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ePhoto Professional Video Camera Fluid Drag Tripod Head by ePhoto INC 717AH

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Price: $79.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Pan Range 360° and Tilt controls
  • Built-in bubble horizontal leveling
  • Ideal for digital camcorder weighing up to 6kgs or 13lbs
  • A quick release system with a safety lock
  • Fitting: 3/8" for tripod. 1/4" & 3/8" for video camera
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ePhoto Professional Video Camera Fluid Drag Tripod Head by ePhoto INC 717AH + StudioFX 40" Pro DSLR Camera Slider Dolly Track Video Stabilizer by Kaezi
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003HNS6S0
  • Item model number: INC_717AH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 16, 2010

Product Description

Professional Video Camera Fluid Drag Tripod Head by ePhoto INC 717AH

Customer Reviews

Very solid and well built.
D. Swope
If you're looking for a good entry-level fluid head - this is the best one to get, hands down!
Seth - The GR Review
The Movement is fluid and dampened which makes it easy to pan and tilt smoothly.
HDSLR Video

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By AwesomeShot on February 27, 2012
Length: 2:45 Mins
Finding a decent head for a tripod or slider can be a chore. We don't often have the opportunity to try it out before committing to the purchase. Reviews can be misleading, as each person can have different needs and experience levels. If you are using sliders for video production, then this review might help you make an informed choice. ePhoto Professional Video Camera Fluid Drag Tripod Head by ePhoto INC 717AH
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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful By David A. Dugdale on September 29, 2010
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I got my first DSLR camera in March of 2010 and I am learning how to shoot video with it. Come along with me as I learn how to shoot movies with my Canon T2i 550D.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roy on December 7, 2011
I purchased this to replace my Slik Pro 700DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head.
The item arrived well packed and with good instructions such that even a novice person such as myself could easily replace the current head.
I use my D7000 also for video and love the fact that I can control the field depth with it. However, prior to using this head I was getting jerky video and it was just not what I wanted.
After replacing the head - the video is no longer jerky and the results are near perfect.
The resistance of the head is perfect for me, it feels sturdy and just 'right'.
I recommend this as a serious piece of gear...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SCMorrow on March 31, 2011
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I was looking for something more portable and lightweight than the 15lb Vinten head and sticks that I've been lugging around with my JVC GY HM-100u (about a 4lb camera). When I stumbled across reviews on this Fancier FT-717AH fluid head for $70 that many are using for their DSLRs, I was intrigued. I like to travel and don't want to check multiple bags. Because this ow cost head got such nice reviews got such nice reviews, I thought I'd give it a try with my little set of under $80 aluminum tripod (Giotto's MTL 9240B). I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and solid the head is. It's very capable of handling the weight of more than a DSLR set up. It's a bit stiff in the panning as many bloggers will tell you, but some like prefer it that way. You can open and clean out the existing panning grease and replace it with a silicon grease for looser panning in about 20 minutes. Having done that, it's a perfect little head for a one-man-shooting band. Deserves 5 stars because it's only $70 and works great and it ties right on to my backpack.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By fosterleighton on June 5, 2011
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This head is the best value on the web. It pans a little on the stiff side, but I find that to be an asset because a T2i is so light, that my rigs have no inherent weight to smooth out shots. I would grease the quick release, as it is a sliding type and can get a bit tedious when dry. This head lives up to all its claims and more.. a true performer. I'll be buying more, and you should too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris on October 5, 2010
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Can't beat it for the price. My fluid head came with a basic base (not a "bowl"-style)... I'm kind of new to how tripods work and how all the new video tripods are a certain way (bowl or flat)... again, mine came with a flat base, with a thicker screw recess (I don't know the exact measurement). I was unsure about which "sticks" (legs) to buy for it, so I went with this (bought from amazon): Benro A-057M8 Mg-Aluminium M8 Tripod Supports 8.8 lbs with Quick Release, 3-Leg Sections and Magnesium Die-Casting - it works well even though the sticks are kind of lightweight.

People say the panning is a bit stiff with this fluid head... I think it's just right. Panning should be slow and controlled. Otherwise it gives people headaches when they're watching your footage.

This fluid head can be bought as a whole tripod system from amazon (I think it's worth it to get the full, matching legs that are heavier-duty). However, this head would work great on a slider or dolly system.

Worth every penny (I've nothing to compare it to, as I'm new to DSLR filmmaking/videography) but, compared to the crappy $20 tripods I've used in the past... this thing is great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Weaver on February 17, 2013
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I'm on the fence as to whether or not I actually like this product. I have two and they both worked great at first, but quickly deteriorated... and I am not a power user. One of them developed a horrible grinding sound after just 2 uses. Since they only come with a 30 day warranty (yes you read that correctly) E-photo would not replace, repair or even give advice as to how to get it to stop. I eventually cleans it up and replaced a couple bad washers and it works well now. The other head cannot be locked down... no matter how much you tighten the knob. It's not a big deal since I now use that head on a monopod but it's still disappointing.

I think the most important take away from this purchase is that your going to get what you pay for. Overall, this is a nice head that is a great value if it does not fall apart on you. If it does, don't expect E-photo to care and be prepared to fix it yourself or just buy a new one. In hindsight, I wish I had bought a pair of Manfrotto heads. But at this price, I was willing to give them a shot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caliban on February 20, 2012
I was deciding between this fluid head and the Manfrotto 128RC and was skeptical with this product because it is basically a mass produced Chinese product that's renamed under different companies, Cowboy Studio, ePhoto. But I'm really glad I took a chance and got this head! Unlike some other fluid heads that need breaking-in to become smooth, this head was impressive in that it was so smooth out-of-the-box. Also did not need additional lubrication except a little on the bottom threads, which was squeaky when I twisted it onto my tripod.

Besides the smooth action, I like the adjustable handle which you can shorten or lengthen quite a bit, this helps me maneuver better with certain shots. The horizontal panning lock-nut is pretty small which makes it easier for access when mounting on rail sliders and dollies. Like others have mentioned, it is a beefy and pretty well made fluid head and will surely survive some beating.
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