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|Product Length:||6.9 inches|
|Product Width:||4.3 inches|
|Product Height:||4.9 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.54 pounds|
|Package Length:||5.4 inches|
|Package Width:||5.2 inches|
|Package Height:||4.4 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.6 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 4 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 4 customer reviews )
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4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Great ball head with high precision engineering Dec 12, 2012
By Sheng Chung Cheng
I purchased an Opteka TH40 ball head last summer. It cost me 25 dollars and is well built, smooth and for how I use it (fitted on a monopod and free moving with a little drag for sport photography), it is more than excellent. My very positive experience with Opteka TH40 ball head lead to my acquiring of 2 other cheapo ball heads in the past months in searching for a match with my Benro C328n6 tripod. They are priced for the budget-minded but not small by all means, rated @ 15kg and 20kg support capability, in fact much bigger and more expensive than Opteka TH40. I tried them on the Benro C328n6 tripod and ended up with nothing but frustration. On top of not very smooth moving, they just don't lock tight enough to keep my camera and lens steady and safe. The cheapo ball heads also move a little when tightening. All these have been very annoying; especially the lacking of locking power is a deal killer.
I finally broke down and ordered an Induro BHL3 after gotten sick and tired of endless fiddling with the cheapo. WOW! It fits perfectly on the center post of my Benro C328n6 tripod. It is in fact light weight considering its size, and feels very strong and solid in my hand. The big main lock knob with integrated lock limiter tension control is brilliant. The lock limiter functions as the drag force knob you see on other ball heads but better, much better. With other ball heads, making the drag knob and main lock knob to work together can be a real pain. With Induro BHL3, having camera mounted, tightening and adjusting the big main knob to have the drag force that you prefer, then use a fingertip to turn the lock limiter tension control to set it and VOLA! A quarter turn of the main knob is all it takes to change from lock dead tight to free moving with preset drag and vice versa. I really love that design. The high precision ball and socket is silky smooth during composition and does not move or sag at all when tightened. It holds rock steady my 70-200 f2.8 w/D600+battery grip plus a SB600 on top at various angles pointing downward using the tripod connection on the battery grip not the lens tripod collar. I was more worry about the lens mount than BHL3 not being able to hold it. I did this test just to show BHL3 has a lot of locking power, and you should always use tripod collar on the lens. Being a budget-minded cheap person, I wish it is 200 dollars instead of over 300, but overall, I am very happy with investing an Induro BHL3 and I don't think I'll ever need to buy another ball head for the rest of my life.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Very nice, very smooth action, several nice features Jan 07, 2013
I have a D800 and a Sigma 150-500 and a couple of other large lenses. I wanted a well-built ball head that would safely carry the weight. This ballhead works very smoothly and feels like a high quality piece of equipment. Everything is nicely finished and looks good. I like the plain flat black appearance - nothing shiny.
I really like the large knobs. Easy to grab and set.
I wanted a release system with the screw in/out feature rather than the lever action. I have trouble with those for some reason. The Induro release has a safety feature that was a real bonus for me. You unloose the screw and then it takes an extra pull and unlock before it lets go of the plate. Very nice, some very smart thinking IMO.
It doesn't have the usual drag control, but it has something that I think is even more clever. You set the unlocked drag you want using the large knob and then spin the little inner knob clockwise. Now you have set your unlocked drag - 5 seconds. Easy to reset if you want to change.
It does have the 360 panorama with the panorama lock knob and the 0-90 degree orientation.
It comes with one plate but I also ordered some Desmond release plates and they all fit and work quite nicely. Big $$ savings.
Highly recommended. I like it so well I ordered a BHL2 for a smaller tripod.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Excellent Ballhead! Mar 31, 2013
By Michael Choudoir
After reading every review of every ballhead ever made 9 times, I finally decided on the Induro BH L3. For me, it came down to the choice between the Induro or the RRS BH 55. They reviewed virtually the same. It then came down to price, and the Induro was a good deal cheaper. The Induro is a well made piece of equipment. It supports my Nikon D90 and 70-200 VR lens with a 2X teleconverter with ease. It is very smooth and easy to operate. No drift or sag. The Arca-Swiss style plate system is very secure, and I much prefer the large knob to the lever lock. While I haven't had the opportunity to use an RRS BH 55, I can't imagine it being any better than the Induro, but that's just my opinion. I have no regrets and anticipate this ballhead to be with me for a very long time.
0 of 3 found the following review helpful:
induro BLH3 ballhead Oct 23, 2012
By calton 69
Oversized head lock knob - provides a good all-weather grip for smooth camera positioning and locking control
Unique integrated lock limiter tension control - rapid independent adjustment compensates for individual camera weight
Separate pan action lock and graduated base scale - makes 360-degree horizontal camera positioning simple and repeatable
Arca-Swiss style quick release system - accepts industry standard interchangeable QR plates and brackets
Double safety lock - dual-action control assures smooth, secure and rapid camera changes
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