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). I do not like it that the quick plate is built in since I like to use the Kessler Quick Release system. So I have to stack a quick release system on top of their quick release plate. But it works. The fluid mechanism is pretty good at this price point.
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. The head feels a little heavy compared to the tripod I had before, but I actually like the wait as it helps reduce vibrations.
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. When not locking the tilt or pan they are wobbly in the head. The variable friction is nice throughout the entire range and the counter balance is good as well.
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.