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Tripods & Supports

Choosing the right support can do as much for your photography as a new camera

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UNIQUE SUPPORTS

BUSHHAWK
The BushHawk 320D is a shoulder mount that’s great for helping steady a telephoto lens. The unit comes with a double-handed grip to make it easier to support the camera while following action. It’s even excellent for getting steadier video shots while also following action. Estimated Street Price: $250.

VARIZOOM
The VariZoom FlowPod is highly adapted to work with both stills and video shot with a DSLR. It looks like a monopod and can be used as a monopod. However, it includes a stabilizer mode with a unique handle that allows you to shoot video and “float” the camera while moving. This allows for very steady moving shots. The unit has a low mode that enables ground-level moving shots. Estimated Street Price: $399.

BALLHEADS: QUICK & EASY ADJUSTMENT WITH SINGLE-LOCK CONTROL

KIRK ENTERPRISES
The Kirk Enterprises BH-3 panning ballhead weighs 19 ounces, yet supports up to 15 pounds. This support uses a single large knob to release and lock the ball. A small knob controls the panning or turning of the base and another small knob adjusts friction on the ball itself. The unit’s quick-release platform has sensor centerlines, a built-in spirit level and accepts Arca-Swiss-style plates and mounts. Estimated Street Price: $275.

REALLY RIGHT STUFF
The Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead is a compact and adaptable support. It can be configured with quick-release clamps, a simple tripod screw platform or a panning clamp. This support uses a lever to release and lock the ball. Small knobs also control the panning of the base and ball friction. It weighs 13 ounces, yet it supports up to 18 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $375 (with quick-release clamp).

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