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Induro BHL2 Ball Head

B&H # INBHL2 Mfr # 479-022
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Product Highlights
  • Separate Pan, Tilt & Tension Controls
  • Arca-Style Double-Locking Quick Release
  • Includes Camera Plate
  • Supports Loads Up to 66 lb
  • Weighs Just 1.1 lb

The Induro BHL2 Ball Head features separate controls for ball locking, pan-base locking, and tension to provide precise and 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 66 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 BHL2 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 66 lb
Ideal for positioning any SLR or DSLR camera – even with long telephoto lenses – or a medium-format camera
Perfect companion for Induro size 2 tripods
Load Capacity 66 lb (30 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 44 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 3.7" (9.5 cm)
Maximum Diameter 4.0" (10.1 cm)
Weight 1.1 lb (0.5 kg)
Induro BHL2 Ball Head
  • PU-60 Slide-In Quick Release Plate
  • 5-Year Warranty + 5-Year Warranty Extension by Registering Online
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    InduroBHL2 Ball Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (20)
    • Attaches firmly (19)
    • Large range of motion (19)
    • Strong clamp (19)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (19)
      • Night shots (14)
      • Wildlife (13)
      • Portraits (11)
      • Travel (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Love the Induro BHL2 Ball Head

      This is my first setup. I had originally researched to death and chosen another brand. Before ordering I came across a tripod article on the Aperture Academy website. The author understood the need...Read complete review

      This is my first setup. I had originally researched to death and chosen another brand. Before ordering I came across a tripod article on the Aperture Academy website. The author understood the need for a solid platform and uses Induro. I scoured the Induro website, which includes product videos, and was willing to take the risk.

      I've carried the setup everywhere I go including the backcountry and have no complaints with the performance. I gave it 4 stars because I have to think a RRS (Really Right Stuff) or similar very high end unit would have a little more precision.

      On that note, the tripod has a set screw to lock the ball head on. I use Loctite, and did have to back off the set screw as there was a little deformity causing the panning action to require more effort in one spot. I don't see this as problem... backed off the set screw, and it was still plenty tight.

      I'm using this rig to support a Canon 7D. The heaviest lens I've used so far is the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, well within the 66 lb capacity of the BHL2 and it feels solid. The release is 2-stage, requiring a 2nd action to fully disengage, and I like that feature. The included plate will not slide out in the 1st stage of release, however I'm using a RRS L-Bracket on the 7D which can slide out in stage 1 release. I've mounted the Induro plate on the 70-200 lens.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bubble Level is obscured by camera!

      I just received the Induro BHL2 ballhead and while the quality is good, I am very disappointed to see that you cannot access/see the bubble level when the camera is on the head! ...Read complete review

      I just received the Induro BHL2 ballhead and while the quality is good, I am very disappointed to see that you cannot access/see the bubble level when the camera is on the head! Did they really just design it so that it was only visible when the camera is mounted using a tripod collar on the lens?? Not all lenses have collars! What am I missing?

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      5.0

      Even Better Than Hoped for

      By Pic shooter

      from PBG, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

            I use this on an Induro CT 214 Tripod. I have been shooting with a Canon 5d MKII with Canon 100-400; 24 - 105, and 24 TS lenses. Also use with Sony a7r with Sony 70 -200 and Canon 24 TS lenses. The ball movement is very smooth. Am able to get any combination of camera and lens in position and lock with no drift even when tilted over on the side to shoot portraits.Quick release plate requires a tool (allen wrench, which is supplied, or a coin) to attach to camera or lens. Would be better if you could do this by hand. Spare plates seem pricey.

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            4.0

            Well made

            By Allen

            from Bakersfield, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Solidsturdy

            Cons

            • Small Adjustment Knobs

            Best Uses

              Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

              I use a tripod for almost all photos I take and, of course, a good ball head is necessary. This one works well and solidly attaches to the tripod and allows for solid attachment of the lens/camera using the correct plate. The Arca-style quick release works very well and solidly attaches the camera/lens to the ball head. Since I have arthritis in my hands,I do wish the ball-locking knob and the panning lock knobs were a little larger in diameter to make it easier to grip and turn. They are large enough if you don't have hand-pain problems. I'm still undecided on the tension control which is integrated into the ball-locking knob. I adjust it as the instructions say to just hold the camera/lens in place so they don't flop around while composing the photo. (required tension will vary with the weight of the lens and camera attached). Then I tighten it and all works well, but when I loosen it to adjust for the next photo it is either is too loose or too tight rather than just being tight enough to hold the camera/lens in place while composing the next photo. I am still getting used to this ball-head so the problem may be mine. I have used other ball-heads where the tension on the ball head while composing a photo and before tightening to take the photo was entirely controlled by the user so once I get the proper adjustment on this ball head it should work well. Get extra PU-60 Slide-In Quick Release Plates - one for each camera, one for each lens where tripod is attached to the foot on the lens.

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              5.0

              Should have bought this one first!

              By Dr, Mickey

              from JAX, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • No Creep
              • Solid

              Cons

              • Bubble Level Obscured

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

              I bought the Induro BHL2 ballhead to sit atop a new Gitzo Carbon Fiber monopod also from B & H, and I am very pleased with the results. The Induro is solid and "creep" free--I can easily lock down my Nikon D7000 with a 70-200 lens and teleconverter. Best of all is the quality feel of the ballhead. The BHL2 is a great addition to a set of legs or a monopod. Treat yourself!

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              5.0

              Well designed and well made!

              By Davidrm85

              from Watertown, MA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                The Induro BHL2 Ball Head works flawlessly! It holds my D800 with 24mm f1.4 secure and stable on my Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs. A great combination, both are very light weight. A joy to travel with and carry in the field. If you are looking for something solid for long exposures at night, this will fit the bill. Photograph with cofidence that your equipment won't let you down. Then the quality of the work is solely your resonsibity. That is peace of mind. Worth the money!

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                5.0

                Love it

                By John

                from Redlands, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                      This ball head allows you to easily adjust the position of the head and solidly lock it down with one knob. The only drawback is the pan reference mark is quite small. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants a solidly made ball head that can hold significant weight.

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                      4.0

                      First Ballhead, Awesome!

                      By Carl

                      from Louisiana

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                      I have only used it a few times and it is very smooth. I feel very confident with my camera setting atop this ballhead on my CT313 tripod. The two knobs are great and easy to remember which one to use and for what by the feel of the size. Will update this review in five to six months and that is the only reason I gave it a four star instead of five.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding ballhead

                      By Mildot

                      from Indiana

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                        I purchased this ball head and a set of AT213 legs and couldn't be happier. The ball head is very smooth and stable, a big step up from their BDH2 which is still a nice head. This Induro combo replaced a Manfrotto 055XPROB with 498RC2 head and in my opinion the Induro combo is much better quality and a lot smoother.

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                        5.0

                        Wouldn't dare go without it!!

                        By Richard

                        from Jonesboro, Arkansas

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                          I use the BHL-2 on my Induro 214 Carbon Fiber Tripod. It obviously fits perfectly, but, as it replaces the Acratech I've been using, the safety release feature of this Induro head is invaluable. Knowing my camera will not slip out is reason enough to use it.
                          I also have the BHL-3 on my Induro 313 Carbon Fiber Tripod & became a believer in all of the Induro products. You cannot go wrong with any of them.

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                          5.0

                          perfect for the price

                          By mikey

                          from longisland NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                            like most of you reading this i did months of research to pick the best ball head that wasn't $500 after going into B&H and testing out all the ball heads they had to offer the BHL2 was the clear winner
                            -took it to aruba a place with 20 mph winds for time lapses biggest fear is that it would "creep" down with the force of a D800 and 14-24 on it pleasantly surprised it held strong and i am more than happy with my purchase! if you have any doubt try it and worst comes to worst return it, B&H has an amazing return policy - would buy again

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                            5.0

                            Very Impressive

                            By mvp

                            from Michigan

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                              After considerable research, upgraded from an old Manfrotto kit with tilt-pan head. Installed easily on Enduro carbon tripod. Arca-Swiss style plate with quick release very reliable. Find this head very comfortable and precise. Holds a 5dmkIII and 100-400L very securely. Very satisfied with this combination for both indoor and outdoor shooting.

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                              5.0

                              Better than expected

                              By Pachay

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                I bought this head to attach to my Induro CT214 CF tripod. I actually had another, much older, ball head from the tripod the Induro replaced, but was so impressed by the build quality of the tripod that I thought I'd get a new head. Initially I was looking at the RRS, which I had borrowed from a friend, but settled on the Induro. Fantastic quality, and a great price. Couldn't be happier.

                                Incidentally, I bought the cf tripod for travel. I take this tripod with me everywhere I go. I used to keep a gorrillpod focus (the aluminum one) in my camera bag, so that I'd always have some support for long exposure shots on the fly. This Induro feels lighter, is much more stable, and has now replaced the gorrillapod. I also replaced the center column with the shorter optional one.

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                                4.0

                                Very well made, very sturdy

                                By Dave

                                from Michigan

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                  Very sturdy - holds adjustments well. The only complaint - releasing the quick release plate tends to be a bit clumsy per my experience.

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                                  2.0

                                  Bubble Level is obscured by camera!

                                  By Bilorg

                                  from USA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Cons

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                                        Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                        I just received the Induro BHL2 ballhead and while the quality is good, I am very disappointed to see that you cannot access/see the bubble level when the camera is on the head! Did they really just design it so that it was only visible when the camera is mounted using a tripod collar on the lens?? Not all lenses have collars! What am I missing?

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Ball Head, Super Easy to Use

                                        By laura72568

                                        from Anderson TX

                                        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
                                          • Travel
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                          I did a lot of research before buying a tripod system. I was about to buy a Gitzo and saw a review for Induro brand and was intrigued by the quality review and price. After more research on their website I chose a Induro Alloy 8M AT313 Tripod and this ball head and could not be happier. A quality product for a great price! You will not be disappointed in this product!

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Head!

                                          By Jun Key

                                          from Brooklyn

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                            This is my first Ball Head and I am so happy to finally be using something that makes getting a good shot so much easier. The glide is right, the tension and tightness is perfect for easy movement. It took a little bit just to get used to it, but I am so happy to have gotten this Induro!

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                                            5.0

                                            Quality through and through

                                            By Teacher

                                            from Santa Fe, NM

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                              Outstanding product. well made and lives up to all my expectations. Im using it on an Induro CT314 tripod--an excellent combination.

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                                              5.0

                                              Induro BHL2 Ball Head

                                              By Texas Photo Guy

                                              from Garland TX

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home
                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                • Travel
                                                • Wildlife

                                                Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                                I purchased this ball head with the Induro carbon fiber tripod and am extremely pleased with the ease of use of this ball head. The locking mechanizm is easy to setup and works for my heavy DSLR and my wife's point and shoot camera.

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                                                5.0

                                                I'm impressed with this ball head.

                                                By Glennys

                                                from Vancouver Island, BC

                                                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 Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                                  I use this for landscape photography. It is nice and sturdy and easy to get the camera on and off the quick release.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Excellent Ball Head

                                                  By Doug

                                                  from Florida

                                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

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

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                                    Comments about Induro BHL2 Ball Head:

                                                    I use this ball head with my Canon 5d Mark III, and it has performed perfectly in taking indoor and outdoor HDR architecture photos. It's easy to adjust, stable, and it also works with the Induro GHBA Gimble. I've used that gimble/ball head combo with my Canon 70-200 lens, and it works fine. I like this ball head clamp much better than the Induro BHD2 that I previously used.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Absolutely Satisfied; Highly Recommend

                                                    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 BHL2 Ball Head:

                                                      Very strong, beautiful craftsmanship and strong build quality.I use this with a 055CXPRO3 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs by Manfrotto and its a beautiful match. I was unhappy with the Manfrotto ball head ergonomics and overall design, so I replaced it with a INDURO BHL1. The BHL1 arrived and it was probably strong enough, but I felt like it felt a bit small. So I returned it and upgraded to the BHL2 instead. Just a little more money but its feels more substantial. I sometimes shoot with a Profoto ringflash attached to my 5DII--along with the weight of the lens and grip--so I thought it would be smart to get the larger ball head. Its a really nice head. My only complaint is that the dial you can use to fine-tune the tension shouldn't be recessed too much. Its a bit hard to operate. The dial should protrude a bit instead. On a positive note, the safety 'lock" mechanism for the plate is very good. I really like using this head!

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