Benro G2 Low Profile Ballhead
£165 / $220 www.benroeu.com
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