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Slik 504QF-II Video Fluid Head

B&H # SL504QF2H MFR # 618-504
Slik 504QF-II Video Head

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The Slik 504QF-II Video Fluid Head was designed as a dual solution for the traveling videographer using light camcorders who also may desire to use still cameras.  It is rapidly deployed, quite smooth and easily used.  Note that it has three axes of movement, as opposed to a normal video head's pan/tilt exclusivity; this is so that you can make vertical orientation pictures with your still camera.

Decades of experience and a wealth of accumulated photographic knowledge, combined with current engineering, have been instrumental in helping Slik create tripods and heads that are amazingly light, yet offer remarkable strength and stability.

A Unique Video Head
The 504QF-II is the only video head on the market to have a third axis of movement, permitting vertical orientation images with still cameras.  It is an excellent compromise for anyone looking to use small video cameras and still cameras with a single head.
Smooth tilt axis movement
Load Capacity 11 lb (5 kg)
Diameter/Thread 1/4"-20
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes (#618735)
Tilt Range ±90°
Tilt Lock Yes
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / Non
Slik 504QF-II Video Fluid Head
  • Quick Release Platform for Slik 503QF, 504QF, 523QF Tripods
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    Slik504QF-II Video Head
     
    4.2

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (21)
    • Large range of motion (19)
    • Attaches firmly (16)
    • Strong clamp (9)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (14)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Stabilization (7)
      • Home (6)
      • Portraits (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (18)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      nice inexpensive still/video head

      i chose this head because it was an inexpensive fluid head that allows for vertical orientation of a still camera - it's the only head i could find that met all these requirements - it's...Read complete review

      i chose this head because it was an inexpensive fluid head that allows for vertical orientation of a still camera - it's the only head i could find that met all these requirements - it's lightweight, quiet and smooth and meets my video and still camera needs (firmly in the amateur/hobbyist camp)

      my only trouble was getting the head mounted onto my Silk 700DX tripod - the head accommodates a small diameter screw and the default screw on the tripod has a large diameter - the trick was to use a very small allen key wrench (2 mm i think - tool not included) to release a plate on the top of the tripod (not the head) and then reverse the screw so the small diameter screw faces up instead of the large one

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Does what it is supposed to.......

      Im a photographer who is adding HD video to my toolbox. ....This unit seems well built for an entry level head.
      The QR is stable - sometimes on cheaper units the...Read complete review

      Im a photographer who is adding HD video to my toolbox. ....This unit seems well built for an entry level head.
      The QR is stable - sometimes on cheaper units the quick release wiggles, not this one. The spirit level works well and provides a level pan.
      The panning is a tiny bit sticky - I will see if lubricant
      helps. I would recommend this head as an upgrade over those cheap consumer video tripod/head combos.

      Reviewed by 39 customers

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      5.0

      Smooth smooth smooth

      By Dogs

      from Michigan

      Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

      Wow, this is a nice head, It's perfect for shooting video, which is what I needed it for, so it' said perfect fit.

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      3.0

      Good but difficult to figure out

      By NMM

      from New York, New York

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

        Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

        The head is pretty fliud, however it doesn't seem to lock in place in terms of panning and it spins pretty freely. Trying to figure it out but being that I've been using tripods for 8+ years I don't think it should be this difficult.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Second purchase of this product!

        By Monte

        from Washington DC

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

          Versatile, easy to use, very smooth. I bought this head and tripod years ago and loved it. During our last move, the spring clamp on the head was broken when our gorilla movers got their hands on it.... I didn't hesitate to get the exact same head to replace the broken one. Well worth the extra $$$.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great video head for the price

          By Adam

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

            I've had one of these heads for about 5 years until it broke due to mishandling. I immediately replaced it with the exact same one. This head goes with my travel tripod, which ends up getting far more use than my Sachtler Ace-M because of how much easier it is to carry around with me.There are obvious deficiencies when you compare a $[*] head to one costing hundreds of dollars - it can't support much more than an SLR w/ a moderately heavy lens, and it is definitely sensitive to vibration. But the fluid head is actually pretty great given the price. If you're looking for a cheap DSLR video head for travel, i can't recommend this one enough.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect for weddings

            By Breschtastic

            from Jasper indiana

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                I use it for filming weddings and before I would just mount my camera to the monopod. Now with the versatility it's awesome and smooth tilt and pans. Also cheap price

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                • No

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                2.0

                Not For Me!

                By LQ

                from New York, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Small Range

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                  I used it for a short film video shoot. I was told it would suffice. I had a problem panning from left to right which caused me to have to direct my actors to move at a slower pace. I brought it back for a refund and purchased a Manfrotto. The extra money was worth the freedom! Using it ONLY for still photography would probably work best!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Smooth and Easy

                  By Alterno

                  from Tamuning, Guam

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                    This product would be best if used with a quality video tripod. It is smooth and fluid. I have not encountered any problems with it. I use it on our business. I think the lock/release mechanism may be better. It would seem that it would break easily when forced by a person who doesn't know how to mount the quick release plate. Plus, it does not look like it's fully locked in place.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Not usable right out of the box

                    By John

                    from Springfield, IL

                    About Me Photo vet but video noob, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Cheap

                    Cons

                    • Too tight out of box

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel videos

                    Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                    Needing a cheap fluid head for travel/modopod use with my Canon 7D, I ordered this product. When I received the product today from B&H, it was so tight that it would barely pan at all. I called SLIK technical support to see if there are some adjustments that can be made, and they told me the only thing I can do is to loosen it up through use. So, I panned the thing through about 40 full revolutions, and lo and behold, it did loosen up so that it is at least usable, although still pretty tight. But wouldn't you think it ought to be usable right out of the box, even if it is cheap? I'll update this review after using the product in the field.

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                    5.0

                    Great Product for Price

                    By Hawaii808

                    from Kailua Kona, HI

                    About Me Career

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Sports

                      Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                      Great, smooth fluid head. Great Quality.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Good fluid action plus a 3 axis adjust

                      By Brad

                      from Los Angeles

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                            Used this head on a Velbon Maxi 343E tripod to make a 2lb 13oz, 19.5in-65in travel video tripod with a quick release plate. Works great with a small camcorder

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            4.0

                            Pretty good for its price

                            By Nath

                            from Montreal

                            About Me DP

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                              Travelling with a lot of equipment for a shoot. I had to find a lightweight solution for my 5D setup. I used this head with the 5D equipped with a beachteck and a rode mike and in no wind situation, it is pretty good. Of course, levelling the head is not efficient. The overall tension is not bad neither. So as a backup or lightweight option, so far I haven't find better.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great for shooting video with a DSLR

                              By Gear head

                              from New Haven, CT

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                    I choose this head and tripod for these instances where the Manfrotto 503 is too heavy. It is compact and it can travel along with the Slik Pro 700 DX plus another head in the Slik 1770 bag. At the beginning I thought it was going to be too flimsy for anything bigger than a D7000, but it can handle a heavy Nikon D3s with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    I bought two of these and would buy more

                                    By lookagain

                                    from Louisiana

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • High Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                        I really like these video heads, they are reasonably priced (compared to other heads) and I get a nice fluid motion when panning. I am a part-time wedding videographer and I have used several different tripods and heads, I believe these are the best bang-for-your-buck.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Good Value

                                        By Max L

                                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                              Just received a week ago as a replacement for another head of a different brand and used it to videotape a concert. Worked great. Would prefer if it didn't try to return to horizontal, but I was able to adjust the tension with the large adjustment knob without causing any unwanted movement while filming.

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                                              • No

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                                              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              2.0

                                              Lacks stability

                                              By Dick

                                              from Blacksburg VA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Large Range of Motion

                                              Cons

                                              • Unstable
                                              • Weak Clamp

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Video
                                              • Wildlife

                                              Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                              I use this head for my spotting scope, both for viewing wildlife and photography. It permits easy mounting and movement of live action, but is a bit unstable for photography, i.e., without strong tightening, the head drifts quite easily, particularly in the verticle traverse.

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                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Awesome Fluid Head

                                              By Meekers

                                              from Newport Beach, CA

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Everything
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Large Range of Motion

                                              Cons

                                              • Materials
                                              • Pan speed

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Longboarding Videos
                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Video

                                              Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                              I have little experience with fluid heads but did a lot of research before I made this purchase. Although it is obviously not the highest quality, I wasn't gonna spend upwards of $1,000 or more. I recently bought a Canon T2i and this head gives me the EXACT shot I was looking for.[...]

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                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              I would buy this again

                                              By p-mann

                                              from Corona, CA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Large Range of Motion
                                              • Strong Clamp
                                              • Very smooth movement

                                              Cons

                                              • I have none

                                              Best Uses

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

                                              Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                              This is a great head not only for video but for stills as well. With todays new SLR's that shoot hd video it important to have a head that works for both. Works as well as one's costing alot more.

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                                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              nice inexpensive still/video head

                                              By Greg

                                              from Hoboken, NJ

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Large Range of Motion

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home
                                                • Portraits
                                                • Sports/Action
                                                • Video

                                                Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                                i chose this head because it was an inexpensive fluid head that allows for vertical orientation of a still camera - it's the only head i could find that met all these requirements - it's lightweight, quiet and smooth and meets my video and still camera needs (firmly in the amateur/hobbyist camp)

                                                my only trouble was getting the head mounted onto my Silk 700DX tripod - the head accommodates a small diameter screw and the default screw on the tripod has a large diameter - the trick was to use a very small allen key wrench (2 mm i think - tool not included) to release a plate on the top of the tripod (not the head) and then reverse the screw so the small diameter screw faces up instead of the large one

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                                                • No

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                                                4.0

                                                Good Value

                                                By Greg

                                                from Edmonton Alberta Canada

                                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Good price value
                                                • Large Range of Motion

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                                    I bought this to use with my Slik Sprint Pro GM. The old head unscrews and you screw the fluid head on. I am quite happy with it considering the price. I couldn't find anything else in this price range that seemed decent quality. My only complaint would would the self levelling aspect of the head that other reviews have mentioned. It's a bit annoying but again for this price I can't complain. My tripod is a bit light for this head, so I have to hold it down with one hand while I pan.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    OK Video Head

                                                    By Luecke

                                                    from Philadelphia, PA

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

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

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Complicated Controls

                                                    Best Uses

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

                                                    Comments about Slik 504QF-II Video Head:

                                                    Moves smoothly for pan and tilt. Installation of this head onto Slik 700DX Pro is time consuming since the tread is not the same size as that of tripod's. You have to unscrew a small plate of the tripod, turn it over and screw in again to mount this video head stably.

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