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Vanguard BBH-200 Magnesium Tripod Ball Head
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- 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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|Item Dimensions||5 x 5 x 5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.53 Kilograms|
|Shipping Weight||1.55 pounds|
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
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.
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.
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."
Height: 4.375 inches
Weight: 18.7 oz.
Maximum Loading Weight: 44 lbs.
Top Customer Reviews
Skque® 1/4'' D Ring Camera Screw Tripod Quick Release Stainless Steel , Silver,
I am entirely satisfied with this tripod head. I initially received a 9 mm screw which did not screw in far enough
to make me feel good about mounting an expensive spotting scope. With the Skque 12 mm screw I am entirely satisfied that all
is well and the system seems more stable too. I doubt a 9 mm screw is an issue for small cameras.
Overall it seems to be a great head with two caveats:
1. I am attaching a large and expensive telescope to the supplied shoe. The screw that comes with the shoe barely sticks out over the top of the shoe plane. I measure it's elevation off the shoe plane at about 3/16"
When I screw it into my scope, it goes for about 1 turn before bottoming out which is not reassuring.
2. Vanguard does not supply any contact information on their website and I looked around for shoe options hoping to find one with a longer screw with no luck. I tried to contact Vanguard before writing this comment, but could not find contact information.
I am not reassured about using this head on expensive equipment and I am considering returning it which is a shame because the head itself appears to be well made. With a longer screw, this head would be worthy of 4-5 stars.
(A few hours later): after putzing around on the Vanguard website, I did run into contact info which I encountered by pressing the "Change Regions", which is rather obscure. In any event, I talked to a sales person who seems genuinely interested in helping me and has connected me with support and repairs. I will give another report after contacting this person.
Several days later: Vanguard shipped me a new screw. The old screw is 9.0 mm long, the new is 10.5 mm. This leads to better than one full twist more before the screw head seats. Test on an old spotting scope: original screw seating in about 1 3/4 turns, new screw in about 3 turns. I will try it on my large spotting scope when it is functioning again. If the longer screw is deemed safe, I will up the star rating.
Some caution needed. I noticed that 3 turns on some of my equipment will cause the screw to bottom out. One of my cameras the screw bottoms at 3 turns, another camera it bottoms at about 3 1/2 turns.
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.
FYI... Found the extra shoes to be quite expensive, but managed to find a couple of knock offs from China ($5 each) of similar size and filed them down. Voila... Perfect system for $10
The ballhead works well for the price point.
The switch on the side locks the ball into position for panning (the ball will not flop over if the tension knob is loosened a bit). It is used once the tripod is leveled, the switch does not level the ball for you.
Because the tripod did not work out so well, I also returned the ballhead.