Excerpt: Excellent video head. I am using this one with Canon 6d and a 24-105 lens. The counter balance works keeping the camara balanced. The pan and tilt are smooth with this head.
It is extremely light and compact.
I am very happy with it.
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.
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.
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.
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., using the side mounted ball head)
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.
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: Well built head, great for DSLR. There is only one drawback as far as I am concerned: the adjustment for the arm requires a screwdriver or coin to loosen/tighten. This is a minor issue for me but I can see how someone who needed to make frequent adjustments might find this annoying.
Excerpt: I bought the Ocean Traveler Tripod first and have been using it underwater with great success. I recently bought the fluid head for "topside" use, and it is very well engineered. The counterbalance system (for long heavy lens) works very well.
Excerpt: Great head to use for spotting scopes due to light weight. I use it with a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod to hold down the total weight of my scope, 80mm Swarovski, and tripod. Low height of head makes it stable.