Vanguard SBH-30 Ballhead

Vanguard SBH-30 Ballhead

Vanguard SBH-30 Ballhead

B&H # VASBH30 MFR # SBH-30
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Product Highlights

  • 11 lb (5kg) Load Capacity
  • 2 Bubble Levels
  • Single Knob Locking Mechanism
  • Safety Locking System for Quick Shoe
  • Compact 3.12" (7.3cm)
  • Lightweight 9.6 oz (272g)
  • Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty
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Vanguard's SBH-30 Ballhead is compact 3.12" (7.3cm), lightweight 9.6 oz (272g), and features 2 bubble levels for precision attitude adjustment. It also has a safety locking system for quick release, and a single knob locking mechanism. It will support cameras, lenses and camcorders up to 11 lb (5kg). The ballhead, when placed upon a tripod, will increase camera stability and provide faster, more accurate camera positioning.

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Vanguard SBH-30 Ballhead
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Vanguard SBH-30 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 1/4"-20 Thread
    Load Capacity 11 lb / 5 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock No
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt -35 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Dimensions H: 3.1" / H: 7.3 cm
    Weight 9.6 oz / 272.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 3.6 x 3.0"

    Vanguard SBH-30 reviews

    SBH-30 Ballhead is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for. Wanted to change my old (but good) tripod from a pan head to a ball head. For the price this was the best solution for me. It came with 2 shoes (both 1/4 inch)and the unit will fit onto both 1/4 and 3/8 inch mounts. I would buy another if needed. The one thing that I have found to be a small problem is that the clamp adjustment knob, on the platform, gets in the way when putting the camera in vertical plain if it is on the side you are tilting the camera towards, simple fix is to flip to the other side or plan ahead when mounting the camera so that the knob is not on the side you normally tilt the camera. The shoes will attach to the platform from either end.
    Date published: 2011-03-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't support advertised capacity Purchased to use on light weight aluminum tripod. I wanted a Vanguard head as I also have a larger Vanguard tripod and I wanted the quick release plates to be common. The advertised weight capacity of the SBH-30 is 11 lbs. In use, the ball head would not support my Nikon D7000 with Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. Further, the ball adjustment knob is wrapped with a rubber strip to make gripping the knob easier. The problem is the rubber strip slips on the knob when tightening. I'm going to return the head for a larger size which will add more weight to my backpacking tripod.
    Date published: 2011-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ballhead works great with monopod Matches great with the Alta Pro Tracker AP 284 monopod. Comes with two quick release plates. The quick release plates are the same ones that I use with my Alta Pro 264 AT tripod. I therefore can switch my camera from tripod to monopod with ease. I mainly use the ballhead and monopod for photographing birds. Cons: The plates sometimes slip. An easy fix is to fold a small piece of fine grit sandpaper in half, punch a hold for the screw and place it between the camera and plate and/or telephoto lens mount and plate. The sandpaper will keep the plate from slipping. I also use threadlock on the screw.
    Date published: 2012-07-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok I bought this for use with the Benro Monopod that has three feet on the bottom for stabilizing. I otherwise have a vanguard tripod with an SBH-100 Ball head. This SBH-30 has the same quick release plate which is why I purchased it for the monopod. I can quickly go between the two with ease. I didn't realize that this had one less very important knob. The panning and ball head movement are tied into the one knob. I don't like that. I should have either sprung for the SBH100 or given up the convenience of the quick plate matching. Also, on both heads, I have a really hard time keeping this quick place secure on my camera. I am worried of over tightening and stripping it out. I seem to have to retighten and futz with it often. I have a new D7100.
    Date published: 2014-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice ballhead I use this ballhead on a smaller travel tripod (a manfrotto series) for landscapes and macro with short to medium lenses mounted on a canon 10d, 40d, or Ftb, the former with vertical grips. The ballhead is more than adequate at handling the weight of these setups. For the price you cannot beat this ballhead for a medium weight setup. Positives: 1. Lightweight 2. Solid 3. Smooth adjustments 4. Comes with two quick-release plates 5. Price Negatives (I'm going into detail on these because they might be make-or-break for some potential buyers): 1. By lifting the quick-release plate vertically off of the platform (when the ballhead is set straight up and down), you can easily slip the plate off with the release safety switch still engaged. Basically, what I'm saying is that the release safety switch is not as nice as what you get on more expensive ballheads. But, because I know this, I'm extra careful not to trust the safety. The first thing I do when I get a ballhead is loosen the quick-release tightening knob, put a plate in with the safety on, and shake the apparatus and see if the plate comes off. The plate comes off this ballhead almost immediately. This is something that I hope Vanguard fixed in their more expensive heads and new generation of heads. If not, I would not buy any other vanguard head besides this one. There are much better alternatives at the higher price range if this safety issue is not resolved. But for this price range, and all of the nice features of this head, I half expected something to not work properly. I did try to tighten the screw under the safety bar to see if it would move the bar up to prevent the slippage, but this did nothing, as the screw was already as tight as it could go. Also, even if the bar were capable of being raised, you can also get the quick-release plate off by wiggling it around a little bit and pulling up without sliding it. 2. While the horizontal leveler is quite visible with a camera attached, it is almost impossible to view the vertical leveler. 3. You have to use a coin or the flimsy tool provided to tighten the quick release plate to your camera. I would suggest not using the flimsy tool provided because if you break it, you will not have a tool to adjust the mount fitting for different tripods. 4. No matter how tight you tighten all the knobs, when you tighten the head on your tripod you will start panning the head instead of tighten the head immediately when the head gets snug on the tripod. I like to have things really tight, and even though the head feels firmly attached, I want it tighter. Basically, I want to feel resistance when I'm tightening the head so that I know it's on there and its not coming off or loosening without my help. Unfortunately, there's no place to grab on the base of the head to torque the head any tighter. Hope this helps!
    Date published: 2010-06-30
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unacceptable Shift When I tightened the ball, the platform (and camera) shifted in the direction of the knob. I can't say if this is a defect in this particular head, or a design flaw. I do know that my larger Vanguard SBH-200 does not shift one iota. A friend thought the shift was subtle, and that I should just compensate for it. I disagreed, and returned it.
    Date published: 2010-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ballhead for Monopods The SBH-30 was purchased to replace a single axis head that came on a Manfroto 682 monopod. This head had added the flexibility that I wanted for sports and theatrical photography in available light. I also use and like the detachable mounting plates. Really can't comment on the levels as they are not of much use on a monopod.
    Date published: 2010-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value Excellent bargain. I purchsed this for use on a monopod. Small and compact, but still works with a T2i and 100-400L combo. It also uses the same QR plates as the SBH200 head on my tripod, which is a plus.
    Date published: 2010-06-14
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