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Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release)

B&H # VEPH157Q Mfr # PH-157Q
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You Pay: $49.95

All die-cast metal construction with quick release and large pan handle.

Head Type 3-Way pan/tilt with quick release
Maximum Camera Supported 35mm SLR with medium zoom lens
Load Capacity Unspecified by manufacturer
Height 4.3" (4.1 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4-20"
Weight 1.28 lb (0.58 kg)
Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release)
  • QB-157 Quick Release Platform
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    VelbonPH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
     
    4.5

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (20)
    • Stable (19)
    • Large range of motion (14)
    • Strong clamp (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (12)
      • Portraits (10)
      • Wildlife (10)
      • Night shots (9)
      • Video (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Most Excellent

      Happy? You bet!
      Nice metal construction, the head locks down tight at an angle and the head still pivots nicely.
      Granted a more expensive fluid head would probably be...Read complete review

      Happy? You bet!
      Nice metal construction, the head locks down tight at an angle and the head still pivots nicely.
      Granted a more expensive fluid head would probably be better, but for the price I can make it work.
      BONUS surprise !! The plate is square, and will lock in at any of 4 positions, not like my manfrotto quick release plate, with only one choice.
      I bought this on the cheap to cover while I sent my Manfrotto head off to be serviced.
      I will not buy Manfrotto ever again after the way I've been treated by the service reps.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Panning, Tilt not so much.

      I mostly use this when shooting stills because getting a good tilt movement is almost impossible without so slight panning, even if you don't want it. There are no separate tension for pan and...Read complete review

      I mostly use this when shooting stills because getting a good tilt movement is almost impossible without so slight panning, even if you don't want it. There are no separate tension for pan and tilt, turning the handle tightens the tension. Problem is, then tension amount is not equal for both pan and tilt. If you tighten for a smooth pan you have to really muscle the arm for a tilt. If you tighten for a tilt then for sure you are gonna get some panning in your tilt movement cause it's too loose.

      If you use to shoot stills or never want to tilt then it's perfect.

      Reviewed by 24 customers

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      5.0

      Great product

      By moshe w

      from NY NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls

      Best Uses

        Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

        very good !!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        3.0

        Good Panning, Tilt not so much.

        By Chris Borgman

        from Hoboken, NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

          I mostly use this when shooting stills because getting a good tilt movement is almost impossible without so slight panning, even if you don't want it. There are no separate tension for pan and tilt, turning the handle tightens the tension. Problem is, then tension amount is not equal for both pan and tilt. If you tighten for a smooth pan you have to really muscle the arm for a tilt. If you tighten for a tilt then for sure you are gonna get some panning in your tilt movement cause it's too loose.

          If you use to shoot stills or never want to tilt then it's perfect.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Can't beat the price

          By diverdoc

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

          Excellant for light weight equipment

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Very Smooth

          By Sam77

          from Corpus Christi, Texas

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

            This head added panning to my old MAXi 343e tripod. It allows a very smooth pan.

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            1.0

            Velbon PH-157Q

            By AZ Coues

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                  Purchased this product in November of 2011 and the pan feature has siezed completely. It literally won't pan at all without loosening the head from the tripod.

                  Currently awaiting customer service resolution from B&H

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good Panhead; GREAT price.

                  By Bird man

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                    I use the Panhead for my birding spotting scope and for my digital camera with telephoto lenses.
                    It is great for both uses, up to abut 300mm,with tele-convertors on the camera..
                    It is light and easy to use. Only one handle.
                    There is a little play in the head sometimes, but it is not a problem.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Addition to the Tripod

                    By Coues Hunter

                    from Arizona

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                      I purchsed this product to use binoculars and a spotting scope while hunting. I had looked at other pan heads that were much more expensive and was pleased to find the Velbon PH-157Q. After attachment to my SLIK tripod, I headed out to the wild to look for deer. The head panned nice and smooth. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is a little spot on the head that feels rough while panning. Not a big deal.

                      I put large 15x56 binoculars and a 20-60x80mm spotting scope on the head and it functioned great!!!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Most Excellent

                      By Chuck De Luck

                      from Idaho

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                        Happy? You bet!
                        Nice metal construction, the head locks down tight at an angle and the head still pivots nicely.
                        Granted a more expensive fluid head would probably be better, but for the price I can make it work.
                        BONUS surprise !! The plate is square, and will lock in at any of 4 positions, not like my manfrotto quick release plate, with only one choice.
                        I bought this on the cheap to cover while I sent my Manfrotto head off to be serviced.
                        I will not buy Manfrotto ever again after the way I've been treated by the service reps.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Tripod Head for Optics

                        By RCB in Wyoming

                        from Rock Springs, Wyoming

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                          I bought this to use with binoculars and a spotting scope. It's working out wonderfully; very stable and smooth.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Product, low price

                          By George Novakovich Photography

                          from Ancaster, Ontario

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                            This was a replacement head for my Sherpa 200R. For the price, its a great product. Ease of use and motion, with precise movements.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Interesting tripod head

                            By JamesB

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • Not enough use yet

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                            I recently broke another tripod head and searched for a while for a pan and tilt head. I came across this PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head by Velbon, and thought it was interesting to only have 1 handle to control both pan and tilt functions. I have not had much time with it besides attaching it to my tripod and testing the operation of it.
                            So far it seems like a nice and well built head and moves pretty smoothly.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great!

                            By TordFuglstad

                            from Norway

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Smooth Operation

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                              This is such a great head! Very rugged and pans silky-smooth! It is also very stable and easily controllable with one hand.
                              I would recommend this to people who wants to film with their DSLR camera.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              excellent pruduct

                              By gilles

                              from gatineau, canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                              • Perhaps the low price

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                i am no expert but i think this a very good head. i use it to support my spotting scope. it is smooth as baby's skin and is a three-way head(this is useful for me because my scope does not have a rotating collar). also, you can lock everything with a twist of the left hand. by the way, the head comes with an adapter for 3/8 tripod attachement.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Perfect.

                                By TJ

                                from Kuwait

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Fast in use
                                • Good price value
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                    I purchased this item mainly to be used with my monopod. It fits perfectly and it comes with a "converting screw" to enable you to fit it for 2 different sizes of screws, in case you need to.
                                    The price is reasonable (compared to other similar items). It's simple and elegant. The handle makes operating this head quite easy. One handle controls the head in all directions, with no complications.
                                    The head also uses the "click" system where you can attach your camera to the flat surface and then attack it to the head and lock it in, and in case you want to handhold the camera, you don't need to unscrew or anything, just release the flat surface from the head and the camera is free. I think I will use it also on my (old) tripod as well as my monopod.
                                    Suitable light weight, and can be converted for portrait position. The head doesn't contain a spirit level to check how even your camera is, but I don't bother about it much because my camera has a built-in level already.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Love this head!

                                    By McGee Media

                                    from Humboldt County, CA

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                      I've used this head for 5 or 6 years for all my video work - event coverage, interviews, b-roll. It's a real workhorse. The quick release is perfect.

                                      The price was the most attractive thing about the head initially but now that I'm looking for something that can hold a heavier camera, I really appreciate the light weight of the PH157Q. It has allowed me to be incredibly mobile. I have it mounted on Manfrotto legs and carry them slung over my shoulder in a yoga mat bag.

                                      Velbon should make this head for heavier cameras!

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      just works

                                      By kp

                                      from NM

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Easy one hand turn 3 way
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Large Range of Motion
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Big game hunting
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                        very inexpensive head. I use it for my tripod with binoculars and spotting scope for hunting out west. Very dirty dusty conditions. The last one held up for 4 years of heavy use. You can buy a high dollar name brand head, for $100-200 that may last longer but for [$], who gives a rip if you have to buy one every 4 years for that kind of abuse. And it still works, just got loose. And a 3 way head at that...

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                                        5.0

                                        This head is great

                                        By highcountry

                                        from arizona

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion
                                        • Strong Clamp

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                          I use this head on my binos for hunting. Very smooth and super cheap!!

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                                          5.0

                                          Velbon PH-157Q Pan Head

                                          By Boots

                                          from Hereford Arizona

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Firmly
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Strong Clamp

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Sports/Action

                                            Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                            I bought the Velbon PH-157Q pan head to use on my spotting scope at the rifle range so I can see my target at 100 - 200 yards. It is very stable compared to the one I had the scope is very solid even in our Arizona spring time winds. Great price and a great product.

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                                            5.0

                                            Well designed ,rock solid & affordable

                                            By FC252foto

                                            from Piscataway, NJ

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Firmly
                                            • Good Stability
                                            • Strong Clamp

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Travel
                                              • Video
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                              I bought this head because it can pan left & right or up & down with just one control - yet affordable. After using it at a fashion show on a light stand with my 5DMk2 to shoot videos, I'm quite impressed. It's really great for videos and of course photos too. Loosening the control slightly allows left & right pan easily but up & down pan is still steady. This design is good for heavy lens because heavy lens will point the camera downwards easily. With this head, there is no problem there. This head also supports 2 different screw threads. I brought a light stand to fashion show because it's lighter and this head fits nicely on the light stand.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great repair for may ailing tri pod

                                              By Bc

                                              from Austin, Tx

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Large Range of Motion
                                              • Strong Clamp

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Velbon PH-157Q 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                                  I have a velbon tripod in great shape, just needed a better head. This one is great, smooth and easy to use. Saved a bunch over buying a whole new set up.

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