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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Accessories That Matter


Tripods, filters and other handy extras for enhancing your photography

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Tripod Heads
Outdoor photographers tend to use three types of tripod heads. Most popular are ballheads because they allow you to quickly position the camera as desired by loosening a single knob and then locking it there by tightening that knob. Three-way pan-tilt heads let you adjust each axis separately. Below we show three-way heads from Manfrotto (www.bogenimaging.us) and Slik (www.thkphoto.com). Tripod makers like Flashpoint (www.adorama.com), Giottos (www.hpmarketingcorp.com), Gitzo (www.bogenimaging.us), Manfrotto (www.bogenimaging.us) and Novoflex (www.hpmarketingcorp.com) all make top-quality ballheads. Other manufacturers like Acratech (www.acratech.net), Arca-Swiss (www.precisioncameraworks.com), Kirk Enterprises (www.kirkphoto.com) and Really Right Stuff (www.reallyrightstuff.com) also offer some outstanding ballhead models.

Kirk
Kirk Enterprises BH-1
Arca
Arca-Swiss Z1
Flashpoint
Flashpoint F-3
Novoflex
Novoflex Ball 40
Gitzo
Gitzo GH2780 QR
MH7002
Giottos MH 7002

Manfrotto
Manfrotto 804 RC-2

Really Right Stuff BH-55
Slik
Slik SH-806E
Acratech
Acratech Ultimate

Bird photographers who use gimbal heads often choose those from Custom Brackets (www.custombrackets.com), Jobu (www.jobu-design.com), Kirk (www.kirkphoto.com) and Wimberley (www.tripodhead.com). Gimbal heads make it possible to pan a long lens in any direction to track a moving subject while providing the support of a solid tripod.

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