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VanguardSBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

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    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (20)
  • Attaches firmly (19)
  • Large range of motion (16)
  • Strong clamp (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night shots (15)
  • Portraits (14)
  • Wildlife (12)
  • Home (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (8), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Ballhead

                    By UATA

                    from ON, Canada

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

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

                    I'm really surprised that this ballhead doesn't have more reviews! I paired this with a Slik Dx700 for a sturdy, if not a bit heavy, combination. And now that I've had a chance to use both on a few photo shoots, I wouldn't change a thing. I would most definately recommend this ballhead to others. Rock solid, good adjustability, and arca-swiss compatibility make this a great choice at this price point.

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                    5.0

                    Great Ballhead

                    By dln

                    from Jackson, Wyoming

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    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:

                      Purchased this head for a time-lapse dolly creation. Specifically liked the all-knobs adjustment. No levers or handles. The head works great. Sturdy, smooth, and a great value for the price tag.

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                      5.0

                      It will hold anything

                      By datnhong

                      from Stanton, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits

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

                        Good construction and it will hold anything.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        The Best for Less

                        By travileec

                        from Marshall, MN

                        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
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I use this ball head on my Induro Alloy 8M AT413 Tripod and it is a heavy duty ball head that provides great stability for my photography. Its a great price for this quality of product!

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