Best ball head for heavy DSLRs: 6 top models tested and rated

Best ball head for tripods: 6 top models tested and rated

Best ball head for tripods: 03 Giottos MH1311-652

Best ball head for tripods: 03 Giottos MH1311-652

Price: £75, $120
Attaching via a 60mm diameter mounting plate, the Giottos weighs in at a fairly typical 500g but has a respectable maximum load rating of 10kg.

It’s also got plenty of extras. In addition to the main locking screw this ball head has an adjustable friction damper and panning lock, both of which work very well.

For precise panning there’s a calibrated scale, which can be useful when you’re shooting a sequence of shots for stitching into panoramas.

Positional adjustments feel very smooth and the Giottos certainly locks firmly – even if you do put a large camera/lens combination on top, the lock can carry it.

The overall height of the head is 105mm and two spirit levels are fitted to the platform to ensure things are completely level.

Overall stability is impressive, making it a good buy at the price.

Verdict
Pros… All the features you could hope for.
Cons… The quick-release plate is a bit on the small side.
WE say… A very good buy, but the Manfrotto has the edge.

Score: 4/5

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