Best tripod head: 6 top models tested and rated

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

    Best Tripod Heads: Manfrotto 324RC2

    Best Tripod Heads: Manfrotto 324RC2

    Price: £85, $137
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    With its quick-action joystick design, all that’s needed to enable a full range of positional adjustments is a squeeze of the 324RC2’s trigger. That’s the theory, at least.

    In practice, if you want to swivel the camera clockwise for portrait-orientation shots, to avoid the danger of it loosening on its connecting screw you have to remove the quick-release plate from the camera and reverse its orientation, just as you do with most three-way heads.

    The adjustable friction-damper works well, but despite a relatively low maximum load rating of 3.5kg, the head lacks stability.

    It’s much more prone to slipping than three-way and regular ball heads, and there’s noticeable sagging after you release the trigger grip to activate clamping.

    To stop that telltale sag spoiling your shots, this tripod head is best used with light and short camera and lens combinations.

    Weight: 470g
    Max Height: 10.1cm
    Max Load: 3.5kg
    Pan-only Lock: No

    WE SAY… Though the joystick is great for quick and easy use, overall stability isn’t brilliant.

    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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