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Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead

B&H # SMHP5 Mfr # 701230
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You Pay: $104.95
Product Highlights
  • Dual Pan Arms
  • Bubble Level
  • 25 lbs Capacity

The Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead is a heavy-duty 2-way fluid-effect panhead with large sliding quick release plate. It features a bubble level, dual pan arms, and all die-cast metal construction.

Quick Release
Sliding quick release plate with video pin and rubber lining.
Dual Pan Arms
Reversible pan arms for ambidextrous applications.
Load Capacity 25 lbs
11.3 kg
Diameter/Thread 3/8" with 1/4-20 Adapter
Counter Balance System No
Counter Balance Range N/A
Center of Gravity Not Specified by Manufacturer
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
Balance Plate No
Tilt Drag Fluid Effect
Tilt Range -90°/+90°
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Fluid Effect
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/Non
Temperature Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Height Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    Smith-VictorPro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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        • Video (3)
        • Weddings (3)
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        5.0

        Amazing Head for the price

        By DHVideo

        from New York

        About Me Film Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead:

          amazing tripod head with perfect weight load capacity for my smaller crane, 25lbs was more than enough plus that secondary arm is awesome. never thought i'd find an affordable fluid panhead with my weight needs.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Heavy-duty is right !

          By JodyMo Digital

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead:

          Got this head to accommodate the weight of a JVC GY-HM 600U fully-loaded with on cam light/battery, shotgun mic, lav receiver and heavy thru-the-lens tablet teleprompter...between 25-30 lbs total. Was too much for my Manfrotto, but this Smith-Victor fluid head had no problem at all...smooth-as-silk. The dual pan arms nice, altho tightening screws could be better-positioned...get in the way of itself by design. Will tighten enough, but stop just short of being able to get super-tight...odd, but not a show-stopper. The quick-release plate better designed than most others, tons of flexibility mounting in almost any direction. Highly recommend this, and matching heavy-duty tripod legs---great product at a very reasonable price !

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          5.0

          solid and smooth

          By skidmore

          from TN

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead:

            i bought as a replacement for an old (identical) head that was damaged a few times over through serious mis-use over the years. the head is solid and holds the weight well. the movement is fluid and smooth. i've been using a rig that is way too heavy and out of balance for it, and it is still holding up well. pair this with any compatible legs or ball mount kit for a solid, inexpensive pro-sumer video setup for smaller camcorders and simple DSLR setups.

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            4.0

            Basic Tripod

            By Klinkdog

            from Pittsburg, KS

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead:

                  Good tripod for the cost.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
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                  3.0

                  Heavy Duty Panhead

                  By MarsMediaPro

                  from Tulsa/OK

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Adjusted
                  • Locks In Tight
                  • Solidly Built
                  • True Fluid Movements

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Good Studio Head
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Smith-Victor Pro-5 2-Way Heavy Duty Fluid Tripod Panhead:

                    I got one of these heads used, and out of warranty. SV was kind enough to sell me missing parts. The head is cast and feels solid, but it fails in comparison to my trusty Manfrotto 3063. This is not a back-packers head, and would be good in a permanent installation use, like for use in a small production studio. The pan handles are actually two separate tubes held together somewhat like the Manfrotto pan handles of similar size. My Pro-5 head has an intermittent problem whereby during panning, the head wobbles forward and back. I've written to SV about this and have had no response to date. I'm looking to replace this head, possibly with a Davis & Sanford fm18, which looks like the exact same head as the SV Pro-5. Unlike the Pro-5's five year warranty, the fm18 carries a 10 year warranty! When it works properly, the Pro-5 is great, especially with small dv-cams like the ag-dvc30, pv-gs150, and others. The sliding QR plate did not work well with my trusty old ag-456's, however. This head should work well on any set of heavy duty legs such as the Manfrotto 3046, Davis & Sanford ProVista 75, and similar tripod leg-sets. I suggest using only tripods that you either mount on a tripod dolly or spreader. Cheers!

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                      • Manfrotto 3063 (I have two of these!)

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