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BenroB1 Double Action Ballhead
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (8)
  • Attaches firmly (7)
  • Large range of motion (7)
  • Strong clamp (7)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Home (6)
    • Travel (6)
    • Night shots (5)
    • Portraits (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great ballhead

    For the money and size this is a great ballhead. It is extremely lightweight and compact and holds very well. The controls can be a little awkward but it is little so that is...Read complete review

    For the money and size this is a great ballhead. It is extremely lightweight and compact and holds very well. The controls can be a little awkward but it is little so that is expected. The the tension knob spins too freely. Other than that no complaints. I also have a Kirk ballhead that is really heavy.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good product but has faults

    I went into B&H to replace my very well used and abused tripod and head. With very little research done and no prior use with a ball head mount I needed some expert...Read complete review

    I went into B&H to replace my very well used and abused tripod and head. With very little research done and no prior use with a ball head mount I needed some expert advice from the B&H staff. I was on a budget but needed something duriable and dependable. My last setup I experienced slippage/walking of the lens once tightened down so I wanted to rid that. The sales man directed me to this head. My concern was that I needed a head that could hold my 400mm f/5.6 lens. The load capacity it was rated at along with the price and overall smoothness and ease to operate I was sold on it. When I got it home I put it through the paces. The only gripe I have about it is that when I go to set the lens where I want it and fasten it down with the locking knob the lens moves from the subject I'm focusing on. This is what I wanted to rid but its far less drastic compared to what I was using so its tolerable. The other thing I noticed is that there is some movement but very little within the whole unit when everything is tightend down. This might be me being overly picky but I wanted to mention it. Also, keep in mind this is the first time I've ever used a set up like this so this might be a common thing ball heads.

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    4.0

    Only one problem.

    By JerryB

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Adjusted
    • Smooth Movement
    • Well built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

      Overall I'm verry please with this product. I can get my camera balenced with my DA 18-135 and shorter lenses. But when I use my 70-300 lens the image drops after I lock the head. It is necessary to aim slightly high, lock it and let the image drop to where I want it.

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      5.0

      A Very Good Ball Head

      By mwilky

      from Connecticut

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easily Adjusted
      • Locks In Tight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

        This is a very sturdy easy to use ball head. I added it to my Vanguard tripod to take advantage of the same QR plates used on my Benro travel tripod.

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        3.0

        Nice head, but not perfect.

        By Bernie

        from Kingston NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Locks In Tight
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

        • Difficult To Adjust

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

        Landscape Photography. Seems to support the weight as advertise. No problem with ball in vertical shooting with heavy DSLR and Lens. Some problem getting the release plate tight enough to camera -camera can twist in vertical position if not as tight as you can make it. It is tightened with a coin rather than the usual fitting - hard to get leverage. Will look for replacement release plate (ARCA SWISS). Separate tension adjust knob not as useful as I thought.

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        5.0

        Awesome ballhead

        By Photoguyinmo

        from Independence, MO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

          This is a very well built and easy to use ballhead. It provides a very steady platform even when shooting at very slow shutter speeds.

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          4.0

          Perfect for my needs

          By MJ

          from Glendora, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

            Perfect for my Nikon D800 and AF-S VR 70-200MM with teleconverter too! Built strong, is stable, and easy to use once you get accustomed to the ball-head adjustments. I use the Manfrotto O55XPROB tripod with the Benro BI ballhead. A perfect combination for me.

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            5.0

            Benro Ballhead

            By the Salmon

            from PNW

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

              Replaced an old head with this Benro, and am happy with the results. Simple to use, and even supports my heavy lenses well.

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              • No

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good product but has faults

              By Zehfoto

              from New Brunswick, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • easy to use
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Smooth Operation
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

              • Some movement

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

              I went into B&H to replace my very well used and abused tripod and head. With very little research done and no prior use with a ball head mount I needed some expert advice from the B&H staff. I was on a budget but needed something duriable and dependable. My last setup I experienced slippage/walking of the lens once tightened down so I wanted to rid that. The sales man directed me to this head. My concern was that I needed a head that could hold my 400mm f/5.6 lens. The load capacity it was rated at along with the price and overall smoothness and ease to operate I was sold on it. When I got it home I put it through the paces. The only gripe I have about it is that when I go to set the lens where I want it and fasten it down with the locking knob the lens moves from the subject I'm focusing on. This is what I wanted to rid but its far less drastic compared to what I was using so its tolerable. The other thing I noticed is that there is some movement but very little within the whole unit when everything is tightend down. This might be me being overly picky but I wanted to mention it. Also, keep in mind this is the first time I've ever used a set up like this so this might be a common thing ball heads.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great ballhead

              By Paul

              from Roanoke, VA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

              For the money and size this is a great ballhead. It is extremely lightweight and compact and holds very well. The controls can be a little awkward but it is little so that is expected. The the tension knob spins too freely. Other than that no complaints. I also have a Kirk ballhead that is really heavy.

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              2.0

              Not to happy with head

              By Brenda

              from Waterbury CT.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Will not support 26 Lbs

                Best Uses

                • Lt photo equip use only

                Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

                The head is terribly over rated for heavy 26 pound loads. I wouldn't recommend this if you have a 300mm f2.8 lense and a Canon Digital EOS 50D to support.

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                4.0

                Very Pleased

                By Eleanor

                from Wharton, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Plate easy to attach
                • Plate is easy to remove

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

                  I only gave it 4 stars because, while I have used it, it's only been a couple of weeks.Overall I am very pleased. I am using it on a Benro monopod and currently mostly using it with a Canon 70-200mm L F4. It holds my lens securely and is easy to manipulate in the field. It's also lightweight which is a big + for me.As good, or even better, than the product was the service I got from B&H. [...]

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                  5.0

                  Nice

                  By James

                  from San Antonio TX

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

                      This ballhead is very nice, locks down tight and very smooth action.

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                      5.0

                      Work perfectly

                      By Justin

                      from Fargo

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Benro B1 Double Action Ballhead:

                        This is a great ballhead. I bought it for my light, travel-friendly Benro travel flat tripod.

                        It's sturdy and well-built. It moves fluidly and precisely, all while being lightweight.

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                        • No

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