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Arca Swiss Cube with RRS clamp

Selecting a Tripod Head

Tripod heads vary by purpose, but many users will want a ballhead. Photographers who travel and/or backpack or hike are going to need additional flexibility over a solid but heavy setup. Specialists (e.g., bird photographers) are going to need additional choices also.

However, my top pick is the Arca Swiss Cube, available at B&H Photo.

Arca Swiss Cube

As of August 2010 (for over 2 years), my favorite head for precision work. Extremely solid.

The Burzynski (below) is still to be preferred for basic simplicity and bullet-proof durability and more rapid adjustment, but the “Cube” offers precision movements which are helpful in framing a subject precisely and/or stitching images together.

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