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: 06 Vanguard GH-300T

Best ball head for tripods: 06 Vanguard GH-300T

Price: £160, $175
Unlike most ball heads, the Vanguard includes a pistol grip.

The idea is that instead of being fixed in position like with a regular locking clamp, the head remains locked in place until you squeeze the grip.

This releases tension so that the head can then be moved freely. The locking pressure is adjustable for varying weights of camera up to a maximum load of 8kg.

There are wide-ranging adjustments but, in regular orientation, only eight degrees of upward tilt.

A firing trigger for operating the camera’s shutter is also built into the pistol grip. This connects via an included cable to cameras that have a ‘type 1’ 10-pin socket, such as the Nikon D300s and D600.

A cable for ‘type 2’ sockets (such as the Nikon D3200, D5200, D7100 and so on) is available as an optional extra and should cost around £15/$10.

Verdict

Pros… Ideal for tracking moving targets.
Cons… Lacks solidity when locked in place.
WE say… Overall, best suited to action photography.

Score: 4/5

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