Barska AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head

Barska AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head

Barska AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head

B&H # BABJTH MFR # AF12544
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Maximum Height: 3.5"
  • Weight: 0.7 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • 360° Pan with Panning Lock
  • Lateral Tilt: 90°
  • Bull's-Eye Bubble Level
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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
In the Box
Barska AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head
  • Arca-Type Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 11 lb / 4.9 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 1
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 3.5" / H: 8.8 cm
    Weight 0.7 lb / 0.31 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 3.8 x 3.2"
    AF12544 Aluminum Ball Head is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No over promising. No under delivering. 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.
    Date published: 2016-08-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reasonable price for a very basic head 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.
    Date published: 2017-01-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Arca style head for $32-, get what you pay for. 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.
    Date published: 2017-01-22
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