Ball Heads & Panoramic Heads

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Selection of Ball Heads & Panoramic Heads

A panoramic head allows perfect rotation around the entrance-pupil of the lens. This keeps objects in the same position relative to each other, making stitching much easier. These heads are either made for a particular combination of camera and lens or have rails to be adjusted by the user. User-adjustments must be made to precise settings which depend on the lens.

Since panoramic heads are heavy, bulky and generally expensive, the second best choice is to use a ball-head with independent pan movement. Having a level above the rotation point ensures the camera can stay level while rotating. All ball-heads selected here have a level on the quick-release mechanism, allowing the head to be leveled before attaching the camera.

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For more choices of panoramic heads visit Manfrotto. For the rest, see our selection of tripods and leveling accessories.

Panoramic Photography Gear

All you really need is a capable digital camera and stitching software. There is plenty of photography gear that can greatly help make a panorama, with a tripod being most beneficial.

Check items below for recommended gear to make capturing panoramic photos much more enjoyable:

Panorama Software Reviews

High quality panoramas are assembled by specialized image stitching software like the ones reviewed here. Stitching a panorama photo is very complex so the panorama software can make a huge difference.