Excerpt: The Manfrotto 501HDV is a dedicated video fluid head. As camera manufacturers add more and more DSLRs with HD video capture, photographers’ interest in video seems to be growing at an exponential rate. I know my interest has been piqued since I picked up a 5D Mark II roughly a year and a half ago. One thing we’re learning though, is that good photo equipment doesn’t necessarily make good video equipment as well.
Manfrotto 501HDV Head with the Oberwerk L- Adapter
24 December 2009
Excerpt: The first time I used my new Oberwerk 15 x 70 Ultras I set them up on an aging Bogen-Manfrotto 3011 tripod with a 3126 head. The binoculars were wedded to the head with a Nikon 8177 tripod adapter. When I turned my Obies toward Jupiter approximately 40-degrees above the horizon—bye, bye Jove! The magnificent orb slowly drifted up and out of view—the 3126 head could not hold the weight of the 15 x 70s at that tilt angle.