717AH Fluid Head Available

The 717AH is back and with a slight price drop. [Thanks Larry]. This is a solid and inexpensive mount for the top of your sliders or track dollies that help to reduce vibration during your movements. It's also helpful to be able to change pan and tilt angles. You'll find this head on many DIY projects including Rod's DIY Ladder dolly. You can find the discounted 717AH following the link (click here).

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27 thoughts on “717AH Fluid Head Available

  1. BaZa

    Anyone now where I can buy this head in Europe? I only find in China and US :/ ... I'm thinking buying this one to use with my Giotto's MTL9351.

  2. John

    Hello!! The other day I was carrying around my tripod and I have this head on it. I went to go use it but noticed that the silver screw piece that you use to screw into the camera was missing. Can someone tell me what the name of that part is and where I can find it? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!!

  3. SkunkWorks

    @Jacob

    Until Fancier/Weifeng comes out with one, if you're up for a true DIY project you can make 'em! I made one this past weekend for my crane and it turned out great so I'll make another one for my shoulder mount. I just copied my original plate from my Fancier 717AH head. I have no way to machine aluminum (for the angled slot edges) so I had to make it in 3 pieces. Tools used were drill press, taps, hack saw, Dremel, file and bench belt/disc sander. Hardware was just some socket head cap screws and other screws and knurled brass nut I bought from Lowe's and a small spring...

    http://www.skunkworksonline.ca/misc/diy-717ah-plate/images/diy-717ah-plate-04.jpg

    http://www.skunkworksonline.ca/misc/diy-717ah-plate/images/diy-717ah-plate-06.jpg

    Here's a whole page from different angles...

    http://www.skunkworksonline.ca/misc/diy-717ah-plate/

  4. Robert

    @Amused Observer - Nice library, thank you very much for your time!
    The tilting seem to be smoother than the panning, on my laptop.
    As for the glideshot, thank you, but I don't think I'll use one soon. I'm just starting, with a tight budget.

  5. Amused Observer

    @Robert - Since I mentioned stiffness, I thought I should do a quick demo of the FM18 for you:

    http://vimeo.com/rocketdesign/fluidhead

    This was shot in my library ... down and dirty (meaning 1 take) with a t2i w/ zeikos grip and a Canon 16-35 L 2.8.

    I am not the best DP so my panning and tilting is random, but it works for me. The Glideshot works absolutely great on it as well ( I can post a demo with that if you want)

  6. @Emm..... Thanks Emm... I guess I phrased my questions wrong... I am wondering if anyone knows what adapter I would need to get... thanks!

  7. Jacob

    Does anyone know if you can buy extra baseplate adapters somewhere? I know ebay has the baseplates, but the adapter seems quite difficult to track down..

  8. Tony Maceo

    I've been using my t3i with a Manfrotto 128RC head. this 717 and the FM18 were on my top list also, but I didn't want a high chance of returning the product because I didnt like it. I'm happy the the 128RC for the price. (currently $75 after rebate).

  9. Robert

    Thank you all for the answers.
    The tripod will be used with a Canon T3i, maybe with some accessories, so not much weight is involved.

    You think the Davis & Sanford FM18 might be too stiff with lighter loads like this?

  10. If you're looking for a a proper fluid head, save your money, but if you want to abuse this pile of sticky goo in DIY projects and things of that nature, then that would be ok....Expect to have to tighten screws and replace goo..Well, call it maintenance if you will...if you use it a lot, or max out the load capacity often..It will start to wiggle and deteriorate

  11. i've used both and personally bought the davis and sanford fm18. it's a lot more heavyweight, and feels more sturdy and reliable. not a big price jump as the fm18 is only about $100. i would go for that one.

    as for legs, i did a lot of research, and tested out a bunch of different ones (including a few davis and sanford, and the fancier ones from amazon) before settling down on a pair of benro A3570F legs. they're light weight (5.31 lbs) and can hold up to 33 lbs and has a max height of 68.5". perfect if you ever want to use some sort of crane or jib. cost me $115 for the legs. so total package for the head and legs just over $200

  12. This is a good head for the money, pretty smooth for most applications and holds a fair amount of weight. It won't last forever since a lot of knobs are plastic. Its better than most heads twice the price.

  13. Amused Observer

    @emm/robert - I can vouch for the FM18 - but with the Davis & Sanford ATPG18 legs, really sturdy sticks. All in all, very solid for heavy loads, like my Glideshot jib. On lighter loads, might be a little stiff. But, I contacted the company for advice and they have good support (I ended up leaving it stiff, which is working better for my jib moves).

    Great price, and they also give you a free set of dolly wheels.

  14. Emm

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    @Robert - I've heard good things about the FM18 which can be purchased with a decent set of tripod legs. The 717 often does not come with legs, or might not be as good a set of legs.

  15. Robert

    Hi, I love your blog.
    I'm searching to buy a budget tripod which will be my only tripod. So far I see that Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Tripod with FM 18 Head and this Fancier-Weifeng WF-717A with WF-717AH head are getting the most good reviews in the under $200 prince range. Which one do you think is the best?
    Many thanks.

  16. Zack

    anybody know if you can swap out the shoe on this head for a Calumet/Manfrotto Quick-release Adapter?

  17. Amused Observer

    Just snagged this, was about to go thru ebay ... but instead used your click thru to Amazon.

    A.B.

    ps -- reminder to all Cheesycam followers, be sure to go thru Emm's site when buying gear .... especially the new 5d3/6d/1d5 or whatever it will be called.

  18. Lensdude

    I have one of these. Its cheap and it is useful for DIY projects etc. However, if you want to do long smooth tilts or pans I find it simply fails to deliver. I might be biased as I am used to my main Miller system which is a real fluid head. There are web guides that will explain how to attempt replacing the goo that is inside these heads, but initial improvements don't seem to last that long. There are a bunch of cheap "build heads" out there that are just not fluid. This really is one of those classic "you get why you pay for" items. Investing in a good tripod will last you for ever and serve you through many rounds of camera ownership...

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