Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The Accessories That Matter
Tripods, filters and other handy extras for enhancing your photography
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.
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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