Best pistol grip tripod heads - give your tripod a joystick control

Vanguard Alta GH-300T
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There are lots of options for tripod heads - with ball heads and pan-and-tilt heads being the most popular. But with both of these it is hard to control the position of the head quickly and safely with one hand. And this is where the pistol grip comes in.

The best pistol grip tripod heads give you a joystick-like control of the camera's position - allow you to unlock and move the camera up and down and side to side with just one hand.

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