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Slik Pro 800 Ball Head

B&H # SLBHP800 Mfr # 618-708
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A medium ballhead with an incorporated quick release, the Slik Pro 800 Ballhead is their only model featuring tension control and can be reliable used with medium format cameras with standard lenses and digital SLRs with most telephoto lenses smaller than a 300mm f/2.8 or the like.

Employing an identical quick release system as the fine Pro 700 DX tripod head, the Slik Pro 800 Ballhead has amongst the fastest and easiest attachment/detachment in the industry.  Slik chose a circular quick release plate to allow you to secure the camera to the tripod with the camera pointing in any direction.  This is far more intuitive than plate systems with squared off or angled plates, though the plate's a bit larger than most(56 x 13 mm and 2.5 ounces).  A plate with a 3/8"-16 threaded camera screw is also available.

Base diameter of 2.2" (56 mm)
Maximum Camera Supported Medium format SLR with standard lens
Load Capacity 11 lb (4.98 kg)
Height 4.7" (11.9 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (with removable 1/4"-20 insert)
Weight 1.68 lb (0.76 kg)
Slik Pro 800 Ball Head
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Adapter Bushing
  • Quick Release 1/4"-20 for Pro Ball 800
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    SlikPro 800 Ball Head
     
    3.9

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves tripod function (9)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Fits well (7)
    • Solid/sturdy (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (6)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Long exposures (4)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A review for the rest of us.

      Diving into the world of photography for the first time often feels like trying to talk to a university professor when you are still in first grade.Well that is how I felt delving into this...Read complete review

      Diving into the world of photography for the first time often feels like trying to talk to a university professor when you are still in first grade.Well that is how I felt delving into this world initially. The more books I read on the subject, the more the message was clear: GET A TRIPOD! So off I went. How hard could it be right? Just visit [...]or B&H and buy one. Yeah right! It was not as easy as I thought.Which one do I buy? Which one is best? What should I pay? Some of my family had purchased a vanguard ball head tripod that was a complete unit and it looked ok. So after slogging through sites, discussion forums and checking out the tripods that everyone else around me had, I settled for something that had a separate mount. Boy was I glad I did. Here are some of the things I discovered:1. This ball head pans! I was looking at the same model on [...] and nearly bought it there, but B&H won me over with a better price. When it arrived, I discovered that this ball head pans (unlike the similar model sold on [...].) Score one for B&H!2. The round shoe IS all it's cracked up to be. Ok so every other photographer is not a fourth time mom with only one hand to spare, like me. However being able to slip my camera on and off the tripod with one hand scored big with me.This was feature was my main deciding factor for getting this ball head. What a unique design. I cannot believe that it has not become the standard by now. After using this mount I would NEVER go back to a rectangular mounting.3. Moves fast and moves accurately! I tested it out for the first time at an ice skating rink with my family. After a quick learning curve, I was twisting and turning this thing all over the place. It is fast, accurate and secure with my D300 and 18-200mm zoom.4. Adjustment dials just fall into your hand! After comparing my tripod with others (such as vanguard and even manfrotto) I noticed how solid and easy my adjustment dial worked for tightening the ball. It fits snug in your hand and you can find and use it without looking.5. It makes you look super cool :) Hey you gotta admit, that when you stand there with your tripod set up, your camera mounted and are snapping away, you look so much more professional than the rest of the hand-held shooters out there. So the bottom line? If you are searching for a tripod and are not sure what to make out of all the jargon out there - let me assure you that this is a good buy. Purchase the legs and the ball-head separately. Sure it costs a bit more - but it is WORTH IT. You will not be wasting your money.My tripod stands ready to go in my house 24/7. You never know when a creative moment will grab you or the perfect action shot will present itself. With this ball head, I am ready to go. Anywhere, any time, any angle and with absolute accuracy. It will make your dive into the world of photography child's play.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Close, but no cigar

      I'm a dedicated amateur shooting landscapes, macro shots, portraits/group photos, and student sports events. This tripod head has some nice features that unfortunately don't perform as well as they should. The...Read complete review

      I'm a dedicated amateur shooting landscapes, macro shots, portraits/group photos, and student sports events. This tripod head has some nice features that unfortunately don't perform as well as they should. The quick release is easy to use and locks your camera securely onto the head, but the disk that attaches to the camera is very thick making it difficult to handhold the camera should you need to dismount the camera from the tripod. The tension control is a great feature that doesn't work very well. In combination with a ball that is either not perfectly smooth or not perfectly round (or both), the tension control leaves the ball either too loose or too tight and it is very difficult to reach a happy medium. Be sure to keep a firm hold on your camera when attempting to adjust tension on the ball. When locked in position, things are quite secure, but fine adjustments are difficult.

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      4.0

      Nice and Strong Ballhead

      By Jmon

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

      This a great ballhead. I matched it with the Slik Pro Pod 382 Carbon Fiber Monopod, and it works great. It weighs more than the monopod, so if you're looking for something light, you might want to get something else. But this is a durable, well made head for sure.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      Follow-Up to Creepy

      By hexclimber

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      See all my reviews

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Does Not Hold Adjustment
        • Falls Apart

        Best Uses

        • Doorstop

        Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

        As if the creeping issue weren't enough, the lock-down knob has a propensity for unthreading itself whereupon the brass insert falls out. The first time this happened I found the insert, but when I was in the Grand Canyon a few days ago it happened again and the insert was not to be found... I would call this item total junk.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Creepy

        By hexclimber

        from Tucson, AZ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Unknown

        Cons

        • Creeps
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

          I'd love to give this a better review, but when you crank down on the locking knob you get "frame creep"... Forget accurately cropping "in-camera"...

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Good value Tripod Head

          By Steve

          from St. Louis.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

            This is my second Pro 800 Ball head. Used my first one for 2 weeks on vacation with a D5100 and 55-300 Nikkor Zoom lense. Handled the equipment well and works nice. Very smooth action, and ball head loack works nicely. Pan action is a nice fluid feel. Ordered my second one (this one) to put on my travel tripod so I am standardized. For the cost, a good value.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Pretty good

            By rt9342

            from San Antonio, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Tripod Function

            Cons

            • A little flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits

            Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

            Not too bad and fairly easy to operate. I'd like it more if it had a built-in bubble level like a lot of heads do, and perhaps some kind of handle to make positioning easier. It seems a bit flimsy with my camera, but that may be because I'm loading it right around its maximum weight more or less (6.61lb or 3kg). But overall, I'm pleased with it, and it matches my Slik legs - looks like an integral part of the tripod.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Large camera footprint

            By MDWMD

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Shots

              Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

              Large surface area for medium format cameras. Compact camera pad with full 360 degree adaptability.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Biggest bang for the buck

              By gunsmith

              from southern illinois

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

                Love this Ball head. It does take a special plate only thru slik but I am very satisfied with this product.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A review for the rest of us.

                By CT

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Pans nicely
                • Round shoe mount
                • Solid/Sturdy
                • Solid grip

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

                  Diving into the world of photography for the first time often feels like trying to talk to a university professor when you are still in first grade.Well that is how I felt delving into this world initially. The more books I read on the subject, the more the message was clear: GET A TRIPOD! So off I went. How hard could it be right? Just visit [...]or B&H and buy one. Yeah right! It was not as easy as I thought.Which one do I buy? Which one is best? What should I pay? Some of my family had purchased a vanguard ball head tripod that was a complete unit and it looked ok. So after slogging through sites, discussion forums and checking out the tripods that everyone else around me had, I settled for something that had a separate mount. Boy was I glad I did. Here are some of the things I discovered:1. This ball head pans! I was looking at the same model on [...] and nearly bought it there, but B&H won me over with a better price. When it arrived, I discovered that this ball head pans (unlike the similar model sold on [...].) Score one for B&H!2. The round shoe IS all it's cracked up to be. Ok so every other photographer is not a fourth time mom with only one hand to spare, like me. However being able to slip my camera on and off the tripod with one hand scored big with me.This was feature was my main deciding factor for getting this ball head. What a unique design. I cannot believe that it has not become the standard by now. After using this mount I would NEVER go back to a rectangular mounting.3. Moves fast and moves accurately! I tested it out for the first time at an ice skating rink with my family. After a quick learning curve, I was twisting and turning this thing all over the place. It is fast, accurate and secure with my D300 and 18-200mm zoom.4. Adjustment dials just fall into your hand! After comparing my tripod with others (such as vanguard and even manfrotto) I noticed how solid and easy my adjustment dial worked for tightening the ball. It fits snug in your hand and you can find and use it without looking.5. It makes you look super cool :) Hey you gotta admit, that when you stand there with your tripod set up, your camera mounted and are snapping away, you look so much more professional than the rest of the hand-held shooters out there. So the bottom line? If you are searching for a tripod and are not sure what to make out of all the jargon out there - let me assure you that this is a good buy. Purchase the legs and the ball-head separately. Sure it costs a bit more - but it is WORTH IT. You will not be wasting your money.My tripod stands ready to go in my house 24/7. You never know when a creative moment will grab you or the perfect action shot will present itself. With this ball head, I am ready to go. Anywhere, any time, any angle and with absolute accuracy. It will make your dive into the world of photography child's play.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good value

                  By rjh71

                  from Toledo, OH

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Long Exposures

                    Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

                    I had previously purchased the Slik 700DX tripod, which comes with a pan/tilt head, and also some extra Slik quick release plates to leave permanently attached to my camera bodies and telephoto lenses.

                    I wanted to get an affordable ball head, and this was the best alternative, because it uses the same style of quick release plate.

                    (I also had previously bought a Giottos MT-9360 tripod (which is sold without a head) to use for macro photography. And so I was able to transfer the Slik pan/tilt head to the Giottos tripod.)

                    The Slik ball head is entirely adequate, and considerably cheaper than most of the ball heads currently being sold.

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                    4.0

                    Good ballhead, odd quick release

                    By nikonthebarbarian

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

                        I bought one of these used about 3 years ago and I still use it. Sturdy, functional, reliable.

                        I have only 2 gripes.

                        The knobs for the ball tension and the swivel (pan) lock are exactly the same, so when reaching for them with your eyes plastered to the viewfinder, it's easy to grab the wrong one. Easily fixed by gluing something to or filing something off one of the knobs.

                        The other complaint is that the round quick release plate is unique to Slik (and only this model of Slik) and therefore won't work with anything else. So far, that hasn't been a problem for me but I can see how it might annoy others.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Close, but no cigar

                        By Guido the Elder

                        from Lincoln City, OR

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Difficult adjustments

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Exposures
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

                          I'm a dedicated amateur shooting landscapes, macro shots, portraits/group photos, and student sports events. This tripod head has some nice features that unfortunately don't perform as well as they should. The quick release is easy to use and locks your camera securely onto the head, but the disk that attaches to the camera is very thick making it difficult to handhold the camera should you need to dismount the camera from the tripod. The tension control is a great feature that doesn't work very well. In combination with a ball that is either not perfectly smooth or not perfectly round (or both), the tension control leaves the ball either too loose or too tight and it is very difficult to reach a happy medium. Be sure to keep a firm hold on your camera when attempting to adjust tension on the ball. When locked in position, things are quite secure, but fine adjustments are difficult.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect for my Manfrotto Monopod

                          By NW Sean

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Long Exposures
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

                            Fits perfectly on my monopod. I was looking for something that could handle my Nikon D40x with long lenses and not be cumbersome. It has a sturdy construction and does everything an amatuer photographer wants it to do.

                            The thing I like the most about it is the quick release and locking mechanism that allows me to quickly mount and unmount my camera.

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Works well with 614 CF tripod

                            By Rhoadester

                            from Bern, Switzerland

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fits Well

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Long Exposures
                              • Photography

                              Comments about Slik Pro 800 Ball Head:

                              Could have easily added compass marks to the bottom of the base at a small expense. A bit heavy.

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