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Vanguard ABH-340L Semi-Elliptical Ball Head (Black)


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  • Extreme tension and friction control
  • Supports up to 88 lbs./40 kg.
  • OX Coating: Smooth, scratch-free housing
  • Semi-elliptical ball head increases tension to handle off-center load
  • Compatible with Arca standards
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 4.1 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003IHAOJY
  • Item model number: ABH-340L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

VANGUARD’s top-of-the-line ABH Series semi-elliptical ball heads automatically adjust and increase tension to handle off-center load, with exceptional strength and stability. Patented features include Combination-Friction Forces Control (CFFC) which enables extreme tension and friction control via an ergonomic grooved dial located on the main adjustment knob. Both are independently adjustable but positioned side-by-side on the same axis for convenient fine-tuning. This combination of precise tension and friction forces control increases the strength to provide outstanding security. ABH has exceptional stability with its Stability X3 system's additional component between the semi-elliptical ball head and housing, providing a loading weight capacity of three times that of other ball heads. Other features include an industry-leading housing with oxidation anodizing treatment that provides a smooth, scratch-free surface. It prevents scratching and damaging with incredible resistance. Its quick-release plate has cavity-mounted anti-slip rubber pads for greater camera-to-surface security. A scaled base enables smooth 360-degree panoramic movement. It is compatible with numerous Arca quick release plates so its platform requires no adaptor. K-type knob lock enables fine-tuning.

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The good news it is very stable.
Chad T Liddell
Sadly these product has been discontinued....so what are you waiting for, stop reading and buy it already!
CMP
I would absolutely recommend this head to my friends and have.
Kevlnda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Enfield on April 19, 2012
What do I think of this head? I received one today and after about 45 minutes of testing I ordered another one.

Let me start by saying that I don't have lot of experience with top-notch ball heads. I started 7 years ago with one of those Manfrotto grip heads. That would have been OK for a small SLR and kit lens, but nothing bigger. Not only did it slip, but it wasn't smooth and it was very difficult to position precisely. As I expanded my kit and improved my photography, I recognized I needed something better.

My next purchase was a Vanguard SBH-200. At the time I liked it as well as any of the more expensive heads I tried in my local camera stores, and it was half the price of anything comparable I could lay my hands on. That said, it clearly wasn't fabulous, and I had one of the few reviews with anything negative to say about that product line. It was far smoother and stronger than my previous head, but if the friction was tight enough to support the weight of a D200 & 80-200 f2/8, it was jerky and hard to position. Once you got it pointed where you wanted, it was very stable in most positions, but it would creep when tilted at extreme angles no matter how tight I wrenched the locking knob. Finally, the friction and locking knobs are very close to the same size and position, just on opposite sides of the head. I often grabbed the wrong knob when shooting at night. It was a good-enough head, but I knew immediately that I would be upgrading sometime in the future.

I thought I would buy an Arca or RRS head when I could afford it, but I stumbled on the ABH series by accident a few months ago. The single-knob caught my attention, and in looking closer I could see that it was a completely different design.
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I purchased the Vanguard ABH-340L to replace a Bogen head with an arca clamp on a large studio tripod. I bought it for two reasons- it uses an arca-swiss style quick release plate and it was dirt cheap compared to what I have spent on such heads in the past. The good news it is very stable. It compares favorably to the Kirk and Really Right Stuff heads I currently own. The tightening and locking adjustments are smooth and easy to use. The rotation is just a tad less smooth than the Really Right Stuff head I own but it is more smooth than the Kirk. Unfortunately the locking design is less than ideal. Instead of the typical screw-type locking they have opted for a hinge-type swinging arm, (right side of picture with the yellow button.) a small wheel on the top of the tripod is used to adjust the width. Most plates have varying widths so every time you change plates you have to go through a process of spinning that little wheel, mounting the plate, swinging the locking arm in place to see if it is correct, opening it if it doesn't and repeat the process until you hone the grip. It's tedious and unnecessary. So, if you are only going to use the plate it comes with I would rate it five stars. If you have multiple plates be aware that you'll be fiddling with it quite a bit. Still, it's a stellar value, but not perfect.
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By CMP on August 24, 2012
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Quality is tops in my opinion. It was an effort to make my camera in the same position after locking the knobs, I end up wasting a lot of effort trying to hold it just so that when I let go, it will not move.

With this new abh-340l ball head, my camera is locked tight with no movement, its frozen solid 200mm and all.

Extremely happy with the purchase.

Sadly these product has been discontinued....so what are you waiting for, stop reading and buy it already!
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