Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Use Your Head
Choosing a tripod head for still and video
With three ballheads designed for different loads and needs, Really Right Stuff is a popular choice for anyone interested in the Arca-Swiss quick-release system. The BH-25 (starting at $100) weights 3.7 ounces and supports up to 8.8 pounds, making it perfect for travel or other occasions when size and weight are factors. The BH-40 ($345 and up) is a midsized ballhead that weighs less than one pound and will support lenses like a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 or 300mm ƒ/4. The BH-55 ($415 and up) is the ideal head for all uses up to 50 pounds.
If you’re looking for something to support your camera and give you ease of motion, a tripod-mounted system isn’t on your list. VariZoom offers a number of mobile support systems, most using your shoulder as the brace, to give you a stable shooting platform while on the move. While they will mainly appeal to those of you shooting video, as that becomes more common, this type of support system will have a wider appeal.
For more serious weight and support, the Zero Gravity Rig provides shock absorption and distributes the weight of the system over your shoulder and waist. With two handles, you have full control over movement, and the system can be placed on the ground as a tripod support system. At $1,199, though, this one is probably only for you if you’re really getting serious about your camera’s HD video capabilities.
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