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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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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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I suspect the remote as the culprit for 2 reasons: #1, it IS a very cheap piece of plastic, very lightweight and not on par with the head. #2, it can be yours for the low price of forty bucks. If it was ten bucks, you could buy it and keep on smiling, but for it to be forty bucks means that they know that you will need to replace it and are trying to make money off of a bad product. That is a bit unethical to me (I don't use that word lightly), and I really would like to rate it a 1 or 2 for that alone, but because it has been a very useful product for me at a VERY good price point, I feel comfortable with a 3 rating. If I had used this thing hard for a week or 2 and it gave out (which could be very possible for someone, hence my warning), it would definitely be a 1-star product. The remote (whether or not it is faulty - which remains to be seen as I probably grudgingly order one) should not be over a third of the cost of the product.
So I bought the PBL Pro Heavy Duty Air Cushioned 10ft Light Stand to act as a tripod... it gets my camera up to 10 ft in the air! With the camera so high, I needed a way to adjust the view from my height... and this is where the Bescor Remote Controlled Motorized Pan/Tilt Head is the perfect solution...
I put this on top of the stand... put the camera on top of that... and with the fully articulated screen on my 60D pointed to me on the floor, I can adjust the pan and tilt of the camera from 6ft using the remote control, while the camera sits on it's perch 8-10 ft high! The whole setup is plenty strong enough to hold the Bescor AND 60D with absolutely no fear of falling. (I use a common 18-135mm lens, so nothing too long and out of balance, all the weight is straight down the stand)
I adjust the Pan and/or Tilt for the perfect view, and set it and forget it.
The Bescor weighs about 3 lbs... and camera about 3 lbs... and the stand supports up to 15lbs, so I feel very comfortable with this setup.
The camera attaches directly to the top of the Bescor with the screw head and sits high and tight on top... Once at full height, I adjust my view of the basketball court, left, right, up, down... all from my height of 6ft when my camera is 10 ft high!
I'm thinking about going wireless with the whole setup using the CamRanger PT hub... but there are some battery limitations with the hub and router that only last 1-2 hours... and I use this for hours at a time sometimes... but this setup is working perfectly for what I need and the design is perfect for me right now... for weekend use... a lightweight... strong... camera tripod setup... getting my camera OVER the heads of fans for clear video... using the remote controlled motorized Pan Head for minor adjustments... perfect.
The slider provides some slow to fast control, but you can modify this (again check online) by playing with the power source. Doing so can increase or decrease the overall speed. This is important if you're using a telephoto / zoom lens. Lowering the voltage will slow the head down considerably - too low and it won't power up. Again, just search the web.
You can use the head as is, or easily modify it for your own use.
99% of the people who buy the MP101 are happy with it as is, but some want more control over the speed and rotation. It's an easy head to modify and customize, or of course just leave as is. It's one of the most versatile heads out there.