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Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System

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Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System

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  • Quick Release Plate
  • Built-in Bubble Level

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The AF11602 Compact Ball Head System by BARSKA is constructed of die-cast aluminum, strong enough to support SLR or DSLR cameras with a medium lens, and light medium format cameras. It has a single repositionable locking lever for 360° panoramic rotation and a -90° tilt movement via a vertical cutout in the base. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the included quick release plate's 1/4"-20' male threads. The head to tripod attachment has 3/8" female threads with a 1/4"-20 adapter. Additionally, the quick release has a bubble level to facilitate panoramas.

Quick-release plate makes attaching and removing the camera easy
Built-in bubble level allows you to quickly find the horizon
UPC: 790272982424
Head Type Ballhead
Quick Release Yes
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3.0 kg)
Adjustments 360 degree rotation
-90 degree vertical
Spirit Level Yes
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 3.3 x 3.2"
Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System
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    BarskaAF11602 Compact Ball Head System
     
    4.6

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (7)
    • Stable (7)
    • Large range of motion (6)
    • Strong clamp (6)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (5)
    • Travel (4)
    • Weddings (4)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Video (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (3), Enthusiast (3), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great value for the $

    I attach these to the Manfrotto MA175 as POV camera mounts. Attached one to a pole at a dance performance and it held securely. I'm sure you can find many uses owning a couple...Read complete review

    I attach these to the Manfrotto MA175 as POV camera mounts. Attached one to a pole at a dance performance and it held securely. I'm sure you can find many uses owning a couple of these. The only thing I noticed is the tiny square Barska sticker that covers an access port to tighten or loosen the swivel mechanism immediately falls off. If you want to keep them then remove or they will get lost in the abyss. A quality product at a great value.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cheap way to try a ball head

    I didn't see the need for a ball head until I saw some friends birding with them. Aha! I got this head because it was cheap and had a level bubble. I really...Read complete review

    I didn't see the need for a ball head until I saw some friends birding with them. Aha! I got this head because it was cheap and had a level bubble. I really like having only 1 lever to flip so I can move in any direction. The little locking pin is nice, though I hope it doesn't fall out, and the quick release is good too. However, after only 2 or 3 uses, I already notice when I set a spot, lock it and let go of the camera, it droops some. And this is with a 55-300mm lens that isn't very long. I was doing macro work so the droop was exaggerated. I hope it doesn't get worse. I may put my old 3 point head back on unless I'm going birding. Not bad for an experiment though

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    5.0

    Nice and chunky

    By Steve Potgieter

    from Florida USA

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

        All metal construction with powder coating finish gives it a pro look. I like that it is chunky and has weight to it because I used one of them with a table dolly. Having the extra weight below the camera gave it more stability.If you want you can see my video review on ------------------------- bought two of them will probably buy more.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Cheap way to try a ball head

        By Jean Tree

        from Missouri

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Doesn't Grip Tight Enough

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Traveling

        Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

        I didn't see the need for a ball head until I saw some friends birding with them. Aha! I got this head because it was cheap and had a level bubble. I really like having only 1 lever to flip so I can move in any direction. The little locking pin is nice, though I hope it doesn't fall out, and the quick release is good too. However, after only 2 or 3 uses, I already notice when I set a spot, lock it and let go of the camera, it droops some. And this is with a 55-300mm lens that isn't very long. I was doing macro work so the droop was exaggerated. I hope it doesn't get worse. I may put my old 3 point head back on unless I'm going birding. Not bad for an experiment though

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Nice ball head

        By bhuser

        from Brooklyn

        Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

        I was looking for a ball head with a removable top. Barska is just what I needed. Great quality, heavy enough and feels very steady.

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        5.0

        Great Buy

        By photog

        from Berkeley, CA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

            Sturdy, and less expensive than similar products. A great buy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Well built and holds large DSLR

            By Doc

            from NY, NY

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                  Liked it so much I bought another one.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Nice but heavy

                  By bjourtra

                  from san francisco, ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                  I got this head to replace a larger Gitzo ball head that was designed to hold 22lbs vs the capacity for this Barska head. I like the levers on this Barska, but it is heavier than the Gitzo so I'm not very pleased. For the low weight capacity that it can hold, i'm surprised that it weighs so much.Otherwise, it's a nice head.

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                  • No

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great value for the $

                  By Naples_vidiot

                  from Naples, Florida

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Barska Sticker Falls Off
                  • Small Leveling Bubble

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                  I attach these to the Manfrotto MA175 as POV camera mounts. Attached one to a pole at a dance performance and it held securely. I'm sure you can find many uses owning a couple of these. The only thing I noticed is the tiny square Barska sticker that covers an access port to tighten or loosen the swivel mechanism immediately falls off. If you want to keep them then remove or they will get lost in the abyss. A quality product at a great value.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Pro quality @ a low price

                  By Acumax

                  from Oceanside, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                    It has a nice feel, solid and in control. It has the option to put the camera at just about any angle I need. It has the bubble level to ensure proper alignment. It has the cork platform for a nice connection to the camera without damages.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Value

                    By Guerilla Cameras & Gear

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Quirky Latch

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Slanted Slider Shots

                    Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                    This is a great value for us. We needed several ballheads that could go 90 degrees and could tilt to keep a camera level on an inclined slider & jib. We were worried about how much it would cost us to get something decent. This is a solid piece of equipment made from heavy metal. The latch for securing the rapid connect plate can be a little funky to work with. I haven't figured out why it is that way, but once it decides to go along with you the camera gets securely locked into place. I'm happy that we found this Ball Head.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Compact Ball Head

                    By - JJ

                    from Bismarck, ND

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Set Screw Can Be Lost

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                    An affordable and realiable ball head for tripod

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                    • No

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Cheap and handy

                    By Oze

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Cheap

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                        For its price, it is very good. The locking lever was not that smooth initially. But after I sanded some metal off a curve and tightened a screw, it works very well. It is also a more-or-less greaseless design, which I prefer.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great sturdy ball head

                        By cnagappa

                        from Vancouver, BC, Canada

                        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
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                          I am using this ball head system with my Manfrotto MMC3-02 compact monopod. The size is perfect for that monopod.This ball head system is pretty strudy and stable. I like the fact that it includes a leveler and a quick release. The quick release works great once you get the hang of it.I used this ball head system on a recent trip to Tofino, British Columbia and was able to achieve pretty spectacular results with my Canon Vixia R300 camcorder on full zoom.

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                          • Yes

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Mounted to a manfrotto super clamp.

                          By Corey

                          from Connecticut

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                            Super simply stuff, works well, integrates well with the super clamp.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            High Quality Product

                            By Make.Think

                            from New Mexico

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                                I bought this head system to mount on my home-made counterbalance steady cam for shooting video with a DSLR. The BARSKA was one of the cheapest ones on this site which is why I bought it. It turned out to be a fantastic product. The build is all-metal and very high quality. The snap-in plate is quite helpful for quick attachment and detachment and the ball system is solid and stable allowing me to get previously impossible shots. This is exactly what I needed.

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                                • No

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                It's a need

                                By Bernie or Claroben01

                                from Quebec Canada

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Small Range

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Barska AF11602 Compact Ball Head System:

                                Used with my two different RigWheels dolly.It is exactly what I needed to complete my shootsEasy of use for camcorder adjustment with the Compact Ball Head System by BARSKA. I definitely recommand.

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