Professional Tripod Heads
Capture stunning scenes even under difficult conditions. No need to worry about blurry shots and awkward angles with the right tripod head giving you extra support and stability.
What kind of professional tripod head should you use?
Before buying a tripod head, you should first determine where and how you’ll use it. Here are four of the commonly used camera tripod heads and what they’re used for.
Gimbal heads are specifically intended for big, heavy cameras and long lenses. They are strong enough to carry a 400mm and other enormous telephoto lenses typically used for wildlife photography. The Movo GH700, in particular, can safely support up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg) of gear. Gimbal heads act as your hands holding up the camera and swinging the lens to the direction you want without actually carrying the weight. This type of tripod head is used more for flexibility than to keep the camera still.
As the name suggests, panoramic tripod heads let you take panoramic photos and continuous panning videos. They can have a simple design for quick setups, and they can also come as a complicated-looking system for extreme precision shots. There are easy-to-use but feature-packed models as well, like the Movo MTP-11, a motorized tripod head best used for shooting timelapse photography on DSLR, smartphones, and action cams. It’s battery operated with adjustable rotation speed and operating duration, making it ideal for landscape shots and architectural videos.
Perhaps the most popular type of tripod head is the ball head. It has a rotating sphere that lets you position the camera in any way you want, and then keep it in place with a locking screw. A good example is the one on the Movo MV-T1, an aluminum alloy tabletop tripod. Its mini ball head helps you get the perfect angle even if you’re using a DSLR camera weighing 11 lbs (4.9 kg).
Pan and Tilt Heads
A typical pan and tilt head looks like two tripod heads placed on top of each other. It has two axes that allow you to pan the camera left and right or tilt it up and down. Ordinary pan and tilt heads should be manually twisted and positioned for the camera to move. For professional video crews, something like the Movo MGB-5 is recommended. This motorized tripod system gives you more freedom to follow the motion and greater flexibility to shoot at a full 360-degree angle using a remote joystick. Motorized pan and tilt heads are great for action sequences and product close-ups.
What should you consider before buying a professional tripod head?
Good tripod heads are cleverly engineered and are designed to last for a very long time of constant use. To be able to use them to their full functionality, take note of the actual tripod where you’ll attach the head. Bear in mind that the legs should be able to carry the head as well as the weight of the camera. A flimsy set of legs just won’t cut it if you have big professional tripod heads. You need to have a solid, tightly-put-together platform. Otherwise, you won’t be able to achieve the shot you’re aiming for. Or worse, you might end up damaging your expensive camera.
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