Excerpt: This is good but not "great". It is a friction head not a fluid head. It has a good load range and counterbalance well with little or no spring hysterisis. When locked down the wide plate area provide ample support and balance for large camera or slider.
Excerpt: I've been using this head for 3 years now and had nothing but trouble with it. First the pan drag got broken, luckily under warranty it was repaired and next the tilt lock got broken. I had to order new parts.
Excerpt: I haven't had a lot of time with this head yet since we bought it to use exclusively on our Dana Dolly but it seems great!
**Note: if you plan on using this with the Dana Dolly where you will be using the extra center support for the track, you will need to buy different hardware to tighten it into...
Excerpt: Here's the REAL DEAL....it is SMOOTH when you pan up and down. It is Smooth when you pan left and right.. It can hold a LOT OF WIEGHT...the carbon fiber sticks that come with the KIT are AWSOME....they can be used as a temporary homeless shelter or a toll booth if need be.. that's how high it goes.
Excerpt: This ia a solid tripod head for the price. I have been using the 504HD and this is just an upsized version of the same, I upgraded due to weight of the Blackmagic URSA plus follow focus, matte box etc. made the smaller heads unstable and worrisome.
Excerpt: Nothing beats a vin tent but I've had a whole bunch of luck with my 516 from manfrotto. This was supposed to replace it but doesn't even come close. The pan friction (despite being continuously adjustable) goes from just a bit to almost full on in less than a click. The whole thing aint too good.
Excerpt: Tripod heads are one of those things that cost more than the camera you put on them... at least if you want a really good one. This is one of the better low cost ones (where "low cost" is relative).
Excerpt: I purchased this head to go with my Acebil legs. I have been very pleased in the weeks since I received it. Panning and tilting is very smooth, the counterbalance feature has already saved my camera a couple of times and the balance recorder is a MASSIVE time saver.
Excerpt: I have the Sony FS-700, matte box, FF, etc and this tripod handles it nicely. It is light enough to cary around all day but not so light as to feel flimsy.The legs lock securely. The only thing keeping this from getting 5 stars is that the tilt lock and pan lock knobs are not very robust.
Excerpt: I am a novice but had no trouble figuring out (and following illustrations) as to how to use this with a cobra crane and a Manfrotto Sympla matte rig. It is heavy enough without being too heavy for one person to move. Quality throughout.