Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head Review by Amateur Photographer

Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head Review by Amateur Photographer

July 02, 2015 , Vanguard USA

Vanguard BBH-200 ball head review

A Review from Amateur Photographer Magazine

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Vanguard BBH-200 ball head at a glance:

  • Rapid Level System
  • 360° panning
  • Two bubble levels
  • Weight 530g
  • Load capacity 20kg
  • Price: £149.99
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Sitting in the middle of Vanguard’s top-of-the-line range of BBH ball heads is the BBH-200, which offers an impressive load capacity of 20kg despite being a good compact size and tipping the scales at only 530g. This relatively lightweight design has been achieved by stripping down the body to reveal more of the single-piece magnesium ball.

The look of the BBH-200 is very pleasing thanks to the matt-black finish complemented by touches of orange, while the magnesium construction provides a quality feel. The oversized levers deliver a good level of grip even if you’re wearing gloves.

Dual spirit levels for quick adjustment on location ensure a level position, while there’s a 38mm universal quick-release plate that’s Arca compatible and features a large locking lever that makes the BBH-200 a doddle to operate.

However, perhaps the cleverest thing about the BBH-200 is the Rapid Level System. Simply slide the switch on the side and an internal guide fixes the ball into place once the level position has been achieved. If you’re shooting in portrait format, the head rests at 90°. It’s a smart system and one that works well.

There’s really nothing to fault the BBH-200 in use. Loaded with a full-frame DSLR and pro-spec f/2.8 zoom, it was easy to position and lock into place with no noticeable creep or movement in action. All in all, this is an innovative and precise tripod head.

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