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

BH #KIBH3 • MFR #BH-3
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Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 15 lb (6.8kg)
Key Features
  • Incl. Universal Q.R. Plate
  • Arca-Type Quick Release System
  • Separate Pan & Friction Control Knobs
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.
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Kirk BH-3 Overview

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

Kirk BH-3 Specs

Head Type
Ball Head
Base Mount
3/8"-16 Thread
Friction Control
Yes
Ball Sphere Diameter
1.69" / 43 mm
Panning Range
360°
General
Load Capacity
15 lb / 6.8 kg
Weight
1.2 lb / 540 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.78 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.1 x 5.9 x 5.15"

Kirk BH-3 Reviews

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The quick release clamp looks different in the ...

The quick release clamp looks different in the last of the product images. Which version is currently included with the BH-3?
Asked by: Andriano
The first several photos of the Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 15 lb (6.8kg) (B&H# KIBH3) show the smoother, more rounded quick release clamp of the current version.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2021-10-17

Will this ball head fit well the Gitzo GT2545T ...

Will this ball head fit well the Gitzo GT2545T tripod, and will the tripod legs fold up neatly with this head attached?
Asked by: Rob
Unfortunately, this combination has not been tested to our knowledge. The results may vary.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-05-20

Will this ball head fit on a Gitzo GT1545T ...

Will this ball head fit on a Gitzo GT1545T tripod, and will the legs fold up when attached? Or would a GT2545 tripod be a better fit?
Asked by: Rob
This head would have a better fit on the GT2545 and would allow the legs to fold up.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-06-07

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Will the plate that comes with this fit a Canon 70D body?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, that plate is designed for the Canon EOS Elan II/IIE with BP-50.This plate is a universal plate that will work on the 70D.Kirk UP-2 Universal 2 1/8 Camera PlateB&H # KIUP2 ? Mfr # UP-2http://bhpho.to/1mgNmWtAnd this link is for two plates by Kirk that are specifically made for the 70D. One is for the 70D without a battery grip and the other is with the BG-E14 griphttp://bhpho.to/1omW7mE
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Does the Kirk BH-3 Ball Head with Quick Release come with a Camera Plate please?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes
Answered by: WAYNE L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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does this have bearings or smooth movement? Trying to justify the cost over Sunwayfoto FB-28i Ball Head or Vanguard TBH-300
Asked by: Gary
This ball head does not have bearings but the precision ball and tension knobs are wonderful. I mount my MarkIV Canon, a canon 400mm zoom lens with a 2X adapter and even with all that weight it still moves smoothly and effortlessly. Once I got used to adjusting the knobs with the various cameras and lens I use for outdoor wildlife photos I am now able to move quickly and smoothly to the evasive movements of wildlife.I am glad I purchased this ball head and I am extremely happy with it.
Answered by: RAY B.
Date published: 2019-02-14

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The reviewers disagree a o whether it is possible to take vertical photos with the head. Who is right?
Asked by: Keith J.
Certainly possible -- I use it with a Wimberley sidekick, which requires a 90 degree positioning. For constant use and shifting, an L-plate might work better.
Answered by: Seth
Date published: 2019-12-26

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I'm a begginer and I don't quite understand how it attaches to the tripod. I have a SLK tripod. Thank you
Asked by: Anonymous
There will be a screw (bolt) coming out of the top of your tripod that the ball head will screw onto.
Answered by: KEN V.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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