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Gitzo G-1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base) - Supports 2.2 to 22 lbs

B&H # GIG1380 Mfr # G1380
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The G1380 "Fluide" video head, is specifically designed to balance the wide range of new DV, DVCAM and light ENG cameras with payloads from 2.2 to 22 lbs.

Features separate pan and tilt, variable fluid drag control to produce smooth and repeatable movement without detachable stops and starts. A separate pan and tilt lock is included. The sliding camera plate, which balances the cameras, can be rapidly engaged or disengaged with the camera from the head. Incorporates a safety release to prevent the camera accidentally falling off.

The FLUIDE has a factory fitted balance spring available in 6 versions, which cover the weights of today's digital and lightweight ENG cameras. (2.2, 4.4, 11, 17.6, 19.8 and 22 lbs. rated springs)

Perfect Balance with Interchangeable Springs
The G1380 Fluide pan & tilt head achieves the perfect counter balance by means of an innovative and unique interchangeable spring balance mechanism, allowing the use of a variety of camcorders with different payloads. This allows the heads to tilt through the full range of ±85: in perfect balance. Eliminating a considerable amount of physical effort required by the operator to control the tilting action.
The balancing mechanism is both compact and lightweight - vital in ENG production where head size and weight are key benefits in flexibility, handling and portability.
Pan and Tilt Drag Control
Features a progressive, stiction free drag, where the torque is provided from a sliding contact between dissimilar surfaces. The variable drag is adjusted to provide a non-linear torque speed characteristic, which allows "whip pan" movements.
Quick Setup
Unique design features allow fast setup - a must if you are continuously on the move. The leveling bowl has a double threaded screw shank, which allows the bowl lock to be tightened and released quickly. Very handy when you are constantly adjusting the bowl to level the camera (especially on uneven terrain).
Adjustable camera mounting plate
Built-in bubble for horizontal leveling
Load capacity depending on spring
Load Capacity 2.2 to 22 lb
Diameter/Thread 75mm 3" Half Ball
Counter Balance System Interchangeable Springs
Counter Balance Range 2.2 to 22 lb
Center of Gravity 5" Typical
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes (Cat #G1382-38)
Balance Plate 2-Way 4" Sliding Range, with 3/8" Screw and VHS Adapter Pin
Tilt Drag Infinitely Variable, 0 to 9
Tilt Range ±85°
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Infinitely Variable, 0 to 9
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes, Non
Temperature Range -20 to +115 F (-20 to +50 C)
Weight 5.0 lb
Gitzo G-1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base) - Supports 2.2 to 22 lbs
  • 1x Pan Bar (#G1382)
  • Camera Mounting Plate (#G1382-38)
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    GitzoG1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base)
     
    3.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

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          4.0

          Small but tough

          By abuse tours

          from Bozeman, Montana

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

          • Weak Clamp

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

          As a professional freelance adventure cameraman I like the light weight of this head. It is smooth and flexible to use for different weight cameras. it's easy to pack and carry around on a two stage set of stix. I agree the tilt locking mechanism could be better for heavier cameras. I also think the plate locking knurl could be designed to be more flexible for some smaller DSLR cams because it's hard to tighten to where you need it as it's in the way of the camera base. I did have problems with the release plate button getting sticky but was able to take it apart to clean it thoroughly. Now I have grease dripping out it which shouldn't happen and will have to send it in but I still haven't found anything that does as good a job for the money.

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          5.0

          Very Smooth & Solid!

          By phorton

          from Norman, OK

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Counter Balance
          • Smooth
          • SOLID

          Cons

          • Vertical Lock

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

          This is my favorite fluid head... I've used it since 2000, and it's still going strong. The supplied springs allow you to precisely add the counter balance needed. You can also adjust the spring tension to make it perfect. It is a bit of a hassle to change the springs out, but much more precise than a one-in-all adjustment spring on other models. My only con would be, that I wish the vertical head lock would lock a bit tighter, especially when using heavier cameras. As the previous reviewer said, you can re-adjust the lock tension over time to increase it, but still wish it would lock tight 100% with heavy cameras. Mine is over 10 years old, and still going strong! Even smother with age!

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          1.0

          Vertical pan lock broke

          By Ben

          from Indiana

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

                I was having trouble with the vertical pan lock so I took the head apart. Small shavings of plastic fell out. So some of the pan lock is made of plastic. I'm going to order replacement parts and will probably have to order more in another year. The best part of this head is the weight.

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                1.0

                Horrible, overpriced head

                By Tom Evans

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Looks pretty

                Cons

                • Bad tilt lock
                • Pricey poor value
                • Rosettes wear out
                • Won't tilt lock

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

                  This head is overpriced compared to the competition and does not perform well. The rosettes on the left and right that are used for handle angle adjustment just wear out. Cheap metal. Cannot stand a rental environment. Other manufacturers either use a wavy washer between the rosettes like satchler or have replaceable rosettes like O'Connor and the new, little Manfrotto on this same page at around 1/3 the price. If you wear out your left rosette, it costs around $40 for that cast aluminum part. If you wear out your right rosette, then good luck, as the part is over $300. As to one user's comments about his old head "backing up" at the end of a pan, well, that's called Tripod Lash, and has nothing to do with the head. All tripods exhibit this problem to an extent, some more than others. You will get very little lash w/a Gitzo G1505 tripod, because that one's big and beefy. Other tripods like some Satchler models are designed to minimize lash. Those shooting panoramas in HD should pay attention to this spec.As to the tilt and pan lock mechanisms[*] This design is deeply flawed. Yep, you can adjust them w/a 2.5mm allen wrench, but they just DO NOT work properly. Now pan lock ain't too important, but a bad tilt lock mechanism can cause your camera to end up broken and on the floor in many situations. Save money and go w/any other brand of head. I love many gitzo products, and when your head fails under warranty they often just send you a new one, but why bother? The poor tilt lock mechanism is a Fatal error, and everybody should just stay away from this model until they improve the mechanism, if that is possible.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Head

                  By Kirov

                  from Burbank, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Value
                  • High Quality

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

                      I use this head for several cameras of different weights. Must change spring for different cameras.

                      Reviewer who said locks don't work needs to read manual. The pan and tilt locks can be re-adjusted with an allen wrench (included) to be tight again.

                      Excellent drag and movement. Outstanding fluid head for cameras in its weight range. Reasonably lightweight and is good for travel.

                      Excellent match with a Gitzo Series 3 Systematic Tripod (with the 75mm bowl).

                      Note: the Gitzo Systematic tripod are easily changed between flat top, 75mm and 100m with the adapters available.

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                      3.0

                      Great Head - A few Glitches though

                      By Pro from Dover

                      from Minnesota

                      About Me 16 years of videography, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Fluid movement

                      Cons

                      • Not good in cold weather

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

                        Loved the ability to dial in the exact camera balance with the various springs.
                        Had to have it refurbished one year into ownership because the fluid head developed a leak when exposed to extreme cold temperatures. For weeks it oozed black goo until it was rendered useless and I took it in.
                        After 6 years of ownership the pan and tilt brakes have ceased to work.

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                        5.0

                        Best thing I ever did!

                        By Videobikerdude

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • SMOOTH

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies

                          Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

                          I finally took the plunge and bought this head. It's pricy but now I wish I had done it years ago. I made the step to HD which shows every movement flaw in your pans and tilts. My bogen 503 had some jerky starts and stops plus it would move backwards a touch after stopping a pan. All that is history now.
                          The camera is a breeze to balance after installing the proper spring ( go with the lighter one that your camera weight suggests. I'm using a Canon A1 and I couldn't be happier

                          • How long have you owned it:
                          • A month or less

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                          4.0

                          Hardy and tough

                          By ORION Photo

                          from MA

                          Comments about Gitzo G1380 Video Fluid Head (75mm Ball Base):

                          Good choice for globe travel work. Easy to use with 1380 packs nice in DOMKE FX1 bag for take on flights with HVRV1U and extras, NO drifting or floating. Easy to clean. Good work horse.

                          Expertise: IATSE#600, NPPA, 17 years shooting

                          Problems Encountered: Easy to loose 1/4 20 screw, also you need to move the lock down nut for DVCAM and HD systems.

                          Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Cartoni Bogen

                          Items I Recommend: extra plate, and tooth brush (to clean)

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