Vanguard SBH-250 Ball Head

Vanguard SBH-250 Ball Head

Vanguard SBH-250 Ball Head

B&H # VASBH250 MFR # SBH-250
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Product Highlights

  • 44 lb (19.6 kg) Load Capacity
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • Includes Two QS-39 Quick Release Plates
  • Dual Knob Locking Mechanisms
  • Dual Safety Locking for Quick Shoe
  • Compact - 4.7" (11cm)
  • Lightweight - 20.5 oz (581g)
  • Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty
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Vanguard SBH-250 Overview

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Vanguard's SBH-250 Ball Head is a compact 4.7" (11cm), lightweight 20.5 oz (581g), fluid head that features 2 bubble levels for precision attitude adjustment. It also has a dual safety locking system for quick release, and dual knob locking mechanisms (one for general positioning, one for fine tuning). It will support cameras, lenses and camcorders up to 44 lb (19.6kg). When the SBH-250 is mounted to a tripod, camera stability is greatly increased and allows smooth, fast, and precision camera positioning.

In the Box
Vanguard SBH-250 Ball Head
  • 2 x QS-39 Quick Release Plates
  • 1/4"-20 to 3/8" Reducer Bushing
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Vanguard SBH-250 Specs

    Load Capacity 44 lb (19.6kg)
    Ball Sphere Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Quick Release QS-39 plate with 1/4"-20 thread
    Spirit Level 2
    Tension Control Dual knob locking mechanisms
    Tilt -35° ~ +90°
    Swivel 360°
    Tripod Mount Thread Size Dual 1/4"-20 & 3/8"
    Height 4.7" (11.1cm)
    Weight 20.5 oz (581g)
    Packaging Infoveetatvezdzt
    Package Weight 1.41 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.1 x 4.5 x 3.5"

    Vanguard SBH-250 Reviews

    SBH-250 Ball Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 113.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Be Better I use this ballhead on a 264 Alta Pro. I thought I had gotten a ballhead that could hold my camera firmly. The screw that attaches to the quick release plate has to be constantly re-tightened. Your camera will easily move, even when you have just re-adjusted the screw. I wanted to get a L bracket hoping to alleviate this issue, but there were none that were compatible. The company did suggest updated ballhead designs that will accept L brackets. I did get an extra release plate to use for a lens or another camera. When attached to the lens, it does a better job. I also found myself having to constantly review which knobs did what. Good customer service from Vanguard
    Date published: 2013-02-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good for the price. The head works smoothly and holds the camera securely with the exception of when tilted to the portrait orientation. I found that the camera would tip slowly to point downward no matter how much I tightened it. The pad felt slick, as though it was covered with mold release agent. I washed both the camera pad and the pad on the head and was able to prevent the turning. I bought the head specifically to use for making panoramas. The degree markings on the base plate are ideal for this. I would have liked to have a bubble level on the base plate to ease setting up the tripod with the axis of rotation vertical, which is essential for making panoramas.
    Date published: 2010-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vanguard SBH-250 Ballhead a gem! I purchased this ballhead for use on a Manfrotto tripod to replace the 3030 threeway head. I am amazed by the quality and value of this ballhead. My main use is with a Canon 50D with a 100-400 mm L IS lens. Solid and stable, beyond what I had hoped. I had no desire to spend the hundreds of dollars for the so-call top of the line balls which I am sure are wonderful. I especially liked the fact that it is packaged with an extra mounting plate. I switch to my 5d with 70-200mm lens in a jiffy. You will not be disappointed with this product.
    Date published: 2010-02-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Controls, Lousy Plate The controls on this ballhead are nice, the tension control is a very handy feature, and it seems like a very solid ballhead at a good price. However, the quick-release plate does not connect securely to the base of the camera! No matter how tightly you screw it to the camera, it is still easy to twist the camera on the plate. Putting a lip on the plate would have prevented this problem, but the plate is flat. Unfortunately, one of the other reviews here mentioned that the plates are not compatible with other systems, so upgrading the plate doesn't seem to be an option. This ballhead is a great value -if- you are only going to shoot with the camera pretty much level. Use it tilted 90 degrees and all bets are off.
    Date published: 2010-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Ball Head I shoot wildlife and needed a good Ball Head that was affordable. The heaviest combination I have is a Canon 50D with a Canon 300mm f4L and a 1.4 extender. (5-lbs total) This ball head carries this combo like it wasn't even there. Always over mount your equipment! Very smooth and easy to track birds in flight with. Adjustments are great. The bottom of the ball head has a slight crown to it. This can make it difficult to mount on other manufacturers tripods. I ran into this with a Cullmann 528 Magnesit. A washer and some 1/16 rubber mated the two perfectly.
    Date published: 2013-11-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value, minor issue This ballhead is well made and all of the control knobs perform their duties perfectly. The ballhead can be locked down into one position, hold and glide with a nudge or become fully mobile by adjusting the tension controls. The only thing that would make it better is an L-plate. When dropped into the vertical position, my 7D with 24-70 has been rotating on the QS-39 quick release plate. There is no play in the horizontal position. I am going to try some locktite 242 as a work around, but an L-plate would be even better. Overall, I am pleased with the ballhead. It offers lots of features and function for a very competitive price point.
    Date published: 2010-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Canon 5D MkII and 24-70 2.8L Replaced a terrible stock Sunpak head (620 CPG) that came with a Sunpak 423PX. Has worked great so far (used it only a couple of days). Very stable with a Canon 5DMkII + 24-70 2.8L. No slippage in portrait mode as well. Very solid construction and feel. The rubber grips on the knobs are well designed. Both the tilt and rotation knobs are smooth and don't need over-tightening to lock in position. Makes it a bit top-heavy on the Sunpak 423PX, but, can't complain. The only (relatively minor) con is that the side bubble level is hard to read with an SLR mounted. Overall, a great ballhead for a reasonably heavy setup like a 5DMkII + a heavy lens like 24-70 2.8L.
    Date published: 2013-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant Ball Head I have always had a pan head on my tripods but when my wife and son went to ball heads I became hooked. So when I wanted to put one on my Slik Pro 700DX tripod I first looked at Slik but was dissapointed with the lack of features. I then found the Vanguard SBH-250 and what sold me was the weight capability and the seperate lock and tension controls it offered. So I took a chance and ordered it and was simple blown away by the quality and features. This is one amazing product and in my personal opinon is easily equal to or surpases the Manfrotto that my wife and son use. If you want a robust, solid, very adjustable ball head you will be very pleased with this SBH-250.
    Date published: 2012-08-21
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