Best ball head for heavy DSLRs: 6 top models tested and rated

Best ball head for tripods: 6 top models tested and rated

Best ball head for tripods: 02 Benro BH2-M

Price: £55, $75
In keeping with its budget price, the Benro is a relatively basic ball head. It has the usual single locking screw but lacks an additional friction damper, and there’s no panning lock either.

One nice addition is that there’s a bubble level on the camera platform to enable easy levelling.

The head attaches to a tripod via a 55mm plate, and it’s 97mm tall. Build quality is good overall, with an 8kg load rating, and the ball locks firmly without any need to over-tighten the locking screw.

In use, dual opposing U-shaped cutouts enable simple, wide-ranging movement.

However, movement itself is a bit lacking in smoothness when the locking screw is released, which can be annoying when you’re panning for panoramas or shooting video.

It’s not bad for a budget buy, but we’d spend more on a better head.

Verdict
Pros… Strong and dependable, bubble level on platform.
Cons… Lacks a friction damper or panning lock.
WE say… Not a bad budget buy, but it’s worth spending extra.

Score: 3/5

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