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KirkBH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg)
 
4.8

(based on 80 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (59)
  • Attaches firmly (53)
  • Large range of motion (52)
  • Strong clamp (51)
  • Fits well (7)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (47)
  • Night shots (36)
  • Portraits (34)
  • Wildlife (31)
  • Travel (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (18), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Quality at a Great Price

I won't lie to you -- this isn't the best ballhead out there. But for the price, you can't beat the quality and performance of the BH-3. I think it's far better...Read complete review

I won't lie to you -- this isn't the best ballhead out there. But for the price, you can't beat the quality and performance of the BH-3. I think it's far better constructed than the Manfrotto 468RC2 Hydrostatic at the same price, and it's nearly the equal of the RRS BH-40 that is over $100 more expensive. In addition, this ballhead includes a QR plate, which is a $50 value if you don't own any Arca-Swiss-style plates already. My only complaint is the relative placement of the lock, friction, and panning knobs, which I personally find awkward. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Holds weight very steady.

BH-3 head came highly praised. It is well made and smooth to use. However I have found a couple things I am not happy with. It won't rotate to a full vertical...Read complete review

BH-3 head came highly praised. It is well made and smooth to use. However I have found a couple things I am not happy with. It won't rotate to a full vertical shot, I have to adjust one leg to get the vertical needed. Also the screw adjustment knob for the quick release plate isn't as easy to use as the lever release style. Because of the screw type of release plate I have loosened it a copule times and almost droped my camera thinking I had turned the knob to the ball instead. There is a learning curve with this ball head. I would recommend this to a friend with caution of making sure you know which knob you are truning.

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5.0

A must to have!

By KAR

from Montana

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

    I do a lot of landscape and wildlife photography. Your camera is locked in a clamp which is very stable. I also purchased an L-bracket with this head so that no matter if I am taking portraits or landscaped the camera is always over the center of the tripod.

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    5.0

    Easy to use

    By KAR

    from Montana

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

      I do a lot of landscape photography and this head is very stable. It does not sink under the weight of my camera. The clamp system is very strong and easy to use. I also purchased and L-bracket at the same time which is great to keep the camera centered over the tripod instead of off the side of the head.

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      5.0

      great product

      By cd

      from montreal

      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
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

        I make that balll head my prime tripod

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        5.0

        great control and easy to use

        By snapshot

        from Mount Pleasant Mills, PA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

          The ball heads ease of use and overall maneuverability makes it worth every pennyI use it for my camera and telephoto lens with an extender and it handles the ten pounds with easeIt is solid and controls well.

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          5.0

          Kirk BH-3

          By RCL

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

            Use for nature photography with my D610 and Kirk L bracket.
            Nice head with typical Kirk quality.
            Very smooth and I am completely satisfied.
            Thanks B&H for the fast shipment.

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            5.0

            Smaller Size Same Performance

            By Jim

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

              I used Kirk's BH-1 for 17 years, and switched to the BH-3 to give me a second tripod for macro work. I like it so well, it has become my landscape ball head, and the old BH-1 is doing the macros. The BH-3 is lighter and more compact, and a whiz in the field. I'm sorry I didn't add it to my repertory years ago!

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              4.0

              Smooth, solid

              By Jeff Haynes Photos

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Not-so-fast Quick Release

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

              I use a Canon 5D with a 24-70 lens all the time. I like that this ball head holds securely, and I don't have to worry about gravity causing a downward vertical drift if I'm taking multiple exposures. The movement is smooth, works in both vertical and horizontal format, and holds where you ask it to.

              The quick release system is different than my old tripod mount, so it could be just a matter of getting used to it, but right now it doesn't feel all that "quick."

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              5.0

              Big head

              By Christian

              from Two Harbors Mn.

              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
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                This ball head is so smooth and locks down tight quick and easy. You will not be disappointed.

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                5.0

                Great products from Kirk

                By Chuck

                from Arizona

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots

                  Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                  Great build quality and stability. Works great with the Kirk L Bracket.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent, well made product

                  By Jonp

                  from Peoria, AZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                  Easy, quick, and capable.

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                  5.0

                  Great Ball Head

                  By Dahrens

                  from Six Mile, SC

                  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
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                    Great ball head that is built like a tank and performs great on my induro at 413 tripod. The ball head holds all my lenses up to my 70-200 with out an issue and I'm sure it can support much larger equipment. The ball head was a little larger than I expected but in the end I got the sturdy ball head I wanted.

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                    5.0

                    Simple and Easy

                    By Matt

                    from Medford, NY

                    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 Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                      This is my first ball head after a series of cheap tripods with bad adjustment controls. The ease of the ballhead is amazing. I felt free from all the difficulties I had with my other tripods. The Kirk BH-3 is very easy to use and very stable so far.

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                      5.0

                      Nice Job KIRK

                      By Long Island Guy

                      from Holbrook, ny

                      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
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                        Super smooth, sturdy, whats great about this product is that the knobs are super easy to turn and lock and it can support heavy gear with no problem. Highly recommned this to anyone.

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                        5.0

                        Why did I wait so long.

                        By none

                        from Buffalo Oklahoma

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                          For years I have had to switch ball heads for different lens and it was so much trouble. This ball head allows me to use any lens that I own and switch quickly and easily. I love it.

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                          5.0

                          excellent ballhead

                          By mikey

                          from redding, ca

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                          I tried an Induro ballhead prior to this one but the quality wasnt the same as this Kirk ballhead.
                          I really like that it only takes 1/4 turn to fully tighten the main ball.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Ballhead

                          By MeekAustin

                          from Baltimore, MD

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to carry
                          • Good Stability
                          • Perfect workmanship

                          Cons

                          • Not Cheap

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                          This ball head works quite will with my Gitzo G1227. It is not to heavy to carry while the capability is far enough for me( 5D mark iii body, 24L 50L 135L lens, and I think it is enough for a 70-200 2.8). The manual work is just perfect, like a work of art. I can say the good workmanship makes it as neat as a L-level canon lens. It is very comfortable to adjust.

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                          5.0

                          Kirk BH-3 Ballhead

                          By Al the cyclist

                          from Stoughton MA

                          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
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                            This is a great ballhead with quick release. It is very easy to use and has adjustable tension. Combined with the Manfrotto 190 cxpro3 legs it is a lightweight solution to provide a stable secure and easy to adjust platform for you digintal SLR.

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                            4.0

                            Not too shabby

                            By MikeB

                            from Lake Worth FL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                              I do mostly wildlife photography and find this head to be one of the better heads I have used. I have a canon 400mm 5.6 so it works pretty well together with a gitzo legs. No real sagging and shots have been pretty crisp. I do not like the plate that comes with the head and need for a allen wrnech to get the palte off. Big con to me.

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                              5.0

                              Great ballhead

                              By payluder

                              from San Francisco

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                              I received my BH-3 about two weeks ago and have been testing it out. This ballhead has a very solid feel and is well built. The quick release is easy and doesnt take that much effort to slide off. I have the Canon mkIII with the 600ex flash and a 70-200 mkII lens and I have no problem with this heavy combo. I would suggest if you hike with the camera mounted, buy the snap collar so you dont wear out the ballhead.

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                              4.0

                              Works Well With Sidekick

                              By sst

                              from Kerman, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                                    I use this to support a 300 f2.8. Seems well made. Combined with the sidekick it provides great balance and range. The only thing I don't like is the panning action is a little stiff. Probably just take some getting used to.

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