Leofoto offers a vast range of tripod heads to cover a broad base of user requirements. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on what is available, so you can make an informed decision when choosing a head suited to your needs.
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Leofoto tripod heads come in a diverse range of styles, sizes and clamp variations. Understanding the naming convention for each of the models is probably the easiest way to understand what each one does.
Tripod head types
Low profile design offers many advantages over normal ball heads; simpler internal design, lower center of gravity, improved stiffness, greater ball-cup contact area, to name a few.
Choose your size
The range starts with the diminutive LH-25 with a tiny 25mm ball through to the large LH-55 with its 55mm ball. Our absolute favourite is the LH-40 as it features large ribbed control knobs, without being too heavy or expensive.
The LH-55 is an oversized head for super tele lenses or large format cameras. The LH-36 is an ideal size for those shooting with APS-C cameras or light full frame setups. The LH-30 and LH-25 are great for MFT and compact camera options or for people who hike a lot and count every gram that they pack.
Choose your clamp
Most of the LH size options are also available in a range of different clamps. If you like simplicity and price is a major factor, stick to the standard screw clamp. For those who can afford it, a lever release clamp makes the operation of the head a dream. A panning clamp is great for panorama shooting, but it does add weight and make the head more complicated, so avoid it if you're not someone for gadgets.
Plates and L-Brackets
Making sure that your camera or lens connects optimally to the tripod is critical. All tripod heads include one standard plate, however, If you have more than one camera or you need to mount a lens to a tripod, then you'll need extra plates.
MOUNTING A CAMERA
Tripod heads are not designed to shoot in portrait mode. It places the center of gravity dangerously off-center, the tripod has to be slightly slanted to do so, you can't use the panning base... the list goes on.
An L-Bracket wraps around one side of the camera, which allows you to mount the camera in portrait orientation. If you have your doubts, just ask a friend who has one; once you've had an L-Bracket, you can never live without it again.
All our L-Brackets are priced at R1 449.00. We carry stock of 18 models and offer another 20+ on order.
MOUNTING A STANDARD LENS
Short Lens Plates
There are two features that distinguish a lens plate from a camera plate.
1. Lens plates have more than one screw as lenses normally have two screw holes at the bottom.
2. Lens plates feature an anti-twist flange on one edge.
Both of these features help to prevent the lens from being able to twist out of alignment on the plate and it's the reason why you can't use a camera plate as a lens plate.
THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION
Super Tele Lens Support
Leofoto's lens support system consists of an ultra-long plate with an articulating support arm for the camera body at one end.
When shooting over focal lengths of >500mm, there can be no compromise in camera support.
A lens support helps to fuse the body and lens together more solidly and helps with operation and balance of the setup.