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Bescor MP101 Video Motorized Pan Head

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  • Switch selector for either a 30, 60 or 90 degree movement
  • Maximum horizontal angle +/-90 degrees. Maximum vertical angle +/- 15 degrees.
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B008T17W9O
  • Item model number: MP101
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Unit features choice of either Auto Pan Mode or Remote Control. The Auto Pan mode allows continuous horizontal panning motion of +/- 30Y, +/- 60Y, or =/- 90Y set by selector switch. Remote operation is by a detachable remote control unit, included, with a 3 foot cord.The remote unit has a four way direction control button to activate right/left pan motion up to 90 degrees each way, as well as up/down tilt motion to +/- 15Y maximum. A Variable Speed control on the remote allows continuos speed adjustment for horizontal panning and vertical tilt movements. Power is provided by AA batteries, not included. The unit measures 53+4 x 41+2 x 4" in size and weighs 27 ounces. The Power Pan Head accepts cameras with a maximum weight of six pounds.

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Customer Reviews

I wish you could slow the pan down a little more when zoomed but it works great and like I said very quiet.
dv
I've used this for weddings and music videos etc for years and it really is the perfect supplement for my 12 ft jib crane and mini dolly!
Alexander M. Dunn
I am satisfied with the performance of this motorized Pan Head and would recommend it to anyone need such a device.
H. W. Fitzgerald, Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By H. W. Fitzgerald, Jr. on January 20, 2008
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This motorized pan head does a very nice job. The movement is smooth in both the horizontal and vertical movements. I have seen no jerking motion when it stops and then continues. The only concern is the vertical motion motor generates more noise then the horizontal motor. I am using a Sony DCR-HC90 which has a very sensitive mike. This should not present a real problem if the recording sound is at a normal level. The head works well on both batteries and an AC adapter. I am satisfied with the performance of this motorized Pan Head and would recommend it to anyone need such a device.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kanoa on July 27, 2008
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I recommend this product 100%. It has made a world of difference with my video. I use to get about 50% or less of usable video with my tripod now I get over 90%.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Elliott on July 23, 2011
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Big, bulky, somewhat heavy, with a solid build, the Bescor MP-101 executes smoother pans and tilts (or a combination of both) than I can accomplish with my fluid head - keeping in mind that my fluid head is not an expensive one.

To perform pans, the Bescor has a rather large circular "turntable" base onto which your tripod head attaches by way of the standard-sized screw. Once secured, the Bescor and your camera now turn together entirely as one unit - that is, when the bottom "turntable" base starts turning, everything above it - the Bescor's upper case (body) with your camera attached - turn to create the pan.

Up to 180 degrees pans can be made either manually with the remote control or with the Bescor's auto setting. The remote features separate direction and speed controls on a 3 feet cable.

Performing tilts - With the Bescor's base secured to your tripod head, the Bescor acts as an extension of your tripod's head. The Bescor's top portion provides a standard-sized screw and pin in which to engage your camera. This is the upper-most area of the Bescor, and it tilts independently of the Bescor's case.

I gave the Bescor a 4 star rating because of its limited tilting range which can be inconvenient in some scenarios.

Other than that, for its price, it can make an astounding difference in the look and feel of amateur videos. It's capable of transforming a simple handycam's output into a production seemingly created by much more expensive equipment.

The Bescor MP-101 is made in China (so, what else is new?), and has a 90 day warranty.

Catch my real-world demonstration videos, "The Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan Head - In Hollywood" on YouTube. Type in "thehwdykedemos" to find them quickly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Perret on July 4, 2013
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Unlike what is listed in the product description, the unit I received has a 340 degree panning range (or +/- 170Y to use the notation in the product description). In auto panning mode (which is of no use to me except for testing the unit), the stops are 0, 45, 90, and 340 (meaning respectively: stop-at-maximum-left, +/- 27Y, +/- 45Y, and +/- 170Y).
Not mentioned in the product description, but visible (barely) in the customer image, there is a pan angle indicator at the bottom of the unit, graded from 0 to 340 degrees.
Also, I had been expecting some slight jerkiness in low speed (from other reviews), but I cannot notice any.. On the other hand, the slowest speed is a bit faster than I thought it would be, and I did not experiment with a heavy camera.
The instruction sheet that came with the unit lists the maximum tilt and pan speeds as respectively 2.4 degrees per second and 8 degrees per second. I measured the pan speeds as 8.1 max and 3.7 min.
Contrary to what the instruction sheet says, auto pan does not require the "remote control switch" to be attached (removing it just results in the highest speed).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AC500Driver on April 28, 2012
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We use this mounted at the end of a 12 foot jib for our crane shots. It supports a loaded Sony HVR-Z5U with matte box and cables. We bought the remote and cable extension to make everything work with the crane. The control on the remote requires you develop a certain 'touch', but once learned, the head is a joy to use.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AMS on May 7, 2010
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Only buy this if you have a strong tripod - you'll need it. But otherwise, this does a really nice job. It has both fixed and panning modes - I was surprised how useful the latter is for movies.

Added comment 12/24/2010: I've really found this to be a very useful accessory. I didn't use it for the Dec. 21 lunar eclipse (it is heavy and a bit ackward) - and regret that decision very much. It is also very useful for HDR photography.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexander M. Dunn on June 3, 2011
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I've used this for weddings and music videos etc for years and it really is the perfect supplement for my 12 ft jib crane and mini dolly! I don't really use it on tripods, but that's just me. For around 150$ you've got professional movement at a easy to control pace. The batteries actually last for long enough so I wouldn't buy the DC cable unless you like tripping over wires. Only possibhle con is the tightening screw for the top of the head is kind of awkward to reach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Nuse on September 27, 2012
I've had this item now since January 2012 (is now September), and have used this item at the end of a camera crane.

Within the 4th usage while actually using it, for no apparent reason the "up" feature quit working entirely, I'm not sure what happened to it, what caused it, or anything, it makes a bit of sound and stops after a few seconds but never moves anywhere.

Even "down" acts intermittently; fortunately turning works just fine, but it's rather sad only half of it works after so few uses.

Max load I put on it was probably still under 7lbs (Nikon D300s, Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.8 and a Rode Video mic).

That said; I was very happy with how it controlled, speed wise... a little more speed would be nice, sometimes it juuuust isn't enough, but I was certainly happy with it. It was very smooth; I wish for the sake of video it was more easy to go from high speed to low speed to a stop in a more fluid way (and not requiring 3 hands to control it and a crane).

All in all I give it a fair 3 stars; it was great for the few times it worked; but for an item to quit half of its functioning in so few uses is rather inexcusable.
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