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Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release

B&H # SLBH280B Mfr # 618-193
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 8 lb (3.26 kg)

The Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release is made from finely machined and carefully anodized hardened aluminum parts that are designed to give many years of trouble-free smooth operation.

SBH series ballheads feature an easy to use, single knob operation to lock or release the ball connected to the camera plate. The knob is oversized and has a well-textured surface for a sure grip in any condition.

The SBH-280E version is offered as a more economical choice to the SBH-280 DQ version. It still includes a quick release system, although of a simpler design.

Recommended Slik Tripods:

  • PRO 713CF-II
  • PRO 714CF-II
  • PRO-813CF-II
  • PRO 814 CF-II
  • PRO 614CF
  • PRO 700 DX
  • PRO 500 DX
  • PRO 330 DX

Panning bed with degree markings
Bubble levels mounted on dual axis make accurate leveling of the camera easy
20mm diameter ball diameter
Maximum Camera Supported SLR with standard lens
Load Capacity 8 lb (3.62 kg)
Height 4.1" (10.5 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (with removable 1/4"-20 insert)
Weight 13.0 oz (360 g)
Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Adapter Bushing
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    SlikSBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release
     
    4.7

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (13)
    • Stable (11)
    • Strong clamp (10)
    • Large range of motion (8)
    • Improves tripod function (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Portraits (10)
      • Night shots (7)
      • Home (6)
      • Wildlife (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      Works Great!

      By Double Bogey

      from Batavia, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

        I bought this ball head for my trip to South Dakota. I wanted to get some good landscape shots in the Badlands and the Black Hills. The ball head was easy to set up and use and I got some great shots. I also got some great shots of the Buffalo and wild horses.

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        • No

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        4.0

        good ballhead

        By crjonc

        from margate city, nj

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

          haven't used it too much yet, but appears that it is well made

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          very pleased with this product

          By AnnMarie

          from Indiana

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

            I use this ball head on my U212 slik tripod and it works great! I have a 85-300mm lense on my DSLR Nikon camera and it holds all of it very well.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Ballhead for the Money

            By Plackattack

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

              I have a Slik Pro 500DX that came with a pan tilt head, and while the tripod legs are excellent, I wasn't too crazy about the pan tilt head that came with it. I don't do anything in the way of shooting video so I decided to upgrade to a ballhead. The SBH-280E is an excellent replacement for the standard head that comes on a Pro 500DX package. The only thing that takes some getting used to is that the ball itself, the collar that allows for a 90 degree tilt, and the base can all rotate separately. This doesn't take away from the head, it just adds a little bit of a learning curve to operate it smoothly. All in all, this is an extremely sturdy, well built ballhead that i throughly recommend.

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Easy to use

              By Mountain Phototaker

              from Asheville, nc

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • easy to use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                This is an easy to use quick release head with a good range of motion. It holds my 270 zoom lens securely and, it fit my 25 year old SLIK tripod base!

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                • No

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                4.0

                Decent ballhead

                By Casual street shooter

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                  I have this atop a a Slik Pro 634CF and it works well. While it would be nice to have a tension knob as well as a locking knob, the single tension/locking knob does its job well. I've got at that point where I've got just enough tension to keep the camera in place, but it's not too tight where I can't maneuver it, and it does both without loosening itself. The dual-axis bubble levels are a bit finicky, but if you've got a dslr then it's no issue to fix it in post anyway.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  GREAT PRODUCT

                  By Ronzo

                  from Kansas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                    WILD LIFE, LANDSCAPES,AND LOW LIGHT SITUATIONS. The comments in the stats says it will hold up to 8 pounds , but the owners manaul says it is good up to 15 pounds which is a plus! I attached this to my slik 700 pro.

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                    • No

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Slick Ball Head SBH-280E

                    By Charley

                    from Surprise, AZ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                      This is a very well designed and manufactured product. Heavy duty construction should last for years. Ball rotates very smoothly. I use relatively heavy equipment (Nikon 300s and Nikkor 17-55 F2.8 lens). This is a heavy camera and lens but this head holds it securely. Locking knob is very easy to engage and release. This is especially important for someone with arthritis in the fingers and thumb. Very easy to rapidly engage with a monopod. Manual says no lubrication needed for the unit.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic product !

                      By FOTOGUY

                      from Lancaster, Tx

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Precison fit and finish
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro photogaphy
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                        I shoot a lot of "macro" photogaphy and I needed a good head that I could use on the Slik Pro 500DX tripod that I recently purchased while vacationing in the Philippines..... WOW!... I was more then pleasantly surprised when I received shipment of this ballhead,.. !!!

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Presto Chango

                        By Arkansas Photographer

                        from Blytheville, AR

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                          I have a really nice, older SLIK tripod. I like everything about it, except the old-fashioned, labor intensive head. It was so complicated to switch from horizontal to vertical and visa-versa that I just didn't use the tripod. I purchased the SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release by Slik in order to transform my old tripod into a tool that I will use over and over.

                          This product provides a screw insert that will allow it to adapt to the old Slik tripod. If you want it for a newer tripod, the insert can be removed. I simply removed the original head from the tripod and screwed the new ball head into place.....Presto Chango! The ball head really simplifies tripod use. There is only one knob that controls every action. My camera is released from the tripod with the flip of one lever. I love it. I take my tripod on all my photo shoots now.

                          My one complaint is that I don't love carrying my tripod.....but that has nothing to do with the product.

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                          5.0

                          In a word-Great!

                          By Ducky

                          from Chesapeake Beach, Md.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Easy to adjust and relock
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                            I have been using the SBH280E with a SLIK PRO700DX tripod for nature shots around my property, it's rock solid when locked in,moves as smooth as silk when you need it to, and locks right back up. No creep, no slips.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By Harriet22pics

                            from Plainview, Texas

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Long Exposures
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Stabilization

                              Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                              I needed a light tripod head to use when I travel but it needed to be able to support my camera and lenses, especially for vertical shots. I did some research and decided to purchase this head. I took it on a twelve day trip and used it every day. It worked like a charm. It is difficult to find a ball head with the level that is affordable but this head is a great value. I want to purchase the larger size to use on my large tripod.

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                              5.0

                              a lot of bang for the buck

                              By Manny

                              from LAND O LAKES FL.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Long Exposures
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                                quick connect lets you start taking pictures fast.works and looks great with my tripod. balance feature insures even pictures every time. would highly recommend to my friends

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                SBH-280E Professional Ballhead by Slik

                                By madisontrish

                                from Madison,WI

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Long Exposures
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                                  I couldn't believe how hard it is to search online for a dual level ball head and finally I found one! This was recommended by my husband and I purchased this with the 190XB 3-SEC/FLIP LOCK/ALUMINUM TRIPOD by manfrotto.

                                  At first I couldn't find how to remove the insert in the thread and thought it wouldn't fit my tripod--but it did. It took some adjusting to get used to having to line both levels up but made a huge difference in my photographs. I know some people don't care and use photoshop to align their photos but I'd rather get it right the first time. As a graduate photography student details are important. The product is also very well made and sturdy.

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                                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Nice Ballhead

                                  By kodak

                                  from Wisconsin

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fits Well
                                  • Improves Tripod Function
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Locks tight
                                  • Spirit levels

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Long Exposures
                                    • Must have for landscape
                                    • Photography
                                    • Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction)
                                    • Stabilization

                                    Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                                    Ballhead seems solid, good construction, locks in tight even with my large format camera on it. Tension control would be nice, but for the money you can't complain. Wanted a lightweight head for backpacking and wanted bubble levels on it. This fit the bill. A little taller than I would prefer.

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                                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Everything it needs to be

                                    By Rick

                                    from Portland, Oregon

                                    About Me Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Improves Tripod Function
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Long Exposures
                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Stabilization

                                      Comments about Slik SBH-280E Professional Ballhead with Quick Release:

                                      You'd think it was more common to find a lightweight ballhead with level bubbles and a quick release plate, but it's not. Enter the SBH-280E. I have been using it for a few weeks now, and the build quality is great. I'd give this 5 stars, except they should have offered an adapter to fit a different size thread to mount this onto.

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