Best Tripod Heads: Giottos MH 1311-652
Price: £65, $105
Buy it: www.giottos-tripods.co.uk
A full-featured ball head, the Giottos has three operating knobs. As well as the main locking screw, there’s a separate, adjustable friction-damper, plus a pan-only lock.
Panning also comes with the luxury of an angular scale, which is marked in five-degree increments.
Instead of a bubble level, the camera plate has two spirit levels so you can check for precise front-to-back and side-to-side levelling independently.
The quick-release system has a scissor-action safety catch for preventing any mishaps, and the surface coating offers a solid connection to the camera.
Considering its 10kg maximum load rating and wide-ranging features, the Giottos is still fairly light (partly due to the ball being hollow) so it won’t be a burden to carry around.
The ball head rotates smoothly in all directions, and the friction and lock dials glide around easily, making this a very simple and reliable bit of kit.
Max Height: 10.5cm
Max Load: 10kg
Pan-only Lock: Yes
WE SAY… Its dual-action spirit level enables precise levelling, making it a very reliable head.
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