Beginners buy a tripod based on price (usually a bad decision). Only after a beginner has advanced and been exposed to better equipment do they realize that a tripod head is a crucial part of professional photography.


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Why is a tripod head possibly more important than your tripod?

Just as your car rides on your tires, your camera rides on your tripod head.

Normally I prefer a monoball head, such as that by Arca-Swiss or the alternative by Kirk. But for a 4x5, especially for a $20,000+ digital camera, it is more secure to have a geared head with brakes (and security lock). You need to be sure that your tripod head does not (can not) tilt over unexpectedly.

Bogen tripod head
Bogen tripod head

I tried out a variety of tripod heads. I liked my Gitzo BigBall head, but it disappeared during several years storage in a remote area of Campeche, Mexico. The Manfrotto head was probably too large and heavy for anyone to steal, so I was able to salvage this several years later.

This tripod head has seemingly had a rough life. Calculate what the poor photographer who used it had to live through). The white encrustation is limestone from dripping water in this Karst area of Mexico. However the head still works and we are using it in Guatemala.

You can obtain this tripod head almost anywhere since Manfrotto products are distributed by Bogen Imaging Inc.

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Additional information on Gitzo tripods, Manfrotto tripod heads, Elinchrome strobes, Metz flash equipment, and Bogen light stands is readily available from the distributor (Bogen Photo) at: info@bogenimaging.com or Phone: 201-818-9500,
565 East Crescent Avenue, P.O. Box 506, Ramsey, NJ 07446-0506

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