Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)

Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)

Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)

B&H # KIBH1 MFR # BH-1
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Product Highlights

  • Incl. Universal Q.R. Plate
  • Arca-Type Quick Release System
  • Separate Pan & Friction Control Knobs
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Kirk BH-1 Overview

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The Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release is a rugged and well-designed ballhead. It features the same efficiency of design and rugged construction that make other Kirk products so popular. Weighing in at under 2 lbs, this head is rated to support up to 50 lbs. In addition to the large single-action locking knob, the BH-1 also features two smaller knobs. One controls the 360° panning control, and the other the amount of ball friction.

The BH-1 ballhead comes with a universal quick release clamp that is compatible with all Arca-type plates. All external components are crafted from tough 6061-T aircraft aluminum including the solid, captive-design knobs, and the internal metal parts are stainless steel and brass to avoid corrosion. The ballcup is produced from self-lubricating Delrin composite.

Large 2.125" (54mm) ball diameter
Base diameter of 2.9" (73mm)
Quick release clamp features safety stop grooves and built-in spirit level
In the Box
Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)
  • Universal Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Kirk BH-1 Specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Load Capacity 50 lb / 22.6 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Dimensions H: 4.5" / H: 11.5 cm
    Weight 1.9 lb / 0.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 5.9 x 5.2"

    Kirk BH-1 Reviews

    BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Nice Ballhead Just received my BH-1 from B&H. Totally awesome upgrade from my Manfrotto 322 action grip. ...This Ballhead is everything I expected it to be. It mounted effortlessly onto my Manfrotto 3021BN tripod. I love the silky smooth operation of the ball. The locking knob, tension knob and panning knob all are very easy to turn and lock/unlock. I don't have anything really heavy per say: 30D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS, 580EX Flash. So this ballhead might be a bit of overkill for my gear...but I'm so glad I bought it. The peace of mind knowing that it's securely locked, and effortless motion and lockingmmmmmmmmm. Plus, no more drifting like I was experiencing with my 322 action grip.
    Date published: 2010-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable, Solid, Smooth Support Guys and gals, I simply can't describe what a beautiful head this is, and how well this head unflinchingly supports (even at awkward angles) my heaviest gear. The knobs work beautifully, and although it's not shown in the B&H photos, the knob clinching the Arca-style release is now redesigned with a silvered finish and clearly identifiable-by-touch knurls. (It also is very rapidly opened and shut; check it out on the Kirk Enterprises website!) A hex wrench also remains securely fastened to the head for convenience. Another poster commented on the tension knob, and he or she was indeed correct: a mere quarter turn of this knob significantly alters the tension on the ball. For some, this could be a criticism; for me, I haven't had any issue with it whatsoever.
    Date published: 2017-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Respectable piece of equipment. Selecting a ballhead is now second place on my list of Most Daunting Tasks . . . just behind tripods. Most of the challenge was arbitrarily justifying the cost of higher-end items. No doubt, some are better than others but the huge range of choices mixed with undisclosed specifications creates quite a mission to accomplish. That said, purchasing the Kirk BH-1 removes me from the ballhead market forever as I'm sure it will last that long. Movements are smooth and precise with a 100-400 mm lens and it's solid as a rock when tightened.
    Date published: 2011-05-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Are there 25 degrees from - 15 to +15? 1. There was 25 degrees between - 15 and + 15 degrees. Now, I we all know that there's 30 degrees between those two points so you've got to know that I was absolutely befuddled when I walked out of my Fedex office to open my life Christmas / Birthday present to myself. How in the world could a class act produce a product at the price of $ and they forgot 5 degrees? I It's just missing. So, how were they able to do this? The circumference of 360 degrees is larger than the diameter of the base on this ballhead. I immediately returned this to wonderful BH, and I will never again buy a product from made by Kirk.
    Date published: 2011-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An essencial gear for nature photography Easy to use, with tension control, level indicator, and rotation 360 degree controls. It is the best combination with Gitzo 1340 tripods for nature photography. I use it with a Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 zoom lenses that has a rotatable collar. I can easily change camera to take either horizontal or vertical picture in seconds. Very elegant and solid product.
    Date published: 2008-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid and Strong I have the BH-3 and have been sticking with Kirk for my quick release plates and brackets. I have really enjoyed using the BH-3, but it tended to slip when I was using a long macro with a flash and focusing rail. This head is rated for 50 pounds, and it handles the same set-up with ease. It is very solid and smooth.
    Date published: 2014-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, rugged and expensive This ballhead is simple to use but supports more weight than I'll ever put on it. It was chosen after a great deal of research and a search to see what very active photographers were using. This is the last ballhead I ever expect to buy. It is a solid piece of steel and I can't imagine what it would take the break this thing and I never expect to find out. I wanted a ballhead that would safely carry and support my camera so I would not have to be concerned about it's safety. This ballhead is silly expensive but in relation to what my camera is worth, buying it was pretty much a no brainer.
    Date published: 2011-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No finer ballhead This is the ballhead that made me forsake all others I've owned. It's a heavy thing, but it's rock steady and locks solid in all positions. I've already learned about lightweight tripods: they're for carrying, not for shooting. I've adapted. A bit on the pricey side; but it's well-made, built to perform, and built to last. I don't expect to need another for quite some time. Money well spent. My old Manfrotto ballhead is now a paperweight. Don't forget the appropriate QR plates when you order.
    Date published: 2011-05-19
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    I am interested to know if the Kirk BH-1 would pair up with the Fesiol Ct3442 tripod. This tripod allows for a smaller package by folding back on itself 180 degree's. Will this ball head allow this to occur?
    Asked by: Wayne R.
    Yes, it will pair up, and it will fold back up but the legs will not be as close together as they would be otherwise and therefore that combo won't fit in the given Feisol tripod bag.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    How much range does the tension/drag knob have? I read one review that stated the tension range is very limited. The tension is basically on or off without much range at all. Is this true?
    Asked by: Samuel L. W.
    This is a superb head. As such, it is designed to do what is needed for pro level work. Not being able to supply the amount of tension desired by a variety of photographers would be a severe design failure.You can adjust the amount of ball tension to your desired amount. The large knob is the Main Lock Knob. The small knob on the opposite side is the Variable Tension Knob. First tighten the Main Lock Knob then the Variable Tension Knob. Then loosen Main Lock Knob all the way, and then loosen the Variable Tension Knob to tension taste.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    Can I use this ball head with Gitzo GT2532 ...

    Can I use this ball head with Gitzo GT2532 tripod?
    Asked by: Alfred
    Yes, this head is compatible with the Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod, B&H # GIGT2532.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-05-26


    Would I be able to still reverse close my Mefoto GlobeTrotter Classic with this ballhead?
    Asked by: Scott S.
    The tripod will not close as tightly as it can with the original ballhead. This ball head is bigger and wider than that head.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Hi, could you confirm the part number of the included camera plate? Thanks.
    Asked by: Tian X.
    This does not come with a plate. You can order a variety of different plates on the B&H website. Kirk makes several. Personally I use mostly Sunwayfoto clamps and the ProMediaGear universal 4 L bracket plates (I have battery grips on my bodies), both from B&H. To the best of my knowledge and experience most Arch Swiss plates and clamps are interchangeable (the BIG advantage of Arca Swiss).
    Answered by: Gregory A.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is the quick release clamp on this ballhead removable or is it a part of the ballhead.? Thank you
    Asked by: Mike
    The clamp can unscrew after removing a small Allen safety screw
    Answered by: HAL S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is this ball head (Kirk BH-1) goes on tripod Manfrotto 190XPRO3 without any problems?
    Asked by: Michel M.
    Attaches no problem. I always Loctite threadlock for additional security--use blue or removable threadlock if you so desire.
    Answered by: Randal L. H.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Hello, I bought this BH-1 ballhead and need to know which quick release plate to buy/use for a large format camera - Chamonix.Thanks.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    For a large format camera, you might look at the Foba BALTE Quick-Release Plate (B&H # FOBALTECC). It is designed for Medium and Large format cameras, and would be compatible with Arca-Swiss style systems such as the Kirk BH-1.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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