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Video Head Medium Pan & Tilt Arm
Enjoy fluid, professional quality pans and tilts using this Medium Pan & Tilt Video Head from Monoprice!
This video head features smooth, fluid dampened, 360° of horizontal, pan movement and ±90° tilt action. The pan and tilt dials are ruled for accurate reading of the angle offset. The removable mounting plate features both 1/4"x20 camera and a 3/8"x16 tripod head screw mounts. A 360-degree bubble level is situated underneath the mounting plate, while a horizontal and vertical pair of levels is positioned at the end of the mounting plate base, so you can be assured your mount is level before you start filming.
The head is 4.1" (105mm) tall, weighs 18.2 oz. (515g), and can support up to 11.0 lbs. (5kg) of weight.
The unit is well made of mostly metal. The pan and tilt have degrees marked which was missing on others I researched, The unit operates very smoothly and holds a Canon T4i, 155mm lens, video light and shotgun mic with ease. Great buy and very happy
PROS: Mainly Metal and well made
Very well packaged
CONS: if I had to find one, the plastic fitting used to adjust the handle.
It's perfect for smaller cameras, though I've used it without issue with a 5D2+grip and 70-200 f/2.8.
This is also a fantastic head for sliders. It's small and smooth, with a build quality much better than that on the Benro Aero 2.
BTW- I have about 40 years in the broadcast industry and have worked with a number of camera crews using high end fluid head tripods. I think this head is a great deal if it holds up long term.
PROS: Solid construction
Seem like good locking mechanism
Cloth bag for storage
Bubble levels are very useful
CONS: None so far. Haven't field tested, so can't give long term review.
Not a big deal, but I'm actually a lefty and I'd love to be able to switch the handle. Doesn't seem to be possible to take it out.
PROS: I needed a new tripod with a basic fluid head as a replacement for the first tripod I ever bought a long time ago in a land far far away.... :). I have a much more expensive pro level fluid video head on another tripod as my primary and I didn't expect this one to match it in any way. All I wanted was a simple and light fluid head and this one meets that requirement at a decent price.
CONS: Monoprice doesn't offer any tripod that will fit with this head. They do have complete tripods but not with a video head.
PROS: Solid, smooth panning for use with scope. Acra Swiss system for plates.
CONS: A little bit heavier than it might be and the handle is a little large.
PROS: Good value
CONS: Spotty quality