Workshop Preparation – Use a Ball Head

When you buy a good quality tripod, you get just the tripod legs (even though it’s called a tripod). A good quality ballhead can make all the difference in capturing great looking landscape or nature images. A ballhead will let you quickly and easily adjust where your camera is pointed and how it is oriented (horizontal or vertical). Its also the most secure means to hold that expensive DSLR and lens you’ve just paid good money for.


The folks at Really Right Stuff make the best ballheads and arca-swiss style clamps I’ve ever used and the unit shown above is their BH-40 LR (BH-40 head with B2-40 LR clamp). It fits perfectly on my Gitzo tripod legs and keeps my Canon 5D Mark II secure and stable when taking landscape shots. It’s a great ballhead for basic pano shots as well.

2 thoughts on “Workshop Preparation – Use a Ball Head

  1. I have a nice ballhead on my manfrotto tripod, has 3 different knobs to dictate position… what I need is a good quick release plate. But not sure what kind my camera/tripod would need. Have a good place that makes it easy to figure this out and order it from?
    Cool thing I noticed the 7D has a feature found through the info button that is a built in level. Works for vertical shots too so should work well on the tripod.

    • Anna,

      You should buy the camera plate from the ball head manufacturer even if it’s a standard Arca-Swiss style. Not all plates work with all quick release adapters.


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