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Highlights S2Q Mini Ball Heads (Versions 1 & 2)

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An ultralight and highly durable, all metal (CNC machined, anodised aluminium alloy) mini ball head with a superb max load (2 kg) to weight ratio ( v.1 = 42g, v.2 = 45g ). The S2Q comes in two versions (one locks via a knurled screw knob, the other with a ratcheting lever - both are excellent). 

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Brand / Manufacturer Highlights
Equipment Category Photo / Video
Sub-Type Ball Head
Materials CNC Aluminium Alloy
Treatments Anodised
Properties Lightweight, Compact, High Load Capacity to Weight ratio
Dimensions 45 x 27 x 20 mm
Package Weight (approx.) 120 g / 4.23 oz
Item Weight 42 or 45 g / 1.48 or 1.59 oz

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Highlights S2Q Ball Head: The Ultimate Ultralight, Fully Functional, Low Profile Ball Head 

When GPN Media were testing mini ball heads for the Scrambler ultralight modular tripod the three stand-outs were Highlights' S2Q (version 1 & 2), Andoer's MT-04 and Innorel's B19. The Highlights S2Q was their top pick due to its excellent locking system, load handling and diminutive size. For those that prefer a slightly beefier ball head GPN offer a couple of chunkier (but still lightweight) alternatives in the Andoer MT-04 and Innorel B19.

Highlights S-Range

Highlights manufacture a range of professional tripods and ball heads for both studio and outdoor photography (GPN use the Highlights E1 ball heads for much of their work). The S-Range covers their mini ball heads. The S2 is the more functional big brother of their popular S1 and the S2Q version has an integrated panning base (so it has the same functionality as the B19 and MT-04).

S2Q-1 versus S2Q-2

There are two versions of the S2Q that are identical in every way except for their clamping screw. Version 1 uses a traditional screw knob and version 2 uses a ratcheted lever which is pulled out to clear the body of the ball head where it can be turned freely then ratcheted in steps.

In tests, Scramble said they preferred the screw knob version in general as for them there was less chance of it catching on anything. However, in winter they felt that the lever of version 2 was easier to operate with gloves.

Both S2Qs utilise Highlights' superior rear clamp design and both have a 2 kg max load (plenty for its intended use). The S2Qs are superbly machined, and though small (at just 45mm tall) they are durable and reliable and weigh a measly 42g (+3g for the version 2). The S2Q is the ideal ball head for the Scrambler. 

A Great Studio Accessory

The S2Qs make superb studio accessory ball heads for lights, mics, monitors and any other directional component you require in studio or on a rig.

For a little more background on the S2Qs and why GPN chose them for their Scrambler Tripod, see their post on Studio.  


  • Main Material (Machining Process): Aluminium Alloy (CNC)
  • Thread / Interface:  1/4"-20
  • Maximum Load:  2 kg
  • Dimensions (Height x Base Diameter x Ball Diameter):  45 x 27 x 20 mm
  • Item Weight (v.1 / v.2):  42 g / 45 g

Note: If you see contradictory specs our there for these ball heads; they're wrong.  These specifications are direct from the manufacturer and checked by GPN.