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Induro BHL3 Ball Head

B&H # INBHL3 Mfr # 479-023
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You Pay: $311.00
Product Highlights
  • Separate Pan, Tilt & Tension Controls
  • Arca-Style Double-Locking Quick Release
  • Includes Camera Plate
  • Supports Loads Up to 88 lb
  • Weighs Just 1.5 lb

The Induro BHL3 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 88 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 BHL3 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-70 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 88 lb
Ideal for positioning any SLR or DSLR camera – even with long telephoto lenses – or a large-format camera
Perfect companion for Induro size 3 tripods
Load Capacity 88 lb (40 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 54 mm
Quick Release Yes, Arca-style with double lock (PU-70 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 3.9" (9.9 cm)
Maximum Diameter 4.2" (10.7 cm)
Weight 1.5 lb (0.7 kg)
Induro BHL3 Ball Head
  • PU-70 Extra Long Slide-In Quick Release Accessory Plate
  • 5-Year Warranty + 5-Year Warranty Extension by Registering Online
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    InduroBHL3 Ball Head
     
    4.6

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong clamp (18)
    • Attaches firmly (17)
    • Stable (17)
    • Large range of motion (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (18)
      • Night shots (15)
      • Wildlife (11)
      • Portraits (8)
      • Travel (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (19)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      professional gear

      Built like a tank, and that's good, because it is going to get lovingly abused out in the field.

      Quality build, precisely engineered. Easily ranks up there with Gitzo,...Read complete review

      Built like a tank, and that's good, because it is going to get lovingly abused out in the field.

      Quality build, precisely engineered. Easily ranks up there with Gitzo, RRS, Kirk, Arca-Swiss.

      Tension adjustment knob makes it easy to tailor the amount of friction for your gear. Just a simple half twist and you can move your gear around without it slipping too much on its own. A half twist clockwise and its clamped down.

      Let's say you are pointing the camera downwards a bit. Most of the weight is thrown forward in this case. Gravity starts rearing its ugly head. On my previous setup, you would frame your subject, lock down the ball head, and the camera would settle downwards a little bit more, messing up your composition. You then had to un-tighten the ball head and re-frame. This time, framing slightly upwards to compensate for the fact that the camera was going to move downwards after tightening. This is a time consuming and frustrating task. I mean, once you lock it down, it should stay locked, right? The BHL3 does not suffer from this. You lock your gear down, it stays put.

      The BHL3 comes with an arca-Swiss style mounting system and one plate. Not only does it come with a plate, but that plate participates in a double-locking system. On either end of the underside of the plate, are two protruding screws. You mount the gear on the tripod and tighten down the arca-swiss knob. Nothing is going anywhere. You loosen the knob a ½ turn. You can now slide your gear back and forth within the mechanism, but the protruding screws will catch on the end of grooves machined into the base of the mount. If, for some reason, you had a heavier piece of gear mounted and you didn't have the arca-swiss knob fully tightened, your gear could slip – potentially to disastrous results. This system would prevent that from happening. To remove the gear, you have to pull out on the knob and un-tighten further. The plate with gear attached slips off. I will get a plate for each of my longer lenses and my 180mm macro lens. It's nice to know I have an extra level of security- 'cause I can be a klutz!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      May be okay for some people

      I bought this to replace a Manfrotto bull head that had a quirky Quick Release mechanism. I chose this over a Really Right Stuff based on the price an a comparison video I found...Read complete review

      I bought this to replace a Manfrotto bull head that had a quirky Quick Release mechanism. I chose this over a Really Right Stuff based on the price an a comparison video I found on the web.

      The ball head is solid and feels good in your hand. Attaches to the tripod easily enough. However, the biggest issue I had with it was the quick release mechanism. It has a nice feature (at least on paper) in that there's a safety mechanism that keeps you from accidentally letting the camera fall out of the release mechanism. However I found this very cumbersome and in the end, the reason I'm returning it.

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      4.0

      Rock Solid Ball Head

      By Kel

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Stable

      Cons

      • Cumbersome Quick Release

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Long exposures
      • Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

      This ball head is solid as a rock on top of my Induro CT 313 tripod. Smooth and easy to use. The reason I'm only giving it 4 stars is because the quick release is cumbersome to use.

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      5.0

      handles the big rigs

      By Endoman

      from NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

        Strong enough for my 500mm f4, yet has a lower profile. Would be nice to have a case or sleeve included for transportation/packing.

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        5.0

        Solid head with nice safety mechanism

        By BG Ed

        from Lexington KY USA

        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 BHL3 Ball Head:

          I bought this Induro BHL3 ball head at the same time I bought the Induro CT314 tripod legs, and so far I am very happy with this combination. The BHL3 head feels very solid and well-built. A special bonus is that their camera plate has a safety mechanism composed of two set screws on each end of the underside which prevent the camera from coming off of the head if it slips while carrying/hiking with everything on the tripod. Induro includes the plate with the head, while some other manufacturers do not, and this is another reason I was compelled to purchase this unit. I have a Luma Labs Cinch strap and plate on one of my camera bodies, and since both are Arca design standard, the Luma plate locks right into the BHL3 head clamp with no trouble (although it does not have the extra safety feature that I previously described...that is only on the Induro plate). All of the control knobs are easy to grip, and they turn smoothly. The main ball locks quickly and holds tight.

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          4.0

          Potentially very nice but had to return

          By Jazz

          from Midwest

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Weak Clamp

          Best Uses

            Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

            I didn't get to use this ballhead. I had to return it because the one I received had a fatal quality control flaw involving the clamp. With the clamp knob loosened to the first position the plate should slide sideways but the plate should not not be able to be removed completely until the knob is pulled out and turned to the second (fully open) position. With nothing attached to the plate everything seemed fine but after attaching my D610 the plate released from the clamp with the knob at the first position. Luckily I was holding the camera when this happened. I could see no way to adjust the knob's tension so I was forced to return it. B&H customer service was stellar as always in issuing an RMA. It's too bad because the BHL3 seemed otherwise very well made.

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            2.0

            May be okay for some people

            By Rennisk

            from Los Gatos, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

            I bought this to replace a Manfrotto bull head that had a quirky Quick Release mechanism. I chose this over a Really Right Stuff based on the price an a comparison video I found on the web.

            The ball head is solid and feels good in your hand. Attaches to the tripod easily enough. However, the biggest issue I had with it was the quick release mechanism. It has a nice feature (at least on paper) in that there's a safety mechanism that keeps you from accidentally letting the camera fall out of the release mechanism. However I found this very cumbersome and in the end, the reason I'm returning it.

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            5.0

            Perfect match with my Induro AT313

            By OronR

            from Israel

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

              I have searched for quality ball head, read dozens of reviews and finally came to narrow list of ball heads from the best companies.
              The decision was not easy, as the price of quality ball head is hundreds of dollars. After doing my research I wanted to get the best product which fulfills my requirements.
              The Induro BHL3 was in my top list just from the beginning of my research. The specifications of this product are impressive and I believed it will be a match to my previous purchase – my Induro AT313 tripod which is very good product by itself.
              When I got the BHL3 ball head and put it on top of my tripod it looked like both of them were design to be together.
              In the first impression the BHL3 looked bulky to me, but after some time I play with it, I realize it is not an issue at all.
              It has a build in level which is very helpful especially when I shoot panorama. There is also a build in scale which can also be helpful for panorama but I don't use it.
              It has two knobs which can be easily be identified because of their size. The little knob is for the camera right/left rotation and lock. The big knob (really big one) is the main knob which release and lock the ball head in position.
              I found the locking mechanism which holds the camera plate to be very sophisticated and idiot proof which prevents camera/lens falling to the ground by accident.
              I tried my combo with my Nikon D7000 + 80-200 f/2.8D lens and with 105mm f/2.8 for macro photography. It was very fun using it.
              My tripod and ball head combo is not the lightweight available. This is a price I knew I have to pay for this very sturdy combo. This is the point which I recommend every photographer to be aware of before buying any tripod or ball head.
              In summary it was joy using the BHL3 in the field and I definitely recommend any serious photographer which looking for top ball head to consider it as top notch product.

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              5.0

              Perfect match

              By M2

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                BHL3 Ball Head handled the weight of Canon 5dm2/battery grip and 70-200mm F/2.8L II lens with ease coupled with Smith Victor CFM500 Carbon Fiber Monopod allowing me to photograph portrait & landscape. Just luv the safety feature of double lock mechanism for Arca-Swiss-style clamping quick-release element by simply pulling with slight twist of the safety knob to protect your gear from damage.

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                4.0

                Good but not perfect

                By Wes

                from Queens, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                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 BHL3 Ball Head:

                  For the money it is a very good ballhead. Canon EOS 7D & EF 70-300 L sit on it reliably. The only thing I don't like is the main knob on right side. If I use it as designed I would have to let the camera go from my right hand and just then adjust the knob. For me it doe's not feel natural. To solve it I pan the head to have the front of it toward me. Then the main knob is on my left.

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                  5.0

                  Great Head

                  By JWGJR

                  from Severna Park, Maryland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

                    Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                    Great head. I use it on an Induro CT414 Tripod with a D800E and a different size lenses up to 500mm. Very easy to use and secure.

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                    5.0

                    Quality in a box

                    By jc

                    from southeast alaska

                    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
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                      ease of use, strong, lightweight

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                      5.0

                      Heavy duty and Excellent

                      By Satisfied in St. Augustine

                      from St. Augustine, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                      This heavy duty, sturdy and secure ballhead lives up to its reputation. With a Nikon D7000 and a heavy lens, it remains steady througout. Smooth use and adaptability makes this an excellent choice for anyone needing a ballhead capable of holding a fairly large amount of weight (and capability to 80+ pounds if ever needed!). After much research and comparisons, I am satisfied to have purchased this ballhead and highly recommend it.

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                      5.0

                      A Great Ball Head

                      By M35G35

                      from Westerville, OH

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Plate Hard To Remove

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                      Very stable for my D800 and 70-200mm. Unfortunately I do not have any longer lenses. The only pick is the plate connecting to the ball head. It can be difficult at times to get off. This is a rock solid ball head and I am very happy with this purchase.

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                      5.0

                      Smooth and Stable

                      By New Englander

                      from Cape Cod

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                        I can't compare this head to other ballheads because this is the first one I have owned. I have used it several times now (with Induro alloy 8m AT313 legs) and I am very impressed with the high quality, light weight and ease of use. After having used a 3way head forever, this head is a joy to use. The movements are incredibly smooth and it locks down very tightly with little effort. I love the drag control, especially when using a large, heavy camera. The camera can be leveled so much faster and easier than with my previous head.
                        Finally, the support offered by this head is simply amazing. I highly recommend it.

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                        4.0

                        Good Enough for Most

                        By Tim the Nature Photographer

                        from Davis, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • Not For Long Macro Lenses

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                        Let me begin by stating that I measured the Induro BHL3 ball diameter and came up with about 55mm (it's hard to be 100% precise since it's in a socket). That's the one specification that I couldn't find anywhere on the web no matter how much I researched. This baffles me, as that's an impressive specification that Induro should be proudly using to market its product. But on to how it performs. I've owned it for about 5 months and it feels very solid and honestly seems like the best design out there. Two knobs instead of three are nice (really, how often do you need to adjust the drag?). The main knob is huge and easy to grip and operate. The small panning knob can be a little hard to unlock if you tighten it too much (hint, you don't need to tighten it very much to lock the panning mechanism). I have used this head under some pretty demanding conditions and overall it performs very well. By demanding, I mean 1:1 macro photography at odd angles (including vertical without using an L-bracket). A lot of people think that long exposures like 30+ seconds are the best way to see if your head is solid, but that's not the most demanding scenario. That just lets you know if your head creeps over time. The real test is macro work at the problem exposure time of about 1/15 sec, during which any vibration caused by the SHUTTER ITSELF (not the mirror---you are using mirror lock-up and a cable release, aren't you?) will be recorded. With my D300 and 105mm Micro-Nikkor, this head passes the test. So why not 5 stars? Well, during the short period of time I owned the 200mm Micro-Nikkor, this head did NOT pass the test. I had to look at pixel level to see it, but nevertheless, this head wasn't up to that task, even with mirror-up, a cable release, and a rock-solid tripod. Remember, I'm only referring to 1:1 magnification and 1/15sec exposure time. Under almost any other combination, it worked flawlessly (i.e., 30 second exposures at 1:1 or 1/15 second exposures focused at infinity). Don't get me wrong…this head is very robust, and I still use it professionally. I just can't fully recommend it to professional photographers using LONG macro lenses.

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                        5.0

                        A great contender to the King!

                        By VSG

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                          I absolutely love this ballhead. I have mounted a 70-200 IS II with a 2X II extender on a gripped 7D without any amount of sag at all. The huge ball combined with the low profile make this a very worthy contender to the RRS BH55 itself!It also comes with a nice 70mm Arca plate that saves you another $30-40.

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                          4.0

                          Nice ball, slow QR

                          By Gustaf Larsson

                          from Storrs, CT

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                          I bought this massive ball head to support a 500/4 lens when I was not using a gimbal for it.

                          The ball head is really good, stability and accuracy when needed.

                          The lock knob is big enough to operate even with bulky gloves, and the friction knob nicely put inside of it since you don't need to operate it that often. Does not elevate as much as cheaper heads do when fasten the knob.

                          Love the low design which makes handling the 500/4 so much easier than higher ball heads.

                          The lock mechanism is the only drawback according to me. There is a safety mechanism when releasing the camera by pulling the knob outwards after unscrewing it. Good for safety but makes it a bit to hard to remove tbh.

                          I use this head with sirui legs:
                          R-4203-N Carbon Fiber Tripod

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                          5.0

                          Equal in quality to [@] and others

                          By Patrick

                          from Westland, MI

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Double Lock System
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                          This ball head is very well built, solid as a rock when locking the tensioner down and pans very smoothly for panos. The ARCA style quick release is easy to operate and reliable time after time. There is absolutely no creep in ball head when you compose a shot, it stays in the position where you locked it down. This product is just a good as the [@]and priced more reasonably.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic Ball Head

                          By The Fiddler

                          from Oregon

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • No settling
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                            I use the BHL3 with my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Tripod. I bought it for two reasons, one, I needed a heavy duty ball head, and two, the review of the BHL3 written by eimages.

                            I was particularly interested in his comment that his system has no 'settling' when the BHL3 is used. My three low cost Manfrotto heads--about $100 each street price--suffer from minor to major 'settling' when used with my heavier lenses.

                            I echo eimages review in virtually every respect so I won't cover the same ground he did, but I will say that the BHL3 is one fine ball head. The Manfrotto heads aren't really all that bad. The BHL3 costs about 3X the Manfrotto heads I own but it is an order of magnitude better. To me it is a case of one getting what they paid for with the Manfrotto heads and more than they paid for with the BHL3.

                            This is my 2nd BHL3, the first I received was obviously a return that somehow got back into the system for it was scratched and was missing the plate fail safe screws and the plate wrench. A call to B&H solved that problem and they shipped a new one out to me overnight and they paid the shipping--that's excellent service in anyone's book.

                            I must say it is a pleasure to deal with a reputable merchant who stands behind their products.

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                            5.0

                            professional gear

                            By eimages

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                            • There are none

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Large format
                            • Medium Format
                            • Night Shots
                            • Pro DSLR
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Induro BHL3 Ball Head:

                            Built like a tank, and that's good, because it is going to get lovingly abused out in the field.

                            Quality build, precisely engineered. Easily ranks up there with Gitzo, RRS, Kirk, Arca-Swiss.

                            Tension adjustment knob makes it easy to tailor the amount of friction for your gear. Just a simple half twist and you can move your gear around without it slipping too much on its own. A half twist clockwise and its clamped down.

                            Let's say you are pointing the camera downwards a bit. Most of the weight is thrown forward in this case. Gravity starts rearing its ugly head. On my previous setup, you would frame your subject, lock down the ball head, and the camera would settle downwards a little bit more, messing up your composition. You then had to un-tighten the ball head and re-frame. This time, framing slightly upwards to compensate for the fact that the camera was going to move downwards after tightening. This is a time consuming and frustrating task. I mean, once you lock it down, it should stay locked, right? The BHL3 does not suffer from this. You lock your gear down, it stays put.

                            The BHL3 comes with an arca-Swiss style mounting system and one plate. Not only does it come with a plate, but that plate participates in a double-locking system. On either end of the underside of the plate, are two protruding screws. You mount the gear on the tripod and tighten down the arca-swiss knob. Nothing is going anywhere. You loosen the knob a ½ turn. You can now slide your gear back and forth within the mechanism, but the protruding screws will catch on the end of grooves machined into the base of the mount. If, for some reason, you had a heavier piece of gear mounted and you didn't have the arca-swiss knob fully tightened, your gear could slip – potentially to disastrous results. This system would prevent that from happening. To remove the gear, you have to pull out on the knob and un-tighten further. The plate with gear attached slips off. I will get a plate for each of my longer lenses and my 180mm macro lens. It's nice to know I have an extra level of security- 'cause I can be a klutz!

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