Manfrotto MHXPRO3W X-PRO 3-Way Head with Retractable Levers and Friction Controls
Tripod heads designed to support big cameras are usually large themselves, but that's where Manfrotto's X-Pro 3 Way Tripod Head is a game changer. While still being able to handle 17.8 pounds (8 kg), it only weighs 2.2 pounds (1 kg), thanks to the aluminum alloy construction. Where this head really gets unique is that the levers can be retracted for easier transport, so it will slip right inside a camera bag, taking up about a 5.3 inch cube of space (13cm x 13.5cm x 13.5cm). But a compact size is nothing without a bit of function; this head moves three ways, with friction control for smoother panning. Three bubble levels and a price under $150 seal the deal.