Best tripod head: 6 top models tested and rated

Best Tripod Heads: Giottos MH 1311-652

Five things to look for when choosing the best tripod head

Essential gear for taking pictures of buildings: quick-release tripod head

The key features you’ll want your tripod head to have

01 Do the twist
If the tripod legs are level and the centre column isn’t extended, you can easily rotate heads that don’t have a pan-only lock.

02 Pad it out
If your main concern is tripod stability, check for excess sponge on the head, because too much can cause wobbles.

03 Time to turn
It takes longer to switch a ball head between portrait and landscape orientations than it does a pan-only head.

04 Speed limit
Three-way heads are good for precise positioning but can slow you down on location as they take a while to set up.

05 On your level
A single bubble level is easier to use than a dual spirit level for balancing a camera front-to-back and side-to-side simultaneously.

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
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