Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection)

Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection)

Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection)

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Product Highlights

  • 17.6 lb Weight Capacity
  • For Tripods with 3/8"-16 Attachment
  • Stepless Pan and Tilt Drag Adjustment
  • Four-Step Counterbalance
  • +90° to -70° Tilt / 360° Pan
  • Right or Left Side Pan Bar Mounting
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • QR13 Sliding Quick Release Plate
  • Includes 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Screws
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The Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection) will attach directly to tripods, monopods, sliders, and other camera support equipment with a 3/8"-16 threaded stud. It can also be adapted to 75mm bowl type legs and hi-hats using an adapter, such as the Benro BL75, that is sold separately.

The S8 is a two-way, pan/tilt head designed for video applications, and will support cameras weighing up to 17.6 lb. Designed to give you better control, the head features stepless, continuous adjustment of both pan and tilt drag; this allows you to dial in the amount of tension you feel most comfortable with for a given shot. It can pan a full 360° as well as tilt forward (lens down) 90° and backward (lens up) 70°. To help compensate for cameras weighing different amounts, as well as adapt to payloads with varying centers of gravity, the head also features a four-step (0 - 3), adjustable counterbalance system.

The removable pan bar handle can be mounted for left or right handed operation. Additionally, a second pan bar handle, such as the BS04, can be purchased if you will be using zoom and focus remotes or desire two-handed operation
Sliding quick release plate can be positioned up to 1.5" forward and 1.7" back of center to simply balancing
Illuminated bubble level
Ratcheting lock levers for, pan, tilt, and the quick release plate
In the Box
Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection)
  • Pan Bar Handle
  • QR13 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty - Extends to 5-Years Total with Registration Through Benro
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    Benro S8 specs

    Load Capacity 17.6 lb / 8 kg
    Head to Tripod Mounting Thread 3/8"-16 thread
    Counter Balance System Stepped: 0 - 3
    Quick Release/Wedge Plate QR13 plate with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screw
    Tilt Drag Stepless
    Tilt Range +90° to -70°
    Tilt Lock Yes
    Pan Drag Stepless
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Lock Yes
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / Yes
    Temperature Range -4°F to 140°F / -20°C to 60°C
    Height 5.9"
    Weight 5.7 lb / 2.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 7.9 x 6.1"

    Benro S8 reviews

    S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection) is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 36.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fluid head for its price The fluid head works exactly as described, pans and tilts are smooth. The head has a great build quality with bells & whistles like a light for the bubble-level and 4 counterbalance settings, which work like a charm. This head is easily the equivalent of the pricier Manfrotto 504HD (which I also own), and I even daresay the counterbalance works better. My only minor gripe is that the tilt-locking mechanism requires a lot of strength to tighten the head enough to prevent it from falling slowly but if the counterbalance is set correctly that isn't a problem at all. All in all, one of the best fluid head for its price point I've ever used.
    Date published: 2015-02-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't understand other reviews I was upgrading my Manfrotton 501HDV to work with an Ursa Mini Pro. Was about to get a 504HD but saw the great reviews for the Benro S8. Much worse rebound in pans than the 501HD. Much. Can't tilt and hold a position without cranking the tilt pan to the max. the counter balance does not work. set if for level, move to 10 degrees down, have to reset, 20 degrees down? will have to reset again. Went back to the 501 and my blood pressure dropped immediately. Camera stays where I put it. still rebounds, but less than the Benro. Guess I'll get the 504HD Manfrotto.
    Date published: 2017-04-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Head Having had the opportunity to test all of the prosumer heads from Benro and Manfrotto and Gitzo and Fancier, plus, as a professional cinematographer, having used all things Sachtler, O'Connor and otherwise...There are a few things to look for in a fluid head:1) The ability to properly feather a pan to a start or stop.2) Ergonomic control placement.3) Quiet operation.The Benro S8 performs very well, save for the occassional bit of noise from its mechanism. The ability to set the drag for both pan and tilt is good on this head, as is the convenience of an illuminated bubble. With all the locking controls on the right side, the Benro S8 scores well on ergonomics. In operation, the Benro S8 feathers well, something I cannot say about basically all things Manfrotto at any price. Having wasted significant money on Manfrotto tripods (coffee nerves) I now routinely do an Internet search for the great Gitzo Tele Studex Giant, once a staple here at B&H but now only available in the used marketplace. That was, and still is, a great bang for the buck tripod without bad habits. Back to heads, oddly, the amateur priced Fancier FT-717AH also operates well as does the prosumer priced Gitzo head (about the same price as the Benro S8) in the critical area of feathering. The Benro S8 also features a spring counterbalance which is something seen on all pro heads like the Sachtler or O'Connor. This is a bonus at this price range.Apart from the little bit of ocassional noise, this head is good enough that I plan to buy another because it is hard to beat at this price point. Proper microphone placement will obviate the head noise.
    Date published: 2014-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Head I don't have a lot of experience with video heads. I have a Manrotto 501(3433) that I have used for a year and a recently purchased Benro S6 that part of a video monopod. This S8 is much better than all of them. I use it with my GH2 and GH3 with a wide variety of lenses including an enormous Canon FD 85-300 mm zoom. I have used this combo for baseball games, a concert and I plan on using on the sidelines for high school football. The head is nice because it can balance the very heavy lens, but can also accommodate light lenses. The accessory sockets on the side are nice because they allow me to easily add an external monitor with adding some sort of rig. The lighted bubble is nice and the pan and tilt drag also work nicely. I am very happy with the purchase.
    Date published: 2014-06-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for the Price - the Least Expensive Option in its Class I purchased this head because of its 17.6 lb weight capacity. I placed it atop a beefy Induro 475-443/100mm half ball tripod for the sole purpose of supporting our slider setup - which weighs around 17 lbs. It's big and its construction screams made in China. It is solid but cheapish and has some poor engineering features. The pan lock must be wrenched down pretty tight for good security and the tilt lock is located so close to the tilt drag knob that it is difficult to lock down tightly. Since this head is meant for heavyish equipment - it would have been very smart for them to have located the tilt lock in a different position OR fit it with a lever that you can pull out and reposition. The pan lock strangely has this sort of lever. It's a simple lack of thought for basic functionality. Also, the tilt drag can be twisted to the point that it is tight, however actual felt drag is not so firm. I can only compare this to our Manfrotto 502HD fluid head. The construction and feel of the manfrotto is of much higher quality. However, at $$there is not another video head rated to hold this much weight. At some point we'd like to replace it with a higher end product - but for now, it will be the home of our slider.
    Date published: 2015-08-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for the price, but expect some drawbacks. After a particularly frustrating bout with the Manfrotto MVH502AH (where the pan drag adjustment wheel wouldn't budge), I decided to return it and pay the extra $ for this head. I'm definitely glad that I did; it totally outplays what I had before. For the amount of money you're spending, the pan and tilt smoothness are about the best you can get. Benro also has the ergonomics of the unit down to a t, as every adjustment (apart from the counterbalance level selection) is on the left side of the head, allowing you to make adjustments with your left hand while holding the pan stick with your right. The lit level bubble has already proved incredibly useful during some of my night shoots. Also, the fact that you can disable the counterbalance makes it infinitely better than the MVH502AH. I haven't gotten a chance to try out the magic arm attachments, which are on both sides, but I think they should work out fine.As for issues, there are several, but proper use should prevent them from getting any worse.The first issue is that the qr plate can only slide in pointing one direction; I found this out the hard way when I ended up having to take apart the top half of the unit to dislodge the plate, which made the release knob not work as well. That part is more on my error, though. Also, a lot of the knobs have much of their lubricated screw parts exposed, so if you're shooting in the desert or some other harsh environment, you should make sure to routinely clean them. Finally, I haven't been able to loosen the knob to extend the pan stick, but I haven't really needed it extended yet either. There's that sticky noise when adjusting the drag, but that's to be expected when working with a head of this price. Also, I would recommend getting a very sturdy tripod for this head; I think that my cheapo Ravelli may break under the weight.
    Date published: 2015-05-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pan drag is a drag! Great for lock-down shots. Forget smooth panning. �Unless you set the pan drag to either the minimum or maximum, you're going to pan through areas of greater and lesser friction. �Key word is "friction." �Not a fluid pan at all. �And the pan drag loosens up as you pan the head around! �Tilt isn't bad, but even +1 on the counter balance creates too much resistance for a DSLR and heavy telephoto lens. �I desperately wanted this to replace my old Manfrotto 501 head I got back in the 80s, but this Benro head just didn't pan out for me. �Meanwhile, my Manfrotto 501 just keeps doing what I ask of it with no complaints. � For my money, Manfrotto still makes the best budget fluid heads on the market.
    Date published: 2018-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the best in this price range For the price, there is none that is better. It has basically all the same specs as the Manfrotto 504, but at a price that is much closer to the 502. On top of the price, I found that it is smoother than the Manfrotto heads. The build is as good as, if not better, than the Manfrottos and it has all its control on one side unlike the Manfrotto, which is a pain in the butt. Almost everything about it is just perfect. It is smooth and has a huge load range, and is easy to use. The only thing that bugs me a little, is the pan drag control can be a little tight at times, and depending on where you mount it, some times you might not have an ideal grip to turn it. Still do-able though, but just a little tricky. Apart from that minor inconvenience, I absolutely love the head.
    Date published: 2014-06-04
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