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Tripods, monopods and more for ultra-sharp shots

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Novoflex VR-System Slant
In addition to heads offered by tripod makers, there are other excellent options for both still and video work, with unique features and capabilities.

The monoball Z1g+ by Arca-Swiss is now 30% smaller and lighter than its Z1g predecessor. With Motion-Related Gravity Control (MRGC), it has variable and bidirectional drag, making it independently operative and stabilized in all directions. Horizontally, the level of friction remains constant, while vertically, the level of friction increases progressively for optimal control. Estimated Street Price: $749.

The Linhof Panorama Plates give you a simple multi-image panorama solution. Mounting the Panorama Plate to a ballhead allows you to lock down the ballhead and control camera angle adjustments using two spirit levels on the Panorama Plate. There are two versions of the plate, so you can choose what best matches your system. The Panorama Plate with Quickfix I includes a plate for quick camera integration. The Panorama Plate with dovetail track is compatible with Arca and Novoflex mounting for quick movement between supports (plate not included). Estimated Street Price: $750.

Capture 360-degree panoramas with the Novoflex VR-System Slant coupled with your fisheye lens. Set the system nodal point, attach the system to a monopod, raise it above your head and take up to four shots to the north, east, south and west. Using your computer editing software of choice, composite the images together for a full panorama. The system includes calibrated quick-release plates for accurate positioning of your nodal point and a pistol grip. The upper Q mount has a +/- 15-degree tilt ability for composition choice. The upper mount is angled at 60 degrees, so when the camera is mounted to the diagonal, the image sensor will be vertical. Estimated Street Price: $429.

Argraph Sirui G-10X & G-20X Ballheads
The Argraph Sirui G-10X and G-20X ballheads feature separate knobs for pan, tilt and tension, as well as an additional knob for locking the head to the tripod. The double-bevel locking system and Arca-style clamp support camera systems up to 39.6 pounds (G-10X) or 44 pounds (G-20X), with a secondary safety lock. Precision leveling is made easier with the bubble levels on the top of the quick-release platform and on the locking knob. For convenience, a slot on the Sirui quick-release plate allows attachment of a camera strap without removing the plate. Estimated Street Price: $104 (G-10X); $109 (G-20X).


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