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Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)

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Product Highlights
  • Incl. Universal Q.R. Plate
  • Arca-Type Quick Release System
  • Separate Pan & Friction Control Knobs

The Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release is a rugged and well-designed ballhead. It features the same efficiency of design and rugged construction that make other Kirk products so popular. Weighing in at under 2 lbs, this head is rated to support up to 50 lbs. In addition to the large single-action locking knob, the BH-1 also features two smaller knobs. One controls the 360° panning control, and the other the amount of ball friction.

The BH-1 ballhead comes with a universal quick release clamp that is compatible with all Arca-type plates. All external components are crafted from tough 6061-T aircraft aluminum including the solid, captive-design knobs, and the internal metal parts are stainless steel and brass to avoid corrosion. The ballcup is produced from self-lubricating Delrin composite.

Large 2.125" (54mm) ball diameter
Base diameter of 2.9" (73mm)
Quick release clamp features safety stop grooves and built-in spirit level
Maximum Camera Supported Large format
Load Capacity 50 lbs (22.6kg)
Height 4.5" (11.5cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 1.9 lb (850g)
Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)
  • Universal Quick Release Plate
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    KirkBH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)
     
    4.7

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (28)
    • Attaches firmly (26)
    • Strong clamp (24)
    • Large range of motion (23)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Night shots (17)
    • Portraits (17)
    • Wildlife (17)
    • Travel (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An essencial gear for nature photography

    Easy to use, with tension control, level indicator, and rotation 360 degree controls.

    It is the best combination with Gitzo 1340 tripods for nature photography.

    I...Read complete review

    Easy to use, with tension control, level indicator, and rotation 360 degree controls.

    It is the best combination with Gitzo 1340 tripods for nature photography.

    I use it with a Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 zoom lenses that has a rotatable collar. I can easily change camera to take either horizontal or vertical picture in seconds. Very elegant and solid product.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    You could be greatly disappointed

    Greeting, I am in the process of returning this inasmuch as I did not even get out of the Fedex parking lot! I love my photo hobby and I know you wouldn't be reading...Read complete review

    Greeting, I am in the process of returning this inasmuch as I did not even get out of the Fedex parking lot! I love my photo hobby and I know you wouldn't be reading this if you also didn't love photography too!

    The good news is that the way this ballhead feels is wonderful. The panoranic rotation can be a bit tight but the rotation is accurate.

    However, the bad is mystifying to me. There are 360 degrees in the complete rotation in panoramic mode, it's smooth as silk. The degrees markings start at zero, then increase to 90,the decrease to zero as this makes half of a full rotation. Then the other sidehas the same degree markings. The markings are 0, 15,30, 45,60, 75,90, 75,60, 45,30, 15, 15,30, 45,60, 75,90, 75,60, 45,30, 15.

    Notice anything? The second zero is missing. There are two lines between each consecutive number, i. e. say between 45 and 60, there's two lines. Sincethis is 60-45=15 degrees between each lines, easy.

    Stay with me as the arithmetic gets complicated starting right now. The missing zero located between 15 and 15 ; someone forgot that there's 5 degrees on EITHER side has of zero ; thus there's one line MISSING!

    Now, figure this out, where there is a "zero", then that location is a shorter circumferential distance than the 2 lines on EITHER side of 90.

    Ok, so you are doing a panoranic photo and the distances around the circumferential are marked unequally.

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    5.0

    Solid and Strong

    By HistoryGuy

    from Great Falls, MT

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

      I have the BH-3 and have been sticking with Kirk for my quick release plates and brackets. I have really enjoyed using the BH-3, but it tended to slip when I was using a long macro with a flash and focusing rail. This head is rated for 50 pounds, and it handles the same set-up with ease. It is very solid and smooth.

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      4.0

      Built like it's meant to take some abuse

      By Brian

      from Lake Stevens WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Strudy

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

      Verys sturdy and easy to use, a great combination withthe Kirl L bracket. The only complaint is that it's quite heavy, that's why I give it 4 stars.

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      5.0

      Looking for quality ? This is it !

      By Zone System Grandpa

      from Springfield, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

        Kirk's Ballhead with Quick Release is silky smooth and it supports more weight that one would ever mount upon it !

        Adjustments are easily obtained at one's fingertips and it's precision adjustments make it easy to position your camera, even with a heavy telephoto lens, without any effort !

        If you want to upgrade, this is the only attachment that any tripod will ever need..

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        5.0

        Competes well with RRS

        By Bird Dog

        from North Carolina

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

          For a basic professional level head this is about as good as it gets. Not as pretty as a RRS model but it does what it is suppose to do. Want mare? Then pay more.

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          5.0

          Strong and Smooth

          By PhotoSmithography

          from Mendocino, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

            I purchased the BH-1 as an upgrade from my BH-3 for better support for my long lens setup which includes a Canon 1D MkIII, a 300mm f2.8 with 2X teleconverter, and a Wimberly Sidekick. My new BH-3 is mounted on my new Gitzo 3532 which is upgrading my Feisol tripod. Don't get me wrong, I love my BH-3 and the Feisol, but that combo was too light weight to adequately support my long lens setup. The BH-1 was the right choice.

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            5.0

            BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release

            By SNelson

            from East PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Ergo Knob Placement
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Slightly Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

            I am really enjoying this bullhead. My previous tripod head was failing and would drift down. Very robust system that is well designed and easy to operate.

            It is a bit heavy but i chose the BH-1 that supports 50lbs to "grow into"

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            5.0

            Kirk bh-1 ballhead

            By F.K

            from Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

              Very solid feel. Smooth ball movement and firm locking.Cosmetically not fancy, but functionally excellentFairly heavy, but this comes with its ability to hold large mass

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              5.0

              Very Durable

              By James the Great!

              from Chicago, IL USA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

              Great ballhead, Ive used quite a few other brands and my Kirk BH-1 by far is the best thus far. Very smooth, a bit heavy and pricey, but well worth the money

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              4.0

              Wish they used a lever release system

              By Adventurous Photographer

              from New Jersey

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                I rated it 4 stars because to me The quick release is good but I would have preferred a lever/clamp. It does work really well just something I will probably fix on my tripod gear to make things easier for myself. Holds my 50D plus 100mm Macro IS very stable. I have not had any problems!

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                5.0

                WONDERFUL !!!!

                By Jan

                from MI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                  This ballhead worked like a charm...very smooth movement, easy to manipulate. I can't believe how much easier this has made my tripod shooting. Be sure to buy the L-shaped bracket for your camera too. This makes horizontal / vertical changes even faster and easier. This product has really been worth the investment.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again and again

                  By rip tides

                  from ny

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                  landscape, nature, sports

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                  5.0

                  Simple, rugged and expensive

                  By olcoach

                  from Redmond, OR

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Easy and quick adjustment
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Safely carrying camera
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                    This ballhead is simple to use but supports more weight than I'll ever put on it. It was chosen after a great deal of research and a search to see what very active photographers were using. This is the last ballhead I ever expect to buy. It is a solid piece of steel and I can't imagine what it would take the break this thing and I never expect to find out. I wanted a ballhead that would safely carry and support my camera so I would not have to be concerned about it's safety. This ballhead is silly expensive but in relation to what my camera is worth, buying it was pretty much a no brainer.

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                    1.0

                    You could be greatly disappointed

                    By OC Mike

                    from Orange County, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Degree marks are not 360
                    • MISSING 5 degrees

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                      Greeting, I am in the process of returning this inasmuch as I did not even get out of the Fedex parking lot! I love my photo hobby and I know you wouldn't be reading this if you also didn't love photography too!

                      The good news is that the way this ballhead feels is wonderful. The panoranic rotation can be a bit tight but the rotation is accurate.

                      However, the bad is mystifying to me. There are 360 degrees in the complete rotation in panoramic mode, it's smooth as silk. The degrees markings start at zero, then increase to 90,the decrease to zero as this makes half of a full rotation. Then the other sidehas the same degree markings. The markings are 0, 15,30, 45,60, 75,90, 75,60, 45,30, 15, 15,30, 45,60, 75,90, 75,60, 45,30, 15.

                      Notice anything? The second zero is missing. There are two lines between each consecutive number, i. e. say between 45 and 60, there's two lines. Sincethis is 60-45=15 degrees between each lines, easy.

                      Stay with me as the arithmetic gets complicated starting right now. The missing zero located between 15 and 15 ; someone forgot that there's 5 degrees on EITHER side has of zero ; thus there's one line MISSING!

                      Now, figure this out, where there is a "zero", then that location is a shorter circumferential distance than the 2 lines on EITHER side of 90.

                      Ok, so you are doing a panoranic photo and the distances around the circumferential are marked unequally.

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                      4.0

                      I would recommend it to a friend

                      By Gilbert

                      from Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                        I bought this product 3 weeks ago, and since then, i've used it for landscape, portrait and macro photography.
                        I like the smoothness of the controls, and the overall stability.

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                        5.0

                        A great product...

                        By Peter Denton

                        from Halifax, Nova Scotia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                        This is a great ball head. Smooth operation and locks up solid as a rock. It is a bit heavy but that seems like nit-picking frankly for something that works as well as the BH-1 does. I am very pleased. Pares very well with my Gitzo GT3530LS tripod to provide a vary stable and easy to work with shooting platform.

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                        5.0

                        Very nice ballhead

                        By Bruce

                        from Kalamazoo, Michigan

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        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 Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                          Solid, stable, smooth adjustments.

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                          5.0

                          Respectable piece of equipment.

                          By KevinMc2

                          from Winter Haven, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                            Selecting a ballhead is now second place on my list of "Most Daunting Tasks" . . . just behind tripods. Most of the challenge was arbitrarily justifying the cost of "higher-end" items. No doubt, some are better than others but the huge range of choices mixed with undisclosed specifications creates quite a mission to accomplish. That said, purchasing the Kirk BH-1 removes me from the ballhead market forever as I'm sure it will last that long. Movements are smooth and precise with a 100-400 mm lens and it's solid as a rock when tightened.

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                            5.0

                            No finer ballhead

                            By Chuck L

                            from Radford, VA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                              This is the ballhead that made me forsake all others I've owned. It's a heavy thing, but it's rock steady and locks solid in all positions. I've already learned about lightweight tripods: they're for carrying, not for shooting. I've adapted.

                              A bit on the pricey side; but it's well-made, built to perform, and built to last. I don't expect to need another for quite some time. Money well spent. My old Manfrotto ballhead is now a paperweight.

                              Don't forget the appropriate QR plates when you order.

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                              5.0

                              Second BH1 Ballhead

                              By walt

                              from NJ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                              Purchased a 2nd BH1 ballhead after the 1st got damaged a a flight to Alaska.

                              Heavy duty, easy to operate head that is durable for all types of photography.

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                              5.0

                              Very smooth operator

                              By Globetrekker

                              from Deer Lake, Wa

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Just a bit heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg):

                              The BHD Ball head is a dream to use. This is a great value, it very durable and precise, these are 2 things that normally are not said in the same breath. It is so smooth to use you would think that it is half the size it is. Even loaded up with my heaviest lens and camera it still operates with great ease and is incredibly stable.

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