Summary: I debated between this head and the 701HDV Pro Fluid Video Mini Head. I already use many RC-2 plates and the rebate clinched the deal. I haven't been disappointed. I've also used this with a spotting scope. Pans smoothly and hold it's position without too much force.
Pros: Holds position, Large Range of Motion, RC-2 clamps interchange
Summary: This is the first "pro" video head I have purchased. I got it to use with Canon GL2 and the counter balance works perfectly with the camera. Making minor changes in the movement is not as smooth as I had hoped, but that may just be because I'm videoing 100ft away zoomed all the way in so any fraction of movement has a pretty big effect.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Simple
Summary: I use this with a Canon HG10 video camera and a Canon 30D camera. It is the perfect tripod head for me. I love its fluid movement and its ability to capture video. It is not the best for stills because it doesn't go vertical. Other than that, stop looking because it is perfect for the pro-sumer digital video cameras. Also, I thought it would be bulky but it is not. The top of the head is about the size of my blackberry curve. I paired it with the 055xprob.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Quick release, Smooth Movement, Strong Clamp
Summary: For the money, this is not a bad fluid-action pan/tilt head, and at first it seems to be made with high precision and strength, which of course is great. BUT, after using it for more than a year, and having constant problems levelling my camera, I realized that the head goes out of level when you pan it! Seriously, I set the tripod/head/camera to perfectly level (which is often a several-minute procedure) then pan 90 degrees, and it's out of level!
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Summary: This little tripod and head is pretty good when weight and size matter. However, for video shooting, the head is somewhat marginal. You can make very smooth tilts, pans, and compound moves, but it takes a very zen touch. And once you zoom in and try to pan, or try to pan in any wind, forget it.
Summary: I'm using this head with some large binoculars for stargazing. The head works best for this application facing backwards to allow the greatest elevation range. The handle is very adjustable and can be used from either normal or backwards configuration. The platform's adjustment makes balancing the load easy. The fluid action isn't perfect but it's good, especially for the price.
Summary: I use this head with my Swarovshi Spoting scope. In this application it works extremely well. The slight tension on the vertical and lateral movements makes it smooth to follow a action. The only issue I have with it is that the tension on the lateral movement is strong enough that on some tripods without the 3 screw lock between the head and the tripod base, the haed will come loose when moved laterally.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Smooth operation, Unfolds Quickly