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VanguardSBH-300 Ball Head W/2 Bubble Levels
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

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    (8)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (20)
  • Stable (20)
  • Strong clamp (17)
  • Large range of motion (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night shots (15)
  • Portraits (14)
  • Wildlife (13)
  • Home (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3)
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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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                      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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