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Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head

B&H # VAPH123V Mfr # PH-123V
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Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity of 13.2 lb
  • Rigid Magnesium Alloy Build
  • Spring-Loaded Counterbalance System
  • Adjustable Drag Tension
  • Smooth Pan and Tilt
  • Quick-shoe Release Button
  • Long Handle for Precision and Torque

The PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head from Vanguard is a fluid video head with a spring-loaded counterbalance system and fine-tuning front to back adjustment for ideal balance and center of gravity positioning for your camera. A counterbalance switch engages the system, and a large quick-shoe safety release button allows quick and secure removal of the camera. This solid, closed-type construction head is designed to support 13.2 lb and its long handle offers precise movements and better control over heavy cameras. Adjustable drag tension provides smooth pan and tilt movements. The PH-123V is capable of tilting between +60° and -90° and provides 360° swivel. The PH-123V offers both 1/4" and 3/8" attachments and features a bright bulls-eye bubble level.

Load Capacity 13.2 lb (6 kg)
Diameter/Thread 1/4" and 3/8"
Counter Balance System Spring-loaded
Counter Balance Range Not Supplied By Manufacturer
Center of Gravity Not Supplied By Manufacturer
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes, QS-67
Tilt Drag Yes, Adjustable Drag Tension
Tilt Range +60°~ -90°
Tilt Lock Not Supplied By Manufacturer
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Not Supplied By Manufacturer
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated 1 Bubble Level/Non-illuminated
Temperature Range Not Supplied By Manufacturer
Height 4.12" (106 mm)
Weight Not Supplied By Manufacturer
Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head
  • Quick-shoe
  • Long Handle
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    VanguardPH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head
     
    4.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      5.0

      Great Video Head

      By Jared

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

        The first time I used it I knew this was a great buy. I am still figuring out some of the nuances, but like anything, the more you use it the better results you can get with experience.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Top notch craftsmanship

        By Tom the starman

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

          I'll be putting this workhorse to good use for public and private events. Just wish I had this head in the recent past. Very smooth operation, and yes, I would buy this again.

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          5.0

          Outstanding Product / Outstanding Value

          By Pterri

          from Temecula, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

                Works great! I suspect that another reviewer, who had a problem with the unit, may not have had the tension properly engaged. Without properly engaging the tension, that is how the tripod behaves. Once turning on tension, you must tilt down and then up to engage it.

                Magnesium is beautifully finished.

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                • No

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                4.0

                compact but durable

                By JK

                from Buena Vista, VA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

                  This is a great feature to have with any slider, lighter camcorders that is, but a real workhorse.

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                  2.0

                  Large amount of play in tilt

                  By Kyle

                  from Boston, MA

                  Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

                  The tilt on this head has a huge amount of play, impossible to go from a static to tilting shot without a jump of about a 1/4" prior to the drag kicking in. The pan however was flawless.

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                  5.0

                  Love Vanguard

                  By JJ

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

                    This pan head is amazing. It gives you full range of motion, is easy to use, has great stability and overall control.

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                    5.0

                    More than expected

                    By Nettles

                    from NSB Fl

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

                      I was looking for a tripod head that was tough and sturdy enough to handle shooting surf videos with my canon/400m lense at a fair price, wasn't familiar with the brand but was pleasantly surprise. Well worth the price and would recommend this product.

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                      5.0

                      Good Stuff

                      By Hugh

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vanguard PH-123V Magnesium Alloy Video Head:

                            I will use this product on my Slik tripod with my Nikon D600 camera and Nikon 80-400 lens, primarily to catch trains. I will level my tripod by adjusting the leg length and pan and tilt the Vanguard PH-123V as I follow the locomotive.I chose this product because it's robust, has variable friction and has minimum number of knobs.And the price was right.The B&H literature said it comes with two plates, but mine arrived with only one. I contacted B&H and the second one was here in a week or so.This is a good addition to my camera gear and I'm sure it will work out well.

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