Excerpt: Quick release plate works with other Manfrotto heads I use. The fit of the quick release plate seems a little sloppy, but still works. Single counterbalance weight a little harder to set up. Manfrotto should have kept the 503HDV model with 3 counterbalance settings.
Excerpt: I've been using a smaller fluid head just because my productions weren't heavy hitters in percipients. I've since transitioned to bigger cameras and larger productions. My DP complained about my medium sized tripods. That's fair. I picked up this product and some heavy duty sticks. Loving it.
Pros: Easy To Use, Improves Performance, Lightweight, Professional Quality
Excerpt: I needed a solid video head that would pan smoothly for my Nikon D810 and reviews I'd see on this head were solid. Overall the head is very well made and extremely smooth. I'd recommend it with a few disclosures: 1) the QR plate locking knob sits right under the camera body which extends out to that side and can be difficult to tighten/loosen without repeatedly pulling it back and re-positioning it on the nut.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Smooth Movement
Excerpt: I use it on my slider and my tripod and it worked really smooth on both of them. My original tripod is for shooting a still picture. Apparently, that kind of tripod doesn't have a smooth pan or tilt. However, by putting this fluid head on my tripod, it just works terrific.