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The Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base is a gimbal-type tripod head that incorporates an elevated tilt mechanism and adjustable platform to make the camera/lens' center of gravity and tilt axis of the head be perfectly aligned.

Things once thought of as impossible with a ball head are nothing short of mundane with a Wimberley, because a weightless camera/lens combo (even a 600mm f/4 w/ large body) can literally be controlled with one finger. Point the rig where you want and take the hand away, and it stays exactly where you put it.

The Version II head is more compact and lightweight, features a redesigned panning base, "soft-touch" knobs, and includes a built-in Arca-type compatible quick release base. An Arca-type quick release plate is required and is available separately.

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"Love it...Worth it...Easy to install, well built and durable....I use the Wimberley Head for a Nikon 600mm and a 400 2.8 lens, This gimbal head is the bomb, you can follow anything anywhere I do alot of California Condor photography with this Wimberley head and you just cant get any better than this, my shots come out tack sharp, When you have your setup balanced it just does not get any easier than using the WH 200 Tripod Head II with Quick Release base by Wimberley, A sure MUST for big lens users"

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  • Gimbal-Type Tripod Head
  • Supports Wide, Medium & Telephoto Lenses
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Base
  • Required QR Plate Available Separately
  • Weighs 3.15 lb (1.4kg)

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The blue MeFoto RoadTrip Travel Tripod Kit offers a sturdy, compact aluminum alloy tripod that extends to 61.6", supports up to 17.6 lb, and folds down to just over 15". The RoadTrip is actually two camera supports in one. A foam-cushioned, removable leg attaches to the center column to convert to full size monopod.

The tripod's legs can be spread independently, with two-position leg angle stops. A spring-loaded hook is located in a recess at the bottom of the center column, allowing you to hang a heavy object from it for additional stability.

The ball head offers separate head and pan locks, a 360° pan index, and an integral bubble level. An Arca-type compatible quick release plate with a 1/4"-20 camera screw is included in the kit, along with a durable carry case with a shoulder strap for storage and transport.

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"Love it...Good buy...Stable & fast to setup...the extra features I didn't know about are that the quick release works with the peak design bases as well and the head removes so I can put it on another base that I like but doesn't have a good head adjustment on it (pakpod)."

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  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 61.6"
  • Min Height: 15.4"
  • Folded Length: 15.4"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Spiked Feet

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The 322RC2 Ball Head from Manfrotto can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By squeezing the control handle's integrated trigger, the head's ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. A thumbwheel set within the control handle can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements. Once the squeeze trigger is released, any adjustments to the position of the ball-and-socket joint are locked into place.

The control handle is initially oriented to provide a horizontal grip for the right hand. However, the included 322RA Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate are detachable and can be repositioned to enable left-handed use with a horizontal grip. Alternatively, the 322RC2 can be transformed into a joystick-grip ball head suitable for right or left-handed use with the control handle oriented vertically and the quick release adapter attached to the top of the configuration.

When oriented for a horizontal grip, the 322RC2 has a load capacity of 11.0 lb, and 7.0 lb when configured as joystick for a vertical grip. The 322RA Quick Release Adapter features an RC2 quick release cam lock for the 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate. RC2 compatible quick release plates can be removed from the quick release adapter by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be instantly reattached. The cam lock also features a safety catch to prevent a quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the quick release plate, which measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface.
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"Love it...In love!...Quick setup and easy to use....I gotta say, this is one well built product, I use it with my DSLR slider, and mannnnn it holds really well, the one thing I love is that it's very low profile compared to other similar products"

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  • Ball Head with Control Handle
  • Horizontal and Joystick Grip Positions
  • Horizontal Load Capacity: 11.0 lb
  • Joystick Load Capacity: 7.0 lb
  • Integrated Handle Squeeze Trigger
  • 90° Forwards, Backwards & Portrait Tilt
  • 360° Rotation, Ball Head Tension Control
  • 322RA Quick Release Adapter
  • Bull's-Eye Bubble Level
  • 200PL-14 QR Plate with 1/4"-20 Mount

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The Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod is a sturdy, compact tripod that extends to 56.7", supports 8.8 lb, and folds up to only 15.75". The tripod's legs can be spread independently, with two-position leg angle stops. The legs fold up and around the ball head, a feature that helps makes this tripod so compact.

The ball head has a large ergonomic locking handle and a quick release with an included QR plate that has a 1/4"-20 mounting screw and a durable carrying case for storage and transport.

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"Love it...Love it!...Easy to set up....I am 6'2 tall, so I do have to bend over to use it, and I try not to extend it fully to maximize the stability, but it beats any other travel tripod I have ever used."

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  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Maximum Height: 56.7"
  • Min Height: 13.4"
  • Folded Length: 15.75"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3 lb
  • Independent Leg Angle Selector
  • Quick Release Ball Head
  • QR Plate Included
  • Fitted Case

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The blue MeFoto GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit offers a sturdy, compact aluminum alloy tripod that extends to 64.2", supports up to 26.4 lb, and folds down to just over 16". The GlobeTrotter is actually two camera supports in one: a foam-cushioned, removable leg attaches to the center column to convert to full size monopod.

The tripod's legs can be spread independently with two-position leg angle stops. A spring-loaded hook is located in a recess at the bottom of the center column, allowing you to hang a heavy object from it for additional stability.

The ball head offers separate head and pan locks, a 360° pan index, and an integral bubble level. An Arca-Swiss style quick release plate with a 1/4"-20 camera screw is included in the kit, along with a durable carry case with a shoulder strap for storage and transport.

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"Love it!...Love it !...Great tripod, easy to setup and very stable....While I already have a nice, but rarely used, heavier tripod and a separate unipod, I decided to purchase the GlobeTrotter for a trip to Alaska."

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  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Max Height: 64.2"
  • Min Height: 16.1"
  • Folded Length: 16.1"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 4.6 lb
  • Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head
  • Separate Head and Pan Lock
  • Carrying Case with Strap Included

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This Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit from Vanguard supports up to 15.4 lb, measures 28.1" when folded, and includes an SBH-100 ball head with QS-39 Quick Release Plate. Each of its 3-section legs features an independent spread as well as flip locks for fast deployment. Together, the three legs can be can be positioned for a minimum height of 56" to a maximum height of 68.1" with the center column fully raised. Foam covers on each of the legs provide a secure, comfortable grip while moving the tripod, and rubber feet each with a twist-out, metal spike further enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces, including soft and uneven soil.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the QS-39 Quick Release Plate. The quick release plate can be attached or removed from the integrated clamp located at the top of the head's ball-and-socket joint by tightening or loosening the clamp's knurled, locking knob. The quick release plate features a rubberized, non-slip platform while two built-in bubble levels are located along the edges of the clamp.

By loosening the ball head's primary locking knob, the head's ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. Toward the side of the ball head opposite the primary locking knob is a secondary locking knob, which controls the ability to rotate the head 360°.

For added versatility, the center column is connected to the tripod by a fulcrum which enables 90° of upwards or downwards tilt that can be locked into place. Additionally, the center column assembly permits 360° of independent rotation. With the ability to push and pull the center column, those tilt and swivel movements allow the center column to be used as an extendable cross arm or a miniature camera boom. This allows an attached camera to be easily raised toward an elevated subject or over a scene. A camera that is placed toward the end of center column can be positioned perpendicular to the tripod, and extended past the tripod's legs, which is particularly useful for copy stand or macro photography. For subjects along the ground, the center column can also be used to obtain low angles while the tripod's user is positioned comfortably behind the camera.

A carry bag is included for storage or transport.
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"5 stars...LOVE IT...easy to set-up...However, there are times when I need a relatively-light tripod that is significantly taller, such as when in prairie grasses and I need to get the camera higher to eliminate the grasses from the foreground."

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  • Load Capacity: 15.4 lb, Leg Sections: 3
  • Tiltable & Rotatable Rapid Center Column
  • Swivel 360°, Tilt 90° Up or Down
  • Aluminum-Alloy Legs, Flip Locks
  • Maximum Height: 68.1"
  • Minimum Height: 56"
  • Folded Length: 28.1", Weight: 5.4 lb
  • Ball Head, Quick Release Plate
  • Independent 360° Pan, 90° Tilt
  • Dual, Built-In Bubble Levels

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Employing the innovative NeoTec rapid opening and closing mechanism, the Manfrotto 458B Neotec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod has legs that open up by simply pulling down on each one, and automatically lock into any position, with no screws, knobs or levers to tighten. By pressing the release button at the top of the legs the legs can be collapsed again fully, or locked at any intermediate point for perfect positioning. This mechanism exerts more locking power the heavier the weight pushing down on it from above. Other professional features include an improved minimum-maximum height range and a 90° horizontal center column feature.
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"Love it...LOVE IT!...Easy set up and down....I have had this tripod for 5 or 6 years and find it to be great, I take mostly Wildlife and scenic photos and the tripod is super fast to set up,just pull the legs out to the height you wish and you are ready to go."

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  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 61.4"
  • Min Height: 3.9"
  • Folded Length: 25.2"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 5.3 lb
  • Pull-Down Height Adjustment
  • 90° Horizontal Column Feature
  • Independent Leg Angle Selection
  • Carry Strap Included

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B&H # MAMVH502AH MFR # MVH502AH

The Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base is an affordable yet remarkably fully featured professional head that represents an advance over the popular 501HDV, with sturdier construction and featuring Manfrotto's patented bridging technology (inherited from the 509 and 504 heads). This head is designed for executing cinematic moves with compact camcorders and DSLR video cameras. The 502AH comes in two versions—the "AH" flat-base version such as this, and the "A" ball base version which is separately available.

The weight capacity is 15.4 lb and counterbalance supports 8.8 lb. The balance plate's 3.27" range allows you to correct for uneven payloads due to matte boxes or DSLR rig configurations.

The bridging technology ensures that the pan friction control is intuitive and easy to set, but also protected against knocks. There are independent locks for pan and tilt, and drag for both is selectable in a continuous range from zero to the max level. This allows you to operate the head in a confident, smooth manner using the included pan bar.

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"5 Stars...love it!...I am very happy with this setup....I loved this head, I work in video and had never held a head like this, it is very stable, the movement is really fluid, and the best is adjustable, I can make smooth or fast panning, is the best investment I've made, I I use it with my Canon 7D and my Blacmagic 2.5k"

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  • 15.4 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Bridging Technology
  • Spring-Loaded Counter Balance
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Pan Bar & Sliding Plate Included

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This titanium-colored,SLIK Pro 700 DX Tripod with 700 DX 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head supports up to 19.8 lb, measures 29.9" when folded, and includes a quick release plate. Each of its 3-section legs features an independent spread, a 3-position angle lock, and flip locks for fast deployment. The included push-and-pull, rapid center column is multi-sectional, which allows it to be converted to a shortened center column. This feature permits a minimum height of 25.4" or 16.1" when the center column is shortened. The SLIK Pro 700 DX Tripod provides a maximum height of 60.0", 65.8" with its center column shortened as well as fully raised, and 75.0" with the complete column fully raised.

Cameras, sport optics, or camcorders that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the quick release plate, which is secured to the tripod's pan-and-tilt head using a quick release cam lock. The head can be rotated 360°, and tilted 90° backwards or forwards, as well as sideways for portrait orientation. Each of these three movements function independently of each other and can be locked into place.

For added versatility, the center column is reversible, facilitating low-angle photography where an attached camera is positioned among the tripod's legs instead of above them. Foam covers on each of the legs provide a secure and comfortable grip while moving the tripod, and rubber feet help to enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces.
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"Love it...Love it!...Very easy to use, sets up quickly....It is heavy but I knew that when I purchased it,,, for my photos of hummingbirds, I setup the unit attach my camera lens combination then use a wireless controller to snap the shots,,, I dont have to worry that the tripod will topple over,,, an extra plus was the killer price!!!"

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  • Load Capacity: 19.8 lb
  • Max Height: 75.0", Min Height: 16.1"
  • Folded Length: 29.9"
  • Leg Sections: 3, Weight: 7.1 lb
  • Aluminum, Magnesium, Titanium-Alloy Legs
  • Flip Locks, Rubber Feet
  • 3-Position Leg Angle Locks
  • Reversible, Multi-Section Rapid Column
  • 700DX 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head
  • Quick Release Plate, 1/4"-20 Mount

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