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    Best tripod head: 6 top models tested and rated

    | Accessories | Reviews | 26/03/2013 00:00am
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    Best Tripod Heads: Vanguard SBH-100

    Best Tripod Heads: Vanguard SBH-100

    Price: £60, $97
    Buy it:   www.vanguardworld.co.uk
    Like the Giottos ball head, this Vanguard model features a pan-only lock that also comes with an adjustment scale calibrated in five-degree increments.

    This enables precision panning while other tilt-and-swivel tweaks are locked off. The downside is that you need to release the pan lock as well as the main locking knob when switching to portrait-orientation shooting.

    Other features include two spirit levels on the camera plate and a firmly locking quick-release plate, which has its own locking screw.

    However, there’s no D-ring for fastening the camera to the quick-release plate, so you have to use a coin or a screwdriver.

    There’s no adjustable friction-damper, and sagging can be noticed after you make positional changes. If you’re mounting a heavy lens then we’d advise anticipating the droop when you’re composing an image.

    Weight: 450g
    Max Height: 10.5cm
    Max Load: 10kg
    Pan-only Lock: Yes

    WE SAY… Very reliable, but there’s noticeable sag after you make adjustments.

    Score: 4/5

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

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