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Induro BHL1 Ball Head

B&H # INBHL1 Mfr # 479-021
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Product Highlights
  • Separate Pan, Tilt & Tension Controls
  • Arca-Style Double-Locking Quick Release
  • Includes Camera Plate
  • Supports Loads Up to 44 lb
  • Weighs Just 0.9 lb

The Induro BHL1 Ball Head features separate controls for ball locking, pan-base locking, and tension to provide precise & reliable control over camera positioning. With its all-weather grip, the oversized knob enables extremely strong ball locking, which makes possible the head's remarkable load capacity of 44 lb. To accommodate different load sizes, an independent tension dial is integrated into the ball-locking knob.

The separate locks for tilt and pan mean that you can reliably perform tasks such as panoramic photography, which require the camera's orientation to remain rock-steady while the position of the panning base changes. Around the base are degree markers that aid in the accurate capture of panoramas that will be stitched together later. The head pans a full 360° and tilts 90° to -45° to accommodate portrait orientation.

The BHL1 head features an Arca-Swiss-style clamping quick-release element, with a double lock to protect your gear from damage. A bubble level on the clamping element helps ensure that your framing hews to the horizon. A PU-60 dovetail plate with a 1/4"-20 screw is included, and the head is compatible with most Arca-style camera plates from other manufacturers.

The oversized ball-locking knob provides a good all-weather grip for smooth camera positioning and locking control
The separate pan-action lock and the graduated base scale make 360-degree horizontal camera positioning simple and repeatable
A double safety lock with dual-action control ensures smooth, secure, and rapid camera changes
Built-in bubble level on quick-release platform enables precise alignment
The head features an integrated lock-limiter tension control – this rapid independent adjustment compensates for individual camera weight
Exceptionally high load capacity of 44 lb
Ideal for positioning any SLR, DSLR, or medium-format camera
Perfect companion for Induro size 1 tripods
Load Capacity 44 lb (20 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 36 mm
Quick Release Yes, Arca-style with double lock (PU-60 plate included, with 1/4"-20 screw)
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Yes, integrated into ball-locking knob
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tilt Range +90° to -45°
Pan Range 360°
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Height 3.5" (9.0 cm)
Maximum Diameter 3.8" (9.6 cm)
Weight 0.9 lb (0.4 kg)
Induro BHL1 Ball Head
  • PU-60 Slide-In Quick Release Plate
  • 5-Year Warranty + 5-Year Warranty Extension by Registering Online
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    InduroBHL1 Ball Head
     
    4.2

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (10)
    • Stable (10)
    • Strong clamp (10)
    • Large range of motion (9)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (13)
      • Night shots (8)
      • Travel (7)
      • Home (4)
      • Portraits (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Rock Solid!

      I considered getting the BHD 1 for my Induro CT114 until I saw the BHL 1. The smaller profile (0.5" shorter) and the higher rated weight (44lbs vs 26lbs) pushed...Read complete review

      I considered getting the BHD 1 for my Induro CT114 until I saw the BHL 1. The smaller profile (0.5" shorter) and the higher rated weight (44lbs vs 26lbs) pushed me to getting the BHL 1. The fit and finish of the ball head are top notch. The knob for locking the ball feels really solid and doesn't budge once it's tightened. It easily supports my D700 and 24-70 2.8 easily (in landscape and portrait). I highly recommend this ball head.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not enough beef

      Should have gone up to the BHL2 - even though this ball head is rated to hold the max weight of my gear, 6D, Baterry grip, 70-200 F4. - wish I would...Read complete review

      Should have gone up to the BHL2 - even though this ball head is rated to hold the max weight of my gear, 6D, Baterry grip, 70-200 F4. - wish I would have bought the next size up. There is some sag once tightened, so somewhat disappointed there. But otherwise - ease of operation and ergonomics are good.

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      4.0

      Great Bang for the Buck--Well Designed

      By dicksharpshooter

      from Chatham, Illinois

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

        I bought this head to go on a lighter carbon fiber tripod when I have walk a fair distance. It lives up to being light weight, yet it is well designed and easily handles my Nikon D300s with my 70-200 mm f2.8 lens. The ball operates fine but it is a little less smooth than my Really Right Stuff head. Non the less, once one works with it, itis fine particular after adjusting the friction mechanism located in the large adjustment knob. The knob to loosen or lock the camera plate requires more fiddling than I would like, but the safety feature on the plate to prevent the camera from sliding off when loosened is great.

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        4.0

        Better than the BHD Series

        By Stephen

        from PE, Canada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

              I decided to stick with Induro and bought this to replace a failing BHD ballhead that seized up. It's still fresh out of the box but in comparison, the mechanics and knobs are considerably better designed and positioned. The BHD appears to have solved many usability problems the BHD has with a tension knob similar in size to the ball locking knob. Also with the BHD, if you use the side notch, the plate locking knob will make contact with the ball locking knob for increased frustration.

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              5.0

              Rock Solid!

              By Mat

              from Rhode Island

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                I considered getting the BHD 1 for my Induro CT114 until I saw the BHL 1. The smaller profile (0.5" shorter) and the higher rated weight (44lbs vs 26lbs) pushed me to getting the BHL 1. The fit and finish of the ball head are top notch. The knob for locking the ball feels really solid and doesn't budge once it's tightened. It easily supports my D700 and 24-70 2.8 easily (in landscape and portrait). I highly recommend this ball head.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A great ball head

                By phcastagna

                from Saint Martin FWI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Precise
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                  This ball head has oversize knobs which are practical to be handled. The main knob has a lock limiter tension control which is easy to set and avoid to have another knob for this feature like most of the others heads.You have another independent knob to control the panning which is graduated on the base. The Arca-Swiss style quick release has a double safety lock which secure your equipment. It is also a built-in bubble level on the top.This head feel durable and it is really easy to use.I mounted it on the Induro CT113 and this is a great combo.

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                  4.0

                  Very good arca compatible

                  By RichLI

                  from LI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                      For my d600 and lenses upto my 80-400vr this is good if not excellent. Not sure if its me, but especially with the long lens it is difficult to set the tension right so that camera/lens can be moved without loosening head if there is any tilt.Don't misunderstand - the induro appears the best built/designed at this price point. I looked at most others - what I liked about bhl1 was the locking design doesn't just "push up" but actually squeezes the ballhead. In retrospect may have been a good idea to go with the bhl2

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                      3.0

                      Not enough beef

                      By KG

                      from S'toon Ca

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                            Should have gone up to the BHL2 - even though this ball head is rated to hold the max weight of my gear, 6D, Baterry grip, 70-200 F4. - wish I would have bought the next size up. There is some sag once tightened, so somewhat disappointed there. But otherwise - ease of operation and ergonomics are good.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Perfect....well, almost

                            By that frozen moments guy

                            from Hagatña, Guam USA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Locking Knob Is Spongy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                            I purchased this with and Induro CT 114 and it's a combo made in heaven.I wanted a smaller and lighter ball head than the one that I currently use. This one is great however the first time I used the ball locking knob it was spongy to operate. I have gotten used to it now and it is fine...It doesn't pinch my fingers like my other ball head does.

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                            3.0

                            BLH 1 Induro Ballhead

                            By Pricharer

                            from Fort Collins , CO

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots

                              Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                              I use this product with light weight camera and lens less then 15 lbs.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Amazing!

                              By http://mvphoto.net/category/blog

                              from Glendale, AZ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                              Very stable easy to use. Recommended for anything using a heavy lens.

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                                5.0

                                One of my Best buys

                                By rightexposures

                                from Brisbane, Australia

                                About Me Semi-pro 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 Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                  User friendly, light weight, precise & reliable product

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                                  • No

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great ballhead

                                  By labtrout

                                  from Connecticut

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                    I was in NYC over Christmas and in the market for a ballhead and new tripod, I headed to B&H. I spent nearly an hour with a sales rep who showed me many different options and explained all their features. I decided the Induro was my best choice: solid, easy to adjust and a good value.

                                    Not sure whether to go with the BHL1 or BHL2, so headed home to do more research on the company. It turned out the BHL1 is perfect for my needs. It's small and light enough to function well on my monopod with my D7000 and shorter lens, and it's dead solid on my (new Induro AT214) tripod with a 400mm f5.6 lens attached.

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                                    1.0

                                    Cheap, at places nasty

                                    By Vlad.

                                    from Sydney Aus.

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                        Very disappointed in finish of this ballhead. The Clamp is spray painted and not anodised, it might not be durable, and looks cheap. The rubber foam that formes seal between ballhead cut-out is unevenly positioned and blobs of glue showing – it looks ugly. I am trying to sell this item locally at cost as I live outside of the US and sending it back for refund would be costly. The body of the ballhead and oversized knobs looks good. If I cannot sell it I will replaced the ugly clamp with Really Right Stuff one and live with it. Spend more and buy RRS one!

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                                        5.0

                                        great

                                        By rustyfazul

                                        from bronx

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Strong Clamp

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                          On my monopod and tripod. The arca plates are great musch more secured than the quick releases.

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Very solid and compact, excellent produc

                                          By YAP

                                          from Adelaide, Australia

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                            Locks down very positively, well made and quite light given its strength.

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                                            5.0

                                            excellent product

                                            By max hodges

                                            from Tokyo

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                              This is an excellent product. I highly recommend. The build quality, design and strength is exceptional.

                                              I personally returned this one and got the Induro BHL2 instead. I think the BHL1 is probably strong enough, but if felt a bit smallish. The BHL2 feels even more substantial and since I use a pro-body with ringflash attached sometimes, I thought it would be safer to get the larger head. If you can afford it I recommend the BHL2. But this BHL1 is probably good enough.

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                                              • Yes

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                                              4.0

                                              Rock solid ball head

                                              By dshow

                                              from Indianapolis, IN

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Large Range of Motion

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Architectural
                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                • Night Shots

                                                Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                                I truly love everything about this ball head except one thing. The locking knob would be better (in my opinion) if it were on the left hand side of the head instead of the right. When positioning my camera, my right hand is obviously holding the camera grip, so it makes it awkward to try to tighten the ball head locking knob while holding onto the camera. Not a huge deal though. Still a very very well made head.

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                                                4.0

                                                Good product

                                                By Ken the painter

                                                from Washington, DC

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                                Pros: good stability; large range of motion; user friendly. Cons: heavier than I expected.

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                                                4.0

                                                Locks in to place smooth and steady

                                                By mindtheGaspar

                                                from Key Biscayne, FL

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Good Stability
                                                • Large Range of Motion
                                                • Strong Clamp
                                                • Weight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Home
                                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                                  • Night Shots

                                                  Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                                  Use for a mid-weight SLR configuration.. up to 8-9 pounds and works great with the tripod legs I got.Friction lock mechanism works great at locking how loose the ball head gets so you can smoothly obtain any angle desired.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Impressively strong and well made.

                                                  By A.B.

                                                  from Saugerties, NY

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

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

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Panhead knob placement

                                                  Best Uses

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

                                                  Comments about Induro BHL1 Ball Head:

                                                  I wanted a sturdy , small, lightweight, smoothly operating, yet reasonably priced ball head to keep permanently on my Manfrotto CF tripod for away from studio use. I had been switching my Arca ball head back and forth or using several older clunky ones. The bubble level on the head is a bonus. It would get 5 stars if the panhead knob were close to the lockdown knob instead of opposite- on the other side of the ball- making it awkward to find and differentiate from the camera clamp lock. I haven't used it long enough to stop thinking of the Arca knob arrangement. It's a pleasure to use.

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