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Blake Newman- The Photographer''s Gallery
(800) 251-8705
P.O. Box 162555
Washington, DC
Cooks Photo Art Studio
(703) 938-5885
135 Park St NE
Vienna, VA
Touch of Elegance
(703) 273-6129
3622 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax, VA
Attlee Wedding Photography
(703) 920-9031
1600 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA
Elza Photography
(703) 960-2744
6121 Beech Tree Dr
Alexandria, VA
Rex Allen Stucky Photography
(703) 536-8182
6617 Beacon Ln
Falls Church, VA
Best Impressions Photography
(703) 242-0130
9577 Blake Park Ct
Fairfax, VA
PJ Barbour Photography & Video
(703) 869-4978
2710 1st Rd S
Arlington, VA
Photo Scope
(703) 532-7717
5040 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA
Robert Cummings Photography
(703) 549-4545
127 N Washington St
Alexandria, VA

Use Your Head |

Use Your Head

Choosing a tripod head for still and video

Well-known tripod maker Manfrotto also offers a wide range of tripod heads, from three-way pan-tilt to ballhead, in a number of sizes and price ranges. The basic pan-tilt head, the 804RC2 ($73), includes a quick-release plate for Manfrotto’s own mounting-plate system and can handle up to 8.8 pounds. The 329RC4 ($110) is a compact-style, three-way head that supports up to 20 pounds. The three bubble levels make it easier to keep your camera level when creating panoramic shots, and the head also features their quick-release system.

On the ballhead side, the unique 222 JoyStick Head ($105) looks more at home with a video-game system than a tripod, but works surprisingly well. With a full-sized grip area that has the locking mechanism in the handle, the 222 is easy to position and keep in place. For a more traditional ballhead, the 468MGRC2 Hydrostatic Ballhead ($250) can support up to 33 pounds. Separate tension and locking knobs give you full control over the motion of the head, and the unique quick-release plate lets you shoot multiple images without moving the head at all.

Novoflex made a splash when it introduced the MagicBall heads. A unique blend of ballhead flexibility with panning head ease of use, the MagicBall is a popular option. The handle and mount give the user full range of motion like a ballhead does, with a quick-locking handle to keep your position. The MagicBall is available in three sizes, from $179 to $299.

The ClassicBall is a more traditional-looking ballhead, but even here Novoflex brings something unique: three slots in the ball housing for easier vertical positioning of your camera. The ClassicBall also uses a friction ring, an adjustable band around the housing that lets you easily set the friction level, even before mounting your camera. The ClassicBall is available in two sizes ($329 and $429).

If you’re using a lighter-weight system (less than 22 pounds) and don’t need the friction adjustments or panning base, the Ball 40 is an excellent choice ($89). Novoflex heads can be mounted with an Arca-Swiss-style quick-release system from Novoflex, Kirk or Really Right Stuff, or you can use the innovative QBase system that automatically locks the mounting plate to the head.

All Novoflex ballheads employ a design that prevents the ball from shifting when force is applied. This means nothing moves as the head is being locked. Also, Novoflex balls aren’t lubricated so they’re unaffected by dust, moisture or sand.

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