For stability, ease of use and flexibility when you’re locking off the camera, it’s hard to beat a ballhead
The many benefits of a ballhead are well known. They’re solid and stable, and they’re easy to adjust in an almost unlimited way. On most models, a single locking knob is the only control you need to manipulate. You’ll see a couple of distinct ballhead designs, one where the ball moves within a cylindrical housing, and the other where...
When you’re shooting still images, keeping the camera absolutely rock-steady is critical. Everyone knows this.
By The Editors
When you’re shooting still images, keeping the camera absolutely rock-steady is critical. Everyone knows this. When we handhold, we recognize that we’re working in a suboptimal manner and we do what we can to mitigate the inherent issue of camera shake by using higher shutter speeds and image stabilization. We do what we can to steady the camera...
Modern tripods represent extensive research and development in materials and stability technology
The leg material accounts for most of a tripod’s weight and steadiness. For years, there were two choices: wood or aluminum. Today, you can still buy wood or aluminum tripods, but higher-tech materials that are sturdier and dampen vibrations more effectively are available. Wood is favored by many large-format shooters because it’s...