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Oben GH-30C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head

Oben GH-30C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head

B&H # OBGH30C MFR # GH-30C
Key Features
  • Supports up to 44 lb
  • Smooth and Fluid Motion
  • 360° Panning with Independent Lock
  • Arca-Type Quick Release Plate
$34995
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Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head

Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head

B&H # OBGH30 MFR # GH-30
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 44 lb
  • Height: 9"
  • Weight: 3.2 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
$24995
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Platypod Platyball Elite Ball Head

B&H # PLELITEBH MFR # 1016
Key Features
  • Inverted Design with Pan Section on Top
  • Electronic Leveling Indicator
  • Arca-Type Top / 3/8"-16 Female Bottom
  • 22 Payload lb
$28500
Reg. $385.00
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Magnus Folding Z-Head

B&H # MAZH3 MFR # ZH-3
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • Maximum Height: 3.8"
  • Minimum Height: 0.8"
  • Weight: 12.8 oz
$2495
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Oben BD-02 Mini Ball Head

B&H # OBBD02 MFR # BD-02
Key Features
  • Single-Lever Adjustment
  • Supports Loads Up to 6.6 lb
  • 90° Tilt
  • Accepts 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Studs
$1399
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Magnus GH-M1 Gimbal Head

B&H # MAGHM1 MFR # GH-M1
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 30 lb
  • Height: 8.3"
  • Weight: 2 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
$6995
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Oben BE-117 Ball Head with Arca-Type Quick Release

B&H # OBBE117 MFR # BE-117
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Height: 3.7"
  • Weight: 13.4 oz
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Set
$8495
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Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base

B&H # WITHQRQ MFR # WH-200
Key Features
  • Gimbal-Type Tripod Head
  • Supports Wide, Medium & Telephoto Lenses
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Base
  • Required QR Plate Available Separately
$59500
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edelkrone FlexTILT Head v3

B&H # ED81655 MFR # 81655
Key Features
  • Flexible, Dual-Jointed Pan & Tilt Device
  • Supports up to 5.5 lb Camera Rig
  • Knob-Free Constant Friction Lock Design
  • Use with Tripod or on Flat Surface
$9900
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Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

B&H # MAMHXPROBHQ2 MFR # MHXPRO-BHQ2
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 33.1 lb
  • Magnesium-Alloy Construction
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Independent 360° Rotation with Lock
$14495
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Manfrotto 410 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate

B&H # MA410 MFR # 410
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 11.0 lb
  • 3 Independent Movements with Locks
  • Snap-Lock Controls for Fast Movements
  • Integrated Incremental, Geared Movements
$29900
Reg. $384.88
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Oben MBH-11 Dual-Action Mini Ball Head with Arca-Style Quick Release Plate

B&H # OBMBH11 MFR # MBH-11
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Height: 2.9"
  • Weight: 5.35 oz
  • Arca-Style Quick Release System
$3999
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Manfrotto XPRO 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

B&H # MAMHXPRO3W MFR # MHXPRO-3W
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • 3 Independent Movements with Locks
  • 90° Forwards and 30° Backwards Tilt
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
$18899
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Platypod Platyball Ergo Ball Head

B&H # PLERGOBH MFR # 1017
Key Features
  • Inverted Design with Pan Section on Top
  • Arca-Type Top / 3/8"-16 Female Bottom
  • 22 Payload lb
  • Level Disc Converts Arca Top to 1/4"-20
$21900
Reg. $299.00
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Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Chrome)

B&H # REBH55LR MFR # BH-55 LR
Key Features
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.7"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
$56000
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Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head

B&H # OBBD0 MFR # BD-0
Key Features
  • Single-Lever Adjustment
  • Supports Loads Up to 6.6 lb
  • 90° Tilt
  • Accepts 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Studs
$1495
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Oben BE-126 Ball Head with Arca-Type Quick Release

B&H # OBBE126 MFR # BE-126
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Height: 3.9"
  • Weight: 16 oz
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Set
$10995
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Manfrotto 229 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 030-14 Quick Release Plate

B&H # MA229 MFR # 229
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • 3 Independent Movements with Locks
  • 90° Forwards and 25° Backwards Tilt
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
$35988
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Magnus BHSP-04 Ball Head with Built-In Smartphone Adapter

B&H # MABHSP04 MFR # BHSP-04
Key Features
  • Spring-Loaded Smartphone Clamp
  • Clamp Capacity Range: 2.4 to 3.15"
  • Load Capacity: 4.4 lb
  • Height: 3.3"
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$995
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Manfrotto 490 Center Ball Head

B&H # MAMH490BH MFR # MH490-BH
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Height: 3.5"
  • Weight: 7.1 oz
  • RC2 Quick Release System
$5988
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Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate

B&H # MAMHXPROBHQ6 MFR # MHXPRO-BHQ6
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 33.1 lb
  • Magnesium-Alloy Construction
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Independent 360° Rotation with Lock
$21988
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Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp

B&H # REBH40LRII MFR # BH-40 LR II
Key Features
  • 18 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.0"
  • 90-Degree Notch for Portrait Orientation
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
$48500
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Manfrotto XPRO 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

B&H # MAMHXPRO3WG MFR # MHXPRO-3WG
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • 3 Independent Movements with Locks
  • Spring-Clamp Controls for Fast Movements
  • Integrated Incremental, Geared Movements
$19559
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Manfrotto 494 Center Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate

B&H # MAMH494 MFR # MH494-BHUS
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 19.8 lb
  • Height: 3.9"
  • Weight: 10.58 oz
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
$9488
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Robus RTH-1030 Triple Action Ball Head

B&H # RORTH1030 MFR # RTH-1030
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 35 lb
  • Height: 3.9"
  • Weight: 14.1 oz
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Clamp
$47988
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SmallRig 3034 Aluminum Panoramic Ball Head with Quick Release Plate

B&H # SM3034 MFR # 3034
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Height: 3"
  • Weight: 5.7 oz
  • Arca-Type Compatible
$3390
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JOBY BallHead 3K

B&H # JOJB01513 MFR # JB01513
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • Height: 2.8"
  • Weight: 5.1 oz
  • Quick Release Mounting Plate
$2714
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Ulanzi U-100 Claw Quick Release Ball Head with Side Cold Shoe Mount

B&H # ULU100QRBH MFR # 2305
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 44 lb
  • Height: 3"
  • Weight: 6.8 oz
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
$3995
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Sirui K-30x Ball Head

B&H # SISUK30X MFR # K30X
Key Features
  • Knobs for Pan, Tilt & Tension
  • 66 lb Load Capacity
  • QR Plate with Anti-Twist Rubber Mat
  • Arca-Style Clamp for Quick Release
$10700
$97.00 after a $10.00 mail-in rebate. Offer ends March 31, 2023
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Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with Q6 Arca-Type Quick Release Plate

B&H # MAMH496Q6 MFR # MH496-Q6
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Height: 5.1"
  • Weight: 1.1 lb
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
$13999
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Tripod Heads to Enhance Your Camera's Functions

You already know that tripod stabilizers support your camera for improved clarity, but perhaps you're just discovering how you can improve focus even more with wise use of tripod heads that work to let you get a better shot.


Why Do I Need a Separate Tripod Head?

The head that came with your camera may fit most everyday shots, but advanced heads can match your photography type to the proper technique. For example, a landscape portrait needs a wider angle, so match that to a corresponding geared tripod head.

When choosing tripod heads, be sure to consider the picture subject as well as the desired degree of motion and focus.


Camera Ball Heads

The most common type of camera head, and the best accessory head for a beginner, is a ball and socket system. Camera ball heads are the most intuitive of the head types due to their easy and smooth motions. You can pan over an area with little effort and then adjust the tension knob to lock the ball when you have your desired position. Some models include a tension knob for easy panning of the area. You may need multiple heads to achieve the proper composition, so invest in professional tripod cases that can carry them, too.


Pan and Tilt Tripod Models

Pan and tilt camera heads, also known as three-way heads, have separately-adjustable control levers to change the front and lateral tilts and scanning. These geared tripod heads permit precise adjustments of your digital still camera to maintain an accurate focus, allowing you to capture macro shots such as blades of grass. Adjustments with the panning feature let you capture landscapes on a large scale using panoramic and time lapse heads that rotate 360 degrees and zone in at the no-parallax point so you just need to dial in the tension to lock it in place.


Gimbal Tripod Heads

Large telephoto lenses and general tripod accessories, along with a weighted still camera body, need support to maintain smooth operation. Gimbal tripod heads operate similar to camera ball heads, except the ball is filled with fluid that levels and lubricates the movement. It often sits within a rotating mount collar attached to the mount. The whole camera needs balance to pan easily, so make sure the tripod legs can maintain the support of heavy gear. If you want to get gimbal quality without the cost of a new separate head, gimbal tripod head conversion kits can fill that need.


Pistol Grip Heads

This simple head packs a punch with one-hand control. Simply squeeze the trigger to unlock the head and rotate it using only your hand. This allows precise control over the camera focus. For added stability, the position can be locked in after you've found the right coordinates.


Capturing your desired shots becomes easier when you have tools to match the necessary techniques. Trust a tripod to provide support, and employ the versatility of the various top-name tripod heads available at B&H Photo and Video to maximize your efficiency in creating memorable photographs.