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Vanguard BBH-200 Magnesium Tripod Ball Head


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BBH-200
  • Lightweight, durable magnesium construction with open body design
  • Rapid Level System enables you to quickly guide your camera to be perfectly level with the base
  • Universal 38mm quick shoe plate with large locking knob (QS-60 quick shoe included)
  • 360 degree panning
  • Scratch-free, oxidized surface on central ball for ultra smooth movement
  • 2 bubble levels
  • Weight: 18.7 ounces. Load capacity up to 44 pounds
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Product Description

Size: BBH-200

Product Description

VANGUARD’s top-of-the-line BBH Series ball head delivers in all of the key areas – accuracy, precision, convenience and ease of use. No matter the camera’s position, its Rapid Level System enables you to guide the camera to be perfectly level with the base, quickly and efficiently. When the level position is attained, BBH holds your camera in place. This, coupled with use of its two bubble levels to ensure the tripod’s balance, enables perfectly accurate 360-degree panoramic photography and videography. This magnesium ball head has a unique open body design that helps maintain a lighter weight. The ball also boasts a scratch-free, oxidized surface for ultra smooth moment. BBH can be positioned at accurate 90-degree angles in one second.

From the Manufacturer

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BBH professional ball heads by VANGUARD deliver accuracy, precision, and ease of use, but that’s not all. Their many features include a lightweight open body design, innovative leveling system, and universal 38mm release system.


VANGUARD BBH-200 ball head highlights

The next level
VANGUARD’s BBH ball heads feature an innovative Rapid Level System that allows users to instantly position their camera level with the base of the head. When the Rapid Level System is engaged by sliding the designated orange switch to the right, an internal guide fixes the ball into place once the level position is achieved. This makes switching from portrait orientation to landscape very simple and quick to do. Used in combination with BBH’s two bubble levels, this system ensures a precisely level platform for panoramic shooting. Once fixed, securely lock the ball into place with its oversized locking knob – which is also handy for panning.

Highly compatible
BBH-200 ball head features a universal, 38mm quick release clamp system with large locking knob and VANGUARD’s QS-60 quick shoe with 38mm base. This allows for easy compatibility with other heads and release plates using this popular system. Users can further customize their kit with the use of different size or specialty plates with the same 38mm base, such as the larger QS-61 from VANGUARD. They can also conveniently keep their camera mounted to QS-60 when switching to other heads using this system, such as VANGUARD’s GH-200 or TBH series ball heads.

Award winning
What's more, BBH-200 was named Best Accessory 2012 by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The prestigious award is voted on by the editors of nearly 30 of the world’s top photography magazines. According to the TIPA, voters were won over by the ball head's innovative Rapid Level System, stating, "Vanguard's unique 'Rapid Level System' in their new BBH-200 Ball Head makes life easier for photographers."

Other highlights
  • Lightweight, durable magnesium construction
  • Oxidization anodized scratch free surface on ball for smooth movement
  • Dedicated panning lock
  • 360-degree panning
  • Two bubble levels
  • ¼” to 1/8” attachment screw
  • Oversized locking knob can be repositioned

Product specifications
Height: 4.375 inches
Weight: 18.7 oz.
Maximum Loading Weight: 44 lbs.
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Product Details

Size: BBH-200
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0076MHH88
  • Item model number: BBH-200
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 7, 2012

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ISO640 on May 14, 2014
Size: BBH-200 Verified Purchase
I love this head. I tried several other known brands before finally trying this one and I'm happy I moved away from the name brands to this. It's well-built (I had a Manfrotto break as I was tightening the camera plate to the head), it worked out the box and I like the many levels. I also like the switch that makes it easy to level the ball, I appreciate the pan function and the screws work well.

The only thing I have a gripe about is the plate holder--I have a hard time getting my camera to attach correctly. I'm afraid one of these days I'll drop my camera when trying to attach it to the head. Other than that, I'm quite pleased with this purchase.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2013
Size: BBH-200 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
There is to date a single negative (1-star) review for a Vanguard BBH Series tripod head, by a reviewer who complains that the tripod head (BBH-100) that he or she bought failed months after purchase and was "cheaply" and "poorly" made. All three BBH Series tripod heads are covered by a limited lifetime warranty, which means that should a defect in materials and craftsmanship appear in four months, four years, or four decades, Vanguard promises to make good on it.

The BBH-200 is solidly constructed, quickly and easily adjusted, sturdy, ergonomically designed, aesthetically pleasing, and it has a unique rapid level system. To assure myself that the rapid level system works as promised, I checked it against the BHH-200's two bubble levels about 3 dozen times, and it does indeed work as promised, meaning that using it enables one to quickly level their camera every time. With my relatively lightweight (about 2 lbs.) Nikon D5100 with 55-200mm zoom there is no creeping or slippage after tightening the Main Lock, nor is there creeping or slippage when I use the BBH-200 with my Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter (about 3.5 lbs.). Nor would I expect creeping given that the BBH-200 is built to hold up to 44 lbs. of equipment.

Panning is smooth, fluid and silent. Releasing the camera from the head by turning the Quick Shoe Knob Lock takes me about 2 seconds (based on several timings, and that's without rushing), and putting the camera (with the included
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Troy Edwards VINE VOICE on August 28, 2013
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The first thing I noticed pulling this item out of the box, is that it felt very sturdy without being too heavy. So I'll lead off my "pros" list with that:

Pros:

- Lightweight
- Sturdy feel
- Rapid Level system works well, not gimmicky
- Easy to change positions quickly, and lock in firmly

Cons:

- As has been noted in other reviews, the instructions are very lacking

Most important to me is that I can quickly adjust the position, and it doesn't drift from where I lock it. Anyone who has ever used a cheap tripod head knows the frustration of aiming the camera where you want it, then having to pull it up a little so that it hopefully falls to where you want it.

Vanguard has made a quality head, that rivals the functionality of much more expensive heads. Time will tell if the durability also matches.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2013
Size: BBH-200 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Vanguard's BBH-200 Tripod Head is not much different from any other well made tripod head, except when it comes to it's rapid level system. I have used my Canon cameras over the years for still shots for a collectibles magazine and have always used a better than average tripod and head to get steady, perfect photos. One of the first things I noticed with this tripod head is that it fits on not just Vanguard tripods, but a variety of others, due to it's 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch thread adapter on the base. This is a huge plus as I can use this tripod head on any of my various tripods I've accumulated over the years.

The rapid level system holds the camera perfectly in it's place. There are two bubble levels which ensure the tripod's balance. The large easy grip lever lets you lock the camera securely, staying in place no matter what the angle. I found there is no accidental slipping while enabling any minor quick shoe movements with it's standard clamp (Arca type) that also contains a unique quick shoe stop button. This quick shoe stopper prevents the camera from an accidental fall, yet doesn't interfere with the quick shoe from free sliding.

Even though I have mainly used my Canon cameras for still shot photography, I found this BBH-200 tripod head wonderful for videography. The 360 degree panning lock makes for really steady panoramic videos. I was impressed with the really fast still and portrait shots I took, as this tripod head can be positioned at totally accurate 90 degree angles in literally one second. Attaching the shoe to my camera was unbelievably fast, as I just lined up the quick shoe screw with my camera, inserted the screw and you simply use a coin to tighten it on.
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