Get Your Head On Straight; A Guide To Tripod Heads Page 2
· Quick-release mounting plates. Useful when you
may need a tripod quickly or when working with multiple cameras--simply
attach the plate to the camera in advance. The release and locking mechanisms
are a critical component. Better heads lock the release mechanism in the open
position, which snaps shut the moment the camera is properly seated. Even better
heads have a secondary security latch that prevents inadvertent release of the
lever. Otherwise, locking levers should be recessed or at least require firm
pressure to prevent accidental release. If the tripod doesn't come with
a quick plate, you can always buy one. Keep a penny handy, as most mounting
screws on quick plates will require it. Note: It pays to buy extra plates for
additional cameras and as replacements, if one gets lost or misplaced.
· Vertical alignment. Fast or slow? With some pan heads, you simply lift the platform into a vertical position, and the platform stops at 90Þ, with movement in only one direction. Other heads require more deliberate action, adding movement in both directions to fine-tune alignment. Ball heads usually come to a dead stop at 90Þ when the head is moved within a grooved slot.
· Handles and knobs. Handles should provide a comfy
grip. Any knobs should be large enough to grab easily, even with gloved hands.
A studio tripod requires tight control, so the pan head should have three separate
handles--for the separate movements. A pan head for field work/travel should
be more compact and sport a combination of handles and knobs. Knobs on ball
heads are suitably sized, but not necessarily for gloved hands. Note: Some pan
heads give you the option to attach one handle for right- or left-handed use.
The right tripod head comes to the fore when it is used in the right environment, with the camera gear (translation: load) for which it's best suited. Quality heads are not necessarily costly. But cheap heads can cost you in the time it takes to get them to do
your bidding, and in their inability to properly support your camera. And in lost pictures.
2247 N Geneva Terrace
Chicago, IL 60614
Bencher, Inc. (Majestic)
241 E Depot St.
Antioch, IL 60002
Bogen Imaging Inc.
(Gitzo and Manfrotto)
565 E Crescent Ave.
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Calumet Photographic, Inc.
890 Supreme Dr.
Bensenville, IL 60106
HP Marketing Corp. (Berlebach,
Giottos, Linhof, Novoflex)
16 Chapin Rd.
Pine Brook, NJ 07058
14747 Artesia Blvd., 3-E
La Mirada, CA 90638
703 E Pennsylvania Blvd.
Feasterville, PA 19053
Kenyon Laboratories LLC
29 Plains Rd.
Essex, CT 06426
1041 S Carroll St.
Hampstead, MD 21074
Paterson Photographic Inc. (Benbo)
4680-A Industrial Access Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Pro4 Imaging Inc. (Uni-Loc)
701 Aspen Peak Loop #523
Henderson, NV 89015
Ries Industries, Inc.
PO Box 487
Waterville, WA 98858
(Cullmann and Studioball)
40-11 Burt Dr.
Deer Park, NY 11729
1268 Humbracht Cir.
Bartlett, IL 60103
THK Photo Products, Inc. (Slik)
2360 Mira Mar Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90815
The Tiffen Company, LLC
(Davis & Sanford)
90 Oser Ave.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
ToCAD America Inc.
(Hakuba, Sunpak, Velbon)
300 Webro Rd.
Parsippany, NJ 07054
9157 East M-36
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
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