Uniqball UBH 35 & 45
Solid heads that keep your horizons level
These two-in-one Arca Swiss-compatible ball heads enable you to level your camera and lock it in one plane while still allowing the lens to be tilted or panned. This allows you to follow a moving subject without the horizon tilting.
Both heads are machined from aerospace-industry aluminium alloy, and the tension can be adjusted via a small knob. The UBH 45 weighs 700 grams and is designed to support a heavyweight lens like an 800mm f/5.6 on a pro-level SLR, although of course it can also be used with smaller cameras lenses. Meanwhile the smaller, 500-gram, UBH 35 can cope with standard lenses like a 70-200mm f/2.8.
Getting the heads level at the outset takes practice, but you will get the hang of it. Once it’s done you can tip and pan the camera without worrying about the horizon tilting. Fitting an L-plate to your SLR before attaching it to a UBH head gives you the same degree of control when shooting upright images.