Leofoto LH-55 Low Profile Ballhead LH-55 | Screw Release Standard - Landscapegear
Leofoto LH-55 Low Profile Ballhead
Leofoto LH-55 Low Profile Ballhead
Leofoto LH-55 Low Profile Ballhead
Leofoto LH-55 Low Profile Ballhead LH-55R | Screw Release Panning - Landscapegear
Leofoto LH-55 Low Profile Ballhead  - Landscapegear

Leofoto LH-55 Low Profile Ballhead

Regular price R 5,999.00
Tax included.

Clamp type

Leofoto’s low profile ball heads feature the latest in tripod head design combined with premium materials and precision manufacturing to offer a powerful, ergonomic and easy to use tripod head. A cup machined from aircraft grade aluminium holds a hollow-core ball made from the same material, while Japanese ball bearings ensure smooth panning control and gaskets on all control-knobs keep out dirt and moisture. A low-friction Delrin sleeve is used between the cup and the ball to ensure smooth drag. This combination of cutting-edge design and premium materials puts Leofoto’s products far ahead of most manufacturers in the market, which are still making conventional heads.

Low profile ball heads offer several advantages over conventional ball heads -  

  1. The camera sits closer to the apex, which has several benefits like improved stiffness and a lower center of gravity.
  2. The cup has a much larger contact area with the ball, allowing greater grip.
  3. The lower profile design allows the use of a much bigger ball without making the overall head too large. Larger ball = better grip.
  4. A simpler design means a longer lifespan and better durability in testing conditions.
  5. Less material and a simpler design means it is lighter and cheaper than a similar sized conventional ball head.




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Screw Knob

Sizes Available

The range starts with the diminutive LH-25 with a tiny 25mm ball through to the large LH-55 with its 55mm ball. The sizes are also available in a range of clamp types, which are listed as variants of the product (e.g. the LH-40 is available in 4 different variants, selectable on the LH-40’s product page). 

LH-55 – R5 999.00

This is the big boy in the range and what would be considered an oversize model. It weighs a whopping 940g and will comfortably hold an 800mm lens. Think twice before purchasing this head as it is not travel friendly. It features a massive locking knob and two decent sized knobs for tension adjustment and panning, all with deep ribbing for good grip. This head is equivalent to a Kirk BH1, Gitzo GH3382QD or SIRUI K40x.

This head is ideal for large lenses (400mm f/2.8 and bigger) and large cameras (medium –large format) 

LH-40 – R3 999.00

This is without a doubt our favourite size. It is essentially just a downsized LH-55 and still features all the individual controls in the form of large, ribbed knobs that can be easily controlled even by someone with stubby fingers. It is a nice fit on 36, 32, and 28 series tripods, but starts looking a touch oversized on 25 and under. It weighs 540g, making it equivalent to a Kirk BH3 or Gitzo GH1382QD, but at R3299, it wins the price battle by a million miles. 

This head is ideal for full frame cameras with lenses up to a 300mm f/2.8 or 400mm f/5.6.

LH-36 – R3 499.00

The middle model is the smallest size that still features individual tension and pan controls, but in order to fit on the much smaller head, the controls are downsized to two smaller knobs of which one is a round knurled knob (panning) and one is a flatter tap-style knob (tension adjustment) that needs fine handling. Any competent photographer will be fine with this head, but you’ll need to sit down for 20 minutes and get to know the head to see what level of tension suits the weight of your gear. This head is equivalent to a SIRUI K20x and a touch smaller than a Kirk BH3 or Gitzo GH1382QD.

This head is ideal for APS-C cameras or full frames with wide and mid-range lenses.

LH-30 – R2 999

The LH-30 is the second smallest in the range and tension adjustment is foregone at this size, but an individual pan knob still remains. Without individual tension adjustment, the low-profile head with its larger ball-contact area really shines. It is easier to set a fine amount of drag that will hold the bulk of the camera’s weight, while still allowing you to manipulate it and compose the shot. This head pairs perfectly with the 25 series tripods like the LS-255C or LS-254C. This head features wingnut/tap style knobs for easy operation.

This head is ideal for APS-C cameras with light lenses or MFT cameras.

LH-25 – R1 499.00

Although tiny, this is a very capable head for small mirrorless camera systems and ideal for the adventurous shooters who count every gram they carry. This head only has one knob, which locks both the ball and the panning axis. This is actually very convenient to use, but it does mean that panos on the tripod are no longer an option. It weighs a measly 180g and is priced at just R1 299.00.

This head is ideal for MFT and compact cameras or APS-C cameras with light lenses.

Clamp Types

The LH-30, LH-36 and LH-40 heads are available in 4 different clamp types, while the LH-55 and LH-25 are available in two clamp types.

Screw Clamp Standard | E.G LH-40

This is the standard and most affordable option and what you’ll get when purchasing a tripod kit containing an LH head.

Screw Clamp Panning |E.G LH-40R

A panning clamp allows easy panorama shooting by simply levelling the clamp instead of the entire tripod. Note 1 – the spirit level on the clamp will be under the camera, so you need to remove the camera to level the clamp. Note 2 – as you cannot tilt the clamp up or down as you would if the whole tripod is levelled, your horizon will always be in the middle of the frame. 

Lever Release Clamp Standard |E.G LH-40LR

Anyone who was spent a long day shooting with a screw-clamp tripod will know the effect it has on your fingers – loosening and tightening a screw clamp too many times can be tedious and painful. A lever release clamp makes life a lot easier, but the majority of manufacturers shy away from it for one reason – price. The lever has to be made from a much harder alloy like stainless steel, as aluminium and normal steel bends under the pressure that the lever is subjected to. Similarly, the flex provided to the hinge of the lever has to be from a brass bushing as rubber simply doesn’t last.

A lever release clamp is an absolute pleasure to use, but it costs an average 25% more. Fortunately, due to Leofoto’s amazing pricing, an LH-40LR at R4 199.00 still costs far less than competing heads like Kirk’s BH3 (R5 999) or Gitzo’s GH1382QD (R5299).

Lever Release Clamp Panning | E.G LH-40PCL

Panning lever release clamp

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  • Special order: We don't carry local stock of this item. Get in touch to confirm stock availability and ETA to place an order. 

Delivery options and what they cost

We pride ourselves on FREE lightning fast shipping. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

Can I collect my parcel? 

Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. Please call or message Rudolph on 061 468 1931 if you have any questions.

  • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
  • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
  • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
  • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
  • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

What payment options are available?  

  • EFT
  • EFT via Payfast
  • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

*If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

Where is my order? How can I track my order?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

You can shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers. 

Orms Bellville
Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town

Fritz, 021 910 1380

Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Martin Wright, 011 880 2885

28 Pearce St, Berea, East London

Damien, 083 574 9134

66 17th Ave, Broadwood, Port Elizabeth
Lascel, 041 367 4401

Lime Photo
Kloof, Durban
Emil, 084 484 9959

Photo Freedom
Ballito, Durban
Graham, 032 586 1212

Danie, 072 608 3345

We have a no-nonsense approach. If a product breaks due to a manufacturer defect, we will replace it without asking any questions. If we have any reason to believe that the product was put through unreasonably heavy usage, we will have to follow the manufacturer's standard warranty procedure. 

Find more info on proper care and use for each brand below. 

NiSi Care & Use

F-stop Care & Use


The manufacturer offers a 10-year limited warranty on all products and we extend that warranty to our customers. Please read the below very carefully, so you understand your position when something breaks or doesn’t work ideally anymore.

It is critical to understand that this warranty only applies to factory faults and not to standard wear and tear. Tripods are subject to a lot of gray areas in this regard as tripods used outdoors, particularly in sand and sea water, are subjected to extreme wear and tear. We will e.g. replace the affected part of your tripod if a carbon tube snaps or cracks without much pressure applied to it or if the apex breaks. We will not replace your tripod or the affected part if e.g. a joint locks up due to sand or salt build up or if a hinge becomes corroded or stiff/floppy and unserviceable due to corrosion or salt build up. 

In sum, if we see that you took good care of your tripod and something went wrong, we will go out of our way to fix or replace it for you. If we see that you dragged it through the mud (literally or metaphorically), then we are unlikely to fix/replace it for you. How you handle your tripod and take care of it, is all the difference between 3- or 20 years of service. 

The best of tripods will not last longer than 2/3 years if used regularly in the sea, INCORRECTLY, and never serviced. Always make sure to extend the lowest leg section first, so you keep the joints out of the water/sand. Always rinse with freshwater after use in the sea, wipe down with a wet cloth, leave extended to dry and ENSURE YOU KEEP THE HEAD AND APEX DRY. If your tripod’s joints start feeling sandy/gritty, open them up, give them a proper clean and lubrication and fine-tune the tension on the joints.

If travelling on dirt roads, ensure that your tripod is in its carry-bag when not in use.

Your tripod will not take care of itself – it is up to you to do so. All our tripods ship with an info-sheet on taking care of your tripod. We also offer a full tripod disassembly and service for R1000, including shipping both ways.


Tripod Heads

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.

Want to see and feel the range before buying? Visit our office in Stellenbosch by contacting us.

Model naming

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

LH | Low Profile

This is Leofoto's core range of
tripod heads and offers a variety of sizes and clamp variations. Priced from R1499 for the tiny LH-25 to R5 999 for the oversized LH-55.

NB | Conventional

A modern approach to a conventional ball head. The NB range features a panning clamp and clicked tension adjustment. Pricing ranges from R3 699 for the travel-friendly NB-34 to R4 499 for the large NB-46.

XB | Lightweight

Normally paired with the travel-oriented Urban range of legs, the XB heads are designed with weight in mind. The larger XB-38 weighs 310g, compared to 510g for the similarly sized NB-40 - a 40% weight difference.

G4 Geared Head

A geared head offers the ultimate compositional control that allows fine, easy and precise adjustments.

G2 Geared Head

The convenience and precise control of a geared head in a compact, travel-friendly design.

VH-10 Monopod Head

Extremely strong and heavy duty monopod head for large and heavy cameras and lenses.


G4 Geared Head

A geared head offers the ultimate compositional control that allows fine, easy and precise adjustments.

Leofoto G4


G2 Geared Head

The convenience and precise control of a geared head in a compact, travel-friendly design.

Leofoto G2

Choosing Leofoto

LH Heads

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.

Choosing Leofoto

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.



Leofoto L-Brackets


Short Lens Plates

Leofoto Quick Release Plates


Hybrid Camera/Lens Plate

Leofoto NP-60


Long Lens Plates

Leofoto Quick Release Plates


Super Tele Lens Support

Leofoto Quick Release Plates