Vanguard BBH Series Professional Ball Heads Hands-On

Vanguard BBH Ballheads

In addition to the new GH-200 pistol-grip ball head, Vanguard also had its new BBH Series of pro ball heads on display at CES 2012.

I’ve been a big fan of Vanguard ball heads since I picked up the SBH-250 a couple of years ago.  The new BBH Series builds on the good stuff from the SBH Series and then adds some more oomph for the professional touch and feel. [Read more...]

Vanguard GH-200 Hands-On

Vanguard GH-200

On my last day at CES 2012, I stopped by the Vanguard booth to check out some of their new products.  I’ve been a Vanguard fan since I bought the SBH-250 ball head a couple of years or so back.

One of the new items from Vanguard this year is an updated version of their pistol-grip ball head.  The GH-100 was last year’s model, which I’ve used and enjoyed quite a bit – although I have neglected to publish a review on it.  The GH-200 is the new model and it improves on the few minor complaints I had about the otherwise solid GH-100.  In essence, you can take this as a review of both units with some notes on what makes the GH-200 an improved offering. [Read more...]

Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Heads

Manfrotto 502HD

Manfrotto has introduced a couple of new 502HD tripod heads, the MVH502A and the MVH502AH.

The MVH502A is equipped with a 75 mm ball base, while the MVH502AH comes with a flat base with 3/8″ thread. Both are designed for video use and can support up to 13.2 lbs.  They feature Manfrotto’s bridge architechture, as well as a variable Fluid Drag System with adjustable cartridges.

The 502A retails for $225, while the 502AH retails for $200.  Both are available at B&H Photo and


Induro BHS-Series Ballheads

Induro BHS Ballheads

The Induro BHS-Series Ballheads are a new breed of affordable tripod heads with QR plates and built-in bubble levels.  The BHS0 supports 10.3 lbs.  The BHS1 supports 12.8 lbs.  And, the BHS2 supports up to 18.7 lbs.

The new ballheads range in price from $52 to $76 retail and are available from B&H Photo.

Induro Unveils New Tripods and Heads

Induro has announced several new tripods, heads and quick release plates.

The new PHT-Series 3-Way Panheads are magnesium alloy and feature folding hands for easy packing. All models offer special bearing inserts that allow for quasi-fluid movement.  Additional features include a built-in bubble level, dual locking quick release plate and a 5 year warranty.  The Induro PHT-Series 3-Way Panheads come in three sizes and range in price from $77 to $114.

Induro’s new tripods expands its Adventure Series with the Adventure AKP Series tripod kits.  There are 3 new models – the AKP0, AKP1 and AKP2.

The new AKP0 is a compact 4-leg-section tripod, while the AKP1 and AKP2 are heavier duty 3-leg-section tripods.  Each of the new models are magnesium alloy and feature quick lock legs.  Additionally, each tripod is packaged as a kit with an Induro 3-Way Panhead, and also come with a 5 year warranty.  The Induro Adventure AKP Series tripod kits range in price from $164 to $219.

Finally, Induro’s new QRT Series Quick Release Clamp is designed for monopods, tripods and other gear that does not already have a quick release system in place.  The new QRT clamps can be installed on any 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 thread.  The Induro QRT clamps will retail for $75.

You can find Induro products at B&H Photo.

More product images below. [Read more...]

Manfrotto 700RC2 Fluid Video Head Review

The Manfrotto 700RC2 is a basic, fluid head head for use with video cameras up to 5.5 pounds.  At around $90 street price, this is an entry-level head with little in the way of creature comforts.

The 700RC2 still gives you a quick release plate, and it has a pan arm rosette on the right side of the head for adjusting the angle of the solid pan arm included with the head.  The 700RC2 also has separate pan and tilt friction locks.

Read the rest of the review at Tech Tilt: Manfrotto 700RC2 Fluid Video Head Review