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    | Accessories | Reviews | 21/01/2014 00:01am

    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.

    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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    Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 12:01 am under Accessories, Reviews.

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