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

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

5 things to look for in a ball head

5 things to look for in a ball head

01 Mount diameter
Stability can be impaired if the diameter of the mounting plate is very different to that of the tripod’s centre column platform.

02 Fixing screw
All heads on test have a 3/8-inch female thread for fixing to the tripod. You can attach them to tripods that have a 1/4-inch screw using an adaptor. However, you can’t attach a head with a 1/4-inch mounting thread to a tripod that has a 3/8-inch screw.

03 Spirit levels
Spirit levels on the camera platform of a ball head enable easy levelling of the camera itself, rather than just levelling the tripod.

04 Coin operated
A coin or screwdriver may be required to tighten the head’s quick-release platform to the camera, but most also have a D-ring fitted for use with fingers and thumbs.

05 Dual cutouts
Ball heads that feature two U-shaped cutouts on their sockets, rather than just one, make it a bit easier to switch to portrait-orientation shooting.

Best ball head for tripods: 01 Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi
Best ball head for tripods: 02 Benro BH2-M
Best ball head for tripods: 03 Giottos MH1311-652
Best ball head for tripods: 04 Induro BHD1
Best ball head for tripods: 05 3 Legged Thing AirHed 2 Evolution 2
Best ball head for tripods: 06 Vanguard GH-300T
5 things to look for in a ball head

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