Keep your panora­mas on the level

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In this month’s Mini Test (see page 106) we check out nifty tri­pod heads that’ll help you shoot stun­ning panora­mas. The trou­ble is, most are de­signed to re­place your stan­dard ball head but of­ten lack their own lev­el­ling abil­ity, leav­ing you no op­tion but to faff around ad­just­ing your tri­pod’s legs in­stead.

This sim­ple gad­get is a much hand­ier so­lu­tion. It’s ba­si­cally a ball head that screws in be­tween your tri­pod and panoramic head, giv­ing 25 de­grees of level ad­just­ment. Un­screw the lock­ing knob and there’s the per­fect amount of fric­tion to make those all-im­por­tant tweaks with ease. Up top are two slots that’ll ac­cept an op­tional arm at­tach­ment de­signed to house a small spirit level, so you can be ab­so­lutely con­fi­dent your im­ages are hor­i­zon­tal.

With a 30 kilo­gram load limit this head cer­tainly won’t be the weak link in your setup, yet the unit it­self only tips the scales at 250 grams.

The FLM LB-25 may not be cheap for such a ba­sic gad­get, but it’s very well made and a use­ful time-saver.

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