Sunwayfoto XB-52 Low Profile Ball Head

Sunwayfoto XB-52 Low Profile Ball Head

Sunwayfoto XB-52 Low Profile Ball Head

B&H # SUXB52 MFR # XB-52
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity of 132 lb
  • Dual Drop-Notch Design
  • All-Metal Knobs
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The XB-52 Low Profile Ball Head from Sunwayfoto is the larger of two ball heads in the XB line of low profile ball heads from Sunwayfoto. It features a very low center of gravity, very high load capacity (132 lb) and improved ball head design for smoother movements when changing position. It includes the two-drop-notch design for camera orientation, and rubber has been abolished completely--all knobs are now all-metal on the XB-52.

Low profile, high capacity (132 lb) ball head
Improved ball head design for smoother operation
Dual drop-notch design (portrait/landscape)
All-metal design of knobs--no rubber
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Sunwayfoto XB-52 Low Profile Ball Head
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty + Additional 18 Months with Online Registration
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    Sunwayfoto XB-52 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Load Capacity 132 lb / 60 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Ball Sphere Diameter 2.04" / 52 mm
    Dimensions : 2.7 x H: 3.6" / : 68.0 x H: 91.0 mm
    Weight 1.5 lb / 685.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.8"

    Sunwayfoto XB-52 reviews

    XB-52 Low Profile Ball Head is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is very good indeed. This is how I test this ball head: 1. Use this low profile XB-52 to compare with another non low profile but very high end ball head. That is a comparison of an apple with a gourmet orange. 2. Weight load: Nikon D4 + 70-210 f2.8 zoom all the way out. Challenging enough? 3. Use live view to the maximum with the intention to magnify any movement. The apple produced the lightest shift comparing with the gourmet orange. You can feel the slight twist can lock the load confidently. A sign of good design and tight manufacturing tolerance. I am very satisfy with this product. Conclusion: I'll go with this low profile ball head anytime.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, sturdy head I never heard of Sunwayfoto until I bought one of their Arca-compatible plates and was impressed with the quality and attention to detail - not something you normally think about in a tripod plate. This head is beautifully machined and rock-steady. I tried it with a 16 pound view camera and it was very stable (no sagging) but remained easy to adjust. It works just as nicely with lighter equipment. The ball locks solidly well before the friction knob is fully tightened. The friction limiter is a small thumb- or coin-adjustable screw set in to the friction knob. The friction, panning and clamp knobs are metal (no rubber cover) and have a machined texture that can be a bit hard on the fingers. It's a low-profile head which means the stem from the ball to the clamp is short. If you're using the cutouts there are certain orientations where the clamp may bump the friction knob. The bullseye level on the long side clamp can be moved to the shorter side if you prefer.
    Date published: 2015-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunwayfoto XB-52 - a ball with class! Made in China is not exactly a hallmark of top quality, but I was taught a lesson. As soon as I held the only 690g heavy ball, which has a capacity of up to 60kg, in my hand, I realized that there is a quality product. Equipped with an Arca Swiss compatible quick release and very robust handy locking screws which are extremely precise, the expectations were high then the practical application. To get to the point - my expectations were not disappointed. For years I have been working with the Monoball Z1 from Arca-Swiss. A ball that satisfies the highest expectations . The bar for the product of Sunwayfoto is set high. Already the size comparison of the two ball joints causes a joyful grin. The spherical head of Sunwayfoto is 2cm lower than the Arca Swiss head. Particularly at ground-level macro photography can be a great advantage. In practice, I wanted to know precisely how the ball works camera and 500mm lens with a weight of 5500g should be no problem. Already setting up my camera in the quick release of the X-52, I was pleasantly surprised. Using the very handy locking screw I could fix camera. Smallest inaccuracies that occur with different manufacturers of Arca Swiss copies may well be balanced so smoothly. Using the friction screw, which is easy to because it is much lighter than the equivalent of Arca Swiss, you could adjust the set screw so that the friction of the ball is where you want it. The ball is very smooth and precise, and can be also the very handy locking knob found very easy to 100%. Also, the high leverage of the 500mm lens confirms that fact. The panorama plate is smooth and extremely accurately. The determination is also a locking screw, which, however, is not firmly seated to 100%. With the long lever of a 500mm lens, it can still be moved, what bothers me personally at all, and at the Monoball Z1 of Arca very same behavior. When used with a 150mm lens Macro interested me the most extreme settings, such as the use of bellows. Again, the head works extremely accurately, although I have the impression that the head shake is minimal, which is up to a magnification of 1:1 hardly noticeable. I especially like the clearly visible bubble level which makes it particularly useful for landscapes. Conclusion: The precision work, the very grippy knob, the low height, reduced to 70g weight convinced me. At a price of $ the head is aimed at high-end products from competitors and is certainly worth the price. You can re-invent a ball head, but the improvements in detail convinced me and moved to a switch to the X-52 of Sunwayfoto. I would recommend this ball every good conscience.
    Date published: 2012-10-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very solid ball head I bought this to replace a more expensive , 5 star Acratech ball head. I have since put that on my monopod and will use the XB-52 as my Tripod head. The main reason for the switch was a new long lens that weighs in at over six pounds. The XB-52 handles this heavy rig with ease, no matter the angle of the lens. With my last head I found that as I tightened the knob (head), the focus area would shift down and to the right noticeable as it was tightened. I don't see that with the Sunwayfoto. The head tightens and grabs with little effort and feels totally secure. The few negatives I found were: The main tightening knob has raised stippling on it for some reason . After just a couple of hours the skin on my thumb was broken down and raw. I will have to dress that somehow. The screw holding the Arca Swiss plate to the ball head became lose. ( or it may have been from the start and I did not notice). I just used some Blue Lock Tight and it should be fine now. At least twice I have noticed the clamp holding the camera to the ball head had loosened and I had to tighten the knob. Something I am going to have to pay more attention to. This head was recommended to me by a photographer / instructor with 30 + years experience and I concur with him that it is a very solid head and I can recommend it. I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5 due to the afore mentioned issues I had with the knobs.
    Date published: 2016-07-02
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