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Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead

B&H # VEFHD52Q Mfr # FHD 52Q
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Product Highlights
  • Oil-Fluid Panhead
  • Independent 2-Way Pan and Tilt Motion
  • Sliding Lockable Quick-Release Platform
  • Supports Up to 5.5 Lbs (2.5 kg)
  • Weighs Just 16.9 Oz (480 g)
  • 1/4" Thread Connection
  • Includes QB-4X Quick Shoe

The Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead offers independent 2-way pan and tilt motion (with handles that can be operated left- or right-handed), a sliding lockable quick-release camera platform, sturdy plastic construction, and 1/4" thread connection. This smooth panhead will support up to 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) and weighs only 16.9 oz (480 g). A QB-4X quick shoe is included.

Oil-fluid panhead
Independent 2-way pan and tilt motion
Sliding lockable quick-release camera platform
Supports up to 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
Weighs just 16.9 oz (480 g)
Pan and tilt levers can be operated right handed and left handed
Load Capacity 5.51 lbs (2.5 kg)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Not specified by manufacturer
Separate Panning Lock Not specified by manufacturer
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"
Height 3.3" (8.4 cm)
Weight 16.9 oz(480 g)
Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead
  • QB-4X Quick Shoe
  • Lifetime Warranty Against Manufacturer Defects
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    VelbonFHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead
     
    4.1

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (11)
    • Large range of motion (9)
    • Attaches firmly (7)
    • Strong clamp (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (8)
      • Home (4)
      • Weddings (4)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Velbon 2 way fluid head fits the bill.

      I chose this product (FHD-52Q Magnesium 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead by Velbon) to use on a homemade modular dolly system consisting of roller blade wheels and 3/4 inch PVC pipe...Read complete review

      I chose this product (FHD-52Q Magnesium 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead by Velbon) to use on a homemade modular dolly system consisting of roller blade wheels and 3/4 inch PVC pipe fittings. This fluid head works well, very smooth, easy to attach and configure. I am using this to mount a Sony palm sized camcorder on the dolly. I plan to eventually make a 'how to' on this system which will show it all in action. I have nothing negative to say about this product. It does what I expect it to do and does it well. I would recommend this head for anyone working with small cameras that want steady fluid pans and tilts. Add a rubber band to the lever and you can pull your pan or tilt into a even smoother ride. Hope this helps.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      PLASTIC, that's all you need to know...

      I was looking for a pair of cost effective fluid heads. I looked through the website,[...] I was told the Velban's were great, and made out of Magnesium. plus they...Read complete review

      I was looking for a pair of cost effective fluid heads. I looked through the website,[...] I was told the Velban's were great, and made out of Magnesium. plus they are very cost effective.I decided to save a few dollars over the brand name heads and try them. What a mistake.First, these heads are 100% plastic except for the screws [which I'm guessing is the magnesium they claim]. Not the dense rigid kind of plastic that SLIK uses mind you, the cheap, brittle kind that razor cartridges are packed it. Second, they leak. The seals on both of these were leaking enough that I had oil on my shirt just from handling them and taking them out of the box. I live in California where it gets 110 in August/September, I can't even imagine how these would hold up.Third, they can barely handle a Canon T3 with a prime lens. I put my DSL on one of them and tightened it for all I was worth, 2 hours later it had dipped 2 inches just from the weight of the camera [which is just over a pound]. [...] I could kick myself.

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      5.0

      One of my best purchase

      By JK

      from Vancouver, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

        I am using this on my 33 inch slider track platform, so that I can do sliding, panning and tilting on demand. I really love the silky smoothness of this video head, in terms of panning and tilting. There is no noise at all and the movements are very precise. The build quality is great, the price is very reasonable and the control knobs are very practical. This is great product that I would highly recommend to any video enthusiast.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great little head

        By Dmpprod

        from NYC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

          Smooth operation, light weight and cheap!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          2.0

          Not the best Velbon head

          By Cliff

          from Hollywood FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Handle Too Small
          • Not smooth

          Best Uses

          • Good For Still Photograph

          Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

          I'm a big fan of Velbon's other fluid heads but this one is not their best. It seems sturdy and is made of tough plastic. The two tightening controls are nicely placed. However the "fluid" action is not as smooth as their other heads. Up and down movements seem "ok" but left and right movements are not well dampened. Adjusting tension is very sensitive. Turning the screws/knobs even just a 1/8 of an inch too far slows movement way too much. It feels like a "friction-only" action. Not sure if there is really any "fluid" in this at all. This head also has a slight "bounce back" problem when moved left and right using any degree of friction. When moved left and stopped, the head will bounce back slightly to the right. (and vice versa) The PH-368 does NOT do that.

          Get the Velbon PH-368. It's slightly larger but is cheaper, stronger and has a very, VERY smooth fluid action. (as smooth as it gets for this class of head)

          I returned this head.

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          4.0

          A really good deal

          By Garrett

          from Atlanta

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls

          Best Uses

            Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

            A very smooth fluid head that is easily adjustable. The only drawback is that the adjustment knobs (sleekly contained within each other, which looks cool and reduces the overal size) are easy to get mixed up, accidentally adjusting pan resistance when tilt was wanted. The upside is that it is perfectly sized for a slider, as the knobs don't hit the track like some other fluid heads.

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            4.0

            Smooth pan.

            By Todd the Archer

            from Lakeville, MN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

              This head is as smooth as they get for the money. I have no complaints and look forward to many hours with it in the tree stand this fall. The only draw back is the 1/4" vs 3/8" mount. Most tripods and arms take a 3/8" so I had to purchase an adaptor. Oh well... So far so good.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great product!

              By Cronverk

              from New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                Smooth in action and easy to operate.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great product for the price

                By Bearman

                from Madera, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                  Not a professional video pan head, but for the price it means my needs.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Bang for Your Buck

                  By HighCountryHunter

                  from All Over

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                      I am using this head to support a pair of 15x56 binoculars and it easily handles the load. Head is fairly compact and very smooth. I was anticipating being able to lock and unlock the head by twisting the handle; however, locking/unlocking the unit is only done by turning the knob on the opposite side. It's not a big deal and the knob works great, but I was just expecting something different. Overall, I think this head will do exactly what I want without breaking the bank. Time will tell if it holds up over a large range of temperatures and long hikes, but so far it looks the part.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great tripod head

                      By kpwizard

                      from Germantown, MD

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                          Really secure and very fluid panning.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          great stuff

                          By bill

                          from Kentville, NS, Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                            Wedding videos

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                            • No

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                            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            PLASTIC, that's all you need to know...

                            By MT

                            from California

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Unstable
                              • Weak Clamp

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                                I was looking for a pair of cost effective fluid heads. I looked through the website,[...] I was told the Velban's were great, and made out of Magnesium. plus they are very cost effective.I decided to save a few dollars over the brand name heads and try them. What a mistake.First, these heads are 100% plastic except for the screws [which I'm guessing is the magnesium they claim]. Not the dense rigid kind of plastic that SLIK uses mind you, the cheap, brittle kind that razor cartridges are packed it. Second, they leak. The seals on both of these were leaking enough that I had oil on my shirt just from handling them and taking them out of the box. I live in California where it gets 110 in August/September, I can't even imagine how these would hold up.Third, they can barely handle a Canon T3 with a prime lens. I put my DSL on one of them and tightened it for all I was worth, 2 hours later it had dipped 2 inches just from the weight of the camera [which is just over a pound]. [...] I could kick myself.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Adequate as spare - 1/4

                                By Pesi

                                from Vancouver, BC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                                    Pretty smooth action for the price - watch out for the 1/4" screw thread - I didn't pay closer attention and now have to purchase a 3/8" to 1/4" adaptor to fit this to my Manfrotto tripod legs which sets me back another 25 bucks!

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                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Was surprised!

                                    By Ysoltys

                                    from Seattle, WA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Slider dollies
                                    • Small in home studios
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                                    I bought it to use it on a dolly slider and was surprized that a tripod head under $50 is so solid and smooth!! Definatly awesome fluid head action!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    nice price - would buy again

                                    By David R

                                    from Fort Myers Beach

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                                    I bought this head specifically for use on a large (homebuilt) slider and have not been disappointed.

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                                    • No

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                                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Velbon 2 way fluid head fits the bill.

                                    By SchmueyVision

                                    from Berkeley, California

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Great priceperformance
                                    • Large Range of Motion

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Velbon FHD-52Q 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead:

                                        I chose this product (FHD-52Q Magnesium 2-Way Fluid Video Panhead by Velbon) to use on a homemade modular dolly system consisting of roller blade wheels and 3/4 inch PVC pipe fittings. This fluid head works well, very smooth, easy to attach and configure. I am using this to mount a Sony palm sized camcorder on the dolly. I plan to eventually make a 'how to' on this system which will show it all in action. I have nothing negative to say about this product. It does what I expect it to do and does it well. I would recommend this head for anyone working with small cameras that want steady fluid pans and tilts. Add a rubber band to the lever and you can pull your pan or tilt into a even smoother ride. Hope this helps.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

                                        Share this review

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