Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 15 lb (6.8kg)

Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 15 lb (6.8kg)

Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 15 lb (6.8kg)

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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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The Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release features the same efficiency of design and rugged construction as its bigger BH-1 brother, but only weighs in at 19 oz. It is rated to support up to 15 lb, and is ideal for use with pro SLR cameras with pro zoom lenses attached. In addition to the large single-action locking knob, the BH-3 also features two smaller knobs. One controls the 360° panning control, and the other the amount of ball friction.

The BH-3 ball head 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 ball cup is produced from self-lubricating Delrin composite.

Large 1.65" (42mm) ball diameter
Base diameter of 2.4" (61mm)
Quick release clamp features safety stop grooves and built-in spirit level
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Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 15 lb (6.8kg)
  • Universal Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Maximum Camera Supported 35mm SLR
    Load Capacity 15 lb (6.8 kg)
    Ball Diameter 1.7" (4.3 cm)
    Pan Base 360° rotation with positive lock
    Pan Base Diameter 2.4" (6.1 cm)
    Height 4" (10.2 cm)
    Quick Release Yes
    Spirit Level Yes
    Tension Control Yes
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
    Weight 1.2 lb (540 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 5.7 x 5.3"
    BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 15 lb (6.8kg) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 91.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Quality at a Great Price I won't lie to you -- this isn't the best ballhead out there. But for the price, you can't beat the quality and performance of the BH-3. I think it's far better constructed than the Manfrotto 468RC2 Hydrostatic at the same price, and it's nearly the equal of the RRS BH-40 that is over $100 more expensive. In addition, this ballhead includes a QR plate, which is a $50 value if you don't own any Arca-Swiss-style plates already. My only complaint is the relative placement of the lock, friction, and panning knobs, which I personally find awkward. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product!
    Date published: 2008-12-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Holds weight very steady. BH-3 head came highly praised. It is well made and smooth to use. However I have found a couple things I am not happy with. It won't rotate to a full vertical shot, I have to adjust one leg to get the vertical needed. Also the screw adjustment knob for the quick release plate isn't as easy to use as the lever release style. Because of the screw type of release plate I have loosened it a copule times and almost droped my camera thinking I had turned the knob to the ball instead. There is a learning curve with this ball head. I would recommend this to a friend with caution of making sure you know which knob you are truning.
    Date published: 2010-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BH-3 DOES work in portrait orientation Most of the positives regarding this ballhead have already been mentioned in other reviews. I want to reply to some negative views that suggest the ballhead cannot be fully rotated 90 degrees for use with your camera in portrait (vertical) orientation. In fact, this CAN be done: to use the ballhead in portrait orientation, just screw in the quick release plate so that the longer axis of the plate runs parallel with the longer axis of your camera (in other words, mount the quick release plate onto the quick release clamp from left-right instead of forward-backward). Done this way, you can rotate the ballhead into the slot at a full ninety degrees without the knob from the quick release clamp getting in the way.
    Date published: 2011-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable and smooth I have just started to use this ballhead with a pro D-SLR (D3). It is well worth the money in that it is very stable. Once the drag control is set (which needs to be done for each lens combination as expected) the ballhead does not move after positioning. Then when the ballhead is locked there is still no movement. This makes framing and shooting a delight. I was initially surprized that the drag control would need to be adjusted when significant angles off horizontal are applied. Then my engineering background kicked in and I realized this has to be the case as the rotational torques increases significantly with the angle. One downside is the lack of a quick release for the bracket.
    Date published: 2008-12-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and Silky The build quality lets you know you have some serious real estate. I graduated to this after many years with my pistol grip manfrotto 222 ballhead. Took a little while to get used to but now I'm hooked. The adjustment knobs are perfectly sized and positioned and motion is very very fluid. I still marvel at how the ball locks and holds big glass even in crazyangles. My only gripe would be that when you using long lens/heavy glass (70-200 f2.8) you position your focus spot through the lens and lock the ballhead only to find that it does drift down a few millimetres (I have slowly learnt that you have to factor this when determining your critical focus spot)
    Date published: 2010-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A second Kirk Ball Head Ten years ago I purchased a Kirk Ball Head. I don't know what designation they gave it then, but I think it must identical to the BH-3 that I purchased just recently. My old ball head resides on a lighter weight Gitzo tripod, and has been a positive workhorse- with never a problem. I recently purchased a very heavy duty Gitzo, and decided that another Kirk ball head was in order, so I ordered the BH-3. I shoot with Nikon D800, D810, and D810A. Lenses are Nikon f/2.8 zooms, as well as a few fast primes. The BH-3 handles all just beautifully.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good head and a great value This is an extremely good ball head. I'm using it on a feisol 3402 tripod and it is a great combination. The head is really solid yet doesn't weigh too much. When you are using it, the head exudes quality. The tension system works really well as does the panning base. The fact that it comes with a plate makes the initial investment much cheaper although I might think about upgrading to a lighter and lower profile plate later on. For people looking for a good quality head at a lower price, this is an awesome alternative to RRS and Arca-Swiss. I also prefered this over Acra-tech ultimate head as for ease getting into the vertical position. Seriously... if you are going to buy a head, buy this one!
    Date published: 2008-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HIghest Quality, Very Worthwhile Step Up I was amazed at the silky smooth motion of this Kirk BH-3 ballhead. The quality machinining and care in construction is evident from the first time you adjust the oversized, easy to discern knobs to adjust the tension on the ball, then move the camera without fear of it flopping forward. Use this with my Nikon D90 and 70-300 and BIG 400MM lenses. Works perfectly.
    Date published: 2010-01-06
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