Two week ago I wrote about tripods and why you should use them. Today I am writing about tripod heads. There are many different kind, ball head, fluid heads, gear heads, etc.
I am not going to cover all of them today, just two that I use regularly.
- Ball Head
A ball head is simple a ball in a socket. This means that they are easy to use. They are good for sports and wildlife photographers.
- Easy to use
- Smooth Movement
- Small Size
- Not precise
I absolutely love my gear head for real estate, macro and landscape photography. I have the Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG which is a three-way geared tripod head. This means you have precise control on each axis – x/y/z.
- Precision adjustments
- General stronger head, meaning heavier cameras
- Clutch for large movement, gears for smaller
- Resistant to dust
- Big and bulkier than ball heads
- Require more adjustments than ball head
Just a few thoughts on these. I have both and use both, really depends on what I am shooting. On a final note, the quick release is very important. Because both of my heads are Manfrotto I made sure they both use the same quick release mount for I could easily move from one tripod to the other.