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Which tripod head is right for me?

How to choose the best tripod head to fit your personal needs and lifestyle.



BH-55: The heavyweight ball head, is top of its class in terms of lock-up strength.

Who's it for?

-Any photographer who demands the frame of a composition be preserved and resistant to drift and vibration under any circumstance.
- A fine-art photographer who shoots still subjects at slow shutter speeds for long exposures.
- A landscape photographer who works in the elements with very narrow apertures for maximum detail and DoF.
- A product/food photographer who focuses brackets using an ancillary macro slider.
- Any photographer using an effective focal length greater than 400mm on a fixed, unmoving subject.
- Astro-photographers and astronomers.
- Studio photographers who rarely move their tripod.
- Any photographer who does not mind managing a 2lb ball head for the sake of rock-solid rigidity and lock-up strength to obtain the sharpest image quality possible.

Best tripod union: RRS Series-3 tripods

BH-40: A lighter, mid-size solution that still features an independent panning base and drag set control.

Who's it for?

- A traveling photographer seeking a lighter alternative to the weight of the BH-55, but still requires a robust head for stationary subjects.
- A photographer who will not use lenses that exceed 400mm in effective focal length, and if so, are agreeable to using higher ISOs and/or wider apertures in order to keep the shutter speed fast enough to avoid soft images resulting from lens vibration.

Best tripod union: RRS Series-2 tripods

BH-30: A small but robust ball head with an independent locking knob for the panning base.

Who's it for?

- A photographer primarily on the go, who barely stops moving longer than it takes to click a shutter.
- A travel photographer whose mobile support system must be balanced with ancillary pieces of gear and baggage.
- A street photographer who primarily shoots handheld but may need to use a tripod occasionally for portraits, low-light moments, scene settings, or cityscapes.
- A photographer working with glass no longer than 300mm in effective focal length.

Best tripod union: RRS Series-1 tripods

BH-25: An ultralight ball head for specialized small-gear support applications.

Who's it for?

- A vlogger with a simple, efficient tabletop setup.
- A podcaster in need of an articulating mic head.
- A photographer using inconspicuous ‘pocket-pod’ support when shooting in locations that prohibit full-size tripods.

Best tripod union: TFA-01 Ultra pocket-pod


BC-18 & BPC-16: Surprisingly robust despite their extremely compact profile

Who's it for?

- Useful for cameras ranging from mobile phones, to compact “action cams” such as a GoPro, to point-n-shoots, to full-size cameras with prime and short zoom lenses. In addition, the micro ball heads can be used to support accessories such as monitors, mics, flashes, remotes, etc. The BPC-16 features a 360-degree panning ring, whereas the BC-18 does not, but has a stronger lock-up.

Best tripod union: TFA-01 Ultra pocket-pod, or an RRS Multi-Clamp



The PG-01 is a compact multi-row pano head suitable for creating panoramas with lightweight mirrorless bodies and smaller DSLRs with short zoom and prime lenses. 

The PG-01 connects to your camera via a dovetail camera plate.

Best tripod union: RRS Series-1 & Series-2 Tripods



The essential head for photographers creating stitched-frame panoramas; the Full-Size Pano-Gimbal  head allows for both horizontal and vertical rotation to create a multi-row panorama image. In addition, the PG-02 Gimbal is also a robust and capable gimbal for smoothly tracking moving subjects when shooting wildlife, sports, fashion, and portraiture. 

The PG-02 is available in two configurations:

- Full Gimbal with Cradle Clamp (left)
- Side-Mount with B2-LR-II Lever-Release Clamp (right)

To learn more about the PG-02 watch our video tutorial: 

Best tripod union: RRS Series-3 Tripods


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