Benro G2 Low Pro­file Ball­head

£165 / $220 www.ben­roeu.com

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The main at­trac­tion with the G2 Low Pro­file Ball­head is its com­pact­ness – it mea­sures just 88mm from base to mount­ing plate – and the head’s 530g mass main­tains this porta­bil­ity.

Rather than us­ing a ded­i­cated fric­tion con­trol dial, Benro has opted to in­cor­po­rate it into the large, grippy lock­ing knob for the ball. To ad­just the drag, you first clamp the ball, then loosen the fric­tion dial on the end of the lock­ing knob to grad­u­ally re­lease the ball and set op­ti­mal fric­tion. When­ever the ball is clamped, this de­gree of drag is main­tained.

With low fric­tion, the rel­a­tively large, pol­ished blue ball moves very smoothly, but up the fric­tion and the ball’s glossy sur­face can cause it to stick slightly when at­tempt­ing to make small com­po­si­tional ad­just­ments.

There are no such nig­gles with the silky pan base, and we like the well-po­si­tioned bub­ble level along­side the Arca-com­pat­i­ble mount­ing plate. The pull-and-twist quick-re­lease sys­tem also strikes a good bal­ance be­tween speed and safety.

PROS Com­pact de­sign; mostly smooth; the large ball is good for use with longer lenses

CONS Fric­tion con­trol is not in­tu­itive; high fric­tion could be slightly smoother

Ver­dict

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