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Three Basic Tripod Heads to Consider

There are three basic tripod heads to consider.

  1. Pan/Tilt
  2. Pistol Grip
  3. Ball Head


Ideally you want something that permits 360 degree rotation, forward/backward tilt, and left/right tilt for vertical shooting.

The two-handled Pan/Tilt models are generally less expensive, but are somewhat awkward, and have a limited range of motion.


Some photographers prefer the convenience of a  pistol grip that allows the camera to be moved in any position by squeezing the grip.


Finally there is the option of a Ball Head.  While these types of heads are the most expensive solution, they provide a smooth experience in which you can point the camera in any direction quickly and securely. You can also pan and swivel making it a very versatile tool.


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Reader Comments (2)

This came just in time for me. I am currently looking into getting a big tripod (I have a small table top one already) and this will definitely help! =) Thanks!
June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg Austin
Can you briefly explain how the ball head works and why it is the best/most expensive? Thanks!
June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJhs
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