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KirkBH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg)
 
4.8

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (64)
  • Attaches firmly (58)
  • Large range of motion (57)
  • Strong clamp (55)
  • Fits well (7)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (52)
  • Night shots (39)
  • Portraits (37)
  • Wildlife (34)
  • Travel (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (50)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Quality at a Great Price

I won't lie to you -- this isn't the best ballhead out there. But for the price, you can't beat the quality and performance of the BH-3. I think it's far better...Read complete review

I won't lie to you -- this isn't the best ballhead out there. But for the price, you can't beat the quality and performance of the BH-3. I think it's far better constructed than the Manfrotto 468RC2 Hydrostatic at the same price, and it's nearly the equal of the RRS BH-40 that is over $100 more expensive. In addition, this ballhead includes a QR plate, which is a $50 value if you don't own any Arca-Swiss-style plates already. My only complaint is the relative placement of the lock, friction, and panning knobs, which I personally find awkward. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Holds weight very steady.

BH-3 head came highly praised. It is well made and smooth to use. However I have found a couple things I am not happy with. It won't rotate to a full vertical...Read complete review

BH-3 head came highly praised. It is well made and smooth to use. However I have found a couple things I am not happy with. It won't rotate to a full vertical shot, I have to adjust one leg to get the vertical needed. Also the screw adjustment knob for the quick release plate isn't as easy to use as the lever release style. Because of the screw type of release plate I have loosened it a copule times and almost droped my camera thinking I had turned the knob to the ball instead. There is a learning curve with this ball head. I would recommend this to a friend with caution of making sure you know which knob you are truning.

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5.0

Excellent choice

By Photogin MD

from MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

I am sorry I waited to long to invest in a professional quality ball head to use on a professional quality tripod.The controls are smooth, the adjustments are easy, and it will easily support the equipment I use.
Be sure to learn what control each of the knobs is used for and practice before you go on location the first time- it makes the experience so much more enjoyable.

A suggestion- I bought a nice padded lens case to hold the tripod head while I am traveling. It cushions the head nicely, it has a small mesh pocket (probably for a lens cap) that holds the camera body plate and allen wrench, it zips tightly and has a strong velcro strap. Hint- I measured the dimensions of the head , then rotated it so it would fit properly. It kept it clean and safe

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5.0

A second Kirk Ball Head

By Flowergirl

from Pinehurst, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

Ten years ago I purchased a Kirk Ball Head. I don't know what designation they gave it then, but I think it must identical to the BH-3 that I purchased just recently. My old ball head resides on a lighter weight Gitzo tripod, and has been a positive workhorse- with never a problem. I recently purchased a very heavy duty Gitzo, and decided that another Kirk ball head was in order, so I ordered the BH-3. I shoot with Nikon D800, D810, and D810A. Lenses are Nikon f/2.8 zooms, as well as a few fast primes. The BH-3 handles all just beautifully.

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5.0

Robust as a Sherman tank

By Old geezer

from Fort Collins CO

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

This ballhead is as stable as the rock of Gibraltar. If you've ever been frustrated by having your camera slip out of position just as you are taking the shot, this is for you. It cost about four times as much as the product it replaced, but it is well worth it.

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5.0

Outstanding fit, finish and function

By Kayaker

from Wisconsin

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Great Value
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Strong Clamp
  • Terrific Function

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

    Clearly the fervent match for my Nikon D7200 with 400mm lens!

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    5.0

    Excellent Ball Head

    By Eric

    from Dexter, Or

    Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

    Very high quality ball head. It has incredibly smooth movement and holds firmly in place when tightened down. It's a good size for travel and supports a fairly heavy load. I have this attached to a Manfrotto 190 series tripod and it fits perfectly and looks great.

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    5.0

    Solid as a rock

    By IslanderMV

    from Martha's Vineyard, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

      Heavy duty construction, fair price, smooth operation, and made in the USA. What is not to like ?
      Tons of add ons - like L brackets and so on.

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      5.0

      Excellent for hiking/backpacking

      By Caribbean Dave

      from St. Louis, MO

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

        Needed an upgrade tripod head that is light weight and stable for backpacking. I researched and found nothing but excellent reviews for the Kirk BH3, and I totally understand why. It is very light, very easy to use, and very stable for my telephoto lenses and I absolutely love the quick release system. Makes everything go smooth and quick. I highly recommend this head and encourage anyone getting it to also get the Kirk L bracket for your camera to go from horizontal to vertical shots super fast.

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        5.0

        Impressed

        By Zeker

        from Omaha, NE

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Price
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Real Estate

          Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

          I am a real estate photographer and was looking for a ballhead that offered great performance without an "arm and a leg" price tag. This ballhead is not the least inexpensive but it certainly is less expensive than many others.
          I really like how smooth the head rotates as well as how snug it locks down on the ball and prevents movement. I also like that it is not very heavy.
          I will use this head for other genres of photography as well without hesitation.

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          5.0

          Awesome tripod attachment. Very happy.

          By Austin

          from West Palm Beach, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

            I am beyond happy with this purchase, it was recommended to me by a professional photographer friend and it has been excellent no matter what camera/lens combo I throw at it.

            I use it for landscape photography, and for that, it has been great, the ball head adjustment is large and easy to grip, making the lock very sturdy, it also has a small knob for panning, being able to rotate an entire 360 degrees, there is also markings to determine how many degrees you've rotated it.

            The lock for the quick release plates is smooth and very sturdy also, I've never had a problem with it being too loose or losing grip.

            The ball head has handled my Canon 60D and telephoto lens, as well as my new Nikon D7000 and 24-70 2.8 lens, no drag whatsoever, when you lock this thing down, it stays.

            I highly recommend getting the Kirk L-Bracket for your camera also.

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            5.0

            A must to have!

            By KAR

            from Montana

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

              I do a lot of landscape and wildlife photography. Your camera is locked in a clamp which is very stable. I also purchased an L-bracket with this head so that no matter if I am taking portraits or landscaped the camera is always over the center of the tripod.

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              5.0

              Easy to use

              By KAR

              from Montana

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Video
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                I do a lot of landscape photography and this head is very stable. It does not sink under the weight of my camera. The clamp system is very strong and easy to use. I also purchased and L-bracket at the same time which is great to keep the camera centered over the tripod instead of off the side of the head.

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                5.0

                great product

                By cd

                from montreal

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                  I make that balll head my prime tripod

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  great control and easy to use

                  By snapshot

                  from Mount Pleasant Mills, PA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                    The ball heads ease of use and overall maneuverability makes it worth every pennyI use it for my camera and telephoto lens with an extender and it handles the ten pounds with easeIt is solid and controls well.

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                    5.0

                    Kirk BH-3

                    By RCL

                    from Oklahoma

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                      Use for nature photography with my D610 and Kirk L bracket.
                      Nice head with typical Kirk quality.
                      Very smooth and I am completely satisfied.
                      Thanks B&H for the fast shipment.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Smaller Size Same Performance

                      By Jim

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                        I used Kirk's BH-1 for 17 years, and switched to the BH-3 to give me a second tripod for macro work. I like it so well, it has become my landscape ball head, and the old BH-1 is doing the macros. The BH-3 is lighter and more compact, and a whiz in the field. I'm sorry I didn't add it to my repertory years ago!

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                        4.0

                        Smooth, solid

                        By Jeff Haynes Photos

                        from Massachusetts

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • Not-so-fast Quick Release

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                        I use a Canon 5D with a 24-70 lens all the time. I like that this ball head holds securely, and I don't have to worry about gravity causing a downward vertical drift if I'm taking multiple exposures. The movement is smooth, works in both vertical and horizontal format, and holds where you ask it to.

                        The quick release system is different than my old tripod mount, so it could be just a matter of getting used to it, but right now it doesn't feel all that "quick."

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                        5.0

                        Big head

                        By Christian

                        from Two Harbors Mn.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                          This ball head is so smooth and locks down tight quick and easy. You will not be disappointed.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great products from Kirk

                          By Chuck

                          from Arizona

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots

                            Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                            Great build quality and stability. Works great with the Kirk L Bracket.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent, well made product

                            By Jonp

                            from Peoria, AZ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Convenient
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                            Easy, quick, and capable.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Ball Head

                            By Dahrens

                            from Six Mile, SC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Kirk BH-3 Ballhead with Quick Release - Supports 15 lbs (6.8kg):

                              Great ball head that is built like a tank and performs great on my induro at 413 tripod. The ball head holds all my lenses up to my 70-200 with out an issue and I'm sure it can support much larger equipment. The ball head was a little larger than I expected but in the end I got the sturdy ball head I wanted.

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                              • No

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