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288 pages

Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide

Creator: Wiley, Thomas | Photography - 2010-11-11

Obviously, the more a tripod costs, the more features and stability it's likely to have. Features. There are dozens of different features available in any given tripod. Some tripods have a quickrelease plate, some have a ball head, some are small, ...

Publisher: Wiley

About this book
A 14.2 megapixel camera with full 1080p video capabilities, the Nikon D3100 camera is both powerful and yet, accessible to first-time dSLR users. The "Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide" will teach you how to get the most out of the advanced dSLR features of the Nikon D3100 as well as improve your basic photography skills.Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon D3100. - This chapter covers the key components of the Nikon D3100 including basic layout, dials, switches, buttons, and navigation of the viewfinder screen.Chapter 2: Nikon D3100 Essentials. - Learn the various modes for exposures, auto focus, white balance, and picture controls.Chapter 3: Exploring the Nikon D3100 Menus. - Learn to use the playback, shooting, setup and retouch menus to get the most out of the Nikon D3100's photographic potential.Chapter 4: Essential Photography Concepts. - Understand the basics of exposure, depth of field, and composition on your Nikon D3100 to take your photography to the next level.Chapter 5: Selecting and Using Lenses. - Learn lens basics and which lens to use to get the exact type of photos that you want.Chapter 6: Working With Light. - Create natural and beautiful photographs with your D3100 and this chapter's tips on soft light, hard light, natural light, and the use of flash to get the best possible photos.Chapter 7: Working With Live View and Video. - Learn the various video modes of the Nikon D3100 camera, and find tips and tricks for getting the best video possible with your dSLR.Chapter 8: Real World Applications. - Get professional pointers for capturing still-life, action, and abstract photos, as well as landscapes, sports, and architectural subjects with your Nikon D3100.Chapter 9: Viewing and In-Camera Editing. - Learn to view, download, and re-touch images with the Nikon D3100's easy to use editing interface.Appendix A: Accessories. - This Appendix brings together information about remote controls, tripods, monopods, and other accessories that will help you get the most out of your Nikon D3100.Appendix B: How to Use the Grey Card and Color Checker. - Learn how to produce photos with accurate white balance and color with these free-inside-the-book tools.This go-anywhere, full-color guide includes a free grey/color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color in any situation. With the "Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide, " you will gain a thorough understanding not only of the Nikon D3100, but also the basic fundamentals of capturing the best possible photos.


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304 pages

Looking Closer 3, Classic Writings on Graphic Design

Creator: Michael Bierut | 1999-08-01

Gitzo makes the world's best tripods in a huge variety of sizes. I have two, a lightweight Tota-Luxe model and a taller Studex model. I use Gitzo's sturdy, easy- leveling #2 ballhead. A tripod should extend to your eye-level to minimize fatigue ...

Publisher: Allworth Pr

About this book
Rare and difficult-to-find essays provide fascinating reading in this third anthology in the Looking Closer series, a matchless resource tracing the continuum of critical thought from graphic designıs earliest days as a viable art and craft. Looking Closer 3 brings back into discourse more than thirty seminal essays by such distinguished figures as William Morris, Aldous Huxley, Alvin Lustig, and Paul Rand, reviving ideas of form and content as well as arguments over manner and style that have been lost for decades. For professionals, teachers, and students alike, this pivotal collection is an invaluable compliment to any design library. Michael Bierut is a partner of Pentagram, the international design consultancy. He lives in New York. Jessica Helfand is a partner of William Drenttel/ Jessica Helfand, a multimedia and print media company. She lives in Falls Village, CT. Steven Heller is a senior art director at The New York Times, editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, and the author or editor of more than seventy books on graphic design. Rick Poynor is the founding editor of Eye magazine and the author of six books on graphic design. He lives in Twickenham, England.


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  • XCSOURCE

    XCSOURCE® Pro All Metal Camera Tripod Ballhead with Quick Release Plate for Canon 5D mark II III 550d 50d 600d 1000d 1100d 650d 700d Nikon D7100 D7000 D5200 D5100 D3200 D3100 D3000 LF023

    Photography (XCSOURCE)

    Rating (32 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    XCSOURCE

    Great quality product!!!!!

    0 5/5 Paul A. Vincent - See all my reviews, December 8, 2013

    Good value Ball Head

    0 4/5 Laura Laffitte - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: XCSOURCE® Pro All Metal Camera Tripod Ballhead with Quick Release Plate for Canon 5D mark II III 550d 50d 600d 1000d 1100d 650d 700d Nikon D7100 D7000 D5200 D5100 D3200 D3100 D3000 LF023 (Electronics) I purchased this product to put on the top of a monopod for quick and easy removal of my camera while out hiking. I use it with a Manfrotto MM294A4 294 and a Canon 60d. I usually have a Canon 70-200 or a Tamron 70-300 attached to the 60d. It does work and is built well. The cost us much less than the name brands. I can't say if it is as good as the name brands as I don't own any of them. it works for what I wanted and I will also use it on my tripod once I get a thread adapter. This is larger than what is on my tripod. My monopod will accept either size threads. One small thing; the part that you turn to tighten the plate to the camera is a little finicky. What I am talking about is on the bottom of the plate. It is sometimes a little hard to fold down if you don't have fingernails, and sometimes it falls down and hits when you are trying to mount the plate on the rest of the ball head. All-in-all I am happy with this purchase. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 3, 2013

    Wanted a cheep strong ball head

    0 5/5 Travis W - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: XCSOURCE® Pro All Metal Camera Tripod Ballhead with Quick Release Plate for Canon 5D mark II III 550d 50d 600d 1000d 1100d 650d 700d Nikon D7100 D7000 D5200 D5100 D3200 D3100 D3000 LF023 (Electronics) ...And I got a cheep strong ball head. I am super happy with this purchase. I wanted something that would support a D800 with a 70-200 f2.8 and this does that without a problem.The only improvement would be a panning arm but for the price, and what I am planning for it, it's not needed. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 7, 2014
    42') Dimension: 85mm x 64mm x 94mm Net Weight: 413g Max
    It's simply professional and affordable
    The features independent adjustment knobs for precise locking, panning and tension controls, and each adjustment knob is intuitively positioned, positive to the touch and allows for exact camera positioning
    It's a brand New and High Quality Professional Tripod Ball Head Camera Ballhead, and it is made from black anodized aluminum and offer three operation knobs
    : )Specification: Ball Diameter: 36mm (1


  • Dolica

    Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Dolica

    feature rich tripod!

    0 5/5 Kirk (IL, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) It is made out of aluminum. Light enough to carry around the whole day yet still very sturdy. The aluminum ball head actually performs well. Once you've got the desired angle and lock it in place, the camera will stay on that angle until you release the lock unlike my 20 usd tripod. Im using a d80 with 18-270mm lens attached. That's about 1.2kg weight. The tripod is rated by the manufacturer to handle up to 13 lbs of equipment. Other features are a quick release plate, 2 bubble levels ( one on the head and the other on the legs), user replaceable aluminum tripod head, a threaded weight hook and spiked feet. The tripod can also converted so you can take macro shots. The legs can be locked in position independent of one another. With all these features plus great performance, this tripod is a steal!One minor hiccup, the plastic on the leg clamps, while not cheap, isnt top of the line. But they get the job done so it a no issue for me 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 26, 2009

    Great Tripod for the Price

    If you're a professional photographer, go look at Manfrotto or some of the other high end brands. If you're an amateur photographer looking for a good tripod that won't cut into your lens budget, then look no further.The ball head is nice, but is sometimes a bit unwieldy, and difficult to set. Sometimes you have to crank down the tightening nut a lot to get it to stay. The snaps that extend the legs are plastic feel cheap, but what can you expect from such an inexpensive tripod?On the good side, you are getting a ball head tripod, with legs that can be extended past their typical angle. They also have nice padding on them which is great in the Northern climates when you have to work without gloves. The tips of the legs can be rotated to reveal spikes for difficult terrain, and there's two bubble levels: one on the legs of the tripod, and one on the actual ball head. There's also a compass, if you need that utility. Even with all that, you still get a pretty... 4/5 R. Kanzig - See all my reviews, April 12, 2009

    Dolica AX620B100 62-inch Proline Tripod w/ball head

    0 3/5 irJIM (northern, CA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) Great tripod with performance legs that spread low and wide for macro work for the price. The quick release plate, quick flip lever leg release and lock, bubble levers, and a good tripod case besides being light and compact is great. The weak area for this tripod is the weak strength of the legs when fully extended, it has too much play but great for P&S digitals O.K. for small dSLR with small lens. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 22, 2009
    List Price: $65.99
    Ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level
    Support up to 13.2 lbs
    Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet
    62" Aluminum Proline Tripod


  • Giotto

    Professional Mini Ball Head Camera Mount

    Photography (Giotto)

    Rating (279 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Giotto

    A Very well made Camera Swivel

    This item impressed me.I'm using it on a Targus Mono-Pod, with a Quick release adapter screwed onto the top of this swivel.I use it with a Sony Camcorder and Canon Rebel camera with no problems. Once I tighten the swivel, I don't have to worry about it drooping or otherwise shifting position.From top to bottom:No rough edges from machining. The movement was very smooth.It even includes a rubber screw cap, to keep the top camera mount screw from marring anything when it's not attached to something.It's all metal, except for the thumbscrew tabs and screw-on camera seat.The camera seat has an additional rubber pad for firmer gripping of the camera when it's screwed on.The curve of the inside socket opening exactly matches the curve of the ball. This means no play or movement whatever once it's tightened.It's designed so that the thumbscrew does NOT take much effort at all to lock the swivel and ball into whatever... 5/5 P. Skow (KC,MO) - See all my reviews, February 27, 2011

    OK for small cameras but don't put your 7D on it

    0 3/5 Stacy Howlett (Brooklyn, NY United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Professional Mini Ball Head Camera Mount (Electronics) The Giottos ball head is good for a small camera that's not too heavy, but you'll want to get something larger and more stable for your heavier cameras and/or fancy lenses. We found that the 7D with a 24mm wide angle lens on it tended to slide unless we cranked the knob so hard it nearly stripped the screw. "Professional" as a term to describe this item is probably pushing it; its really a consumer ball head for lightweight cameras like a Canon Powershot and/or other devices, such as handycam-type video recorders. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 14, 2010

    Lightweight but good

    0 4/5 Bookloving Grandma "Tex" (Dallas, TX USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) Watch how many pounds a ball head holds before you order any of them. This one is small and would hold maybe 2-3 pounds. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 6, 2007
    List Price: $15.99
    Price: $12.15
    You Save: $3.84 (24%)
    Load capacity: 2 kg 4.41 lbs
    Base with interchangeable mounting thread 1/4" and 3/8"
    Detachable platform with camera mounting thread 1/4"
    Height: 51 mm 2.00 Inch
    Weight: 50 g 1.76 ounces


  • Fancier

    DMKFoto Heavy Duty Ball Head with Quick Release Plate

    Photography (Fancier)

    Rating (135 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Fancier

    Excellent!

    0 5/5 Leslie Green - See all my reviews, May 26, 2009

    For the price, excellent!

    VERY inexpensive, yet high quality. I would trust it with my DSLR, but not my 4X5. It can handle the weight, but moving the ball under slight tension would be a little difficult with something around the 8lb range.CONS (let's get them out of the way..):* The head, under slight tension isn't very smooth for fine adjustments, but still works well.* The bubble level sits under the lens..? If you want to get everything level, THEN put the camera on the head, it will be functional.. yet, the point of a ballhead is ease of adjustment on the fly, isn't it? Just ignore it.PROS (if the opening line didn't sell you already):* Price (or lack there of)* Build quality* Ease of use* Quick release plate that actually works! (& is tight)* What you get is what you should've paid double for!THINGS TO KNOW:* The quick release plate is ALMOST the same as the Bogen / Manfrotto 200PL-14, but doesn't have the notches cut out of the... 5/5 Dustin (Centerville, UT United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: DMKFoto Heavy Duty Ball Head with Quick Release Plate (Electronics) VERY inexpensive, yet high quality. I would trust it with my DSLR, but not my 4X5. It can handle the weight, but moving the ball under slight tension would be a little difficult with something around the 8lb range.CONS (let's get them out of the way..):* The head, under slight tension isn't very smooth for fine adjustments, but still works well.* The bubble level sits under the lens..? If you want to get everything level, THEN put the camera on the head, it will be functional.. yet, the point of a ballhead is ease of adjustment on the fly, isn't it? Just ignore it.PROS (if the opening line didn't sell you already):* Price (or lack there of)* Build quality* Ease of use* Quick release plate that actually works! (& is tight)* What you get is what you should've paid double for!THINGS TO KNOW:* The quick release plate is ALMOST the same as the Bogen / Manfrotto 200PL-14, but doesn't have the notches cut out of the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 9, 2012

    Worked fine after tightening set screws

    This seems to be a fairly good ball head, although because of my inexperience with ball heads I'm not sure it can be described as "heavy duty". I had some initial problems with it because one of the hex head set screws became loose fairly soon after I started using it, but that problem was solved with a drop of lock-tite and an allen-head wrench. It was scary before I fixed the problem because my camera almost came off while hiking with it attached to the ball head and tripod. Another screw, a phillips head set screw also became loose. Again, after tightening this screw all was ok. But, these screws should never have come loose in ordinary use. They are meant to be tight and to remain tight.One other minor problem is in regard to the quick release plate. There is a very tiny amount of play (almost imperceptible) between the QR plate and the ball head. It doesn't seem to affect picture taking, but I plan to do something to eliminate the play. I like the way the QR plate... 4/5 Ben Sweet (Georgia, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: DMKFoto Heavy Duty Ball Head with Quick Release Plate (Electronics) This seems to be a fairly good ball head, although because of my inexperience with ball heads I'm not sure it can be described as "heavy duty". I had some initial problems with it because one of the hex head set screws became loose fairly soon after I started using it, but that problem was solved with a drop of lock-tite and an allen-head wrench. It was scary before I fixed the problem because my camera almost came off while hiking with it attached to the ball head and tripod. Another screw, a phillips head set screw also became loose. Again, after tightening this screw all was ok. But, these screws should never have come loose in ordinary use. They are meant to be tight and to remain tight.One other minor problem is in regard to the quick release plate. There is a very tiny amount of play (almost imperceptible) between the QR plate and the ball head. It doesn't seem to affect picture taking, but I plan to do something to eliminate the play. I like the way the QR plate... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 16, 2009
    List Price: $39.99
    Load capacity: 9 lbs
    Smooth 360 degree movement
    Single lever control for quick action
    Professional ball head with quick release


  • Ravelli

    Ravelli Professional 65" Ball Head Camera Video Photo Tripod with Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag

    Photography (Ravelli)

    Rating (380 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Ravelli

    Good tripod for the right price

    I bought this tripod as a replacement for my Dolica Proline Ballhead that served me well for few years, so for simplicity, I'll just compare these two side by side.Ballhead:Dolica - somewhat flimsy, takes few months for black paint to wear out before it becomes more or less smooth. Camera plate is unique and should be ordered from Dolica only. Hard to adjust, has a tendency to drift from locked position. Quick release works so-so. Has a bubble level that is somewhat useful.Ravelli - nice smooth head, easy to adjust, stays put once locked. No bubble level. Camera plate seems unique. Still have to figure out where to get extra plates. Quick release works pretty well.Legs:Dolica - very easy to unfold and adjust, has both rubber and steel points on each leg, can be lowered down to almost ground level. Locking is reliable, but the tripod itself is not very stable. Once folded, fits into 21" carry-on (on a diagonal). Having rubber grips on... 5/5 Alex - See all my reviews This review is from: Ravelli Professional 65" Ball Head Camera Video Photo Tripod with Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag (Electronics) I bought this tripod as a replacement for my Dolica Proline Ballhead that served me well for few years, so for simplicity, I'll just compare these two side by side.Ballhead:Dolica - somewhat flimsy, takes few months for black paint to wear out before it becomes more or less smooth. Camera plate is unique and should be ordered from Dolica only. Hard to adjust, has a tendency to drift from locked position. Quick release works so-so. Has a bubble level that is somewhat useful.Ravelli - nice smooth head, easy to adjust, stays put once locked. No bubble level. Camera plate seems unique. Still have to figure out where to get extra plates. Quick release works pretty well.Legs:Dolica - very easy to unfold and adjust, has both rubber and steel points on each leg, can be lowered down to almost ground level. Locking is reliable, but the tripod itself is not very stable. Once folded, fits into 21" carry-on (on a diagonal). Having rubber grips on... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 22, 2011

    Awesome Product.

    0 5/5 Z. Wu "SlicerAD" (San Francisco, CA) - See all my reviews, July 19, 2011

    Excellent quality and value

    I'm not sure how anybody can fault this tripod at this price. I have listed some "cons" below, but it's really just a list of personal preferences. Understand that if you want more, you will have to pay significantly more to get it. As background, I purchased the Ravelli tripod mainly for indoor use, using a DSLR with various lenses. I have not tested it outside yet, but have no reason to doubt its performance anywhere.Pros:- High quality construction - holds your gear rock-solid in place (that's the main purpose, right?). Even with a front-heavy telephoto setup, the ball holds firm and without having to over-crank it.- Flexible positioning - legs have 3 stages and 2 different (and independent) lock positions (narrow and wide). Center can also be inverted to hang the camera. Head has lateral pan function, independent of ball.- Simple operation - ball-head, center column and legs lock/unlock easily - do not need excessive force to lock.- Reasonably... 5/5 GW (Chicago) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ravelli Professional 65" Ball Head Camera Video Photo Tripod with Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag (Electronics) I'm not sure how anybody can fault this tripod at this price. I have listed some "cons" below, but it's really just a list of personal preferences. Understand that if you want more, you will have to pay significantly more to get it. As background, I purchased the Ravelli tripod mainly for indoor use, using a DSLR with various lenses. I have not tested it outside yet, but have no reason to doubt its performance anywhere.Pros:- High quality construction - holds your gear rock-solid in place (that's the main purpose, right?). Even with a front-heavy telephoto setup, the ball holds firm and without having to over-crank it.- Flexible positioning - legs have 3 stages and 2 different (and independent) lock positions (narrow and wide). Center can also be inverted to hang the camera. Head has lateral pan function, independent of ball.- Simple operation - ball-head, center column and legs lock/unlock easily - do not need excessive force to lock.- Reasonably... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 11, 2011
    Ball Head with Removable Plate for Camera
    Heavy Duty Carry Bag
    Light Weight Aluminum Legs
    Height Adjustable Center Colum
    Total Tripod Weight is less than 4 LBS (3.5LBS)


  • Dolica

    Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (291 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Dolica

    Almost perfect

    I love this tripod, which replaces an aluminum Bogen that I've had for years. The tripod sets up quickly, and unlike the experience of another reviewer, mine is perfectly level when the legs are at full extension. There were no flaws, no loose screws, and this is an unbelievably versatile tripod compared to what I had before. I use this for travel and hiking. It is a little on the heavier side than some of the other aluminum tripods on the market, but it is rock solid. It is extremely stable even with the center column fully extended. I love the degree markings on the head, perfect for stitching panoramic shots. The feet have metal spikes, but also rubber feet that will screw down over the spikes for indoor work. The only reason I titled this review "almost perfect" is that if the tripod had a removable handle for rotating the ball hand, for panning for example, it would be perfect. I spent a LOT of time researching all the tripods available in the market now (12/1/2011) and I found... 5/5 Sceaga - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR (Electronics) I love this tripod, which replaces an aluminum Bogen that I've had for years. The tripod sets up quickly, and unlike the experience of another reviewer, mine is perfectly level when the legs are at full extension. There were no flaws, no loose screws, and this is an unbelievably versatile tripod compared to what I had before. I use this for travel and hiking. It is a little on the heavier side than some of the other aluminum tripods on the market, but it is rock solid. It is extremely stable even with the center column fully extended. I love the degree markings on the head, perfect for stitching panoramic shots. The feet have metal spikes, but also rubber feet that will screw down over the spikes for indoor work. The only reason I titled this review "almost perfect" is that if the tripod had a removable handle for rotating the ball hand, for panning for example, it would be perfect. I spent a LOT of time researching all the tripods available in the market now (12/1/2011) and I found... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 1, 2011

    GX600B200 demo and How To Create Short Center Column

    0 5/5 Brian Smith (Riverside, CA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR (Electronics), April 3, 2012

    Pro Review: Works great for my photo work in the field without spending big bucks or causing embarrassment

    I don't always use a tripod, but when I do, I usually need it to take portraits for a family with small children who don't want to look at the camera. Being a one-man-crew, I try to pop out from behind the lens and make them smile/laugh and look at the camera... which is impossible without a tripod. In addition to the above, I occasionally do some urban photography, residential and landscapes - but not too often. I already have a studio tripod, and while incredibly stable, it also weighs about 20lb and folds down to about 36" long. So bearing that in mind, here's my must haves:1) Needs to be light enough for me to carry all over creation without too much trouble ~ 4lb2) Needs to be tall enough for me (6ft 5in) to operate comfortably3) Needs to be sturdy enough to hold a large DSLR and long lens ~ 15lb load4) Needs to fold down to a relatively short length ~ 25"5) Needs to be stable enough to do longer exposures (2-3 sec) in real world... 5/5 Paul Tucker (KC, MO USA) - See all my reviews, November 12, 2013
    List Price: $79.99
    Rapid stability center column
    Reversible locking center column
    Integrated tripod bubble level
    Durable flip leg locks
    3-Position leg angle adjustment locks (for macro lens)


  • fancierstudio

    Fancier 6664H Quick Release Tripod Grip Action Ball Head

    Photography (fancierstudio)

    Rating (58 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    fancierstudio

    Perfect for my Gitzo tripod and just as sturdy

    0 5/5 NO (United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fancier 6664H Quick Release Tripod Grip Action Ball Head (Electronics) With photography tools you normally save a little money and you unfortunately get what you paid for. I was pleasantly surprised this product breaks that mold. I bought this because it was cheaper than the Gitzo ones which are usually upper two to three hundred dollars. I was expecting it to not be as good and I honestly can honestly say this thing is built like a tank but handles like a sports bike! Easy to adjust all the knobs. The quick release is very sturdy and easy to use. I have used it with my DSLR and a very heavy lens without any shaking or movement issues. I don't think there is any camera lens combo that this couldn't support.Update Jan 2014:This guy is still going strong and working well. We don't use it a HUGE amount but fairly often and its still seems just as tough as when we got it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 18, 2011

    hit the ball out of the park!

    I know what your thinking... a ball head for $45?!?!?I thought the same thing, I don't know if I want to put $3000 worth of equipment on a $45 piece of metal... Well I have quite a collection of tripods and tripod heads and this can compete! The build is amazing. The head has a good feel in your hand, the build is solid and nothing rattles. The tripod plate has like many tripod plates a safety lock so the plate does not slip out on accident.This tripod has 3 knobs. The knobs are covered with a rubber ring that provides sufficient grip to turn the knob. Each one turns smoothly and effortlessly. This particular head allows you to control the tension of the ball which is nice most of the cheap ball heads only have one control for the ball mechanism. The tension control is good and does its job providing enough tension on the ball to not allow it to slop but the tension control is not as good as some other ballheads I have.Another feature that this ball... 4/5 The Muse - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fancier 6664H Quick Release Tripod Grip Action Ball Head (Electronics) I know what your thinking... a ball head for $45?!?!?I thought the same thing, I don't know if I want to put $3000 worth of equipment on a $45 piece of metal... Well I have quite a collection of tripods and tripod heads and this can compete! The build is amazing. The head has a good feel in your hand, the build is solid and nothing rattles. The tripod plate has like many tripod plates a safety lock so the plate does not slip out on accident.This tripod has 3 knobs. The knobs are covered with a rubber ring that provides sufficient grip to turn the knob. Each one turns smoothly and effortlessly. This particular head allows you to control the tension of the ball which is nice most of the cheap ball heads only have one control for the ball mechanism. The tension control is good and does its job providing enough tension on the ball to not allow it to slop but the tension control is not as good as some other ballheads I have.Another feature that this ball... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 12, 2012

    Hard to Believe Product

    The two previous reviews influenced my purchase decision. The item was delivered yesterday and I installed it on my Gitzo tripod. I'm an amateur but peripherally worked as a pro while a foreign correspondent for a massive publishing company. Leica, Linholf, Zeitz, Hasselblad gear was piled all around me for 16 years. I appreciate quality and can recognize it.I had to get on a pro forum to learn how to detach my old Bogen 3047 head. Once that was accomplished the new Ball Head went on in less than a minute. I am impressed with the good engineering and the build. I have yet to use it with a heavy lens on my Nikon D7000, but this piece of gear is well designed. Great fine control of friction on the ball with a larger knob, and simple ball lock with a smaller knob on the other side.The previous reviewers echoed my suspicion that you get what you paid for. $42 seems a little scary. But, as with them, this Fancier brand ball head is a pleasant surprise. And if, as... 5/5 BravoZulu - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fancier 6664H Quick Release Tripod Grip Action Ball Head (Electronics) The two previous reviews influenced my purchase decision. The item was delivered yesterday and I installed it on my Gitzo tripod. I'm an amateur but peripherally worked as a pro while a foreign correspondent for a massive publishing company. Leica, Linholf, Zeitz, Hasselblad gear was piled all around me for 16 years. I appreciate quality and can recognize it.I had to get on a pro forum to learn how to detach my old Bogen 3047 head. Once that was accomplished the new Ball Head went on in less than a minute. I am impressed with the good engineering and the build. I have yet to use it with a heavy lens on my Nikon D7000, but this piece of gear is well designed. Great fine control of friction on the ball with a larger knob, and simple ball lock with a smaller knob on the other side.The previous reviewers echoed my suspicion that you get what you paid for. $42 seems a little scary. But, as with them, this Fancier brand ball head is a pleasant surprise. And if, as... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 5, 2012
    Lock and drag controls Quick-release plate
    Height: 4.5 inches. weighs only 1-1/4 lbs
    The load capacity of the head is 11 lbs
    The ball has a 39mm (1.5 inches) diameter which provides super smooth movement and super strong grip
    Screw size: 1/4 inch for camera; 3/8 inch for tripods


  • AmazonBasics

    AmazonBasics 62-Inch Aluminum Ball Head Tripod

    Photography (AmazonBasics)

    Rating (42 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    AmazonBasics

    A fairly rugged, lightweight and adaptable tripod, that works great with small to medium-sized cameras

    Amazon basics has been developing a fairly solid lineup of fairly inexpensive basic equipment for photographers and videographers over the past few years. This tripod is one of their latest products and I have to say I am fairly impressed. It's not top-of-the-line and it doesn't compete with Manfrotto but it isn't meant to. It's meant to be a reliable piece of equipment, that's not cheap like the entry-level gear you find in the camera department of the big retail giants, but that's nevertheless affordable.This one is designed exclusively for photographers - you could shoot video on it, but only if you aren't planning to move the camera, as there's no pan/tilt handle to assist with smooth movements. It is, however, very adjustable so that you can put the camera in exactly the position you like.There is a quick release plate, so that you can quickly unmount the camera or move it between mounts - although it seems to be proprietary, so likely you can only move it... 4/5 N. Andersen (Florida) - See all my reviews, October 11, 2013

    No Spare Parts

    0 4/5 Ron Franks (Oklahoma City, OK USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: AmazonBasics 62-Inch Aluminum Ball Head Tripod (Electronics) This is a solid, light-weight tripod. It's fairly simple, but the features are shown well on the website. It's hard to miss something if you take the time to look.My only complaint is that you cannot order spare parts. I wanted to order a spare quick release mounting plate. Calling customer support was not helpful. They told me to search for the part on Amazon myself. I tried that but was unable to find the part.If you use more than one camera or want a spare (those things are small and easy to loose) you are pretty much out of luck. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 1, 2013

    Great Tripod

    My old tripod was a monstrosity! It was heavy, clunky and had lock levers that were very hard to click in place. The AmazonBasics 62 Inch Aluminum Ball Head Tripod is an absolute joy to use!The first thing you notice after you take the tripod out of its padded carrying bag is how light it is. Thanks to its aluminum construction it comes in under 4 lbs. Secondly, with the legs folded up, the tripod is only 21 in. long. The legs fold out easily and lock into place. They can even fold flat. There are plastic button locks that control the angle of the legs. You get 62 inches of height when the center column is fully extended. It felt very stable with my Canon DSLR connected at its maximum height. The leg locks open easily with a counterclockwise twist and lock with a clockwise one. It does not take a full turn to open or close them so it can be easily done with just one hand. Rubber feet on the base of the legs cover spikes that can used when on rugged ground. The bullseye... 5/5 Zulma Johnson (New York) - See all my reviews, October 8, 2013
    Includes carrying case
    Supports up to 8.8 lbs
    Ball head, quick release plate and built in bubble level
    Twist release knobs to extend and lock legs quickly
    Aluminum tripod with 62-inch maximum operating height


  • OEC

    OEC Metal Micro Tripod Ball Head 1/4" Kit with Flash Shoe Multi-Purpose Mini Ballhead

    Photography (OEC)

    Rating (19 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    OEC

    Very Strong for it's Size

    0 5/5 DesertDweller (Southwest Desert, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: OEC Metal Micro Tripod Ball Head 1/4" Kit with Flash Shoe Multi-Purpose Mini Ballhead (Electronics) I originally got this to mount a small point and shoot camera to a skate dolly. For that purpose it is perfect.The construction is almost all metal, with the exception of the plastic adjustment knob and grip plate. It's very solid and durable feeling for it's size.This ballhead turned out to be a lot stronger than I expected. I have actually used it a few times to mount a full sized DSLR to the skate dolly. I don't recommend using this with a DSLR normally - I only do it when I don't need to adjust the ball head and I keep it in the straight upright position, plus there is no danger to the camera because it's on a tabletop. It's good to know that it can support the DSLR's weight without any problems though.The included hardware is a nice touch.For the price you can't beat this micro ballhead. If you need something small and strong this is the one to get. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 11, 2013

    Has an advantage over some devices

    0 3/5 Richard J. Depaso "LAS VEGAS VIDEO" (LAS VEGAS, NV) - See all my reviews, February 1, 2014

    Got what i expected

    0 4/5 aaron morga - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: OEC Metal Micro Tripod Ball Head 1/4" Kit with Flash Shoe Multi-Purpose Mini Ballhead (Electronics) It got the job done.I used this to mount my canon t3i to my jib crane, it worked surprisingly well.I would NOT recommend it for heavier cameras.But its perfect for DSLRs.Make sure to check the weight of your camera (or whatever you're mounting) and make sure it does not exceed 6-7 pounds and you should be good.The built is sturdy, all metal. Doesn't really feel cheap at all. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 26, 2013
    List Price: $18.90
    Price: $8.95
    You Save: $9.95 (53%)
    Solid metal construction
    Diameter of base: 2.4cm (0.95")
    Max load: 1.5kg (3.3 lbs)
    Height with shoe: 5.7cm (2.2")
    Height without shoe: 4.7cm (1.85")


  • Fancierstudio

    Tripod Monopod Metal BALL HEAD Quick Release Plate By Fancier

    Photography (Fancierstudio)

    Rating (66 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Fancierstudio

    Great ball head for What? $19.00

    0 5/5 mmoschitta - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Tripod Monopod Metal BALL HEAD Quick Release Plate By Fancier (Electronics) I received this ball head for my tripod today and I have to admit I was a little skeptical about what I was actually getting for $19.00 but I figured why not, I was in a jam and needed one fast! I have to say that I am impressed, really impressed! The head moves very smoothly and locks down tight! really tight! the quick release plate is solid metal which I like since others I have had were plastic and have actually broken on me. One thing to note is that it does have a 3/8 - 16 thread mount so if your tripod does not have that thread screw than you will need a thread adapter, my tripod had the 3/8 thread mount screw (which I had made sure of before purchasing) so I knew it would work. I have used "Name Brand" ball heads before and I find nothing wrong with this product. It's super solid, and works great! Right now I have a Canon 7d w/battery grip and 28-135mm lens on it with no problems. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 4, 2011

    Nice cheap ball head

    0 4/5 AgentXXX - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Tripod Monopod Metal BALL HEAD Quick Release Plate By Fancier (Electronics) This is truly an all metal head. Heavy! Would be great on a full size tripod but probably too heavy for a mini or flexible mounts. Will add some weight to your light weight tri or mono pod. Construction is solid. The ball locks in place and stays tight. I have noticed that the ball is not that smooth. Seems a little tight but I am sure it will get smoother in time. After all it is a 20 dollar ball head so for the price, it's a good deal. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 12, 2012

    solid but heavy

    0 3/5 Crorad (Groton, CT) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Tripod Monopod Metal BALL HEAD Quick Release Plate By Fancier (Electronics) Solid metal construction but more appropriate for a tripod due to it's weight. Weighs more than my lightweight aluminum Dolica monopod. If you are looking for something sturdy then this is great but that is also it's disadvantage if you are looking for something lightweight to carry around with your monopod. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 29, 2012
    Max Load: 3kg or 6.6 lbs.
    Features: 360° Ball Head, Bubble Level, Quick Release Plate
    All Metal construction
    Socket mount thread size: 3/8"
    Fancier 004H Ball Head Light Weight And Sturdy 360°