The UBH 45XC-2 Ball Head with X-Cross Clamp from UniqBall is a lightweight 1.6 lb, Arca-type ball head that is suitable to hold large telephoto lenses weighing up to 90 lb. The leveling base levels the horizon, and under the quick release is a lock for the second ball. Therefore, it can function like a gimbal head or pan smoothly like a video head. Releasing the lock completely allows for a pan-and-tilt movement. The bidirectional X-cross clamp has more than one entrance point, enabling lens plates or macro focusing rails to enter straight and camera plates to come in from the side without moving the clamp.
- Load Capacity: 90 lb
- Height: 4.1"
- Weight: 1.6 lb
- Arca-Type Compatible
UniqBall UBH45XC-2 Overview
UniqBall UBH45XC-2 Specs
|Head Type||Ball Head|
|Base Mount||3/8"-16 Female|
|Camera Mounting Screw||1/4"-20 Male|
|Quick Release Plate Type||Arca-Type|
|Number of Bubble Levels||1|
|Independent Pan Lock||Yes|
|Ball Sphere Diameter||1.8" / 45.72 mm|
|Load Capacity||90 lb / 40.82 kg|
|Weight||1.61 lb / 733 g|
|Package Weight||1.895 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6.25 x 5.4 x 5.15"|
UniqBall UBH45XC-2 Reviews
Could be really good...
While it doesn't quite as good as a gimbal head for bird photography, it's close. It also lacks easy adjustability for macro work but it is more than good enough. All in all a very, very good all around head. One head to do it all! So why the poor rating? Poor after purchase support! Over time, a few months, it developed a stiction problem. (Difficult to make very find movements. Goes from too much friction to get the lens to move to very easy movement resulting in over correction of aim.) I have written the company three times. The first time they warned me to not lubricate the balls. Instead, open up the assembly and sand down a Teflon bearing with 600 grit sandpaper. They gave no instruction on how to disassemble the head. Instead, they did give a link on how to perform the task. Unfortunately, the link only lead to advertisements. I've tried many times. I consider myself pretty handy at taking things apart, fixing them, and getting them back together but this head has me baffled. The additional attempts to contact the company were apparently ignored. A lot of money for what is a good head that is not supported by the manufacturer.
Best all around ball head, but it does NOT replace a Gimbal!
I have been using this innovative style of ball head for 2 years now, mostly for nature and wildlife, occasionally for architecture. Before I bought it, I was considering a Gimbal too, but as bird photography is not my main interest, I decided to go with the more versatile Uniqball instead. It is a top-notch, truely versatile head, probably the closest thing to a -do-it-all head. The leveling base or inner head is a great feature, it can be quickly adjusted, it is precise. The outer head restricts movements to two axis (pan-tilt), while being constantly level due to the inner head. Although it can work with any camera bodies and lenses virtually, if you are a long telephoto shooter, make no mistake, it will not replace your Gimbal, nor your video head. If you shoot mainly stationary subjects with your telephoto, you can get away with it. Shooting subjects with erratic movements is tough to do and often frustrating with this head. The problem is that even if the red knob (pan-tilt) is loose, you can feel that moving your telephoto lens is restricted enough to not be able to follow erratic subjects, therefore you often end up missing the shot. This is especially true for birds in flight shots. At the same time, the red pan-tilt knob does not allow you to microadjust the tightness enough. In other words, there is really not many stages in between the totally loose and tighten you can adjust. And again, when the knob is fully released, you often wont be able follow your subject smooth and quick enough. Also, if you are a fan of panning with longer shutter speeds, doing that with long telephoto is a challenge with this head. It is because, this head even with a fully realeased pan-tilt knob will just not move as smoothly and as shaky-free as a Gimbal or fluid video head could. With that being said, I currently own two of these UniqBall UBH 45XC heads and I can recommend them to anybody who is looking for a great ball head for general purposes. However, if you are a wildlife or sports photographer, shooting moving subjects with long tele lenses mostly, Gimbal is still the way to go for those purposes in my opinion.
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