In the world of filmmaking & videography, tripods are an absolute necessity. Having a good sturdy tripod is key when it comes to keeping your shots steady, level, and straight. But when shooting on uneven surfaces, or when changing shots from scene to scene, your camera’s level changes. Which in turn, makes it necessary to re-level your shot. This can become quite irritating when you’re constantly having to bend over and adjust your tripods legs, especially after a few hours of filming.
One answer to this all too common situation is Manfrotto’s 438 Compact Leveling Head. Compatible with most Manfrotto tripods, the 438 is wedged in between your tripods legs and head, and contains a rotating ball joint with built-in bubble leveler that will allow you to adjust your camera’s levels without having to constantly fiddle with the legs of your tripod. Keiko Alingas gives us the full breakdown.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head provides fast leveling for tripods without built-in levels. It fits between the center column and head and has 10° range of adjustment.
– Features a 3/8″ socket at its base, and a 3/8″ screw at its top.
– Three anti-twist screws prohibit unwanted rotation of tripod head, camera or other attached device
Load Capacity: 33 lbs (15kg)
Levelling Bubble: Yes (1)
Height: 2″ (5cm)
Item Weight: 1.4 lb (650g)
Package Weight: 1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.2 x 4.9 x 3.7″