Best tripod head: 6 top models tested and rated

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

    Best Tripod Heads: Manfrotto 496RC2

    Best Tripod Heads: Manfrotto 496RC2

    Price: £55, $89
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    The predecessor to this head was the Manfrotto 486RC2, which was a firm favourite with many photographers.

    The 496RC2 adds an adjustable friction-damper and a refined safety lock for the quick-release plate, which is spring-loaded so it can’t remain in the unlocked position.

    Fancy frills such as a pan-only locking knob and bubble level are lacking, but the overall stability of the head is superb.

    Unlike the smaller Manfrotto 494RC2, there’s practically no sagging after you adjust the camera position, and a dual cutout in the ball’s socket enables quick and easy tilting of your D-SLR in either direction.

    The friction and lock levers move easily and are simple to use, as is the quick release.

    While a bubble level is always good for peace of mind, what this head lacks in extras it makes up for in ease and speed of use, along with rock-solid performance.

    Weight: 420g
    Max Height: 10cm
    Max Load: 6kg
    Pan-only Lock: No

    WE SAY… It’s efficient and easy to use, but the lack of a bubble level reduces reliability.

    Score: 4/5

    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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