Landscapes, tripods and heads…
Back in January this year Imagez had a guest speaker discussing landscape photography… Chris Palmer. Amongst many other topics he waxed lyrical about his choice of tripod head, namely a Manfrotto 222. HIs main point was that by simply squeezing the lever the camera became free to move, quickly and easily, into any position – and just letting go held the camera solid in place. Clearly no good for wildlife or sports photography where panning might be desirable, but for landscapes (especially on uneven ground) it’s easy to see why he chose the 222.
Now, on to the nub of this post. Manfrotto only sell these heads now through third parties and range in price from £90 to over £100. However Calumet produce their own version that is almost identical in every way – except price. The Calumet Quickgrip Action Head sells for £49.99 which does represent quite a bargain. Although, if you are thinking of going down this route of tripod head it might be wise to consider what camera you put on it. their max load is only around 2.5 kg’s so if you use a weighty DSLR with a whopping lens this will feel very top heavy and might not hold firm, so if you do want the joystick style head, and use a camera that doubles as a bludgeon, then its back to Manfrotto with the 324RC2 or 327RC2 and three times the cost!
*Edit: Changed name from David Newton to Chris Palmer… thanks Danny.