“Although the process of extracting titanium from its ore is costly, designers consider it valuable enough for specialty applications such as aerospace, where its combination of strength-to-weight and corrosion resistance is unrivalled,” Graham Chapman, the company CEO, said.

“Although the process of extracting titanium from its ore is costly, designers consider it valuable enough for specialty applications such as aerospace, where its combination of strength-to-weight and corrosion resistance is unrivalled,” Graham Chapman, the company CEO, said.

The idea of a titanium ballhead isn’t an original one however. Gitzo released a 90th-anniversary edition of the GT90TT with a titanium ballhead way back in 2007. With a price tag of just under £2000, and only 390 of those kits being made, there aren’t exactly loads of them out in the field so this will still be quite the sight!

The highline titanium ballhead is 40% lighter than the equivalent in high-strength steel, but just as strong – and by hollowing the ballhead out, which is machined from a solid block of titanium, the company has managed to reduce the weight by another 52%!

“By re-engineering internal locking mechanisms, the Highline Ballhead features an incredibly strong 54lb locking force – more than double the locking force of Manfrotto, Gitzo, Vanguard and many other industry leaders,” the Colorado Tripod Company says.

Despite its lightness, design decisions give the system an incredibly strong hold.

They have also focused their attention on the ergonomics of their ballheads saying “For decades tripod companies have optimized ballheads for right-handed use” continuing by stating “Since cameras are right-handed, why don’t ballhead companies optimize the ballhead knobs for the left hand?”

The Highline is optimized for left-handed operation through the window design and tension knob orientation, allowing the photographer’s right hand to be free enabling better control of the camera.

Much like when funding Breakthrough Filters, the founders of the Colorado Tripod Company is launched the new Highline Ballhead through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. There are two variants: a ‘conventional’ aluminium version and the revolutionary titanium one.

Then aluminium version costs $99, and the titanium ones will retail at $499 – significantly cheaper than the Gitzo mentioned above! The company is aiming to ship the first units in March 2019.

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