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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Tripod FOR PHOTOGRAPHY -- VIDEO USERS BEWARE !!!, April 20, 2012
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This is an amazing tripod for all photographers out there. Sturdy, it can open very widely to allow very low (close to the ground) shots, and overall not that heavy, yet strongly built. Its only drawback is that is it very slow to place, because of its leg's system to open/close.

So, why am I giving it only 3 stars (or even writing this review)? Well, because of my personal experience: I was shopping for a VIDEO TRIPOD, and this is the worse tripod you can get stuck with for shooting video !! Why? It all comes to the head: It can only lock in one position; if you unscrew the head's lock, the head will move (or fall) to any side. This means you can't lock the head to one direction while moving it in another (for instance, locking it vertically so that you can only move it horizontally, hence having more control over your camera movement).

In other words, THIS ISN'T A FLUID HEAD TRIPOD, IT DOESNT EVEN HAS A LEVEL = THIS IS A USELESS TRIPOD FOR VIDEO (unless your shot is a still one, then it is as good as any other. But then, a specialized video tripod also is, so why buy this one?).

I give it 3 stars because its seller had the nerve (or lets hope for his honesty's sake it was an unconscious accident) to include the word "VIDEO" in its description. AND THAT IS JUST WRONG. I write this so that hopefully no one else falls in the same mistake I did: BUYING THIS TRIPOD FOR ITS (SUPPOSED) VIDEO USE.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2012 6:30:08 PM PDT
Theodore says:
Thanks for pointing out the fact that this tripod will not handle a video camera for panning. I am looking for one that will handle a camera and a video camera. I almost went for it until I saw your review. Thanks again.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 12:47:26 PM PDT
BuzzMega says:
Why didn't you get a small fluid pan head and mount that to the ball head? Then the ball would be for leveling, and the fluid head would be for panning/tilting. I have a small Manfrotto 700 RC2 that would do the trick.

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 2:09:23 PM PDT
This tripod actually does have a separate, independent knob that adjusts for panoramic shots. This way, you can lock the ballhead in place where you like it, then loosen the panoramic screw and pan evenly.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 7:28:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2013 7:37:09 AM PDT

As Trevor Thomas mentioned, there is one knob that specifically allows for panning movement only. Anyone wanting to do video should NEVER consider any design reflecting this Ravelli ball head for this model...common sense for most of us. To the defense of this reviewer, it does say "video" in the listing title. Regardless, it is still a common sense issue, look at the design on the website, not just the listing title here on Amazon.

This ball head will function for video with the panning knob, but you will have to place hands on the camera to pan which is less than desirable for video. Again, ANYONE should see this by looking at the design of this product. This ball head and stand does exactly as it is intended and designed to do. This reviewer should have bought something different, only after first learning THERE IS A PANNING feature on this ball head.

Not a very good review.

Posted on May 20, 2013 9:49:37 AM PDT
Joe says:
For real? If you simply look at the head, you'll realize that it would be horrible for video. Take the head off and put a real fluid head on like the 701, and you're set. For $40, what do you really expect??

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 2:03:02 PM PDT
Radio man says:
I bought three and use its ball head for panning with a Panasonic GH2. As a gun-and-shot video guy, I found that this product is most functional, portable and economical for my kind of work. I don't use the legs, just the heads. And I firmly believe that the panning function is worth the price tag. Just hold your camera, adjust the tension of the small side knob, and turn your camera. It almost always gives me perfect pan shots, smooth and stable. If you need to get a tilting shot, don't buy this one. Go get a fluid head. Before I accidentally found this one, I tried so many other ball heads, cheap and expensive ones, but none was as light and smooth as this one. If panning is the deal breaker, definitely give this one a try.
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