Benro GX35 Low Profile Ballhead review

A clever release mechanism helps to keep your camera extra safe on Benro’s robust GX35 ball head

Benro GX35
(Image: © Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Benro GX35 combines great build quality with some really useful features that make the head easier to use, more secure and more versatile. Its combined locking and friction control also enables a high level of control while locking tight to avoid the dreaded drooping. It’s well worth getting used to the slightly unusual design and awkward plate mount.


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    Clever safety mechanism

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    Large friction/lock control

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    Dual pan system


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    Fiddly plate mount

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    Bubble level hidden in use

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    Some prefer a separate friction control

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The GX35 is the largest of Benro’s GX series of low profile ball heads. While the GX 25 and GX30 can handle maximum payloads of 25Kg and 30Kg respectively, the GX35 can cope with loads of up to 35Kg. Of course, with photographic gear, it’s the distribution of the weight that tends to be the issue rather than the total weight, but a heftier head should be able to cope with bigger, longer lenses than a small one.

A large ball diameter also helps to make it easy to move a heavy camera set-up smoothly and the GX35 has a 40mm ball. 

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.