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Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead

B&H # BEB0Q Mfr # B0
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Separate Drag Adjustment and Lock Knobs
  • Magnesium Alloy Components
  • Load Capacity of 17.63 Lbs (8 kg)
  • Weighs Just 10.22 oz (290 g)
  • Includes PU50 QR Plate

A member in good standing of Benro's new generation of B Series professional ballheads, the B0 Double Action Ballhead uses magnesium alloy components for better performance and lighter weight. The B0 has a dual action design featuring separate drag adjustment and lock knobs. It can handle weights up to 17.63 lbs (8 kg), and only tips the scales at 10.22 oz (290 g) itself.

Separate drag adjustment and lock knobs for a dual action design
Magnesium alloy components insure even greater performance and lighter weight
Includes a PU50 quick release plate
Load capacity of 17.63 lbs (8 kg)
Weighs just 10.22 oz (290 g)
Load Capacity 17.63 lbs (8 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 30mm
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Not specified by manufacturer
Separate Panning Lock Not specified by manufacturer
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"
Height 3.54" (90mm)
Maximum Diameter 1.96" (50mm)
Weight 10.22 oz (290 g)
Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead
  • PU50 Quick Release Plate
  • 3-Year Warranty + 2-Year Warranty By Registering Online
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    BenroB0 Double Action Ballhead
     
    4.0

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (6)
    • Stable (6)
    • Large range of motion (5)
    • Strong clamp (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (9)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Night shots (6)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Ballhead

      I am using this head with an Induro tripod primarily with a Canon 7D camera besides some others. This ball head appears to be well made. Very nice finish. Very smooth operation when ...Read complete review

      I am using this head with an Induro tripod primarily with a Canon 7D camera besides some others. This ball head appears to be well made. Very nice finish. Very smooth operation when panning and adjusting the camera position. There are knobs for locking the ball, panning, drag, and the quick release. I like having the quick release knob as oppose to a quick release lever and locking pin found on the Manfrotto ball heads. The bubble level is handy and so is the scale on the body of head while panning. I like the fact that the quick release plate is Arc-Swiss compatible. No problem holding camera steady with 28-135mm zoom len aboard. No sag or slipping.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good enough for the price and features..

      I bought this to go on my new set of Gitzo 1541 legs (or whatever they are under the latest of Gitzos' near-constant model number shuffling...)Yes, you read that right,...Read complete review

      I bought this to go on my new set of Gitzo 1541 legs (or whatever they are under the latest of Gitzos' near-constant model number shuffling...)Yes, you read that right, a Chinese ballhead on Gitzo legs. And yes, it works well enough that the ballhead is a satisfactory match for the legs.The drag is smooth, consistent, and infinitely adjustable. The pan base is smooth and again consistent and infinitely adjustable. The lock is tight and there is no perceptible creep once it is locked tight.With the drag set so that it is a little stiff and at least with prosumer/kit level gear on it, the thing can be moved to where one wants it and locked down without it shifting.I'd have preferred the higher-priced spread, but also wanted a full-up ballhead (not an all-in-one lever functioning one, like the RRS), and also wanted it light enough that I could take it on at least some backpacking trips. The offerings from the usual brands get thin quickly with requirements like that, so I figured I'd roll the dice and check it out.I have no real complaints with the unit I settled on. It is what it is: A lower-priced (and ergo good value) alternative to the astronomically priced - but arguably and obviously better - higher end stuff.The only reason I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars is that the Chinese are starting to price themselves upwards towards the big guys, and while there is nothing wrong with the particular unit I have, the Chinese have a ways to go in materials, finish, and QC before they can stand on their own at higher price points.For example, the first unit I was sent had "catches" in the drag, particularly the pan base.The catches were such that after using the thing oh-so-briefly with the drags set and then panning and moving the ball, both the pan base (visible in the little window for the pan registration marks) and in one spot the ball ended up scoring. The pan base scored badly, so that I had to continually adjust the pan drag as I rotated the base, and even at that it started sticking. The ball never had apparent drag or sticking issues, but I was not happy to see a score mark on the ball.[...]Again, I'd give the thing 4 stars instead of 3 were it not for that glitch. Once I had a unit in hand that was free of apparent defect (in that case, runout in the base that caused binding etc), it has proven to be a handy, very servicable, nice ballhead for the price.

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      4.0

      Good ballhead, with one reservation

      By Roger the Shrubber

      from Cent. Calif.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Release Mechanism

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

      I have this ballhead mounted on my Vanguard Alta Pro tripod,and they area a near perfect combo. My only complaint about this ballhead is the release mechanism. To get your camrea off your tripod quickly is nearly impossible, as you must give the locking know a quarter turn, then pull it outward, then continue to turn until the plate is release. While this is no doubt all done in the interest of safety (no one wants to see their camera go sliding off the tripod when releasing it), I find the entire process clunky. As for the controls, they are excellent. The friction adjustments work just as they should, but be careful how heavy a lens you are working with. If you have a heavy, long zoom, you'll want the B1 or B2. My Tamron 90MM macro is just heavy enough that I have to really tighten the controls to prevent droop when aiming the lens downward. Lastly, the panning ability of this head is smooth, and the graduated markings let you create panoramas with just the right degree of overlap. Overall, and excellent product. They just need to offer a release mechanism like the quick release that Acratech Swift Clamp has.

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      • No

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      4.0

      great travel head

      By NotConfigured

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots
        • Travel

        Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

        I bought this head to replace a BH00 head on a Benro Travel Angel. The B0 head is a great match to the tripod, provides much better control versus the single action head, and I was still able to use the case that came with the tripod kit. The entire tripod was the right dimension to fit into my carry-on, so I didn't have to check it as baggage. I wouldn't have been able to do this if I had selected the next model up.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Strong, but not enough pan fluidity

        By Nathan Nookie

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

          A great head especially for its weight, probably the best for travel, but I found the panning fluidity wasn't working for shooting video with a smooth pan... if you intend to use it for that. The Giottos MH-1302 is very similar, weighing just a little more, but its panning fluidity is better. If you were doing anything serious in video you'd want to use a larger head anyway. All that said, it's a great little head and supported it's rated weight very easily while being very light.

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          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for smaller cameras and lenses

          By Fred

          from Boston, ma

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

            Head was not able to hold Sony a65 with 70-300 G lens, without droping down somewhat.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Ballhead, especially for the price

            By Travis

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

              When I went in to the store, I had originally planned on buying a more expensive bullhead, but the sales rep steered me toward this one and I am so happy he did. It cost less than the others I was looking at, and it was so silky smooth in it's movements while feeling incredibly strong and well-constructed. I've had it a few weeks now and still love it as much as I did in the store. It's a great ballhead, especially when considering value for the dollar. It also has a pretty slim profile, which makes it great for traveling.

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              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not a Kirk or Markins, but not bad

              By Walter Sobchack

              from Behind the In 'n Out Burger

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

                I bought this to use on a Slik Pro Sprint tripod, mainly used for travel. The heaviest load it ever sees is a Pentax K5 with 55-300mm zoom attached, a fairly light combination. Although setting the ball friction is a little fussy to get just right, the head works well for this application. It's not a Markins or a Kirk, but it didn't carry that kind of price tag and it gets the job done. How well it would do with big camera like a Canon 5DII with a big lens on it is another question.

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                • No

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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                It's a nice ball head

                By RQ

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

                  It's a good product.
                  The level cannot be seen when you mounted a big camera

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good enough for the price and features..

                  By El Delo

                  from Pacific Northwest

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Inconsistent QC

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

                  I bought this to go on my new set of Gitzo 1541 legs (or whatever they are under the latest of Gitzos' near-constant model number shuffling...)Yes, you read that right, a Chinese ballhead on Gitzo legs. And yes, it works well enough that the ballhead is a satisfactory match for the legs.The drag is smooth, consistent, and infinitely adjustable. The pan base is smooth and again consistent and infinitely adjustable. The lock is tight and there is no perceptible creep once it is locked tight.With the drag set so that it is a little stiff and at least with prosumer/kit level gear on it, the thing can be moved to where one wants it and locked down without it shifting.I'd have preferred the higher-priced spread, but also wanted a full-up ballhead (not an all-in-one lever functioning one, like the RRS), and also wanted it light enough that I could take it on at least some backpacking trips. The offerings from the usual brands get thin quickly with requirements like that, so I figured I'd roll the dice and check it out.I have no real complaints with the unit I settled on. It is what it is: A lower-priced (and ergo good value) alternative to the astronomically priced - but arguably and obviously better - higher end stuff.The only reason I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars is that the Chinese are starting to price themselves upwards towards the big guys, and while there is nothing wrong with the particular unit I have, the Chinese have a ways to go in materials, finish, and QC before they can stand on their own at higher price points.For example, the first unit I was sent had "catches" in the drag, particularly the pan base.The catches were such that after using the thing oh-so-briefly with the drags set and then panning and moving the ball, both the pan base (visible in the little window for the pan registration marks) and in one spot the ball ended up scoring. The pan base scored badly, so that I had to continually adjust the pan drag as I rotated the base, and even at that it started sticking. The ball never had apparent drag or sticking issues, but I was not happy to see a score mark on the ball.[...]Again, I'd give the thing 4 stars instead of 3 were it not for that glitch. Once I had a unit in hand that was free of apparent defect (in that case, runout in the base that caused binding etc), it has proven to be a handy, very servicable, nice ballhead for the price.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  B0 Double Action Ballhead by Benro

                  By Andy B

                  from Hoboken NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                  • Slight drop with camera

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

                  I'm new to photography and I don't really have the experience to compare this ballhead with anything else but I have found it to be steady and secure. The extra controls really let me set the drag so the camera doesn't flop around. I'm very happy that I spent the extra money for it it.

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Excellent Ballhead

                  By Fotomike

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Benro B0 Double Action Ballhead:

                    I am using this head with an Induro tripod primarily with a Canon 7D camera besides some others. This ball head appears to be well made. Very nice finish. Very smooth operation when panning and adjusting the camera position. There are knobs for locking the ball, panning, drag, and the quick release. I like having the quick release knob as oppose to a quick release lever and locking pin found on the Manfrotto ball heads. The bubble level is handy and so is the scale on the body of head while panning. I like the fact that the quick release plate is Arc-Swiss compatible. No problem holding camera steady with 28-135mm zoom len aboard. No sag or slipping.

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                    • No

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