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VanguardSBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (23)
  • Stable (23)
  • Strong clamp (20)
  • Large range of motion (18)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (23)
  • Night shots (16)
  • Portraits (14)
  • Wildlife (14)
  • Home (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3), Pro photographer (3)
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5.0

Very reliable ball head at a great price

By Creative Jedi

from Des Moines, IA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good Stability
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Solid feel
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Ball Head Uses

    Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

    I have had a SBH-300 for over 5 years on my main still photography tripod. It has performed flawlessly. I have just purchased a second to use on some of my specialty video applications, such as a slider dolly. This may be the largest ball you can buy for the price, and when it comes to ball heads, size matters. Smaller balls cannot lock down as well, particularly with heavier loads. This one also has a very smooth pan base with adjustable tension, as well as adjustable loose end tension on the main ball, which can prevent rude surprises such as a too-abrupt release of the ball, causing the camera to fall forward onto the lens. This is my favorite ball head ever, and you just can't beat the price to quality ratio. If you are looking for a great ball head - no matter what your budget might be - I strongly recommend the Vanguard SBH-300.

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    5.0

    Very solid, maybe a bit of overkill

    By Tim

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

      Very solid and stable ball-head. Maybe a bit of overkill for a small DSLR.

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      5.0

      Great quality and easy to use

      By thecanonguy

      from NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

        This is my second SBH-300 Ball head. I really liked my first one and bought this is one as a backup.

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        4.0

        Good enough for my needs

        By tclune

        from western MA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife

          Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

          I have a Sigma 150-500 that I use for birding and the like. My tripod is an Induro AT413 with a Manfrotto gimbal, which is wonderfuly stable but weighs a ton. So I typically use a good hefty monopod (Opteka M900) when I need to go into the field. But the ball head I had was too small for my birding lens. So I got the Vanguard SBH-300 to use with the monopod. It is just about ideal for that. The ball is large enough (1.75" diameter as far as I can tell) to make positioning the lens easy; the friction adjustment is simple and reliable; when locked down, the head doesn't move under load; and the quick release is large and has a safety latch to keep it from slipping off the head accidentally. As a bonus, spare quick release plates are priced reasonably -- unlike just about every other ball head you can buy. Given that I use it on a monopod, my requirements are not very demanding. But the Vanguard meets those needs admirably, and does it at a very attractive price.

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          5.0

          Solid

          By Agent Roux

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

            I use this ball head with a Dynamic Perception motion control slider. It's solid and stable. The extra long release plate makes it easy to shift the center of gravity when I'm using a longer lens.

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            4.0

            Worth the money

            By David - The angle at which we see

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Travel When Tightening

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

            Well worth the money. The only issue that I have with this unit is that it "travels" slightly when tightening down the ball head so you need to compensate when you are leveling. Otherwise this is a great unit. Holds my D5200 with Tamron 24-70 di and flash mounted on the camera.

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            5.0

            Very Good Ball Head for the Price

            By Win Tun

            from San Jose

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Built Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astrophotography
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

              Built quality is very good. I also have SBH-200 and buy another SBH-300 for my Astrophotography. I like both SBH-200 and 300. All I can say is good buy.

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              4.0

              Like It

              By Opposable_Thumb

              from Colorado

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

              Like it.....don't love it. Not upset I bought it but could be more user friendly. Is very sturdy with long lenses (400mm). Level bubbles are excellent.

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              5.0

              Wonderful

              By sw

              from Atlnta

              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 Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                Excellent for stability

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                5.0

                Very Strong

                By Jeremy

                from Santa Barbara CA

                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

                  Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                  I love how large the plate is, makes for a good strong mount for my D800.

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                  5.0

                  Solid, heavy duty ball head

                  By Dan

                  from Omaha, NE

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                    I use this ballhead for HDR photography and panoramic photography, along with studio work and other general forms of photography. It is very solid, will hold a great deal of weight, and is easy to use.

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                    4.0

                    nice sturdy ball head

                    By western runner

                    from los angeles, ca

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                      very nice weight compared to size and load capacity. also have vanguard abh-340K head, which can be had for a similar price (used to be quite a bit more) but the abh unit is smaller, lighter, higher capacity and easier operation wtih higher end feel. this unit does the job though, and is priced right. panning lock not completely lockable, and the rubber ring around that knob is a little lose. other than that, happy using it with a slik 700dx pro.

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                      4.0

                      Great value for the buck.

                      By Bobcat

                      from Chelsea OK

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                      Large ball which will support a lot of weight which you can set the friction on.

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                      5.0

                      Great quality ballhead

                      By vpanicker

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Well-built

                      Cons

                      • Arca swiss incompatible
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                      I bought this ballhead in 2010 and I am still using it. Well-built and heavy but works very well. The only issue I have with this ballhead is that the clamp is not arca swiss compatible.

                      Anyway, I replaced the quick release clamp with a Kirk arca swiss compatible one and it works very well now. I had to get a hex screw and cut the screw head to attach the Kirk clamp to the ballhead. A little loctite was used to help with the bonding.

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                      5.0

                      Great Product!!

                      By Andy

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                        It's a great ballhead; I have had issues with the head moving when I had a heavy lens on my old trigger head but so far not with this one. It is very sturdy and a great value! Others suggested heads that were $300 to $1200 but I see no problem with this head at all and would highly suggest it!

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                        5.0

                        Worth every penny!

                        By Jess

                        from South Bend, IN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                        • Complicated Controls
                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                        Sturdy, well-built. I feel confident when I attach my camera to this. This is hands down the best ball-head in this price point.

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                        5.0

                        Ball head is awesome, but...

                        By natxbrotha

                        from Texas

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                          Got the ball head hoping it would work with my existing manfrotto 357 and giottos quick releases and it doesn't (not the 501 or 701 plate)... the vanguard plate will not slide onto the giottos quick release adapter, but it will slide onto the manfrotto. However, you cannot slide a manfrotto or giottos plate onto the vanguard ball head because the angle on the plate is different.This is a super nice ball head and very sturdy, it pans really smooth too for video. Unfortunately, I can't use it for my purposes.

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                          5.0

                          Best Bang for the Buck

                          By Jimmy

                          from Oklahoma

                          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 Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                            Very easy to use, stable, and with plenty of features.

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                            5.0

                            SBH-300 Ballhead W/2 Bubble Levels

                            By photo hunter

                            from Montreal , Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Feel's verry sturdy
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                            • None whatsoever

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                            Verry well build , feel nice and strong , nice motion and lock's firmly

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                            5.0

                            MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

                            By georgei

                            from connecticut

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels:

                            This ball head is bigger and heavier than others but can handle a lot more that most in this price range. The levels are great. The quick release is is easy to use and sturdy. You can use this ball with confidence.

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