Excerpt: This Gitzo G2180 fluid head is used during traveling and or quick easy set up for DSLR video with Canon DSLR-s 7D and 5DMKIII. This is a goldilocks of fluid head if you complement picture shooting with video footage. It is small enough to carry with the other gear and functional enough to get some smooth pan and tilt movements using a photo tripod. It is not designed for a heavy duty video use and the 8.8 lbs support limit is a no joke.
Pros: Compact Design, Fits The Purpose, Lightweight, Professional Quality
Excerpt: I have had this for a few years now and I use it with 15mm rods and follow focus with my 5D mk ii and Zeiss lenses. It is incredibly well built and will provide years of great service. The counterbalance system works well even with a Matte box up front. For larger lenses, like the Canon 70-200 f2.8, it gets terribly front heavy and you need to apply a lot of pressure to keep things locked down.
Excerpt: Although initially it seems strange, the head works very well with a scope without the handle. Joint point it and it stays in position. The counter balancing mechanism makes it stable. It is a series 1 product, but plenty sturdy for a scope and lighter weight than the higher series heads.
Summary: Purchased Gitzo G2180 Tripod Head for the wife for her new spotting scope to keep her spotting scope system under seven pounds. Helping her carry with ease when we are out and about in the field. The ease of using this tripod head is just amazing it just handles so smoothly. I actually replaced my lesser tripod head I use for my cannon camera and 100-400 mm canon lens with the Gitzo G2180 Tripod Head.
Excerpt: Use two of these heads for tripod & monopod. (Canon HV40 & XH-A1s vid cams) Yeah, that coin operated screw is dumb, dumb, immeasurably stupid but this is how I overcame that lame idea. Hardware store - Locate 1 3/8" long METRIC screw (take camera screw to make certain you have correct thread pitch).
Excerpt: I purchased this head for use with (sports) photography and video. Great for this use. But plate is different from Gitzo photography plates, so I need to change plates every time I move my camera from one tripod to the other (e.g.
Excerpt: good for small/medium camcorders, video DSLR with lighter lens.I was looking for "compact" and "light weight", and of course, "functional", fluid head.I tested the other brand's "small fluid head"(about $100).this is double price but much worth in functionally and compact design, used newly developed light weight and strong materials,plus spare parts available in life time. As you see this product, "the form from the function"indeed..
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Excerpt: The head works very well for video panning and panorama with relatively light setup (Canon 5D2 + medium zoom). The head itself is quite lightweight and easy to carry while hiking. I did not try to attach anything heavier. The major problem I still need to solve is that the quick release plate becomes loose with time then I carry the camera around attached on a tripod.
Excerpt: This is a poor fluid head. Its light, but its movement, especially starting from still is very bad. I have tried using it with both a Camcorder and with a DSLR with poor performance. The Sandford and Davis FM18 head is way better and much cheaper.
Excerpt: I need this head to replace an old one I had which broke (after many many years of use and abuse). The new head is much more accurate and easy to use and I am really pleased with it as I am finding I can use it for both still and video cameras. Only slight draw back is if I want to put the camera vertically I have to dismount and remount with the foot on perpendicular, so not too fast for that. But otherwise the usual cudos for excellent Gitzo product.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp