The Heads Of The Family
Manfrotto wish to make you an offer you can't refuse.
The two heads that you see in this post are the answer to most of the landscape and studio worker's requests.
They will handle the largest of cameras - up to the big 11 x 14 large format field cameras - and they will position them in the most precise way. You see each has a three-axis movement and there is a clutch mechanism on each movement that allows the camera to turn freely or to be swivelled in millimetres.
The advantage of this is evident when you are trying to get a level horizon in a landscape shot. A ball head is the worst thing in this situation as it becomes all floppy as soon as you release it and every time you try to return it to level you are fighting the same battle again. The three-way head lets you get one axis perfect before tackling the next one.
They feature bubble levels - which are window dressing in most situations - and quick release plates that are bigger than the average. The scales marked on the axes of the heads may be a help in architectural work, but would have to be referenced to some start point.
Serious heads for serious workers.