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

BH #KIBH1 • MFR #BH-1
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Kirk BH-1 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 50 lbs (22.6kg)
Key Features
  • Incl. Universal Q.R. Plate
  • Arca-Type Quick Release System
  • Separate Pan & Friction Control Knobs
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.

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Kirk BH-1 Overview

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

Kirk BH-1 Specs

General
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
Load Capacity50 lb / 22.6 kg
Number of Bubble Levels1
Friction ControlYes
Physical
DimensionsH: 4.5" / H: 11.5 cm
Weight1.9 lb / 0.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.47 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.05 x 5.95 x 5.2"
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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?
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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.
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Date published: 2018-08-27

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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.
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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. https://bhpho.to/2JFe0OV
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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.
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Would I be able to still reverse close my Mefoto GlobeTrotter Classic with this ballhead?
Asked by: Scott S.
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Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Hi, could you confirm the part number of the included camera plate? Thanks.
Asked by: Tian
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

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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.
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Is this ball head (Kirk BH-1) goes on tripod Manfrotto 190XPRO3 without any problems?
Asked by: Michel M.
I don't own this particular Manfrotto leg set (Although I do have a similar set.), but from its description on the B&H site it looks like it should. The Kirks are excellent ballheads (I did order out both this and the Arca Swiss Monoball Z from B&H and elected to keep the latter, which I paired with Gitzo legs, also from B&H) and should fit on any set of legs with the standard 1/4 inch screw. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Gregory A.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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