Cheap Velbon Video Fluid Head Review

I'm sure many of you already know about this particular Velbon fluid head. It's been a hit for a while now, and I thought it was finally time for me to test one out. As much as possible I love shooting with smaller cameras, and this fluid head was a great surprise. Works great as a spare head on the Konova slider instead of using the static Ball Head (and cheaper too).

If you're just starting out with a GH2, Olympus Pen, or Sony NEX-5n camera you'll get some truly fluid movements with this sub $30 dollar fluid head. It's no wonder this fluid head gets rave reviews over at Amazon and B&HPhoto websites. Best bang for the buck no doubt. Here's a few things to keep in mind about the Velbon. It's plastic, all plastic (except for a bit of metal on the pan bar). Although it doesn't feel fragile to break in under your camera, it's not designed to be thrown underneath all your other heavy equipment or to be tossed around.

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Size Comparison (Left) Manfrotto 701HDV (Right) Velbon Fluid Head

Don't get the bundled tripods as i've heard nothing but horror stories. You'd be better off buying another one like the 190XDB from Manfrotto (found here). Don't overload the thing. I used a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 100mm Macro F/2.8 which worked well, but the head does not have a 'balance' feature so it wanted to tilt forward with the heavy lens. It's too bad the build quality comes in short, because the performance is truly amazing for such a cheap head. Often you'll find the head on sale as low as $26 dollars, and for a spare head on your DSLR video slider, track dolly, or even one for your Monopod it's a deal. You can find them on sale at B&H (click here)

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find-price-button Velbon PH-368 Video Fluid Head

or at Amazon (click here) available at both B&H and Amazon (click here)

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find-price-button Velbon Fluid Video Tripod head - via Amazon



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63 thoughts on “Cheap Velbon Video Fluid Head Review

  1. W. B.

    Hmm, don't have a flathead that wide haha. Will take fluid head to work tonight to see if i can take it out there. Hope i didn't screw it up already by using too narrow flatheads :S

  2. Mark

    Actually after further research, realized it comes off easily by unscrewing with a flathead. Hope that helps others who might be confused lol

  3. Mark

    Sorry for the stupid question, but I can't seem to figure out how to remove the 1/4" adaptor to make it fir the 3/8" screw for the Konova k2 slider

  4. jeremy

    Emm...

    U

    ARE

    TOTALLY

    AWESOME!!!!!

    Thanks man, never knew this leveling heads existed, totally what I need.

  5. Emm

    Post author

    @Jeremy - Here's a bowl mount that's sturdy enough to support a small jib: Professional Heavy Duty Video Camcorder Tripod Fluid Drag Head Kits WF717

    You can see it being used in this video: http://oliviatech.com/trapezist-portable-mini-4-jib-by-light-craft-workshop

    Or if you have your favorite 3/8 base mount Video Fluid Head, you can get some of the Bowl Mount leveling features using something like this: http://oliviatech.com/manfrotto-438-compact-leveling-head

  6. Jeremy

    hey emm,

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    So are there any good bowl mount video tripod you could recommend which is about the range of a

    PH368 + manfrotto 190xdb

    Hope this isint too off topic

  7. Jeremy

    hey Emm, was wondering would it be possible to mount this to a bowl mount tripod. With the correct accessories. Like a bowl adapter?

  8. Emm

    Post author

    @aditya - It would mount on there, but you just have to remove the 1/4 adapter from under the Velbon head.

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