Vanguard BBH-100 Ballhead

Vanguard BBH-100 Ballhead

Vanguard BBH-100 Ballhead

B&H # VABBH100 MFR # BBH-100
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Product Highlights

  • Magnesium Ballhead
  • Supports Up to 22 lbs
  • Rapid Level System
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • Perfectly Accurate 360-Degree Panoramas
  • Lightweight Open Body Design
  • Oxidized Surface for Smooth Movement
  • Weighs 15.87 oz
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The BBH-100 Ballhead from Vanguard gives you precision, convenience and ease of use. It features a Rapid Level System that allows you to level the camera to the base, quickly and efficiently. When it's level, the BBH-100 holds your camera securely in place. Two bubble levels guarantee highly accurate 360° panoramic photography or videography. The magnesium ball head has a unique open body design that allows a lighter weight. The ball also features a scratch-free, oxidized surface for ultra smooth moment. The BBH-100 can be positioned at accurate 90-degree angles in just one second.

Supports up to 22 lbs
Rapid Level System enables you to guide the camera to be perfectly level with the base, quickly and efficiently
Two bubble levels to ensure the tripod's balance
Perfectly accurate 360-degree panoramic photography and videography
Magnesium ballhead has a unique open body design that helps maintain a lighter weight
Scratch-free, oxidized surface for ultra smooth movement
UPC: 026196340317
In the Box
Vanguard BBH-100 Ballhead
  • QS-60 Quick Shoe
  • 1/4"-20 to 3/8" Reducer Bushing
  • Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type QS-60
    Load Capacity 22 lb / 10 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 2
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Vertical Tilt -35 to +90
    Panning Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions H: 3.9" / H: 100.0 mm
    Weight 15.87 oz / 450 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.41 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 5.4 x 4.3"
    BBH-100 Ballhead is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disposable ballhead I purchased the product 2 years ago from B&H and have had to go through Vanguard's warranty claims center each year. The problem was the same both times. The screw that applies pressure to the ball isn't designed for even hobbiest use. I don't hulk out on tightening the screw, just enough to keep the 5d mkII with a 24-70 stable. But after a year of use the unit fails. I would advise everyone to look elsewhere for a ballhead. I now have zero faith in Vanguard products. Nothing like being in a national park wanting to take pictures and having crucial equipment fail on you. Hopefully this helps someone avoid the same frustration.
    Date published: 2014-01-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not up to expectation After using Gitzo GH1780QR for 4 years and had to send it back once for repair, the same problem occured again, I decided to give Vanguard a try. The unit arrived and looked sturdy enough for my use but there are two problem: 1. The quick release plate is not really quick release. You have to turn the knob conpletely open before you can release the plate. 2. The center post screw is not perpendicular to the base. The base ends up touching the tripod base at one side and there is a gap on the other side. I am in the process of trying to exchange it but not sure how to do it since I live in Chile and bought it in the USA when I visited there.
    Date published: 2013-03-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vanguard BBH 100 Ballhead This is a great ball head. I did have a problem with the first one I received. One of the bubble vials was not working, so B&H shipped me a new one. The second one I received the Rapid Level System did not work as it was discripbed. I contacted B&H and again they understood and shipped me a new one. Both times they paid for the return of the defective one. I have a Vanguard tripod so I wanted the two systems to be compatable. I had read and heard nothing but good things about Vanguard products so I watned to stay with their system. I am very happy with the tripod and the ballhead.
    Date published: 2015-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for travel tripod. In all aspects of design, materials, and quality of construction, the BBH-100 exceeded my expectations. Professional quality at a reasonable price.
    Date published: 2012-02-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent head - smooth, locks tight I use this head on my Gitzo 1541 CF travel tripod. The BBH-100 is light, but very strong. Previously, I was using a small Linhof Universal Ballhead 1 on this tripod. The flaw with the Linhof was that the pan rotation lock screw is weak, and it compromises the stability of the entire setup. This is reflected in the load rating of only 7.7 lbs for the Linhof. Not with this BBH-100 head - once locked down, the camera is not going anywhere. I think the actual rating is probably higher than the 22 lbs claimed by Vanguard. I don't have anything that heavy to test it with, but that's my impression. The pan base does overhang my Gitzo tripod column platform by a few millimeters, but it still looks very nice. I was debating between this buying this one, or the BBH-200 for a few more dollars, but I think that the 200 would have been too large for my slim Gitzto tripod. The beauty of the BBH series ballheads it their ability to instantly center the ball (you can switch this feature on and off). In conjunction with the bubble level built into this head, you can level the tripod very quickly. This ballhead even comes with a nice Arca-Swiss compatible camera QR plate. It interacts with a projecting sprung pin in the head clamp to prevent the camera plate from sliding out accidentally if you didn't fully tighten the clamp. While some may find this feature beneficial, I found it somewhat annoying to use, especially with my other plates made by Kirk, RRS, Wimberley, etc. The projecting pin is easily removed by flopping the platform to its 90 degree position (for portrait orientation), and using a slot head screwdriver to unscrew the pin cap screw, spring, and piston with projecting pin. I've kept these pieces in a small zip-lock bag in case I ever want to reconstitute this feature. The locks have nice large levers that can apply considerable locking force. You can even change the orientation of the main locking lever by pulling it out against spring pressure and rotating it in 90 degree increments. In keeping with my intended use on a travel tripod, the skeletonized design of the head keeps the weight of the head to a minimum. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.
    Date published: 2012-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A functional work of art I picked up a used Benbo Trekker MKI tripod without head and started looking for a ball head. I was going to need something to hold a gripped 7D and 70-200 f2.8L.... not an easy task on the Benbo when set up in unusual positions! I considered a few models in the sub $200 range and decided on the Vanguard BBH-100. Fairly lightweight for the size of the head and well made. Smooth controls which lock into place with little effort and zero movement. The only flex I get is through the grip itself. Vanguard did a great job with this ball head. The ultimate sign of a good product is that I'm actually looking forward to using my new tripod setup and will be carrying it around on my outings and leaving the monster Manfrotto for indoors! The BBH range from Vanguard is definitely worth considering if you are in the market for a ball head. The bonus is you can just buy it to display on your mantle, it's that good looking!
    Date published: 2012-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As ggod as advertised I normally use a very excellent Ballhead but wanted a litle more flexibility in Panoramss and the write up in one of the Phot mags got me interested.As I trust B&H completely and the revieswere good so ...I have been using it for a week and it does just what they say.Easiest set up for Level of any I have ever had.
    Date published: 2012-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ballhead!!!!!!!! This Ballhead is just great. It is very smooth in its movements and is so easy to use. The feature that locks it back to level is a great feature and I have relied on it many times. All knobs feel very strong and the side to side (x axis) is very smooth. It is also very nice to adjust the knobs if required to allow clearance if needed. I would highly recommend this Ballhead for all setups under 20 lbs. I can find no faults in this item. Steve R.
    Date published: 2013-04-25
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