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AvengerD200 2.5" Grip Head
 
4.7

(based on 54 reviews)

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    (43)

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    (9)

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    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (30)
  • Easy to set up (25)
  • Consistent (17)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Lightweight (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Photography (22)
  • Artificial lighting (21)
  • Portraits (17)
  • Strobe lighting (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (7), Professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Quality and Useability

I just received three of these. The quality is superb and the things are very customizable. Remember, Avenger is now owned by Manfrotto. You can stick any 5/8 pole, rod, whatever...Read complete review

I just received three of these. The quality is superb and the things are very customizable. Remember, Avenger is now owned by Manfrotto. You can stick any 5/8 pole, rod, whatever through the baby pin side. There are two threads on the baby pin side, which means you can mount a top on the other end too. You just need a set screw you can get at any hardware store. I mount two of these on top of each other using that technique.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for...

I liked the price, but when I received it in the mail I was hesitant about the quality. Right away it bound up when tightening the head and it took some coaxing to get...Read complete review

I liked the price, but when I received it in the mail I was hesitant about the quality. Right away it bound up when tightening the head and it took some coaxing to get it ti work. As long as you don't abuse it too much, I guess it will last long enough to get your money's worth. Next time I will stick with the tried and true Matthews C-Stand products.

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5.0

The D200 - A Quality Grip Head for a Reasonable Price

By Billy Walker

from Boca Raton, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

    I use the head to support flags and/or arms primarily for studio use. They always do the job and I have yet to experience a failure over an approximate 4-year period. The rubber "glove" around the handle is a nice touch!

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    5.0

    Essential gear

    By Matthew

    from Nashville TN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

      I use this product in conjunction with my an Avenger D520L 40" Extension Arm. The grip head is a simple piece of equipment; construction is solid, and so far I've had no issues. When used together with the extension arm, a whole new world of lighting setups becomes possible.

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      5.0

      Avenger Love

      By GripPixie 1

      from Detroit mi

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Audio Boom
        • Grip
        • Grip Audio Boom
        • Photography

        Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

        Have a dozen of these, recently purchased another as you can never have too many.

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        5.0

        Wish I Had More

        By BSim

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Photography

          Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

          I use for scrims, silks, light blockers, etc. Rock solid.

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          5.0

          Great Grip Head

          By Harry

          from Austin

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                First of all Joe McNally and Scott Kelby use Avenger, and they can easily afford the very best. But Avenger is not that pricey. This grip head is sturdy, very well built, heavy, and looks good. Nice big cushioned T handle that easily secures your boom or grip arm. Connects solidly to your stand and has two openings so you can choose which position is best for tightening to your stand. Rock solid and easily worth the price. I also have a cheap plastic version which is going in the trash. Buy this.

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                3.0

                Excellent and well made, limited use

                By mdjak

                from new york city

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                      While the construction is first rate, I purchased it to attach a boom arm to my Avenger Stand. Well, there is absolutely no need for it if you order a boom arm which comes with a socket to attach to the top of the stand. In fact, until I found a use for it, and the lovely people at B&H were a bit clueless as to what boom to recommend, never having recommended the Kupo boom which fits into the jaws of this perfectly, I though I had purchased an almost useless product for my purposes.

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                      4.0

                      I chose Avenger grip heads for 2 reasons

                      By MattinSTL

                      from Saint Louis, MO

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • 2 Stud-locking Choices

                      Cons

                      • Stated Weight Is Wrong

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography

                      Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                      I'm a professional sound man and professional photographer using much of the same grip gear in both roles.

                      I already have Matthews and American Grip heads and stands. I bought Avenger grip heads for the two threaded hole choices for locking to various studs... AND FOR THE WEIGHT specified.

                      I expected to save nearly a quarter pound from the top of each stand, but Manfrotto's listed spec is wrong. The grip head weighs 1.377 lbs, not 1.21. Specifically, it's 625 grams.

                      The MSE (Matthews) Grip heads (black ones, chrome may be a gram or two less) weigh 635 grams. So what's the weight savings here? A third of an ounce! 10 grams... or in laymen's terms, nothing.

                      The MSE Grip heads also have a smart way to fit any stand, by simply flipping the stud side over. Compare the rubber boot and Avenger knob to the wonderfuly ergo knob on the MSE grip head. The MSE knob is a tactile work of art. From fully loose, try to "spin-down" each of these grip heads. The MSE head will spin down with a flick. The Avenger head must be turned like a hose spigot.

                      The Avenger Grip Head would deserve 5 stars for the weight savings over the competition, IF THAT WAS CORRECT, but the trade-offs, for 10 grams? I appreciate MSE's design choices much more. The rubber boot on the grip doesn't compare to the ergonomic comfort and leverage of the robust grip on the MSE Grip Head.

                      So, while I wouldn't recommend this grip head to a friend, it's only because I'd tell him or her to get the MSE Grip Head instead, for the same money.

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                      5.0

                      Well built

                      By Tundracamper

                      from Southeast, US

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting

                        Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                        Well built and fairly light weight.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        SOLID

                        By Jaron

                        from New York City

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                              Just as good as Matthews brand.

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                              5.0

                              Good Quality

                              By Migami

                              from Homosassa, FL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                Works as advertised. I use it with a California Sunbounce Micro Mini. It is flexible and has a very solid & firm grip.

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                                5.0

                                Works Great

                                By Noise is my Art

                                from Norfolk, VA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting

                                  Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                  Does it job, holds strong. No issues

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                                  5.0

                                  Well Built - perfect

                                  By BSim

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting

                                    Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                    Works perfectly - use on the end of an Avenger mini-boom.

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                                    5.0

                                    Liking the rubber grip

                                    By McSwain

                                    from Asheville, NC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                        Pretty simple. Avenger added a rubber grip that won't last forever but seems pretty tough. Much more confortable to use and when it does wear out there's a normal metal handle underneath. Other than that it's a pretty standard quality grip head. Feels plenty solid.

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                                        5.0

                                        Rock SOLID

                                        By Matthew

                                        from Perth, Western Australia

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Strobe Lighting

                                          Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                          A rock solid grip that I'm using to support a Sunpak 120J in a Westcott 28inch Softbox out on a 1.3mtr boom.

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                                          5.0

                                          Solid piece of gear

                                          By Blank Code

                                          from Detroit, MI

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artificial Lighting

                                            Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                            Very well built and solid piece of gear. Works great for every task I've thrown at it so far.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great for the price

                                            By Andy48

                                            from Columbia, SC

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent
                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Boom mic

                                              Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                              I've used the D200s for more than a year now and they have never failed me once. Great product for the price. I have purchased four.

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                                              5.0

                                              Build like a tank

                                              By Eddie

                                              from Sydney, Australia

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent
                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Photography

                                                Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                                I have a number of these items and they have never failed me yet. I think they're the simplest, yet most versatile grip-head on the market.

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                                                5.0

                                                I would buy this product again and again

                                                By shooter

                                                from toronto

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                                    This grip head is great for holding up lights and a essential part of your grip kit

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Strong grip

                                                    By Poly Woly

                                                    from Rockville, MD

                                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Consistent
                                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                                    • Reliable

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Photography
                                                      • Portraits
                                                      • Strobe Lighting

                                                      Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                                      Good stuff. Very sturdy.

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                                                      • No

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                                                      5.0

                                                      AVENGER=GOOD QUALITY

                                                      By DOT ZERO

                                                      from Austin, Texas

                                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Consistent
                                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                                      • Reliable

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Photography

                                                        Comments about Avenger D200 2.5" Grip Head:

                                                        Good quality, good finish. Try making your own at this price.

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