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Initial impression of Benro B-1 Ballhead

 
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Mar 08, 2010 21:49 |  #1

Just received a new Benro B-1 Ballhead today. Spend about 2 hrs with it so far. Thought I would post my initial impression.

My heaviest setup: 50d + 70-200 f/4 non-IS + 580ex II. Camera mount is a Kirk 50D L bracket.

Tripd: Manfrotto 190XProb. 3 section Al tripod.
Original tripod ball head: Manfrotto 488RC2

New ball head: Benro B-1 ball head, L hex wrench, an extra PU-60 quick release plate. Spec is on Benro web site in English:

http://www.benro.cn/En​Site/EnDefault.aspx (external link)

Installation is easy. Remove old 488RC2 ball head. Screw on Benro and secured it with the 3 set screws on the 190XPROB from the bottom. Ready to use.

Mount the camera with 50D + Kirk L bracket. Very secured. Arca style quick release feels much more secured than RC2 quick release mounting system. Secured with a turning knob. Takes a little longer than RC2's double lever system but feels more secured.

Ball locking knob is very large and easist adjusted. For some reason, it goes from 5 (release) -12 (lock) instead of 0-12 as indicated on the dial. Friction control knob goes from 0-8(tigher) Both work as expected. Panning knob is very smooth.

With the entire lens+flash+camera on, there is no drooping at all. Positive lock at all time. Not sure about long term, but I will find out in a few more months as I sometimes leaves the tripod in the car in the summer time and I often goes to rather dusty area. (I live in Arizona)

Weight: Benro B-1 is about 0.5-0.75 lighter than 488RC2. I can immediately feel the difference when picking it up. Makes a pretty nice combo for people who wants a light secured tripod with an Arca style quick release without paying for a carbon fiber tripod. 190xprob is 4 lbs. B-1 is 0.75lbs. It's a total of less than 5 lbs. Not bad.

Labeling: Mine says Benro B-1A in the front. Not sure what A is for. Maybe an Asian version. I checked Benro and B&H web site. Benro web site has a white line instead of yellow line on B&H web site. Both say B-1. Mine is a white line like the Benro web site.


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hania
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May 22, 2010 11:02 |  #2

liupublic wrote in post #9756740 (external link)
Just received a new Benro B-1 Ballhead today. Spend about 2 hrs with it so far. Thought I would post my initial impression.

My heaviest setup: 50d + 70-200 f/4 non-IS + 580ex II. Camera mount is a Kirk 50D L bracket.

Tripd: Manfrotto 190XProb. 3 section Al tripod.
Original tripod ball head: Manfrotto 488RC2

New ball head: Benro B-1 ball head, L hex wrench, an extra PU-60 quick release plate. Spec is on Benro web site in English:

http://www.benro.cn/En​Site/EnDefault.aspx (external link)

Installation is easy. Remove old 488RC2 ball head. Screw on Benro and secured it with the 3 set screws on the 190XPROB from the bottom. Ready to use.

Mount the camera with 50D + Kirk L bracket. Very secured. Arca style quick release feels much more secured than RC2 quick release mounting system. Secured with a turning knob. Takes a little longer than RC2's double lever system but feels more secured.

Ball locking knob is very large and easist adjusted. For some reason, it goes from 5 (release) -12 (lock) instead of 0-12 as indicated on the dial. Friction control knob goes from 0-8(tigher) Both work as expected. Panning knob is very smooth.

With the entire lens+flash+camera on, there is no drooping at all. Positive lock at all time. Not sure about long term, but I will find out in a few more months as I sometimes leaves the tripod in the car in the summer time and I often goes to rather dusty area. (I live in Arizona)

Weight: Benro B-1 is about 0.5-0.75 lighter than 488RC2. I can immediately feel the difference when picking it up. Makes a pretty nice combo for people who wants a light secured tripod with an Arca style quick release without paying for a carbon fiber tripod. 190xprob is 4 lbs. B-1 is 0.75lbs. It's a total of less than 5 lbs. Not bad.

Labeling: Mine says Benro B-1A in the front. Not sure what A is for. Maybe an Asian version. I checked Benro and B&H web site. Benro web site has a white line instead of yellow line on B&H web site. Both say B-1. Mine is a white line like the Benro web site.

I have a benro tripod & b1 head combo. Removed head as above as I wanted to see if I could use it on my manfrotto monopod - but found that when it comes apart, the plate with the screw hole (if that makes sense) remains on the tripod - and now I can only get 2 of the screws back in (4 in total) ...sigh


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TomBrooklyn
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Dec 02, 2010 20:40 |  #3

liupublic wrote in post #9756740 (external link)
With the entire lens+flash+camera on, there is no drooping at all. Positive lock at all time. Not sure about long term, but I will find out in a few more months

Hi. Thanks for the preliminary review. What have you found out since?




  
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Dec 03, 2010 07:53 |  #4

It's been about 8 months now. Works as advertised. Do not see any drooping yet. All the controls are still easy to turn/lock-in.

I think it's an excellent bargain for what it does.


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