Sevenoak Elec­tronic Ball Head Pro

£70/$100 www.kenro.co.uk

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

With Nikon D-SLRs from the D5000 up­wards – and now the Key-Mis­sion ac­tion cam line-up – fea­tur­ing built-in in­ter­val­ome­ters, it is eas­ier than ever to cap­ture a cap­ti­vat­ing time­lapse se­quence of images. But what if you could record a time­lapse while si­mul­ta­ne­ously pan­ning your Nikon, for even more visual im­pact? This mo­tion time­lapse ef­fect can be ideal for shoot­ing star trails or a night­time ci­tyscape in fast for­ward, and this elec­tronic tri­pod head will au­to­mate the pan­ning process for mod­est money.

The head can ro­tate your Nikon be­tween 15 and 360 de­grees, in 15-de­gree in­cre­ments and in ei­ther di­rec­tion. With the an­gle set, you just have to de­cide on pan du­ra­tion, which can last for five, 15, 30 or 60 min­utes. It’s a pity that this time range is rel­a­tively lim­ited com­pared to some ri­val heads, but it’s good enough for most sce­nar­ios.

Pro­gram­ming couldn’t be sim­pler, and an ar­ray of LEDs con­firms your cho­sen an­gle and du­ra­tion. You don’t have to worry about car­ry­ing bat­ter­ies ei­ther, as the head boasts its own recharge­able 1200mAh power pack. This is good for around six hours’ use when sup­port­ing a 1kg load, or ap­prox­i­mately 50 hours of standby time, with a full recharge tak­ing around eight hours via the USB in­put.

A max­i­mum load ca­pac­ity of 2kg means the head should sup­port most DX set-ups, and it’ll at­tach to any tri­pod with a stan­dard or ¼-inch head mount.

First im­pres­sions_ If you fancy get­ting cre­ative with your time-lapses, this fool­proof en­try-level mount looks like a great place to start, even if it’s not bristling with fea­tures.

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