Keep your panoramas on the level
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.