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Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead

B&H # BEB3 Mfr # B3
In Stock
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You Pay: $210.48
Product Highlights
  • Separate Drag Adjustment and Lock Knobs
  • Magnesium Alloy Components
  • Load Capacity of 66 Lbs (30 kg)
  • Weighs Just 1.5 Lb (0.7 kg)
  • Long, Precise Friction Adjustment
  • Graduated 360° Panning Scale
  • Arca-Type Quick Release Adapter
  • Includes PU-70 Quick-Release Plate

A member in good standing of Benro's new generation of B Series professional ballheads, the B3 Double Action Ballhead uses magnesium alloy components for better performance and lighter weight. The B3 has a dual action design featuring separate drag adjustment and lock knobs, long, precise friction adjustment, a graduated panning scale, and an Arca-type QR adapter with a PU-70 QR plate. It can handle weights up to 66 lbs (30 kg), and only tips the scales at 1.5 lb (0.7 kg) itself.

Professional ballhead designed for use in harsh environments
Long, precise friction adjustment, combined with a strong locking mechanism
Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the 360° graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment
Arca-type quick release adapter
Includes anodized aluminum PU-70 quick release plate (50 x 38mm) with rubber upper surfaces, safety stop screws to prevent accidentally falling out of loosened clamp, and a standard 1/4"-20 camera/lens screw with a 5/32" head for superior torque
Load Capacity 66 lbs (30 kg)
Quick Release Yes, Arca-Swiss Style (PU60)
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Dual independent manual drag and locking controls
Tilt Range -45°/+90°
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Base Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Height 4.3" (110mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.9" (74mm)
Weight 1.5 lb (0.7 kg)
Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead
  • PU-70 Quick Release Plate
  • 3-Year Warranty + 2-Year Warranty By Registering Online
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    BenroB3 Double Action Ballhead
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (9)
    • Attaches firmly (8)
    • Large range of motion (7)
    • Strong clamp (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Portraits (3)
      • Travel (3)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Reviewed by 10 customers

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      4.0

      Great upgrade from the B1

      By Janet the bird lover

      from Milton, NH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

        A great improvement in stability from the B1. Use it on one of Benro's carbon-fiber tripods. Holds steady my D800 and Sigma 150-500 lens in the field.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        good for panos

        By robertj

        from Estes Park, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

          Works well for creating pianos and provides sturdy support.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Great Head especially for the price

          By Lyle

          from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

            Just got home from eight days of outdoor photography and used the head with 5D Mark 2 with three different lenses including 70 to 200 f4 and the head functioned very well.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Solid, decent value

            By Deuxcent

            from Maine

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

              Ballhead is solid and keeps a Nikon D3s with a 70-200 lens immovably in place at any angle, regardless of whether the PU70 plate is on the camera or screwed onto the lens' tripod foot. Works great with Arca Swiss plates and with my Really Right Stuff L-plate. In other words, the B3 does what it's supposed to do, no muss no fuss. Value is all right. I subtract half a star for it being "up there" in price (chances are any ballhead over $100-120 will do what this one does just as competently); and another half a star for the boneheaded absence of a D-ring on the PU70 plate, which means you need a screwdriver to attach it to the camera or lens. I bought replacement (knockoff?) plates that DO have D-rings and which can be finger-tightened, no tools needed.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Quick to set up and use.

              By drlight1

              from Bellingham, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots

                Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

                Very easy to set up. It is stable and well built.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great Head

                By Goran Photo

                from New Jersey

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

                    Really pleased with this head so far. It's very fluid and responsive. Not much else to say really. It does well what it's supposed to do!

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                    5.0

                    Why pay more for a so-called brand?

                    By Alaskason

                    from Pretoria, South Africa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

                    This is as good or beter as any of the so-called brands. I do not believe that the $400 + heads are twice as good as this. There is no extra accesories needed - Just works out of the box.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love it!!!

                    By Jamie

                    from Lincoln, NE

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

                      I just got my B3 Double action Ballhead several weeks ago. I have only used it once so my review might not be the most accurate at this point, but so far I LOVE it! It is very easy to use and the quick release plate makes life so much easier!

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very solid ballhead

                      By Rav4mazda

                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

                        Seems like a quality made product and solid as a rock even with large telephoto lenses and a gripped body.

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Prefect for my 1D mark II N

                        By Henry

                        from West Covina, CA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Benro B3 Double Action Ballhead:

                        This ballhead can hold my 1D mark II N, with 70-200 IS, and 580EXII flash with no problem at all, even in portrait mode. Solid like a rock

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