Best tripod head: 6 top models tested and rated

    | Accessories | Reviews | 26/03/2013 00:00am

    Best Tripod Heads: Manfrotto 494RC2

    Best Tripod Heads: Manfrotto 494RC2

    Price: £45, $72
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    Most of the heads in this group have a tripod mounting plate that’s about 60mm in diameter, which suits the majority of full-sized tripods.

    However, this Manfrotto has a smaller, 38mm plate, making it an ideal match for smaller models. This might be beneficial for those looking to get some steady macro shots.

    It has a sturdy quick-release mechanism and plate, plus an adjustable friction-damper. However, both heads lack a bubble level for precise positioning.

    Compared with other ball heads in the group, the ball and socket on the 494RC2 are smaller.

    While adjustments are quick and easy, there’s noticeable sag after you make positional adjustments and let go of the camera, especially with front-heavy setups – it doesn’t really have the strength to be used with weighty cameras and lenses, and particularly combinations of the two.

    Weight: 320g
    Max Height: 8.5cm
    Max Load: 4kg
    Pan-only Lock: No

    WE SAY… Quick and simple to use, but the post-adjustment sag lets it down slightly.

    Score: 3/5

    PAGE 1: Benro BH2
    PAGE 2: Giottos MH 1311-652
    PAGE 3: Manfrotto 494RC2
    PAGE 4: Manfrotto 496RC2
    PAGE 5: Manfrotto 324RC2
    PAGE 6: Vanguard SBH-100
    PAGE 7: Five things to look for when choosing the best tripod head


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    Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 12:00 am under Accessories, Reviews.

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