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Induro BHD2 Ballhead

B&H # INBHD2 Mfr # 479-002
You Pay: $180.00
Product Highlights
  • Arca-Swiss-Compatible QR Plate
  • Magnesium Alloy
  • Independent Panning Control

This INDURO BHD2 Ballhead is a high-quality, dual-action magnesium alloy ballhead. Along with adjustable drag and tension control, panning control, an increased load capacity, and large ergonomic locking knobs, it comes complete with a quick-release system that's compatible with Arca-Swiss components, for greater flexibility. This head fits size 2 tripods.

Adjustable manual drag control knob provides responsive adjustment to compensate for different camera/lens weights
Arca-Swiss-compatible quick-release clamp--interchangeable industry standard QR system, safety locking quick-release system
Independent 360-degree pan control knob makes full or partial horizontal panoramic adjustments easy
Load Capacity 39.6 lbs (18 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.73" (4.4 cm)
Quick Release Yes--Dovetail (Arca-Swiss-compatible)
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Height 4.5" (11.5 cm)
Maximum Diameter 2.9" (7.4 cm)
Weight 1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
Induro BHD2 Ballhead
  • PU-60 Slide-In Quick Release Plate
  • 5-Year Warranty + 5-Year Warranty By Registering Online
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    InduroBHD2 Ballhead
     
    4.7

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (41)
    • Attaches firmly (39)
    • Large range of motion (36)
    • Strong clamp (34)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (39)
    • Night shots (30)
    • Portraits (27)
    • Wildlife (26)
    • Travel (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (37)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I really want to love this ballhead...

    On the good side:
    Outwardly the ballhead is attractive and looks extremely well made: precision milled, nice finish, sturdy body. Also, though I am by no means coming close to...Read complete review

    On the good side:
    Outwardly the ballhead is attractive and looks extremely well made: precision milled, nice finish, sturdy body. Also, though I am by no means coming close to taxing the ballhead's weight contraint (maybe someday?), my camera: D7000 w/MB-D11 battery pack and 70-300mm VR, once locked down stays put at any angle. Similarly, the Arca-Swiss type quicklease locks the camera in place without any signs of loosening on it's own.

    Now the downside:
    The tension knob tends to go from too loose to too tight very quickly, panning is a bit stiff and, what looks like, a plastic cup holding the ball worries me i.e. will it hold up over time. I get the feeling I have to be very careful with how much I tighten things down; but maybe that's just me.

    A big thing that added to my worry is that a metal ring/washer fell off the base of the ballhead when I was removing it from my tripod (Induro AT213; will also review); not a portent of good things to come. The ring covers a series of recessed Torx head screws and appears to have been held in place by a light dab of glue. Granted, once the head is on the tripod the metal ring is extraneous; it's just the idea of something falling off the head so soon speaks of cost cutting.

    Please note that if the BHD2 ballhead remains as good a product 5 years from now as it appears now (apart from the ring) I would easily give this ballhead 5 stars; all in all I do like it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't recommend it!

    I used this ballhead for few months, took it with me on few trips, never dropped it. I always take care of my equipment. It broke on me when I took it with...Read complete review

    I used this ballhead for few months, took it with me on few trips, never dropped it. I always take care of my equipment. It broke on me when I took it with me on a recent trip and i didn't even applied force. It looks durable but it is not, just waste of money.

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    5.0

    Worked great

    By ravynwollfe

    from Olympia WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Travel

      Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

      Worked as expected; sturdy. Used with Induro CT214 tripod and heavy DSLR equipment. Very easy to use. Good range of movement (for a ball head).

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      5.0

      Well made and solid

      By adamh

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

      This is a great ballhead, but I do want to warn that it is quite large. I purchased this with an Induro CT214 tripod and could have easily gotten by with the BDH1. However, I could not be happier with the quality and function of this product.

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      5.0

      Silky smooth!

      By Fixedlength

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

      Great compliment to my induro carbon fiber tripod!

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      5.0

      Stable Even in Portrait

      By Happy Camper

      from Florida

      Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

      I've been apprehensive about purchasing another ball head after owning several that couldn't support my camera in portrait (L brackets can be expensive, especially when you are saving for a new lens). This ball head has renewed my faith and I absolutely love it. Easy to configure, stays exactly where I put it with no slippage, and smooth in transitioning the panning. Absolutely zero complaints. I bought it to go with the Induro Carbon 214 tripod (which I also highly recommend) and it fits nicely attached to the tripod in the tripod carrying case. Combined, the two are lightweight and easy to travel with, especially for long distances.

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      1.0

      Don't recommend it!

      By Bogdan

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

      • Weak Clamp

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

      I used this ballhead for few months, took it with me on few trips, never dropped it. I always take care of my equipment. It broke on me when I took it with me on a recent trip and i didn't even applied force. It looks durable but it is not, just waste of money.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great ballhead

      By Larry

      from Colorado Springs

      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
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

        I like the strength and smoothness of the bullhead.

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        5.0

        More than I expected for the money

        By Dkapp

        from Mineola, Tx.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

          I was really surprised of the quality of the products from Induro based on the price. I would stand this up against another gitzo ballhead and others that I have. I am impressed!

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          5.0

          Rock Solid

          By Mike P

          from Central NY

          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
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

            I have so far used this head with a Canon 6D and 7D, with a 16-35, 24-70, and 100-400L and the head was more than sufficient to handle all three. I find no flaws, and it is quick to set up and frame a shot with.

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            5.0

            Solid support

            By Ian

            from Illinois

            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
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

              This is a nice rock solid support item. Plenty of control with the large ball. Looking forward to using this ball head for a long time.

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              4.0

              Great Ball Head

              By that photo guy

              from bowie, md

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Shots

                Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                First, don't let my 4 star review steer you shy of this. Its a fantastic ball head. You could spend _a lot_ more. But this ball head supports incredibly well (Its what I as most concerned about).The Plate that comes with the Ball Head is a compatible plate type, and has safety stops in the bottom to prevent your camera (with the plate attached) from sliding out of the grip. Very nice feature.There are two main knobs on the side, one is drag, and one is lock. There is also a rotational knob to control panning from left to right, and in a 360 degree motion.Of course, the ball head gives you pretty much free motion and a large amount of support.I've used this with Wides, 50 mm primes, and even larger 3-4 lenses. With the heavier lenses, I was starting to worry a bit when I was pointing the camera directly up into the sky, but all said and done, the tripod and the ball head held everything perfectly.My only recommendation is to use the provided plate (and not a substitute when using the heavier glass).

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                5.0

                Great ball head

                By Leatherindian

                from Moncton NB Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Long Exposure
                  • Night Shots
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                  I looked around for a smooth action ball head and got exactly what I wanted. It's a great ball head and I may buy more Induro products in the future.

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                  5.0

                  Great Head!

                  By Carl

                  from Detroit

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                      Really glad that I chose to go with Induro! This paired with the Induro Carbon 8X CT-214 tripod makes for a great setup. Light weight and very stable. I haven't tested this anywhere near the weight rating, but there is virtually no creep.

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                      3.0

                      Ballhead

                      By Moriah Quinn Photography

                      from Los Angeles, Ca

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                      Like it overall but with it had a quick release to take my camera on and off instead of a screw.

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                      5.0

                      satisfied

                      By KC

                      from Hollidaysburg, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                        rock solid

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                        • No

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good alternative Ballhead

                        By KristopherBuck

                        from Memphis, TN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                        This is my first "real" Ballhead. I shopped a few brands and decided against going higher end with an Acratech, Arca Swiss or Kirk. I believe you get a very good value for your dollar with this model. I use it on an AT214 set of legs for general photography. The ball locks very securely and the drag works well. I have two negatives with the design. The panorama function is labeled with a sticker as to the angle and the QR does not stop at 90 degrees when using the slot for portraits. I also had a bent main knob on my unit when I recieved it which snapped off upon applying a bit of manforce to straighten it. Induro replaced the knob with an overnight shipment. So minus one star for the knob and gain one for customer service.

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                        5.0

                        Great Ballhead I love it

                        By tanglefoot47

                        from tulalip wa

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Little On Large Size

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                        I will use this head for many shootings, it's very well built and holds a ton. Great head for the money IMO

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                        5.0

                        Works great

                        By Deb

                        from Selah, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                          I can't compare this to other ballheads because this is the first one I have owned. I'm just getting used to how different it is from my previous equipment. So far it seems great. It holds my canon 7d with 100-400mm zoom fine.

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                          5.0

                          Nice product, good fit for me!

                          By Flash

                          from Chicago

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                            Haven't used it much yet, it's a perfect fit for my Induro carbon fiber tripod.
                            They are both very stable and very smooth operating. I especially like the ease of use and the quick set up time. I would recommend this to any photographer, whether just starting out or a pro.

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                            5.0

                            GREAT BUY

                            By SFC C

                            from Ft Hood, Tx

                            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
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                              I replaced a Manfrotto ballhead with my Induro BHD2 and have no regrets. The BHD2 is a solid piece of equipment that is easy to use, not that ball heads are complicated. I like the fact that the adjustment knobs are large and can easily be manipulated even when wearing heavy gloves. There are no quick throw latches or parts to get caught up on gear. I don't have to worry about my BHD2 getting scratched or dinged up when on the move. I am an Army photographer and need my gear to be solid, tough and able to hold up to the elements.

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                              5.0

                              Happy with the ballhead

                              By 1pirate72

                              from Madison, NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Induro BHD2 Ballhead:

                              I got this ballhead with the Induro CT-214 tripod. When it arrived at first I felt that it might be a bit much for my Nikon D90 with 18-200 lens, and I contemplated for a while about returning it and going with the smaller model. But it is made to "go" with that size tripod, the smaller heads go with smaller tripods. So I kept it and have been using it for a while. And now I'm very happy I didn't return it. It works great with the tripod, it's easy to use, and it looks and feels very solid. Most importantly it does a great job locking the camera into place and keeping it there. The nobs move fluidly and I like the tension knob that allows adjusting how easily the ball moves. At first when tipping the camera sideways for vertical shots I felt a bit awkward. First one has to find the groove that allows tipping the head 90 degrees, and then you have to open the knob for the lateral movement. I felt restricted, the rig seemed off-balance with the camera hanging off the side. But then I bought an L-Bracket and that problem was solved. This has really nothing to do with that particular ballhead, but with all of them. If I want to be picky, when I do macro there is a little noticeable movement of the camera when it is locked into place, but it's not much and once aware one can easily compensate for it. And I might like a clamp better than the screw release for the plate. The screw is probably safer and the clamp might be 3 nanoseconds quicker.Maybe there is a RRS one that doesn't move at all on macro when it's locked into place, and that has a clamp release, but it's also twice as expensive. For what I use it for the BHD-2 is a great ballhead and don't regret the purchase one bit.

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