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Tripod Ball Heads

Ball heads are the most popular tripod heads due to their versatility and strength, enabling you to adjust compositions accurately and support heavy equipment loads. As well as being quick to adjust, tripod ball heads are also extremely durable and light enough to bring when travelling or for hikes. This makes a ball head the prefect choice for anything from street, landscape and architecture to portraits, weddings and even video.

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We stock a huge range of ball heads for tripods from every leading manufacturer, which include different features for photographers of any skill level and every budget. Many photographers shoot several types of photography and a camera tripod ball head makes a good solution for capturing different styles.

Another advantage is the availability of different models which support any camera system, from heavy DSLRs with long lenses, to mirrorless or compact cameras. It’s also easy to refine your compositions with a ball head and a few simple accessories like an L bracket or quick release tripod plate make them even quicker to use. Outdoor photographers often choose a ball head because of their compact and lightweight properties, which is perfect for hikes and travel.

It’s vital to choose the correct load capacity (payload) for your main camera equipment when buying a ball head. Note manufacturer weight allowances for your most common body and lens combination to ensure the head remains stable at various angles and won't slip. For example a gripped DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens may require an 6+ kg load capacity.

Consider the number of controls available, which provide greater precision and additional features, but add weight and longer set-up times. Similarly, quick locking levers are preferred by some photographers, whereas others prefer screw-type knobs. Plate compatibility is another consideration, with manufacturers such as Manfrotto offering proprietary connections, whereas other brands like Gitzo and 3 Legged Thing use an Arca-Swiss type connection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a ball head tripod?

What is a ball head tripod?

A ball head tripod is a tripod which also includes a ball head, that sits on top of the tripod legs. A ball head offers fast and accurate camera positioning in 360º panoramic rotation, allowing you to change your compositions and get a level horizon quickly and effectively.

How does a tripod ball head work?

How does a tripod ball head work?

A tripod ball head works by tightening and loosening a main control knob, which allows you to adjust your camera position for accurate compositions through 360º rotation. A ball head might also feature a friction control knob, locking lever or screw-knob as well as click stops for panorama rotation.

How do you pick a tripod ball head?

How do you pick a tripod ball head?

When you pick a tripod ball head, start by determining that the head will support your most commonly used camera body and lens combination. This weight allowance, which is also known as maximum payload, ensures the ball head will support your specific equipment without slipping or sagging.

Are tripod ball heads interchangeable?

Are tripod ball heads interchangeable?

Yes, tripod ball heads interchangeable, which means almost any ball head will fit virtually any tripod legs. You’ll find a 1/4” screw on the top of tripod legs and there’s a corresponding 1/4″ hole on the bottom of heads.

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