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VanguardBBH-200 Ballhead
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (13)
  • Strong clamp (11)
  • Attaches firmly (10)
  • Large range of motion (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Travel (10)
    • Night shots (8)
    • Wildlife (8)
    • Portraits (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Reviewed by 15 customers

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    5.0

    Strong & Versatile - Artist or Photo

    By Marc

    from Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Art Plein Air Painting

      Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

      I own two of these ball heads now along with four plates. I have had them since around June 2014.

      I changed from a pistol grip and was extremely pleased with the small size of this unit along with its ability to hold very heavy loads (rated at 40lbs).

      While I use these ball heads for photography and they hold a 7D with heavy lenses without issue, it is in art that I have experienced their real strength. I use 3 different painting palettes on these heads/tripods both in studio and in the field doing plein air painting. One palette covers a horizontal surface area of 24" wide. They're made of wood and glass and one is fairly heavy (15lbs). I mix paint pressing very hard on the palette including the outer edges (12" out from center of ballhead) and these never flinch, give, or show any sort of weakness. They hold and allow for a very strong portable work surface.

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      4.0

      Worthwhile upgrade

      By Joshua

      from Florida

      Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

      I obtained this ballhead as an upgrade to an existing non-ARCA unit that I was using. Six months ago I began regularly using a Peak Design Quick release mount that I love. Use of this ballhead with its ARCA-compatible mount completes my transition. I no longer need to waste precious moments de-installing the Peak Design ARCA plate before using my tripod. This ball head is sturdy, fairly lightweight, and well-made. Perhaps most importantly, I was able to find a good solution that did not break the bank.

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      4.0

      Really nice ballhead

      By Digidave

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Locks In Tight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

        Hold weight well & easy to use.

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        • No

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        5.0

        The best and very reasonable price

        By earlb

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easily Adjusted
        • Good Footing
        • Lightweight
        • Locks In Tight
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

          Can not beat the price with a lot to offer and functionality. Fluid and I love the quick auto level lock. This is just awesome and I intend to buy this again for my other tripod.

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          5.0

          BBH-200 Ballhead.... Awesome!

          By HDMan

          from NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Release Button For Pin

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Product Shooting
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

          Very happy with this well built ball head. One small detail, I had to remove the safety pin on the head as there is not a release button on it to allow an arca plate to slide off easily, so it gets hung up.

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          5.0

          Very solid head

          By Bohan

          from Hayward, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

            The separate pan lock is common enough but that doesn't make it any less awesome.

            I really like the lever lock for the ball itself. It's quick, easy, and very secure.

            The Rapid Level System is okay...it works fine but I don't see myself ever using it. It levels the ball to the base but if you need it to be level, first the base has to be level.

            Being Arca compatible is a huge bonus. Thumbs up to Vanguard for this one.

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            4.0

            Impressed

            By Brian

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Arca Swiss Mount
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

              The head has very good build quality. Feels very solid. No dip noticed once locked off. The auto centering centers the head to your tripod so if your tripod legs are not level the auto centering will not be level. There is a little bit of movement once the auto centering is engaged before you lock it off but it makes centering the head much faster and easier. I have mine mounted on a 3 legged thing Eric and the combo works great together.

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              4.0

              Funny thing about ballheads

              By Scott Weaver

              from Las Cruces, NM

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

              • Awkward To Use

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                Just purchased this BBH-200 Vantuard ballhead. Never had a ballhead or even used one before, so there's a learning curve. Had always used a three way pan head. Only problem with those I ever run into is when one of the arms gets in the way of looking thru the viewfinder, but that doesn't often happen.Had heard all these wonderful things about ballhead all these years. Now I'm wondering what all the fuss is?There's one major problem I haven't figured out: one generally holds and adjusts the camera with the right hand. The release for the ball head also requires one's right hand. Since I only have one right hand it's very awkward to position the camera. What am I not understanding?As the unit itself, I think it's nicely designed and probably well built. One thing I wonder about is dust. I'm am outside quite a bit and dust is going to be falling on the surface of the exposed ball. This will then work its way into the mechanism, will it not? I'm anticipating problems down the road.

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                4.0

                I would recommend it to others.

                By Jim

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                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 BBH-200 Ballhead:

                  It functions as advertised,well built and light weight for something that supports 40+ pounds.

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                  5.0

                  So far its been great

                  By Joe

                  from North Bend, Wa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  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 BBH-200 Ballhead:

                    Works as expected, 100% happy with it so far

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                    5.0

                    Innovative Ballhead Meets and Exceeds

                    By aekn

                    from Mpls, MN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Innovative Level
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                      I've owned and used ballheads from Kirk, Giottos, Manfrotto, and Gitzo. This one is comparable in quality to the best, is lighter weight, and adds some nice innovative features. The oversized knobs are convenient without getting in the way, and the leveling feature is a great new innovative feature, which eliminates the need for other leveling equipment when shooting panos or simply when you want to easily level your rig without hassle.At first I was concerned about the lightness of the head, thinking it wasn't heavy-duty enough. I'm glad to learn that it is definitely a solid piece of equipment. I use it with my Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT tripod, which is equally nice.

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                      5.0

                      BBH-200 Ballhead by Vanguard

                      By Ken the photographer

                      from Brick, New Jersey

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                      I love this ballhead because it levels the camera when the switch is pushed to the right. It is also great for a heavy lens and camera and works excellent in that case. Love how the head locks in also.

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                      5.0

                      A Lot Lighter Bur It Does the Job!

                      By SWEET OL' BOB

                      from lAFAYETTE, LA.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                        I HAVE A COOUPLE OF OTHER TRIPOD HEADS BUT THE BBH 200 IS SO MUCH LIGHER AND STILL WORKS FINE WITH MY 500MM LENS WITH A 1.4 EXTENDER AND MY 300 MM LENS WITH A 2X EXTENDER. iT'S ;IGHTER BUT STILL HOLDS THE LENS STILL FOR LONG EXOPOSURES.

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                        4.0

                        Nice Ballhead

                        By Bennyboy

                        from Portland, Oregon

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Stable
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Hiking
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Still photography
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                          This ballhead is as sturdy as you need for any DX camera and up to 300mm lens combo. I don't think it would have a problem with a bigger setup, but that's as big as mine gets so I can't say how it would perform.The fine adjustment isn't too great, mostly this is just unlock, move camera, and then lock it down. My dad has a RRS ballhead that is worlds apart from this, but at over double the price.So buy this ballhead, you won't be disappointed for the [$]

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                          5.0

                          Easy to use solid ballhead

                          By Vic the nature lover

                          from Chicago, IL

                          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
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Vanguard BBH-200 Ballhead:

                            This is the first ballhead I have purchased, and I like the way it performs so far. It should take care of all of my needs as I am only an intermediate, hobbyist photographer. Easy for me to use.

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