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Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head

B&H # SMBH2 Mfr # 700337
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Product Highlights
  • Includes Short Plate
  • Arca-Type QR
  • Supports 18 lb (8.0 kg)

The Smith-VictorBH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head is a rugged and well-designed ballhead. It is rated to support up to 18 lb, and is ideal for use with pro SLR cameras with pro zoom lenses attached. All knobs feature a comfortable knurled rubber gripping surface. In addition to the large single-action locking knob, the BH2 also features two smaller knobs. One controls the 360° panning control, and the other the amount of ball friction.

Maximum tilt range of 90°
Head pan marked in 5° increments
Load Capacity 18 lb (8kg)
Height 3.9" (9.9cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 14.6 oz (415g)
Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head
  • QRPBH2 Quick Release Plate for BH2
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Smith-VictorBH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head
     
    4.2

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (32)
    • Large range of motion (29)
    • Attaches firmly (27)
    • Strong clamp (24)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (25)
    • Night shots (16)
    • Travel (16)
    • Home (14)
    • Wildlife (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very pleased - no complaints

    If you're considering this ballhead, price is obviously a major factor for you - as it was with me - but you're probably concerned about quality. Well, I've got to say I'm VERY...Read complete review

    If you're considering this ballhead, price is obviously a major factor for you - as it was with me - but you're probably concerned about quality. Well, I've got to say I'm VERY satisfied with what Smith-Victor accomplished. The overall construction is very good, the fit and finish is of good quality, and more importantly it accomplishes the job of stabilizing the camera while also allowing smooth and easy adjustments. I've been using this with an 80-200 lens mounted on an F4s and have experienced no creep or failures. I may not get as many years of use out of this ballhead as I would one that costs ten times as much (although right now I don't see why not), but then again there was no way I could have purchased the more expensive ones right now. This ballhead is an excellent value.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It Broke!

    Overs! After using it happily (and infrequently) for about seven months, it broke. The stud attached to the uppermost knob which clamps the quick release plate just twisted off. The knob and...Read complete review

    Overs! After using it happily (and infrequently) for about seven months, it broke. The stud attached to the uppermost knob which clamps the quick release plate just twisted off. The knob and the adjacent clamp half are now resting peacefully among the trees 250 feet below the observation platform at Niagara Falls.

    Smith Victor doesn't sell a replacement clamp even though it attaches to the ball with a single screw.

    The gear combo I usually put on it weighs around 9 pounds. The BH-2 holds that just fine when upright, but as it broke in, it wanted to creep when laid over for a vertical shot unless it was tightened pretty tight. If your gear weighs any more than this, I'd suggest the BH-5, or considering the failure, a different brand altogether.

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    4.0

    Sweet ball head dude

    By Yawn Leigh

    from Baltimore

    Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

    This is the ball head for my first purchased tripod. Really easy to use and quick to move around. Feels solid with my d5100 and 50-200 lens

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    4.0

    Good Quality

    By Marcio Silva

    from Boston, MA, USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Not Smooth Ball Friction

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

    One can not get better stuff for this price...Head is of very good quality...I was surprised...Used with Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 24-105mm for travel photography...Holds well...Lost one star because friction of the ball is a little funky (Not smooth) however, for the price paid, I can not take that as a Complaint...I recommend

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    3.0

    Decent ballhead but a few issues

    By Darlene

    from North Haven, Ct

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

      I used this head with my D5000 and with my D7000. It is a decent ball head, and I had found it to be sturdy until I added my Nikon 105 macro lens. It couldn't take the weight and creeped down. Also there are a few other issues I found I was able to live with since the price was reasonable. One was that the plate that attaches to the camera kept coming loose (my camera nearly fell off a few times). I resolved that issue by putting a thin piece of leather between the plate and my camera. Secondly, when using the head in cold weather the ball head adjustment knob won't tighten, it acts like it's stripped. However, it tightens up okay at a warmer temperature.
      Overall for the price, not a bad ballhead. Just don't expect too much.

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      4.0

      Great Arca Ball Head

      By Raymond P

      from New York, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

        This ball head is a great value for what you are paying. The lock is very tight and this is when I have my 70mm-300mm zoom lens on my D600.

        If you are looking for a solid and economical ball head for your tripod, you can't go wrong.

        The only thing I complaint that I have is that I wish the top opens a little more. I have an arca plate for my camera and it barely fits. Other than that, this is a good buy.

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        4.0

        Heavy duty and inexpensive

        By behyer

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

          I bought this to mount on a Pico Dolly, so I can easily move my camera from my tripod that has an Arca-Swiss type QR plate to the dolly. Wasn't expecting much for the $$ but it's very heavy duty and well made. The ball is a little stiff; that's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. BTW, I originally bought a BH5 head for the Pico Dolly but it was too large. This fits perfectly.

          NOTE: be sure to buy a 1/4-20 reducing bushing if you're putting this on the Pico Dolly, as it only has 3/8" threads.

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          4.0

          great lightweight ball head

          By Photocommando

          from North Carolina

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Confident Lock
          • Good Stability
          • Light weight
          • Price
          • Smooth Friction

          Cons

          • Knobs Are Not Captive

          Best Uses

          • Hiking And Backpacking
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Remote Camera Mount
          • Travel

          Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

          I bought this head to compliment a lightweight, compact set of legs for long hikes and backpacking. It's the perfect fit for that role. It's very small and light, but the friction is smooth and it locks as firmly even with a pro body and 70-200mm f2.8 lens attached. My chief concern with the head is that the knobs, with the exception of the QR knob, are not captive, meaning that they can unscrew and come completely out. The threaded part of the knobs is fairly long, so I doubt this will happen with this head, but I've had this happen with other heads in the past. The proprietary safety stop on the QR clamp prevents Arca-Swiss style plates from other manufacturers from sliding in, but it's very simple to remove. For the price, there isn't a better ball head in this size range.

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          4.0

          Easy to use

          By Jairo

          from Miami Beach, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Travel

            Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

            Easy to use and store. Can be use with different types of tripods. Great for traveling.

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            4.0

            Solid Head

            By Tony

            from Indiana

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Smooth
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

            This is a good ball head if not a little heavy. I typically bring a tripod along with me when backpacking, so the extra weight on my dolica 62" 2.5 lbs tripod was a little unwelcome. However, this is a much better head then what came with the tripod. I use a panasonic gmc-d3 mirrorless slr with the olympus 12-50mm lens on it. The clamps hold very securely with no slip. My old head used to sag just a bit after securing which was really annoying because you would have to overshoot the framing by just a bit to get it right. Very smooth operation. Only 4 stars because the two clamps for the ball are a little cumbersome. All in all, great ball head for under $[$].

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            5.0

            Smith-Victor BH2

            By prieta

            from Makakilo, HI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

              This is my second BH2. Mounted my first one to a Benro MA98 Tripod. I liked so much I bought another for my Manfrotto 680B. Pretty basic Ball head. It meets my simple needs and reasonbly priced.

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              5.0

              Cheaper and Better than Joby Ball Head

              By Nick C.

              from Brooklyn

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                  This Ball Head Tripod is amazing. It supports 40 LBs, 38 more than JOBY's ball head. If you have a gorilla pod this is a must have. The build quality is superb and the knobs are very responsive. And the quick release plate is fantastic if you want to remove your camera for another shot. Never have crooked shots again when using the Gorillapod !!!!

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                  3.0

                  Too heavy for me

                  By Pappy

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Weak knobs

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                  Item seems to be fine very sturdy when I attached my canon 7d. The only downside for me is it's just too heavy. But for the price it's pretty good buy.

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                  5.0

                  hajysr

                  By YASER

                  from boston MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                  fantastic product for this price

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic

                  By hajysr

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                    Fantastic for this price.

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                    5.0

                    wanted arca type ballhead and heavy load

                    By Jim "The Jones" Jones

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Casual 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 Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                      Exactly as advertised heavy load capacity. used with a variety of cameres and the 16-35 lens . I know its not close to capacity but its so sturdy its like theres nothing attached.and it was way cheaper than the competition. I dont see how anyone could need more than this for a first tripod head. and i imagine it would be fine for the seasoned proffessional as well.Oh and AAAAAArca type release, sturdy quick and universal what more could i ask for.

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                      4.0

                      Solid, but quick?

                      By SomeNYCGuy

                      from New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Release not quick

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                        This seems like a sturdy head with more adjustments than make sense to me. I actually had to read the manual to understand the tension knob vs. the lock knob.

                        A very good head, but I question the 'quick' part of the release. You secure the plate in place with a knob, and to release it you have to loosen the knob then press a button and slide it out.

                        I have a Manfrotto head that you just twist a lever and it's off.

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                        5.0

                        excellent for its low price

                        By lbertuzzi

                        from los altos, ca

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                        • Weak Clamp

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                        I bought the BH8 first, also great but almost double the weight of the BH2. I am still surprised of its low cost compared to most known brand names. Haven't been in the field yet, maybe I will discover the bad points :-)
                        The only thing that I saw so far is that the knob that locks the plate is almost at the end of its motion - the two metal parts are already touching one another.

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                        5.0

                        great head

                        By Martin N

                        from Knoxville, Tennessee

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                          It is a really nice tripod head. Very easy to use and to regulate. the panorama feature is very good. great head for the price. quick release is kind of cumbersome, but it is very safe.

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                          4.0

                          quite nice and sturdy

                          By kevin

                          from west coast, usa

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

                            Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                            i picked this up to support both my d7000 and gh2 cameras. even with the extended battery pack, and a heavy lens [11-16 tokina] on the d7000, this ball head was easy to adjust and very stable.

                            i'm aiming to test it with a rails setup, just haven't gotten to it yet.

                            works great on my rails setup for slides.

                            only item i would have changed for a ball head supporting so much weight would be t-handled tighteners rather than gnurled knobs.

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                            4.0

                            ballhead lock could be stronger

                            By nordi

                            from ft.collins colo.

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • Weak Clamp

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                            Build is ex. finish is ex. works very well ...but...the locks are not as positive as I would like.they will lock the ballhead in any position but you really have to lean on the screws to get a good lock...for the price..I am very pleased overall...Also I do have a very heavy camera lens combo to keep locked.

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                            5.0

                            Great Value!

                            By SG

                            from St. Paul, MN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Smith-Victor BH2 Metal Alloy Ball Head:

                              A solid, light, well-built ballhead. A great value for the price! Holds a fairly heavy (6 lbs.) load fine upright, but as noted by others, it wants to creep a bit when laid over in the notch for a vertical unless tightened pretty tight. For folks who shoot a lot of verticals laid over in the notch with heavier gear, the BH5 or BH8 may be better choices. That said, it'll hold a heavy load (D200, batt. grip, 70-200 f/2.8) upright using the lens rotator for vertical just fine.

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