Smith-Victor BH8 Metal Alloy Ball Head with Quick Release Plate, 40 lb. Capacity

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About Smith-Victor BH8



The Smith-Victor BH8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The Smith-Victor BH8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.One reason why the Smith-Victor BH8 is popular is because of its Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong clamp (4),Attaches firmly (3),Large range of motion (3),Stable (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (5),Home (3),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4)

Smith-Victor BH8 Features

  • Lock and drag controls
  • Head pan marked in 5 degree increments
  • Quick-release plate
  • Smith Victor One-year warranty
  • (Extra Quick Release Plates are available for the BH8 head, order part number 701259)

Smith-Victor BH8 Specifications

Head Type
Ball Head
Quick Release
Yes
Plate
Included (#701259)
Head Height
4.6"
Material
Metal Alloy
Max Load Capacity
40.0 lbs.
Weight
1.6 lbs.
Pan/Tilt Range
Pan Rotation: 360°
Tilt Adjustment: 90°

Smith-Victor BH8 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 7 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

BEST Ballhead 40 lb Capacity

This is the best Ballhead with 40 lb (19.1436 Kg) at the lowest price. I use this Ballhead with BENRO A-297M8 HVC Flexpod Aluminum tripod.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Price explains a lot

One screw had the head stripped out, Acra quick plate would not fit my existing Acra style quick release plates. Ball had rough machining marks in it, also had burrs at drilled hole. Ball sounded bad when rotating it. Grease is stiff and will not allow unit to turn/rotate like it should. I disassembled my unit, polished out machining marks, cleaned out old grease and use Super Lube teflon grease. Fixed broken screw, nicks and gouges from Mfg. Is an ok ballhead for price point, but I will be...

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One screw had the head stripped out, Acra quick plate would not fit my existing Acra style quick release plates. Ball had rough machining marks in it, also had burrs at drilled hole. Ball sounded bad when rotating it. Grease is stiff and will not allow unit to turn/rotate like it should. I disassembled my unit, polished out machining marks, cleaned out old grease and use Super Lube teflon grease. Fixed broken screw, nicks and gouges from Mfg. Is an ok ballhead for price point, but I will be buying a better quality one, later this year.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
5.0

A whole lot of ballhead for the money!

By

from San Jose, CA

I recently got a BH8 to use on an older Gitzo G1348 tripod. I'm using alongside a far more expensive "name brand" ballhead with similar ratings. Functionally, there is little difference. However, like others, when I first got it I found the panning axis of the BH8 very stiff. Took it apart (3 screws in the bottom) and found the problem was very heavy grease they'd used to lube the ball bearings. Cleaned that out and replaced with heavy oil (bicycle chain lube I had on hand) and it's now very smooth operating with light dampening. Also, there's a lock mechanism built into the quick release platform, that prevents using other than Smith-Victor lens/camera plates. This is also a very easy fix. It simply unscrews to allow any standard Arca-Swiss plate to be used. Finally, I was a bit worried that the rubber grips on the knobs would loosen and fall off.... and maybe they will in time. But so far, no problem. If they ever do, I'll just glue them back on or replace with grippy tape of some sort. For the money, this ballhead is a steal. It's not perfect or fancy, but it does the job impressively well (as well as heads that cost 8X as much!). This is not a small ball head... it's fairly heavy duty, rather large and quite sturdy.

 
5.0

Super Value

By

from Springfield, MO

This is a sturdy, massive ball head. I've noticed no creep with a Canon 5DMkii and either a 70-200 f2.8 zoom, or my 180mm macro with extension tubes. It's a great match for my old heavy-duty Bogen tripod. The rubber knob coverings slip, but I used some rubber cement & haven't noticed any more issues. For the price, this is a great value.

 
5.0

Excellent Ball Head for D700, etc.

By

from Deerfield Beach, Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

Other folks get off on the brand names of their equipment. I look for value and performance. The BH8 is a very good ball head and I highly recommend it to anyone that really doesn't give a rat's butt about being a brand snob.

 
2.0

Price explains a lot

By

from Northwest Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

One screw had the head stripped out, Acra quick plate would not fit my existing Acra style quick release plates. Ball had rough machining marks in it, also had burrs at drilled hole. Ball sounded bad when rotating it. Grease is stiff and will not allow unit to turn/rotate like it should. I disassembled my unit, polished out machining marks, cleaned out old grease and use Super Lube teflon grease. Fixed broken screw, nicks and gouges from Mfg. Is an ok ballhead for price point, but I will be buying a better quality one, later this year.

 
2.0

Price explains it

By

from Northwest Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

One screw had the head stripped out, Acra quick plate would not fit my existing quick release plates. Ball had rough machining marks in it, also had burrs at drilled hole. Ball sounded bad when rotating it. Grease is stiff and will not allow unit to turn/rotate like it should. I disassembled my unit, polished out machining marks, cleaned out old grease and use Super Lube teflon grease. Fixed broken screw, nicks and gouges from Mfg. Is an ok ballhead for price point, but I will be buying a better quality one later this year.

 
4.0

Good value in a rugged, inexpensive hea

By

from Detroit  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I like Arca ball heads, but my budget doesn't really allow for a $385-$500 head right now. After looking at a number of sub-$100 heads, I chose the S-V based on reviews and the generally good quality of other S-V products. Short story: This is a solid, well-made head. It doesn't have the smoothness of an Arca-Swiss, but it locks down more securely than the old Bogen ball head I was using, and the detent insures that your expensive camera won't take a surprise fall when you accidentally turn the wrong knob- as happened with the Bogen!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST Ballhead 40 lb Capacity

By

from Cathedral City, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is the best Ballhead with 40 lb (19.1436 Kg) at the lowest price. I use this Ballhead with BENRO A-297M8 HVC Flexpod Aluminum tripod.

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Shopper  will this ballhead fit a flashpoint tripod f-1128 ? Thanks.
CHARLES H  I don't know specifically about that tripod, however it it has the conventional tripod mounting screw, it should.
John Z  How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
JEFFRY S  works well, used it with a Canon 5d and I'll now use it with an Olympus OM-D (this is way overkill for that little camera).
John Z  How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
JOSEPH C  Sorry for the belated answer. It's a very nice ball head and I think that it's well worth the money. It is a rather large ball head however, about the circumference of a soda can and 3/4 the height, so if you're planning on traveling with it I would look for something else.
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