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Ball and three-way heads

Ball heads tend to be faster, as there’s only one main lock­ing knob for all planes of ad­just­ment, but three-way heads of­fer more con­trol for fine-tun­ing.

Ad­justable fric­tion damper

En­ables greater fric­tion to be ap­plied on a ball head when us­ing heav­ier loads, so the cam­era doesn’t fall to one side when the lock­ing mech­a­nism is re­leased.

Pan-only re­lease

Some­times fea­tured on ball heads, so that the an­gle of tilt can re­main locked but the cam­era can be panned hor­i­zon­tally, or swiv­elled through in­cre­ments.

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