Slik SBH-320 Professional Ballhead with DQ-L (Gun Metal)

Slik SBH-320 Professional Ballhead 320 with DQ-L Quick Release (Gun Metal Grey) - Supports 15.4 lbs (7 kg)

Slik SBH-320 Professional Ballhead 320 with DQ-L Quick Release (Gun Metal Grey) - Supports 15.4 lbs (7 kg)

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Slik SBH-320 Professional Ballhead with DQ-L (Gun Metal)

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Slik SBH-320 Professional Ballhead 320 with DQ-L Quick Release (Gun Metal Grey) - Supports 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
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The Slik SBH-320 is part of the Professional SBH-series ballheads, which are made with exceptionally fine machining and carefully anodizing of hardened aluminum parts that are designed to give many years of trouble-free super smooth operation.

These ballheads feature an easy to use, single knob operation to lock or release the ball connected to the camera plate. The knob is oversized and has a well-textured surface for a sure grip in any condition. The base of the head can turn on its base, and has easy-to-read degree markings for panoramic photography.

The DQ-L quick release assembly incorporated into this head is made out of magnesium alloy, is light-weight, but yet still durable. It features a double locking mechanism, and comes supplied with the larger DQ-L quick release plate.

All-metal construction
Panning base, with degree markings
Base diameter of 2.3" (58mm)
DQ-L quick release system
UPC: 049368702430
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Slik SBH-320 Professional Ballhead 320 with DQ-L Quick Release (Gun Metal Grey) - Supports 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
  • DQ-L Quick Release Plate
  • Three Year Warranty
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    Slik SBH-320 specs

    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads
    Load Capacity 15.4 lb / 7 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Friction Control No
    Independent Pan Lock No
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 4.5" / H: 11.5 cm
    Weight 14.1 oz / 400.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.7 x 6.0 x 2.3"

    Slik SBH-320 reviews

    SBH-320 Professional Ballhead with DQ-L (Gun Metal) is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works OK - but not long heavy lenses I've had this product for about a year now. Initially I used it with my Nikon CoolPix 8800 and it worked fine. But after purchasing a Nikon D-80 with a 70-300MM lense I would have to change my opinion. The head can not satisfactorly support this weight lense. It does not lock down tight enough and the lense drops considerably after tightening the ball head. I have to aim high about 25% and guess where the center of my picture will be. That said, it has excellant workmenship, is light weight and rugged, but don't expect to use it with long heavy lenses.
    Date published: 2008-06-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Load capacity < half of its claim !!! Fully agreed with ..., even this ballhead claimed a 15.4 lbs load capacity, it fails to hold steadily with Canon 40D + Canon 100-400nm lens (3 lbs). Additional margin is needed to aim/frame correctly, which is really unpleasant...
    Date published: 2008-12-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Flimsy Quick lock To me this a good but not great ball head, Ionized steel, a scale at the bottom, bubbles to help you maintain the level of your camera and it easily holds my Canon 30D with a 300mm lens pretty sturdy. It all sounds good, but my gripe is the flimsy Quick Lock mechanism that is made of cheap plastic and is supported by a tiny spring which seems to want to pop out at any minute. I'm not sure if this head can withstand the rigors of everyday use, but since I don't use it every day so far it has not affected me. Good head, but it does have an Achilees heel.
    Date published: 2010-05-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Weak Quick Release My main gripe against this ball head is the cheap(plastic) quick relese mechanism. I didn't have it for more that a month when the plastic latch that controls the Quick release snapped. Other than, that it is well made from fine construction and holds my 300mm lens fine.
    Date published: 2010-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ballhead at an awesome price! All metal movement; smooth action; easy control; very happy owner! Thank you B & H! :-)
    Date published: 2009-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ballhead Easy to attach. The release plate tightens/loosens with dial on the side so you don't have to remove plate from head to tighten or remove camera. Great mobility.
    Date published: 2014-02-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well intended, but poorly executed... I've had this ballhead for about 8 years (with not frequent use) and cosmetically have managed to keep it in its pristine condition. First, the good:It looks 'sliK', is quite flexible, responsive to one-hand operation and appears to be solidly made to support the claimed weight, though I never exceeded it. Now, for the not so good:About a couple of years ago, the smooth action of this ballhead suddenly stopped and it felt as if its lubricant had completely dried up and the ball permanently got stuck, making it virtually impossible to rotate. (When I called the company, they told me to send it in for evaluation and repairs that wouldn't be for free. I guess, they might be aware of this defect). In trying various method to 'revive' it, the only thing that worked was spraying it with some of my ol' & trusted Caig's DeoxIt D5 lube spray I often use to lubricate various parts & electronic contacts. Only after that treatment the ballhead came alive, but after long storage it may still require additional light application. Next on the list is the previously mentioned ballhead's propensity to droop with longer lenses. Yes, you have to guess as to how high you need to aim before tightening the main screw/lock for the central focus point to 'drop' exactly on the area of your desired focus.However, my biggest problem with the ballhead is with its wobbliness/play once it's fully tightened. You don't need to have a long lens for that to happen - it's wobbly EVEN when connected just to the bottom of your camera without a long lens. You can actually see and feel that play when you wobble the camera with the plate attached to the ballhead - it's quite visible and feelable. I have my big Canon 1D-sized pro-body with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens attached and taking steady images, i.e. using Live View is virtually impossible. Slightest touch to the body or lens results in camera shake and blurry images. It is NOT rock-steady and due to its wedge-like connection between its plate and the ballhead, it always has quite a bit of up/down play, making it impossible to take steady shots unless you use remote wired/wireless trigger. So, basically the very premise of buying a ballhead for its rock-solid stability is compromised with SBH-320. So, that's my take on its frustrating performance and is the very reason I'm now looking to get the top-of-the-line recently offered by B&H Real Right Stuff's BH-55.This has been my experience - yours may be different.
    Date published: 2017-11-18
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