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Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead

B&H # VABBH200 MFR # BBH-200
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Product Highlights

  • Magnesium Ballhead
  • Supports Up to 44 lb
  • Rapid Level System
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • Perfectly Accurate 360-Degree Panoramas
  • Lightweight Open Body Design
  • Oxidized Surface for Smooth Movement
  • Weighs 18.7 oz
  • Arca Plate Compatible
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You Pay: $199.99

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The BBH-200 Ballhead from Vanguard gives you precision, convenience and ease of use. It features a Rapid Level System that allows you to level the camera to the base, quickly and efficiently. When it's level, the BBH-200 holds your camera securely in place. Two bubble levels guarantee highly accurate 360° panoramic photography or videography. The magnesium ball head has a unique open body design that allows a lighter weight. The ball also features a scratch-free, oxidized surface for ultra smooth moment. The BBH-200 can be positioned at accurate 90-degree angles in just one second.

Supports up to 44 lb
Rapid Level System enables you to guide the camera to be perfectly level with the base, quickly and efficiently
Two bubble levels to ensure the tripod's balance
Perfectly accurate 360-degree panoramic photography and videography
Magnesium ballhead has a unique open body design that helps maintain a lighter weight
Scratch-free, oxidized surface for ultra smooth movement
UPC: 026196340324
Load Capacity 44 lb (20 kg)
Tilt Range -35°~90°
Quick Release Yes, QS-60 included (Arca compatible)
Spirit Level Yes, two bubble levels
Tension Control Not specified by manufacturer
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Height 4.33" (110mm)
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 18.7 oz (530 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.54 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 5.5 x 4.4"
Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead
  • QS-60 Quick Shoe
  • 1/4"-20 to 3/8" Reducer Bushing
  • Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardBBH-200 Ballhead
     
    4.6

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (13)
    • Strong clamp (12)
    • Attaches firmly (10)
    • Large range of motion (10)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Travel (10)
    • Night shots (9)
    • Wildlife (8)
    • Portraits (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Reviewed by 16 customers

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    5.0

    Awesome Bullhead

    By Holly

    from Austin TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots

      Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

      Versatile and easy to use.

      The fact that there are two levels (one for portrait and one for landscape) is awesome.

      Moves fluidly and adjusts to exactly where I want to frame a photo.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Strong & Versatile - Artist or Photo

      By Marc

      from Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Art Plein Air Painting

        Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

        I own two of these ball heads now along with four plates. I have had them since around June 2014.

        I changed from a pistol grip and was extremely pleased with the small size of this unit along with its ability to hold very heavy loads (rated at 40lbs).

        While I use these ball heads for photography and they hold a 7D with heavy lenses without issue, it is in art that I have experienced their real strength. I use 3 different painting palettes on these heads/tripods both in studio and in the field doing plein air painting. One palette covers a horizontal surface area of 24" wide. They're made of wood and glass and one is fairly heavy (15lbs). I mix paint pressing very hard on the palette including the outer edges (12" out from center of ballhead) and these never flinch, give, or show any sort of weakness. They hold and allow for a very strong portable work surface.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worthwhile upgrade

        By Joshua

        from Florida

        Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

        I obtained this ballhead as an upgrade to an existing non-ARCA unit that I was using. Six months ago I began regularly using a Peak Design Quick release mount that I love. Use of this ballhead with its ARCA-compatible mount completes my transition. I no longer need to waste precious moments de-installing the Peak Design ARCA plate before using my tripod. This ball head is sturdy, fairly lightweight, and well-made. Perhaps most importantly, I was able to find a good solution that did not break the bank.

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        4.0

        Really nice ballhead

        By Digidave

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Locks In Tight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

          Hold weight well & easy to use.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best and very reasonable price

          By earlb

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Good Footing
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

            Can not beat the price with a lot to offer and functionality. Fluid and I love the quick auto level lock. This is just awesome and I intend to buy this again for my other tripod.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BBH-200 Ballhead.... Awesome!

            By HDMan

            from NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Release Button For Pin

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Product Shooting
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

            Very happy with this well built ball head. One small detail, I had to remove the safety pin on the head as there is not a release button on it to allow an arca plate to slide off easily, so it gets hung up.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very solid head

            By Bohan

            from Hayward, CA

            About Me 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 Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

              The separate pan lock is common enough but that doesn't make it any less awesome.

              I really like the lever lock for the ball itself. It's quick, easy, and very secure.

              The Rapid Level System is okay...it works fine but I don't see myself ever using it. It levels the ball to the base but if you need it to be level, first the base has to be level.

              Being Arca compatible is a huge bonus. Thumbs up to Vanguard for this one.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Impressed

              By Brian

              from St. Louis, MO

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Arca Swiss Mount
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                The head has very good build quality. Feels very solid. No dip noticed once locked off. The auto centering centers the head to your tripod so if your tripod legs are not level the auto centering will not be level. There is a little bit of movement once the auto centering is engaged before you lock it off but it makes centering the head much faster and easier. I have mine mounted on a 3 legged thing Eric and the combo works great together.

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                • No

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Funny thing about ballheads

                By Scott Weaver

                from Las Cruces, NM

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                • Awkward To Use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                  Just purchased this BBH-200 Vantuard ballhead. Never had a ballhead or even used one before, so there's a learning curve. Had always used a three way pan head. Only problem with those I ever run into is when one of the arms gets in the way of looking thru the viewfinder, but that doesn't often happen.Had heard all these wonderful things about ballhead all these years. Now I'm wondering what all the fuss is?There's one major problem I haven't figured out: one generally holds and adjusts the camera with the right hand. The release for the ball head also requires one's right hand. Since I only have one right hand it's very awkward to position the camera. What am I not understanding?As the unit itself, I think it's nicely designed and probably well built. One thing I wonder about is dust. I'm am outside quite a bit and dust is going to be falling on the surface of the exposed ball. This will then work its way into the mechanism, will it not? I'm anticipating problems down the road.

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                  4.0

                  I would recommend it to others.

                  By Jim

                  from San Diego, CA

                  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
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                    It functions as advertised,well built and light weight for something that supports 40+ pounds.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    So far its been great

                    By Joe

                    from North Bend, Wa

                    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
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                      Works as expected, 100% happy with it so far

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                      • No

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Innovative Ballhead Meets and Exceeds

                      By aekn

                      from Mpls, MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Innovative Level
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                        I've owned and used ballheads from Kirk, Giottos, Manfrotto, and Gitzo. This one is comparable in quality to the best, is lighter weight, and adds some nice innovative features. The oversized knobs are convenient without getting in the way, and the leveling feature is a great new innovative feature, which eliminates the need for other leveling equipment when shooting panos or simply when you want to easily level your rig without hassle.At first I was concerned about the lightness of the head, thinking it wasn't heavy-duty enough. I'm glad to learn that it is definitely a solid piece of equipment. I use it with my Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT tripod, which is equally nice.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        BBH-200 Ballhead by Vanguard

                        By Ken the photographer

                        from Brick, New Jersey

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                        I love this ballhead because it levels the camera when the switch is pushed to the right. It is also great for a heavy lens and camera and works excellent in that case. Love how the head locks in also.

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                        5.0

                        A Lot Lighter Bur It Does the Job!

                        By SWEET OL' BOB

                        from lAFAYETTE, LA.

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                          I HAVE A COOUPLE OF OTHER TRIPOD HEADS BUT THE BBH 200 IS SO MUCH LIGHER AND STILL WORKS FINE WITH MY 500MM LENS WITH A 1.4 EXTENDER AND MY 300 MM LENS WITH A 2X EXTENDER. iT'S ;IGHTER BUT STILL HOLDS THE LENS STILL FOR LONG EXOPOSURES.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Nice Ballhead

                          By Bennyboy

                          from Portland, Oregon

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Stable
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Hiking
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Still photography
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                            This ballhead is as sturdy as you need for any DX camera and up to 300mm lens combo. I don't think it would have a problem with a bigger setup, but that's as big as mine gets so I can't say how it would perform.The fine adjustment isn't too great, mostly this is just unlock, move camera, and then lock it down. My dad has a RRS ballhead that is worlds apart from this, but at over double the price.So buy this ballhead, you won't be disappointed for the [$]

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                            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Easy to use solid ballhead

                            By Vic the nature lover

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                              This is the first ballhead I have purchased, and I like the way it performs so far. It should take care of all of my needs as I am only an intermediate, hobbyist photographer. Easy for me to use.

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                              • No

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