Which tripod topper reigns supreme for bird watching scopes – ball head or pan head – in this ultimate showdown of stability and versatility?
The best equipment for bird watching: guides and reviews
The best gear and optical instruments will help you to enjoy bird watching at whatever level, whether it is amateur or professional. There is so much great birding equipment available. If you need help to narrow down your choices you have come to the right place.
We sum up the features to look for when shopping for bird-watching gear, including binoculars, spotting scopes, monoculars, field guides, tripods and much more. Our buying guides will help you to pinpoint exactly which models are best for your birding requirements.
Need to take a ball head off a tripod for maintenance or replacement? Our step-by-step guide walks you through the process, even if the head is stuck.
Is a tripod leveling head or base worth the extra weight and investment to upgrade your tripod set up? We evaluate whether this accessory will level up your birding.
Not sure if binoculars or spotting scopes are best for your style of birding? We’ll analyze the finer points of both to help you decide > > >
A telephoto lens can be a powerful tool for birders. But why? Read on for pros + cons, and bird-watching situations that suit telephoto lenses.
Learn about the features of the best tripod legs, and how they provide a stable base for birding spotting scopes >>>
Our reviews compare and contrast the S2, S4, S6 and S8 heads in Benro’s S series. Curious about the pros + cons for each? It’s all covered >
Already got Benro tripod legs and looking to upgrade the tripod head too? For a great range from a reputable brand, read this round-up.
We look at highly regarded tripod brands, with an overview that includes factors like reputation and customer satisfaction
Select the right ball head for clear, sharp bird images. This guide covers the essentials in choosing ball heads – weight, stability, movement + more.
Discover key factors to consider when choosing a best tripod head leveler. From load capacity to compatibility, learn how to find the perfect choice.
Birders are divided on whether to use a ball head in the field. We address this, and answer commonly asked questions about ball heads.