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Fluid head and Tripods: camera SUPPORT

Here's everything you need to get your camera on a fluid head (Use an L-bracket to get vertical):

  • Manfrotto 500AH fluid head: cheaper right now at Amazon vs B&H (Don't buy a larger model, this is the sweet spot for DSLR and mirrorless)

  • Large Arca-Swiss style clamp (attach to Manfrotto plate to clamp your body's L-Bracket): Amazon B&H

  • Long Manfrotto plate to mount to each of your long lenses with a collar and foot. Amazon B&H

To level the head using  your current non-bowl-tripod with a flat plate and/or center column you also need one of these between them to easily get level:

  • Acratech leveling adaptor (for any tripod): Amazon B&H

If you want to have the most optimized fluid head setup possible, then get a bowl tripod and adaptor like these:

  • Gitzo 3543XLS xtra long ultralight 79" carbon tripod (my favorite, but expensive)

  • Induro 303 tripod: Amazon B&H

  • Sunway Photo 75mm Bowl Adaptor: Amazon B&H

  • Induro bowl tripod leveling adaptor kit (bowl and half ball leveling adpator): Amazon B&H

Panning Clamps: to use for panoramas on the fluid head or to do a level pan with a ballhead:

  • Really Right Stuff panning clamp: not cheap, but cheaper at B&H vs Amazon

    • A cheaper panning clamp is available from China Amazon (also search E-bay)

More Affordable, Lightweight Fluid Head system from Benro (legs, leveler and head):

  • Carbon version (4.8 pounds total) Amazon (Not @ B&H)

  • Aluminum version (5.8 pounds total) Amazon B&H

  • You still also need this clamp to attach to the head’s plate to fit your body's L-Bracket: Amazon B&H

Tripod Maintenance, Protection and Accessories:

  • Tripod velcro hammock (like the folding shelf on my tripod):  Amazon  B&H (cheaper at B&H)

  • RRS Rock Claw Feet (my favorite all around feet): B&H (you need 3)

  • Affordable Tripod Spikes (for sand and surf): Amazon

  • RRS Tripod Spikes (if you want and can afford the best for sand and surf): B&H

  • Road-bike cork handlebar tape for wrapping legs for protection and comfort: Amazon (you’ll need two packs for 3 rolls).

  • Super Lube Synthetic Grease: To maintain your tripod especially after desert or ocean use: Amazon

  • Small grease gun for simple use of Super Lube above: Amazon

  • Gaffer Tape: Amazon B&H

ADvanced Panorama Equipment

Double dovetail base plate: Amazon  B&H

90 degree vertical rail: Amazon  B&H

2 Panning Clamps (See above in Fluid Head Section)

Kirk Nodal Slider:  B&H  (worth every penny to me)

Cheaper Nodal Slider:  Amazon  B&H


The Hoya filters I use: Use the coupon code  HHPWORKSHOP for 20% off on the Hoya website.

Manfrotto Xume Magnetic System (get them and filters big): Amazon   B&H

Step-up Rings: Amazon  


Nikon SB5000: Amazon  B&H

Better Beamer: Amazon   B&H

Dracast daylight panel LED light kit (I use these all the time in the field and studio, great for light-painting):  B&H

Lumecube: Amazon   B&H

Lumecube Lighthouse with diffusers: Amazon    B&H


LowePro 200 AW Case for Sony A500: Amazon   B&H

Sony A6500: Amazon   B&H

Sony 70-200mm F4: Amazon   B&H

Sony 16-55mm: Amazon   B&H


Nikon D500: Amazon   B&H

Nikon D850: Amazon   B&H

Kirk L-Bracket: Amazon   B&H

Sunwayfoto L-Bracket: Amazon   B&H

Nikon 300mm F4: Amazon   B&H

Kirk 300mm Collar:  B&H

Nikon 70-200 F2.8: Amazon   B&H

Nikon 1.7 Teleconverter: Amazon   B&H

Nikon 1.4 Teleconverter: Amazon   B&H

Nikon 50mm F1.8: Amazon   B&H

Zeiss 35mm F2: Amazon B&H

Nikon 20mm F1.8: Amazon   B&H

Nikon 14-24 F2.8: Amazon B&H

Tokina 11-20 F2.8 DX: Amazon   B&H

Nikon 400 F3.5 and 2x Teleconverter for it: Look on Ebay


Rocket Blower Brush: Amazon   B&H

Zeiss Lens Wipes: Amazon   B&H

Microfiber Cloths: Amazon 

Sensor Light: Amazon   B&H


Samsung T5 500GB SSD External Hard Drives: (FAST, small & light) Amazon B&H

F-Stop Tilopa Pack (smaller than mine): Amazon  

F-Stop Sukha Pack (mine) : Amazon 

Neil Pryde faux wheeled golf bag (to check long tripods and all your other things on flights): 

L.L. Bean X-tra large rolling duffle bag (to check long tripods and all your other things on flights)

Think Tank battery wallets: Amazon   B&H

Headlamp Princeton Tec Vizz: Amazon

Outdoor Research Stormsensor Gloves: Amazon

Black Rapid Breathe Hybrid Sling Strap (MINE): Amazon   B&H

Black Rapid Breathe Sport: Amazon   B&H

Tripod velcro hammock (like the folding shelf on my tripod):  Amazon  B&H (cheaper at B&H)


For full disclosure know that I'm an ambassador for Hoya, Black Rapid and Kirk Enterprises. The reason I work with those brands is that I believe in their products and trust them myself in the field.