Tripod Heads

Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head holding a Canon DSLR, 100-400mm lens, and 1.4 X teleconverter.

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Kirk BH-3 Ball Head. – Arca Swiss compatible quick release platform. Load Capacity: 15 lbs.

Induro Tripods BHL3S Ball Head – Load capacity: 88 pounds.

SLIK SBH-808DQ Ball Head with quick release plate – Load capacity: 11 pounds.

iOptron 3305A SkyTracker Ball Head. – Arca Swiss compatible head. The quick release camera plate is included. Load capacity: 20 pounds.

JOBY Ball Head 5K – Quick Release Tripod Ball Head. Load capacity: 11 pounds:

Kirk Enterprises BH-3 Ball Head with Arcas-Swiss compatible clamp, mounted on a Gitzo Mountaineer Tripod.


Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W X-PRO 3-Way Head – Load capacity: 17.64 pounds.

Manfrotto 056 3D Junior Camera Head – Replaces 3025. Load capacity: 6.61 pounds.

Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head – Load capacity: 16.53 pounds.