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Vanguard SBH-100 Small Magnesium Alloy Ballhead with Two Onboard Bubble Levels

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SBH100
  • Constructed of magnesium alloy heads are very strong but lightweight
  • Precision engineered center ball ensures smooth, seamless movement
  • Additional quick shoe for large format equipment
  • Max load: 22 lbs.
  • Includes 2 quick shoes (QS-41 and QS-43)
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Vanguard SBH-100 Small Magnesium Alloy Ballhead with Two Onboard Bubble Levels + Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod Legs with Multi-Angle Central Column System + Vanguard SB-100 Stone Bag
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Product Details

Style: SBH100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 4 x 6 inches ; 15.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0016D1I0G
  • Item model number: SBH100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 22, 2008

Product Description

Style: SBH100

SBH Series Tripod and Monopod Ball Head

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Customer Reviews

They both use the same quick release plate.
Webtrance
Like the ball head, the swivel can be adjusted to just be a bit stiff to turn.
James P. Garin
This is a very good ball head, it's extremely smooth, strong and well made.
dennis chapin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Team CDR on January 6, 2012
Style Name: SBH300 Verified Purchase
Have had this item for several months now. Use with a Slik 700DX tripod. Combo is very sturdy but longer and heavier than what i am comfortable carrying around town. (I live in Seoul South Korea). Head is smooth, controls work fine--no issues. I especially like the addition of the knob that allows you to set the ball head tension so that when you unlock the fixing knob the head does just flop over. The system works well to support a 7D w/ ef 300 f/2.8 II lens. (No vibrations during exposures.)

Only issue is with the little orange button that you must push to lower a pin that allows you to slide the the clamp plate off the ballhead. (You can see the button in the photos.) A few days ago i was removing the clamp plate to attach it to the camera. I had a bad angle and my thumb slipped off the button while i was pushing it in. the little orange button part shot out of the head. fortunately i was in the house so was able to find the pin. The pin mechanism is made up of three parts: 1-the pin itself; 2- a tensioning spring and 3-a very small philips head screw that has two functions--to hold the spring on the pin and to hold the whole assembly in the ballhead. I was able to reassemble the thing and get it back in the ball head. the problem is that the screw has a flat to slightly rounded head. this does not provide 100% positive retention of the pin when it is screwed flush into the pin. When i reassembled the whole thing i put the screw head flush w/ the pin shaft then backed it out a couple turns. this provided 100% positive retention of the mechanism in the ball head. i do not have any lock tight but i will get some to put on the threads of the problem screw--since the screw is now not tightened in the pin and can back itself out over time and use.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Webtrance on June 22, 2010
Style Name: SBH-250
*** UPDATE after 1 year of use ***

The SBH-250 is still perfect after a year of use! Here's the deal...I own the Manfrotto 496RC2, and while it's a nice head with general ball head control, it doesn't match the Vanguard. The holding strength of the Manfrotto isn't an issue...it's solid, but not as solid as the Vanguard! The SBH-250 is just a work horse of a tripod head, that's smooth, solid, and offers flexible panning. The build construction of the SBH-250 is as good, if not better than Manfrotto heads. But, if I were to get one Manfrotto head, it would be the older 488RC2 or perhaps the newer 498RC2. BTW, I also have the Manfrotto 234RC2 monopod head now. Overall, I still prefer both Vanguard SBH-250 (tripod) and SBH-30 (monopod), rather than Manfrotto's 496RC2 (tripod) and 234RC2 (monopod). Consider this however. The Manfrotto RC2 quick release mechanism is great to work with and speedier than Vanguard's system. In my opinion, it's not a quality issue when deciding between the two brands, but design features (panning, friction, knob design, quick release plates, etc). Also consider that Manfrotto uses a resin ball material with joined metal post. The Vanguard ball and post is of all metal construction and one solid piece.

*** UPDATE after 6 months of use ***

Now I'm looking at monopod heads and wanting matching quick release plates for both tripod with SBH-250 and my new monopod. Well, if I go with a Manfrotto monopod head with RC2 plate, I have to switch between that plate and the Vanguard SBH-250 QS-39 plate. I don't want to do that, so unbelievably, I started my shopping for a replacement for the SBH-250. I was considering a Manfrotto tripod head with RC2 release and getting the nifty little Manfrotto 234RC monopod head.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T&D on May 10, 2009
Style Name: SBH100
I have owned the Vanguard SBH-100 for several months now and am very pleased.

The product literature is somewhat lacking in details. This head has a 3/8-16 tripod mount but comes with a 1/4-20 adapter so it should fit most tripods/monopods. It also comes with two quick release camera mounting plates - one is for 1/4-20 camera socket and the other for a 3/8-20.

I tried the Manfrotto 056 head before I purchased the Vanguard. With one hand on the camera, it took both left and right hands to adjust the 056 so I was continually shifting hands to loosen and tighten knobs on the 056. The 056 took a long time to get adjusted while the SBH-100 quickly locks where you want it.

I have the SBH-100 mounted on a Manfrotto 190XPROB. This tripod/head combination easily handles my Nikon D60 with a 18-200 zoom. I wanted a head that could rotate for panoramic shots without loosening the ball and this head does that. The other ball heads I found with this feature were more than twice the cost of the SBH-100.

After having used a $25 tripod for several years, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a "real" tripod/head. I am amazed at the difference and wonder why I put up with that cheapo for so long.

If you're looking at Manfrotto heads, you should consider the Vanguard line as a less expensive alternative. It is certainly impressive for the price!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Guilbault on January 20, 2009
Style Name: SBH100 Verified Purchase
I just received my Vanguard SBH-100 head, and I have to say I'm very impressed. Although lightweight, it has a high-quality feel to it. It's rated at 22lbs, but it feels as if it would hold twice that weight. It holds my Canon XTI with battery pack and 70-300mm lens with no trouble at all, even when I lean on it. The adjustment knobs work smoothly and easily, and the locking knob has a nice drag adjustment. It has a separate knob to allow you to pan horizontally without unlocking the head completely. This is very useful if you plan on stitching shots together to create panoramas. I noticed that this feature is not present on some of the more-expensive ball heads. This was a must-have feature for me, and the reason I took a chance on the Vanguard. This particular model is listed as their "small" head, but at 4 inches high and 2 inches in diameter, it doesn't seem very small to me. Unless you're mounting a telescope or something, I can't see needing a larger head than this.

All-in-all, I'd say Vanguard hit it out of the park with this one. I've seen tripod heads that run $300-$400 or more, and I can't imagine what they can offer that would make them worth the added dough. This head is rock solid when locked, has buttery-smooth movement when unlocked, and offers features (panning control, bubble levels) that the others don't. Money well spent!

UPDATE: It's April of 2014 now, and I've just bought my second SBH-100. Not that the first one broke or anything. In fact, I'm sure whoever stole it (and my tripod) is still getting great service from it (thanks, you bunghole). I did a lot of research and pondered quite a long time before deciding on a new tripod (finally bought the Manfrotto 190CXPRO 3), but never even considered a different ball head.
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