Camera Tripod Head Types

tripod head types

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The one camera accessory which provides great stability and leveled height to each shoot would be those of camera tripods. This piece of photography accessory is being produced by a number of companies. These come in a variety of designs, features and other forms of utility. To a great number of photographers, this can be considered to be quite essential. And finding the correct one is a very crucial step to make.

The tripod head is an essential part of this piece of equipment. This is what holds the camera in position as it is needed for. There are several kinds of heads of which are available to photography enthusiasts. Some of these are permanent fixtures to the tripod while others are marketed as a separate or optional addition to the equipment.

Camera tripods’ heads come in different types. Some of these are meant for specific purposes while others are more versatile in its use. The pan-tilt head is aptly named. This is one which can be moved accordingly to either side to be able to accommodate both vertical and horizontal orientations. These come featured with a trigger to gain control to the head. This is found on the handle which you can use to properly position the head as you tighten it in place. Should you wish to remove or adjust it, you can simply loosen it and reposition as you see fit. Depending on the model, there are multi-way heads you can choose from.

A fluid head is one which is filled with lubricating liquid. As it is known to be fluid by name, the motion on the manageable parts is smoothly moved as well. This particular kind is best known to be suitable for panning.

The ball head on the other hand are known to be the easiest and quickest ones to adjust. These are known to be able to support even the heavy types of cameras and lenses. These are known to have a smooth motion when being adjusted and can just as quickly be locked in position the same way it can be loosened. While this is rather stable and easy to use, it does have a tendency to produce less precise results.

Finally, the geared head for camera tripods are probably the most stable and heavy duty head type there is. This is meant to be able to support the heaviest camera and lens there is. This is often used within professional studios and in some specific types of outdoor purposes. With this kind of head, you can have the advantage of having pristine control over your settings. This is well known for being able to accommodate fine adjustments and settings to cater to the exact frame you require. It is also easy and accurate to control which means it has very little to no room for error.

The four above mentioned head types are used by various photography enthusiasts. These aim and serve the same goal and purpose. The features and the controls vary according to an individual’s preference. This is why it is important to determine what kind of photography you will be doing before you decide on a head to invest on.

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3 Comments

  1. Mark says:

    I am very disappointed that an article on camera tripods makes no mention of Gimbal heads or the so called side-kick attachments. For birders and nature photographers using the Super Telephoto Lenses these are a must have item. I am just venturing into this area and saving for one of these lenses, so I need information on these tripods. I will need to buy one when I upgrade to a 500mm f/4.0 lens since my current tripods won’t be strong enough for the weight.

  2. Photopoly says:

    Very useful! thank you .

  3. Eric says:

    I thought this article would be useful but it comes across as being written by a high school student. =/

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