The 3Pod H2 professional ballhead is an elegantly profiled camera support head whose modern physic gives superior handling and rock solid reliability. The scratch-resistant hardened magnesium body employs advanced CNC forging technology and a hard protective finish for a wear-free appearance. Enhanced hydraulic damping brings a mastery of control to camera movement with precision.
2 bubble levels built into the quick release clamp facilitates angle adjustment independent of tripod tilt or uneven shooting environments. Ribbed control knobsallow for separate control of quick release locking, panning adjustment, and wide / fine adjustment of the ballhead. Positioning indication demarcations are painted directly onto the panning base.
The H2 can support camera weights up to 25 lbs.
Reviewed by 4 customers
I've recently made the switch to ball heads and like them so much better. I also really like the plate style on this--much more useable than the old manfrotto/bogen plates. So far this has met all my expectations. I've used it on the 100-400 lens and find it up to the task.
I use a Canon 5d on an old studio camera stand. The stand lets me adjust height and positioning instantly, unlike a tripod. The 3Pod H2 makes composing the shot smooth, quick, and easy...unlike any head I've ever used. And I use the dual controls, one for the ball itself and one for panning, far more than I thought I would. I use an older camera for composing on a large video screen. The 5d shuts off automatically when I take too long. The quick release plate lets me mount an older camera that stays on forever...and then just instantly switch in the 5d when I'm ready to make the shot.
I bought this for use with a monopod. Their "quick release" system means you have to hold the ball head (or monopod in my case), then another hand unscrews the knob that holds the quick release head, and a third hand holds the camera. What? No 3rd hand? there goes your camera! If you had a tripod that would eliminate the need for 1 hand (so maybe it would work-- still a pain). Returned it to Adorama. They really have an excellent return policy. Bought a manfrotto ball head instead-- with a real quick release (no screw to loosen the plate). And re-mounting the camera you just push into place! Yes, the Manfrotto cost more but you get what you pay for.
A very smooth ball head with a very nice and secure quick release. It will work great on my monpod or tripod. With no handles to contend with it will make it much easier to use with my spotting scope or camera. A quality product.