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Tripod Head

A tripod requires some type of tripod head, in order to mount the camera. These fall into three categories, which are 3 way heads, ball heads and fluid video heads. Each has distinct advantages and is chosen for the style of photography or video you most commonly shoot. We stock a huge range of tripod heads from the world’s best brands, which are available for any photographic situation and every budget.

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There are several tripod head types, from the common Arca Swiss tripod head, to a niche panoramic tripod head, all of which require a plate to fix the camera securely to the head.

3 way heads (also called ‘pan tilt’) offer the highest level of control when pointing the camera, with each separate lever controlling movement along an axis independently. Levers are rotated, twisted, then locked into place when the desired angle is achieved. Often these are used by studio photographers and for portraits.

Ball heads are the most popular type, as they present a flexible option for most styles of photography and video. Ball heads are usually the most compact option, with excellent camera manoeuvrability. Outdoor photographers often choose a ball head thanks to excellent weight to load ratios and compact sizes. Refined movements can sometimes feel somewhat haphazard however, when precision control is required. This can make macro and certain other types of photography tricky, in which case a geared tripod head may be preferable.

Another option is a fluid head, which are ideal for birding, wildlife and moviemaking, as they are often geared or damped for smooth panning. Gimbals fall into this category, which can support the largest, heaviest telephoto lenses for sports, action and wildlife photography.

Browse for a mini tripod to use when travelling, vlogging or shooting selfies, or save in our used tripod range. Customers enjoy free delivery on orders over £50 for everything from a Manfrotto tripod head to spiked feet and other accessories.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to remove tripod head?

How to remove tripod head?

You can remove a tripod head by firmly gripping the centre column with one hand and the head with your other hand. After ensuring there are no retaining screws and any panoramic knob is fully tightened, simply twist the head anticlockwise to remove.

How to change tripod head?

How to change tripod head?

To change a tripod head first remove the head which you want to replace. This is done by gripping the centre column or round base with one hand and twisting the head anticlockwise with the other. Once removed, you can screw your new tripod head clockwise onto the exposed bolt.

How to tighten a tripod head?

How to tighten a tripod head?

To tighten a tripod head grip the centre column or round base with one hand, then use your other hand to twist the head clockwise. If there are retaining screws under the base, ensure these are fully loosened while tightening the head, after which they can be secured again.

Are all tripod heads universal?

Are all tripod heads universal?

Yes, the vast majority of tripod heads are universal. Most tripods come with an interchangeable head, which you can swap for another when required. Most heads have a 3⁄8” fitting on the base and come with a 1⁄4” adapter for smaller bolts, which are found on some models.

What type of tripod head is best?

What type of tripod head is best?

The best type of tripod head depends on which type of photography or video you most commonly shoot. Ball heads are the most versatile and suitable for many types of photography, while gimbals are best for wildlife and bird photography. 3 way heads offer refined control for studio and portraits.

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