The best Christmas gifts for Canon photographers in 2021
It's no secret that photography can be an expensive hobby. Us photographers have wishlists of the gear that we constantly dream about as we're always on the hunt for the next bit of camera kit that will help us improve our photography game.
Christmas is a great time to gift the photography lovers in your life a new gadget or gizmo that will expand their creative possibilities and help them take better photos, whether that's a new lens, camera bag, tripod, memory card or even a humble cleaning cloth.
There's a huge amount of choice when it comes to photography gifts that it's easy to be a bit overwhelmed, so in this guide we aim to make it easy to buy perfect presents for Canon photographers. So if you want to treat your better half, family member or friend to a new piece of photo kit and know they shoot on a Canon camera our top 20 picks below are for you!
1. Canon EOS 2000D / Rebel T7 DSLR
If you're looking to see a big step up in quality from your phone, compact or even bridge camera then a DSLR would be a great choice for you. Canon's EOS 2000D / Rebel T7 is their most budget-friendly model, costing around £329 with a kit lens. Though an entry-level model, the EOS 2000D is packs some impressive features include a 24.1Mp APS-C sensor 19x larger than that of an average smartphone so you'll see a huge step up in image quality. It also has a robust build quality, optical viewfinder for easy composition, is capable of recording Full HD video clips and features WiFi and NFC connectivity so you can pair it to your smartphone. It also boasts Canon's EF-S lens mount allowing you to fit any of Canon's vast array of EF and EF-S lenses.
2. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
The 18-55mm kit lenses that come with the latest Canon cameras have fantastic autofocus and impressive sharpness, however they don't give you a very wide angle at the 18mm end (28.8mm full-frame equivalent). That's a where a wide angle lens comes in!
Canon's 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens gives you a much wider perspective to play with and is an affordable optic that compliments Canon's budget-friendly APS-C cameras, such as the EOS 2000D and 250D.
Having used this lens extensively, we found it to be super sharp and very fast to autofocus too thanks to its STM motor. It also features IS (Image Stabilisation) to help curb camera-shake when taking stills and recording video handheld.
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4. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Every photographer should own a 50mm prime lens. Not only because they're fantastic tools for getting creative with photography, often boasting super fast apertures like f/1.8 which makes it much easier to blur backgrounds for super shallow depth-of-field effects and beautiful bokeh. But because they are some of the most affordable lenses that you can buy for your Canon EOS DSLR or mirrorless camera. This Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM costs just £129 brand-new so could be the perfect stocking filler this Christmas and offers brilliant value for money.
5. LensPen DSLR Cleaning Kit
The basic LensPen design has been around for many years and now comes in various sizes to suit lenses from large DSLR optics down to tiny phone camera hardware. We like the NLP-1 variant, the original design, which is suitable for larger lenses. Its standout feature is its 12mm diameter tip. This has a slightly concave surface to follow the curvature of your lens’s front element, and is coated in carbon to enable it to remove grease and fingerprints without resorting to a liquid cleaner. Amazingly, the system works. Lenses with lots of fingerprints will require around 10 seconds of wiping with the carbon tip to achieve a perfect finish, but more typically marked optics come up gleaming in moments.
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6. Canon Speedlite EL-100 Flashgun
An external Speedlite flashgun is useful for a huge range of photographic genres helping you illuminate dark scenes, fill in shadows or light your subjects creatively with off-camera flash. The EL-100 Speedlite is Canon's most budget-friendly flashgun that can be mounted to the hotshoe on your Canon EOS DSLR or mirrorless to provide more powerful lighting than the built-in pop-up, or can be used off-camera to get more creative with your lighting too. Although a very budget-friendly model, the EL-100 packs in impressive features like a stroboscopic mode, 2nd curtain sync, a manual zoom head that can be rotated and tilted to bounce of a wall or ceiling and has a powerful guide number of 26 too.
7. Canon BR-E1 Wireless Remote
The BR-E1 allows you to trigger Bluetooth-compatible Canon EOS cameras from 5m away, opening up creative possibilities for you and your Canon camera. Shooting with a wireless remote is handy for shooting selfies and group photos, as well as wildlife where you need to keep distance from your camera. This brilliant Bluetooth remote controller is compatible with many Canon cameras including the entire EOS R range.
8. BlackRapid Breathe Binocular Strap
While it’s billed as a strap for binoculars, this neck strap will attach to a camera equally easily. Its unique feature is a breathable, stretchy and very flexible neck pad. It also folds small and can be detached quickly. Its price might be a little high for some, but you do get an impressive amount of engineering for your money here. Plus, black never goes out of fashion.
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9. SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro 300MB/s UHS-II SDXC
Memory cards aren’t the most exciting of camera accessories, but if you want to get the best out of your device, they are essential. Not only does this 32GB SanDisk card provide enough capacity for over 4,000 22MP JPEGs (enough room for keeping you shooting all day without changing cards), but with shot speeds of up to 260MB/s, and transfer speeds up to 300MB/s, it’s easily fast enough to cope with 4K video recording and fast continuous stills shooting too. Put this SD card into a compatible Canon, and make card buffering a thing of the past.
10. Hahnel ProCube II
Never be left without power again. Hahnel’s ProCube II is able to quickly and simultaneously charge a pair of LP-E6 Li-ion batteries, commonly used in Canon's EOS DLSR and mirrorless cameras, or the LP-E8 batteries used in more entry-level models. Alternatively you can even recharge four AA batteries for flashguns which is incredibly handy. It also shows the current charge level on its LCD display.
The ProCube II also has an output for a USB-charged device like a smartphone or compact camera, and comes complete with adaptors for UK, European and US plugs, making it an all-in-one charging solution.
With a 12V car lead included, you can even recharge your equipment en route to locations, something that could save the day if you forget that vital charging session the night before a big shoot.
11. Hähnel Extreme HLX-E6N spare battery
Photographer's can never have too many spare batteries so they make an ideal stocking filler. We highly rate the Extreme batteries from Hahnel which not only have a bit more capacity than the stock ones from Canon, they're brightly coloured making them easy to find in your kit bag and have been injected with silicone making them super tough and more resistant to being drained quickly in cold weather.
Be sure to double-check you get the right battery though! These HLX-E6N batteries are very commonly used with Canon's DSLR and mirrorless cameras such as the EOS 6D Mark II and EOS R.
12. Western Digital WD Elements SE 2TB SSD
For backups when you’re working in the field, you need a compact, reliable and efficient storage solution. Look no further than the WD Elements SE portable hard drive. Available in a 2TB capacity, it will suit many different kinds of photographer, from a low-volume landscape shooters to a burst mode fanatic out capturing action, wildlife or location portraits. With a form factor that will easily fit in a camera bag (L x W: 11 x 8cm or 4.3 x 3.2in) and read speeds of up to 400MB/s when using the supplied USB 3.0 cable, the WD Elements SE will make the perfect Christmas gift.
13. Lowepro Photo Active TLZ-45 AW Toploader bag
Toploader bags are perfect for carrying around your Canon EOS camera with a lens attached all-day. This Lowepro Toploader Photo Active TLZ 45 AW offers brilliant protection, keeping your camera safe when you're out on a shoot and it's top-loading design makes it easy and fast to pull out your Canon EOS and get shooting so you never miss a moment. It can easily hold a Canon EOS 700D 18-135mm f/3-5.6 lens attached or similar, so it's great for a one camera and lens setup. It's also a great way to store and protect your camera when it's not being used at home too.
Geared tripod head
The Geared tripod heads are some of the best heads you can buy for almost any kind of photography. RG-1 Geared Head Mark2 CAP-GZA Geared Panning Head & SPN Base. 99 Weighing in at 1. 1,644 geared tripod head products are offered for sale by suppliers on Alibaba. It's lightweight, durable, can take up to 40kg of weight and is a similar size to the award-winning AirHed Switch. 16. It is built of high quality and exceptional strenght. Basically, a gimbal head like the ProMediaGear GK Katana balances a camera setup at its center. com The Bogen 475B Pro Geared Tripod is an all-aluminum tripod Black; Bogen Imaging: Manfrotto Tripod legs are useless without a high quality tripod head. We make tripod gimbal heads for large telephoto lenses, macro accessories, Modular Flash Brackets, Arca-Swiss style. Now, let us have a look at the Gear /Food /Photo. These new three-geared tripod heads give you a way to make quick and precise adjustments. Ellis Vener • March 2021 issue All tripod heads have two movements: tilt—fore and aft adjustment—and panning—panoramic rotation. View Details. Position click indication every 90º at the top and bottom plate. The 410 Junior Geared Head is the most Cambo's SCH precision-geared movement has important advantages over standard Also available as SCH-U with integrated adapter mount for the Cambo UBS/UST So, engineers developed a device called a “geared head” that moved the tripod head on its vertical and horizontal axes via two wheels The Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a FlipLock Lever Quick Release (Geared) is a symbiosis between a spherical head and a 3D tilt head. 2 lbs. Gimbal Head. Buy Arca Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w Arca Type Flip Lock Quick Release features Requires Plate Review Arca Swiss Tripod Heads Tripod Heads Arca Swiss C1 Cube with D800E mounted via universal L bracket Arca Swiss are known for two things producing excellent precision photographic gear ProMediaGear Carbon Fiber Tripods, Gimbal Ball Heads Camera Brackets. 00. Enquire The 4-62926-7 from Moog is an instrument geared head has a calibrated AZ/EL and its load capacity is up to 200 lbs/90 kg. Geared tripod heads have micrometric knobs to make small, precise adjustments of the camera, making them perfect for macrophotography. Some tripod comes with integrated tripod heads. It lends itself to landscape and macro The Arca Swiss D4 is the pinnacle of geared tripod heads. It has a 360° panning base, knurled knobs that give extra grip and the knobs are colour coded for ease-of-use. Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head for Tripod with RC2 Rapid Connect (468MGRC2) $129. It's the big brother to your more common friction and fluid heads, the kind of head bigger budgeted films will use to achieve their camera moves. Type: Gear, Pan/Tilt. Heads with camera quick release plates and L-brackets allow you to quickly attach and detach your camera from the tripod unit, saving you a significant amount of time. 99; Add to cart The geared tripod head stepper motor is a type of stepper motor used for the rotating base of photographic equipment, which functions to reduce speed, and increase torque. 80. Glide Gear's adjustable camera tripods, monopods, heads, and camera tripod accessories enable filmmakers to capture smooth, steady footage for pro-quality Gimbal Head is a type of tripod head that is widely used in shooting action photography. SOLD. The bottom as well as the top can rotate 360*. Manfrotto 410 3-Way Geared Pan Tilt Head With 410PL Quick Release Plate. CLH-500 Panoramic Level Head Set Complete. This fall I received a couple of items from Gitzo for review: the GT3543XLS carbon fiber tripod, and the Gimbal Fluid Head (GHFG1). QR-6 Quick Release Unit. It might not be a go-to option for hunters because of the price and weight. QR-1 Quick Release Unit. A wide variety of geared tripod head options are available to you, such as video camera, digital camera. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal Heads & Tripods Whether your production calls for basic camera movement or more elaborate techniques such as extreme tilts, low angles, high angles and more, Panavision® has the head and tripod you need to get the shot. CALKOVSKY CINEMA – BUY and SELL | Movie Lens| Professional Movie Cameras | BMPCC Lens | Vintage Movie Camera | Vintage Lens | Movie Equipment. 86 755 28435910 [email protected] 5g, making it more suitable for heavy camera and lens combinations. The Gimbal Head is a niche product. Tripod Heads. It is regarded as one of the best-geared heads made at its price point. Saloon /Trade. 95 $ 599 . CBH-6 / Arca mount Ball and Socket Head w/ARCA quick release. Awaiting Stock. $121. The Arca-Swiss C1 Cube is a relatively compact head that is geared for precise control over the composition. See More Product Details. Now, these things are usually pretty expensive -- they are designed for much heavier cameras. Add to cart. Sale. $224. 69 lbs: Base Diameter: 2. Benro tripods are well built & provide excellent value for money. 4% off. Where to buy More info. Video is for DEMO purposes only. com. The ability to make fine adjustments and know that they will stick (unlike most ball heads I've used which Gear Review: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod and Gimbal Fluid Head. 140º Y-axis pivot (30º backwards 110º forward) The Benro Geared Collection delivers separate, precision movement in three directions. com, of which tripod accounts for 1%, other camera accessories accounts for 1%. Support /Links. Add to Wish List Add to Compare. I use a Manfrotto 410 geared head for all my landscape work and would not be without it. . 7" tall) and a 22 lb load capacity. 99; Add to cart Gitzo Rational Five Heavy Duty Tripod With 3 Way head Used Condition: EX $ 399. 1. Some of the best fluid head tripods may have a variable adjustment for the drag as well. More Circularity. Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG - Budget. Longer gear lifecycles serve more and cost less-for you Not all tripods are created equal. 95 $609. Ergonomically designed for your ease of use, this tripod head comes with innovative micrometric knobs. CBH-3 - Sold out Ball and Socket Head. You can’t work with a tripod without some sort of a head, be it a ball head or a geared one or a PT head. The CPM head bridges the gap between high end cinema style geared heads and the low performing fluid and friction heads. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! A geared tripod head is a head that can carefully and precisely be adjusted through (you guessed it) gears. ProMediaGear Carbon Fiber Tripods, Gimbal Ball Heads Camera Brackets. HDRB Heavy Duty Reducer Bushing 3/8 1/4. The 496RC2 is an aluminum ball The geared tripod head stepper motor is a type of stepper motor used for the rotating base of photographic equipment, which functions to reduce speed, and increase torque. Orland Park, IL 60467, USA. Manfrotto 400 - Our Choice. The 3 Legged Thing AirHed VU is the perfect travel tripod head. The main reason for using them is precision, geared heads offer the most amazing precision possible with minute ultra fine adjustment easily achieved with rock solid stability. The Benro GD3WH Geared Head is designed to offer photographers fast and precise camera positioning. Pistol Grip: A pistol grip head is a different kind of ball head that has a handle the photographer can squeeze in order to reposition the camera. The best Manfrotto tripods are basically walking sticks without one. The gimbal head supports large and heavy telephoto lenses. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal Geared what? In case you don't know, a geared head is a tripod head that lets you perform precision, fluid pans and tilts. 2lb) and offers +90/-30 degrees head movement both up and down and for landscape tilt. The ability to make fine adjustments and know that they will stick (unlike most ball heads I've used which Best Tripod Head: Ball vs. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal This tripod head typically gives 360 degrees of movement, but certain products may have limits. ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube Geared Head with Classic Quick Release. It can tilt, swing, rotate as if it were a ball head, and it has precision gears for fine-tuned tilt and swing and additional geared rotation of the top platform. The levelling bubble provides you with an extra layer of quick precision set up. Quick, accurate and precise shots for the professional photographer. 14. All geared movements are self-locking and available in any position of the head. Different Types of Tripod Heads. CBH-2 Ball and Socket Head. and manufacture of professional photography equipment. 5 out of 5 stars 1,020 $599. $ 1,999. 70. biz Arca Swiss C1 Cube, Geared Tripod Head with Quick Release. Gimbal Tripod Head,Gimbal Head,Tripod Head,SK-GH02 Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head,Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head Adpater and other Gimbal Heads products with high quality at great prices available at sevenoak. ARCA-SWISS has succeeded in combining the advantages of both systems in one head and even integrating significant improvements over a conventional 3D tilt. So, you cannot use any other head with such tripods. 16555 S. These tripods are low-cost ones targeted towards the point and shoot camera users. Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release (MH054M0-Q2) Tripod Head. As a previous Gitzo owner, I was curious about the advances made in their products, and this was my first chance to try out one of their tripod heads. These tend to be the most popular for photography for various reasons and are the styles I would recommend you focus your attention on if you are going to be purchasing or upgrading your tripod in the future. The Benro Geared Collection delivers separate, precision movement in three directions. €215. As with virtually everything, the more sophisticated the gear is, the more it is likely to cost. Precision movement in all three axes using the large control knobs allows minute adjustments to be made, guaranteeing absolute precision positioning for a perfectly framed shot. Designed from the ground up as a low cost head unit able to be installed on existing tripods. Geared Tripod heads Hello! I wanted to ask about your experiences with geared heads for filmmaking, I'm fascinated by the heavy mounts used on Panavision cameras and how easily an operator can spin a wheel and pan the camera perfectly. Though the adjustments can be done with one hand, it is best to grab both knobs on either side of the tripod head. 140º Y-axis pivot (30º backwards 110º forward) The geared tripod head stepper motor is a type of stepper motor used for the rotating base of photographic equipment, which functions to reduce speed, and increase torque. From lightweight video legs and compact fluid heads, to heavy-duty metal legs and super-smooth geared heads, we've got the right solution for your camera and your operating preferences. ١٠/٠٥/٢٠١٧ The Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG, or XPRO Geared Head for short, is three-way geared tripod head, designed for precision adjustments. 99 21475B Head Type None and locked in seconds without the need for individual leg adjustment. However, its Explore the full range of ARCA-SWISS hand built tripod heads like the Cube, d4, and p0. So here we are, with some recommendations for a head for your favorite set of tripod legs. Get the best deals for geared tripod head at eBay. It weighs 2. 6kg, this geared head is 380g heavier than Manfrotto’s 410 Junior. 3 Bubble Levels. The 410 Junior Geared Head is the most precise three-way geared tripod head in the market. The geared tripod head stepper motor is a type of stepper motor used for the rotating base of photographic equipment, which functions to reduce speed, and increase torque. The 3 way geared tripod head is the complete polar opposite to the ball head really. The head supports up to 10kg and only weighs some 680g Keith has used Rogeti’s TSE frame with his Canon TS-E (tilt/shift) lenses for some time and has been looking at the head to see if it displays the same quality of design The geared tripod head stepper motor is a type of stepper motor used for the rotating base of photographic equipment, which functions to reduce speed, and increase torque. , is 4. 360º manual panning at the top and bottom plate. CAP-GZA Geared Panning Head & SPN Base. CT-460 Laptop Table on stand. US $316. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING GEARED HEAD WITH ORIGINAL BADGES! DEEP BLUE with WHITE and PLATINUM SILVER. Its smooth precise adjustments should appeal especially to architectural, landscape, and macro photographers. 3″ in height, and feels like a solidly milled instrument. Tilting the camera up or down, or leveling it left or right is as easy as turning the compact knobs. Arca-Swiss Compatible QR Plate. Announced in March ٢٦/١٢/٢٠١٩ Top 10 Best Geared Head Reviews On The Market Product Names Product #3 Arca Swiss D4 Geared Tripod Head Quick Set, Classic (Plate Not ١٣/٠٦/٢٠١٥ When I received the tripod head, I knew that the plate that comes with the head would not work – my Arca-Swiss quick release rails would not fit With this design, the Arrihead 2 is an ideal production tripod head for cinestyle productions. In 2009, Jack Flesher , wrote a review for the Luminous-Landscape on the Arca Swiss Cube , a really remarkable geared tripod head, which arguably set the standard for quality and precision in a geared tripod head. 383256. Phone: 1-888-413-3332, 1-708-263-4443, EU +44-20-3598-4755. Wildlife, sports, and bird photographers use this to balance a ١٧/٠٤/٢٠١٨ For any photographer who needs absolute precision in his or her photography, a geared head for your tripod is an essential piece of kit. By using 3 knobs you can control the Thrilling Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Tripod Head With Quick Release Plate cheap UK online shop. In addition to the Panahead and Super Panahead, Panavision supplies a wide range I use a Manfrotto 410 geared head for all my landscape work and would not be without it. quick-release clamps & plates, and more Quality Assurance: Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal Geared and fluid heads from Sachtler, Ronford-Baker, Cartoni, O'Connor. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal View Details. ٢٦/٠٩/٢٠٢١ A geared tripod head is a head that can carefully and precisely be adjusted through (you guessed it) gears. Mini MITCHELL 3-Speed Geared Tripod Head PROFESSIONAL CINEMA 3 SPEED GEARED HEAD. It is often used by wildlife, sports, and bird photographers. 496RC2 Aluminum Ball Head. It also prevents the tripod from falling due to the camera's weight. However there is a huge range of fluid head tripods available, so as a creator, you won’t need to break the bank to find one that fits your needs while The geared tripod head stepper motor is a type of stepper motor used for the rotating base of photographic equipment, which functions to reduce speed, and increase torque. Arca Swiss C1 Cube GP (Geared Panning), Classic Quick Release. Cambo PCF tripod head with amazing flexibility. 00 The introduction of a precision control GD3WH Geared Head confirms Benro's reputation as a premium supplier of camera supports and accessories. Note to use the GD3WH geared head on either the C3770TN or Gitzo 3533LS tripod legs you need to purchase the Geared Head Adapter - GDHAD1 costing £20 (weight 0. The Benro GD3WH Precision Geared Head supports up to 6kg and it's designed to offer photographers fa. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal Benro GD3WH 3-way geared head Overview The GD3WH is designed to offer precision control of camera movement and is ideal for studio still life photographers as well as those landscape photographers chasing golden hours at sunrise and sunset. 84 - $153. A unique product to our DSLR line of Rigs and Gear, the geared head allows precision movement of the camera in both pan and tilt. This tripod head usually has the same movement as the ball head. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal Smooth, flexible and precise: Cambo Geared Tripod Heads Posted on April 25, 2020 by cambokampen The Cambo PCH and PCF geared heads provide the fast adjustability of a ball-head, combined with the independent axis control of a 3-way pan-tilt head. 99 $609. 95. The main transmission structure is assembled by a stepper motor (motor) and a planetary gearbox (reducer). Pan Head The two types of heads I’m going to discuss are the ball and pan style heads. But CPM Camera Rigs has recently Tripod Heads. Benro GD3WH Precision 3-Way Geared Head. $142. By using 3 knobs you can control the pan, tilt and yaw. 59. Maximum Load Capacity: Holds 10 to 20 lbs. NOTE: The Mitchell Tripod head in the video is not the tripod head we have for sale. Priced at £200, the Benro GD3WH three-way geared tripod head can withstand a payload of 6kg (13. It makes final adjustment of the 410 Junior Geared Tripod Head, easy to use ergonomic knobs. Announced in March 2015, it’s Manfrotto’s smallest, lightest and most affordable geared head to date, coming-in below the earlier Junior 410 and the heavyweight 405 and 400 models. quick-release clamps & plates, and more Quality Assurance: Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal SCH Geared Tripod Head. Manfrotto 475B Pro Geared Tripod Black $359. The head is very small, even compact and the levers that otherwise get in the way have been consigned to history. FOTOBETTER GH4 for Sony Nikon Canon DSLR Camera Panorama Head Arca Swiss Tripod Gear Head Panoramic Head. Tripod head gives you the flexibility to align your camera in multiple angles and orientations. Heads The Panahead® gear head has been a standard on Hollywood sets for more than 35 years. Manfrotto Digital PRO Geared Head, Camera Tripod Head, 3-Axis Movement, High Precision, Photography Equipment, Camera 4. Weight: 2. The oldest camera grip solution in the world: the humble tripod. This tripod head is compatible Geared what? In case you don't know, a geared head is a tripod head that lets you perform precision, fluid pans and tilts. Using the Benro GD3WH geared head for a timelapse The Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG, or XPRO Geared Head for short, is three-way geared tripod head, designed for precision adjustments. Benro Linhof’s 3D Micro Geared Pan & Tilt Head with Quickfix Tripod Adapter features dual precision adjustment controls for tilt and lateral leveling and 12° self-aligning micro movements front, rear, and on both sides. US $251. You can use a d4 can like a normal ball head or like a 3D tilt head with geared movements. ProMediaGear. When every dollar goes further, every exchange brings new ways to create and explore. The black metal Arca Swiss d4 geared tripod head is a wonderfully designed and engineered tool to let you finely and accurately compose an image. Vinten Vision Blue 5 Pozi-Loc Tripod With Fluid Head and Floor Spreader VB5-AP2F Used Condition: NM $ 1,799. 015kg). When the X and Y axes are open, you can move the camera freely, ٠١/٠٨/٢٠٢١ If you are serious about your architectural and cityscape photography at some point in time you would consider buying a geared tripod head Tripods (Sticks) & Packages · Cinema Tripod Accessories · Heads · Mic Booms · Mounts · Sliders · More · Camera Straps, Bags, & Pouches · Phone & Travel Gear Leofoto Geared Head Series tripod heads are very suitable for photographing architecture, landscapes, products and panoramas. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal The geared tripod head is a high precision engineered tripod head ideal for studio work, as well as outdoor and architectural photography. This simple but effective product is designed for users of the GD3WH Geared Head who wish to use the head on a Combination type tripod that uses a large diameter platform to Product information "d4 geared pan "FlipLock"". And if you are looking for a geared tripod head with an eye towards using it outside of the studio, the choices are slim indeed. Comes equipped with special accessory shoe & reduction gears This is a BEAUTIFUL 3-Speed Professional Mitchell Geared Tripod Head, Compare to Arri tripod head. Forum Index > Photography Talk > Tripod head recommendation: Page 1 of 1 : Previous:: Next Topic The geared tripod head stepper motor is a type of stepper motor used for the rotating base of photographic equipment, which functions to reduce speed, and increase torque. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal The 3 way geared tripod head is the complete polar opposite to the ball head really. edelkrone FlexTILT Head 2 Pan/Tilt Camera Head with 1/4\"-20 Mounting Screw (80236) $108. What separates geared heads conventional ball and tilt-pan style tripod heads is that geared heads enable you to position your camera independently and Items 1 - 24 of 57 From its beginnings as a photography gear and printing shop, Cape Town photography giant Orms has become an extensive creative franchise. SUNWAYFOTO GH-PRO II + plus newest tripod gear head panoramic head for DSLR camera panorama head arca swiss quick release plate. Typically these heads feature a handle that juts out from one side that can be tightened or loosened to allow you to change the angle at which your camera is situated. Benro GD3WH Precision Geared Tripod Head. Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH), Black SmallRig Mini Ball Head, Tripod Head Camera 360° Panoramic with 1/4" Screw 3/8" Thread Mount and Arca-Type QR Plate Metal Cambo Precision Controlled Geared Tripod Head Key Features PCH. The d4 is a symbiosis of a spherical head and a 3D tilt head. Bogen 475B Specs eHow. Free Shipping. 361533. Simply turn each one to improve the angle accuracy of your shoot. These tripods usually cost about $25 to $50 which makes them quite attractive to photographers looking to invest in some gear to help them take better photos. 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Bundle Description: 3066 Fluid HeadModified Tall TripodManfrotto R116,90 Extendable Panning HandleManfrotto 509PLONG Quick Release Plate
Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use
Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use
|From left to right; ProMediaGear TR344, Really Right Stuff TVC-34, Sirui SR-3204, FLM CP34-L4 II, Leofoto LM-364C, Gitzo GT3543LS. (Pro tip: keep the leg locks away from sand if possible.)|
There is a saying about tripods; 'Cheap, light, stable - you can pick only two'. And maximizing one aspect will minimize the others. This roundup covers tripods that emphasize stability over affordability, and make what concessions they can to portability. Further, these tripods represent ‘once in a lifetime’ purchases for most enthusiasts, and ‘never have to worry about it’ gear for professionals.
We have collected together six tripods intended for use with heavy cameras, long lenses, and in difficult conditions. They are all from well-known makers of quality, durable tripods, which share similar specifications and represent each company's interpretations of the ‘systematic 3-series tripod.’ Great, but what do these terms mean?
Terminology | Specs comparison | Testing methods
Gitzo | Sirui | FLM | ProMediaGear | Really Right Stuff | Leofoto
A ‘systematic’ tripod has a large, open apex with a removable top plate, where different accessory items (video bowl, leveling base, center column, etc.) can be inserted to change the function of the tripod itself, without needing another set of legs.
|Open Apex||Platform||Video Bowl||Half Ball||Level Base|
Gitzo pioneered this modular approach more than 40 years ago, and because those initial tripods and their inserts were part of a system, Gitzo referred to them as ‘systematic’ to differentiate them from their other, non-modular tripod offerings. That term has now become a standard to describe all tripods of this type.
Next, '3-series' is another Gitzo tripod term referring to the different size ranges of their tripods, and it has been adopted by other manufacturers to some degree to indicate the tube diameter and general size of their products, as well. Generally, it means the top leg tube diameters of the tripod legs are between 33-36mm, although some exceed this.
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Key specifications compared
All six tripods are the '3-series systematic' type of medium size and modular apex, with four-section legs at the 'regular' length, except the 'long version' FLM. Therefore, the specifications are quite close among them, and the red/ green differences in the table below can be relatively slight.
|PMG TR344||RRS |
|Leofoto LM-364C||FLM CP-34 L4 II|
|Length (folded)*||55 cm (21.6")||54.5 cm (21.5")||53 cm (20.8")||53 cm (20.8")||53 cm (20.8")||60 cm (23.6")|
|Weight*||1.94 kg (4.27 lbs)||2.1 kg (4.62 lbs)||1.82 kg (4.02 lbs)||1.93 kg (4.25 lbs)||1.92 kg (4.23 lbs)||1.95 kg |
|Max. Height*||146 cm (57.5")||150 cm|
|148 cm (58.2")||145 cm (57.1")||173.5 cm|
|Min. Height*||9 cm|
|14.3 cm (5.6")||9.4 cm|
|Load Limit##||25kg |
|27.2 kg |
|39 kg |
|30 kg |
|33 kg |
|Leg Tube Diameters*||33, 29, 25.3, 21.8 mm||33, 29.5, 26, 22mm||34, 30, 26.2, 22.4 mm||36.7, 33, 28.5, 24.7 mm||36, 32.5, 28, 25mm||34, 30, 26, 22mm|
23°, 53°, 86°
|25°, 51°, 79°||24°, 50°, 84°||26°, 53°, 86°||23°, 56°, 87°||25°, 54°, 84°|
|Platform Diameter*||70 mm|
|78mm (3.1")||69mm (2.7")||70 mm|
|75mm (2.95")||75mm (2.95")|
## Manufacturer provided amount. Not a standardized measurement.
In this group of tripods, every represented manufacturer offers these tripods with three or four section legs, and most offer ‘long’ versions, for extra height. The FLM in this group is a long version, as that is the only size normally stocked in North America (the Medium and Small are special order). In addition, almost all of the brands offer even larger systematic tripods with thicker legs, and corresponding increases in other dimensions, as well.
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Testing methods – four seasons of use
These tripods were not simply unboxed or examined in a vacuum. They were compared against each other over four seasons of pandemic-inspired photography along the US Atlantic coast. Each tripod has been used in sand, snow, mud, rain, and salt water; set up in the bog-like Atlantic salt marshes and the wind-swept Appalachian mountains. They have been loaded with gimbal heads, ball heads, geared and pano-heads, and up to 4kg (8.8lb) lenses attached to cameras ranging from APS-C to medium-format, shooting anything from long-exposure landscapes to extreme telephoto birds-in-flight. The only test they did not go through was being rough-handled at the airport, thanks to pandemic travel restrictions.
Due to the size and price of these relatively niche tripods, and considering how long they were used in the field, these reviews will include comments on how easy they are to maintain, and considerations on spare parts and service. This gear is designed for long-life and continual use in many challenging environments, so cleaning, care and repair should be a routine part of their use.
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Gitzo has been the first (and sometimes last) word in high-end and heavy-duty tripods for many decades, and their innovations and influence are clearly seen in every other tripod of this type on the market. The GT3543LS exemplifies Gitzo's continual refinement of this type of tripod in fit, finish, form and function. While it may have the slimmest legs and narrowest stance in this group, both of which anecdotally should make it less stable, it comes in a close second for vibration resistance.
Our take: The safe, but pricey, bet. Excellent performance with worldwide support
The wide variety of accessories available to fit in its 70mm apex means this is truly a broad system to buy into. Only a few small issues come up in terms of the leg angle locks and the overall dimensions, but this tripod has very few flaws and performs admirably in every situation and test. While any Gitzo is an expensive proposition, they are the most accessible and widely supported tripod of this type worldwide, which makes it a safe bet as a stalwart companion for many years.
Read the Gitzo GT3543LS in-depth review
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Sirui made their name with a line of excellent tripod heads and a dizzying array of smaller tripods, with the SR-series at the top of their line in most regions. Many of the highlights from their other products are on full display in the SR-3204, with excellent leg collars, well-machined aluminum and magnesium alloy parts, and excellent carbon fiber tubes, but then some of the other common parts, such as the press-in angle locks, do not scale up as well. The full SR-series includes an aluminum legged version, as well as a 3-section carbon fiber tripod, which lower the already affordable price of this size and type of tripod.
Our take: Budget-friendly pick, with option for even less-expensive aluminum legs.
Functionally the built-in video bowl is quite welcome, as is the (hard-to-find) center column accessory, but there are some compatibility issues that warrant looking to other manufacturers for add-ons. The lack of any instructions or spare parts for maintenance of this type of support system is surprising, given the expected longevity. When compared in this group, the Sirui SR-3204 is a bit heavy and not as vibration resistant as its peers, and lacks some refinement in its design and functions, but still offers a lot for the low price.
Read the Sirui SR-3204 in-depth review
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FLM CP34-L4 II
The CP34-L4 is the tallest tripod in this roundup, due to FLM prioritizing this 'Large' size for the North American market, but it also shows just what can be gained from any tripod by opting for a longer-legged version. Meanwhile, FLM has built its reputation on the rock-solid stability of its various heads, and though these new tripods are made in China, the same durable engineering and tight construction is carried over. The tripod is well finished and incredibly sturdy for its size, with only a few missteps in the design, such as the missing weight hook and bare metal leg locks, but these are offset by the integrated video bowl and relatively affordable price.
Our take: The tall option, with thoughtful features at a reasonable price
Vibration resistance for this long-legged version is quite good, and the ease of maintenance and availability of spare parts carries over the FLM tradition of support long after purchase. The end result is an easily recommended alternative to the top-end tripods from any other manufacturer, and well worth the special order in some markets if something less than the tested 'large' tripod is needed.
Read the FLM CP34-L4 II in-depth review
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ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344
ProMediaGear has carefully engineered the TR344 to be as light and compact as possible (besting its rivals in this group), with thoughtful features like a variety of apex attachment points, hidden (but always there) foot spikes, and a large bubble level. The available options of a larger-legged version or a more compact apex (the TRS344), and the even larger 42mm-series, complete the PMG tripod for the high-end of demanding users. Exploiting the systematic, modular apex on the TR344 is a little harder due to a proprietary attachment method, but many apex inserts and options are available from PMG.
Our take: Lightest and most compact in this group, with excellent build and options
Excellent vibration control characteristics and a very precise fit and finish make the TR344 a joy to use in the field, and while the use of manual leg angle locks and all-metal leg collars may be unusual, but not a big functional issue unless it gets really cold. Cleaning and maintenance are fairly easy and well-documented, while spare parts are available direct from PMG. Overall, the ProMediaGear TR344 'Pro-Stix' tripod is a high-performing support system that doesn't distract with issues or shortcomings during long days of shooting.
Read the ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 in-depth review
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Really Right Stuff Versa TVC34
When it comes to support gear, Really Right Stuff is almost always considered the 'nec-plus-ultra' in terms of design, innovation, and high price. In other words, great stuff if you can afford it. The RRS 'Versa' TVC-34 tripod, however, is not much more expensive than a few other 3-series systematic tripods in this group, but delivers nearly bomb-proof stability along with eminent portability in a very refined package. Attention to details like the rounded leg angle locks and sealed leg collars pervade the RRS tripod line, while the 36.7mm top tube diameter of the TVC-34 is the largest of any '3-series' tripod in this roundup.
Our take: maximum stability in an overbuilt but balanced package
The only issues to be found are a reluctant leg extension (due to very tight tolerances), a simple aluminum platform, and lack of any extras in the box compared to the competition. RRS includes a guide on maintaining their tripods and provides spare parts and service from their Utah headquarters. By overbuilding and oversizing almost everything about this tripod, while retaining a very portable profile, RRS has simply gone beyond the competition in this roundup, and exemplifies their 'best of the best' philosophy in support equipment.
Read the Really Right Stuff Versa TVC34 in-depth review
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Leofoto Summit LM-364C
The LM 'Summit' series of 'systematic' tripods from Leofoto extends to 12 different models, varying in height, number of leg sections, and leg tube width. The LM-364C is their 4-section '3-series' size with generous 36mm top leg tubes, included extras like a padded bag and 75mm video bowl, and a large catalog of optional extras for that open apex. The relatively low price for this size and type of tripod is the real attraction, and after a thorough review and long testing period, there were only a few minor issues with the fit of all the parts.
Our take: High value for a low price, with very few compromises
Stability of the system is the primary function of any tripod, and the Leofoto does not disappoint in that regard. It is easy to use and will support heavy loads in a variety of conditions. The wide range of options in the 'Summit' and related 'Ranger' series, with similar legs and materials, mean there is probably a good personal fit in the Leofoto tripod line for most needs. The only ongoing concern is the availability of parts and support long after the initial purchase, but this will vary by geographic region.
Read the Leofoto LM0364C in-depth review
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|Our intrepid tripods, standing tall in the shoulder season. From left to right; SIrui SR-3204, RRS TVC-34, FLM CP34-L4, PMG TR344. Leofoto LM-364C, Gitzo GT3543LS.|
These are not your normal, run-of-the-mill, three-legged support systems by any stretch of the imagination. They are purposefully designed for maximum stability and flexibility, and may not be a good choice for everyone, or every situation. The good news is that each of these manufacturers has options for smaller, lighter, and more portable tripods, just as most of them offer even larger legs, if desired.
After all is said and done, which is the best '3-series systematic' tripod? That depends on many personalized factors; like what gear you will support with it, where you will take it, how tall you are, and what your budget and priorities are. If you've read through these tripod reviews with interest, most likely one or more of them will jump out at you as being the best compromise for your needs. And when you really need stable support for some big or heavy photography equipment, that tripod will be the best for you.
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Sincere thanks to Lensrentals.com for providing cameras and (large) lenses used in the creation of these reviews
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