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Barska AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head

BH #BABJTH • MFR #AF12544
Barska AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Maximum Height: 3.5"
  • Weight: 0.7 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
The AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head from Barska has a load capacity of 11 lb, which is suitable for optics and small to medium DSLR cameras. Degree marks at the base help the user pan precisely 360°, and the platform tilts 90° vertically. The head has a bull's-eye bubble level to help keep the camera level on uneven terrain.
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Barska AF12544 Overview

The AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head from Barska has a load capacity of 11 lb, which is suitable for optics and small to medium DSLR cameras. Degree marks at the base help the user pan precisely 360°, and the platform tilts 90° vertically. The head has a bull's-eye bubble level to help keep the camera level on uneven terrain.

The ball head is compatible with most standard Arca-type compatible plates. The included quick release plate has a standard 1/4"-20 male thread.

11 lb load capacity
Arca-type compatible
Degree marks at the base for precise panning
UPC: 790272001477

Barska AF12544 Specs

General
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Load Capacity11 lb / 4.9 kg
Number of Bubble Levels1
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Panning Range360°
Physical
DimensionsH: 3.5" / H: 8.8 cm
Weight0.7 lb / 0.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.78 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.95 x 3.85 x 3.35"

Barska AF12544 Reviews

Worth the price

By Ashveen
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-11

Surprised by its size and weight when first received. I have not tested it to the limit. May be i can update if i attach something very heavy. The arca swiss clamp gives a solid hold. I was able to attach other standard atmrca swiss plates too directly. Big knobs, big ball joint

No over promising. No under delivering.

By ben
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-07

This is my first ballhead. It fit in my budget. It meets my current needs. My rating is based on those facts. Capacity: There's no International standard to establish the rated weight of ballheads. In my informal test, the AF12544 holds my heaviest combination of equipment at any angle: the equipment is a relatively light Pentax K50, an old and moderately heavy Tokina SZ-X 28-200 f3.5-5.3 and a Yongnuo 560-IV speedlight. I've experineced slight drift when clamping the ball from a looser setting to lock down. When locking down from stiffer clamping, I have not noticed any impact. Controls: The controls are reasonably smooth, but not so much as to create joy. There is a reasonable range of tension on the ball release. Release is predictable and I have not experienced suddenly flopping equipment. The pan control is sometimes useful, sometimes in the way. Quick Release: The Arca-Swiss clamp/plate combination does not inspire sufficient confidence that I will use it with the video alignment pin removed: I tested that too. Without the pin, moderate force could sometimes slip the camera+plate out of the clamp when the clamp tightened everything short of pliers tight. I put the pin back in. Other: The bubble level on the plate might be useful for panning when your tripod head is already level and the camera doesn't have a built in level. It's not likely to be a use case for me. Conclusion: At the price, it might be the right product: Arca-Swiss compatibility makes for a longer term quick-release strategy; it holds reasonable amount of weight reasonably steady; the controls are reliable.

Very nice!

By Tim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-03

I'm using it for a spotting scope rather than photo gear, but it holds securely and operates smoothly.

Awesome Ball Head For The Price

By Leonard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-12

Great bargain!

Reasonable price for a very basic head

By Waltonb
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-29

You get what you pay for. It is a very standard, very basic ball head. I believe I got what I paid for, ie, it is worth the money. But this is not a hidden gem with a great price. If you want a very basic ball head, with no finesse, this model is OK. I think it is a much better choice than some of the low-end heads from the high-end makers. It compares very favorably with many low-end heads, and is probably a better deal than most of these other heads.

Arca style head for $32-, get what you pay for.

By Nicholas
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-22

I bought this head to use on a monopod. It was about the right size. It uses the Arca style connector which is how I run all my cameras. And it was under $50-. When I took delivery I immediately noticed the outer edges of the tension control knobs were sharp. I used a stone to knock them down - so points off for fit and finish. But hey it's $32-. A couple of days ago I was in the field with the monopod/head in my belt carrier when I heard the sound of metal hitting the deck. The large knob had been left loose and fallen off. I couldn't find all the pieces and now have a useless head. Is it on me for leaving it loose? Sort of, but not really. I checked my three other ball heads and even if the main tensioner knob is left loose on them it has a stop and won't fall off.

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Unfortunately, this information is not provided by the manufacturer.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Will the QR accept the Arrca -type plate from the Peak Design system?
Asked by: Ed
Its take the Arca-type with 1/4 -20 mounting screw. I am using it with a fuji x-e2 With an arca/swiss handle and it works great. I would recommend this Barska ball head.
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Date published: 2018-08-26
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