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Professional Cameraman's Handbook, The, 4th Edition by Verne Carlson, Sylvia E Carlson

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chapter 9

Tripod Heads and Accessories

9.1 TYPES OF TRIPOD HEADS

There are many types and makes of tripod heads available to camera professionals. This chapter considers the friction, fluid, and geared heads—the three primary types found today—and describes the use of several common units representative of models generally available. Inclusion of specific manufacturers’ equipment, listed alphabetically, does not signify endorsement, nor does omission of other tripod heads or models connote discredit.

Most newer heads are made of alloys of aluminum, some are magnesium, while older heads were often of cast steel. The three basic types are distinguished by the means by which resistance within the head, and therefore the head’s movement, is created ...

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