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Really Right Stuff PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head with Screw-Knob Clamp and Flat Dovetail Base

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Really Right Stuff PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head with Screw-Knob Clamp and Flat Dovetail Base
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 8 lb
  • Height: 7.5"
  • Weight: 1.1 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible Clamp
The PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head from Really Right Stuff is an ultra-portable, lightweight tripod head offered in numerous configurations depending on the needs of the user. This version is considered the "base" model and is equipped with an Arca-type screw-knob clamp.
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Really Right Stuff PG-01 Pro Overview

The PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head from Really Right Stuff is an ultra-portable, lightweight tripod head offered in numerous configurations depending on the needs of the user. This version is considered the "base" model and is equipped with an Arca-type screw-knob clamp.

Designed as both a panoramic and gimbal head, the PG-01 is recommended for users wishing to capture single or multi-row panoramas with non-collared lenses. It can also be used as a small gimbal support for cameras with medium telephoto lenses, or in layman's terms, lenses no larger than a traditional 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. With a load capacity of 8 lb, Really Right Stuff suggests using this head exclusively for mirrorless cameras or small DSLR's; users with larger gear should consider similar heads with higher weight capacities.

The PG-01's design consists of two arms that control the rotation and swing of the cameras position. The base arm is connected directly to the integrated base rotator, which features a laser-engraved 360° scale for accurate positioning when capturing single or multi-row panoramas. The vertical arm, which mounts to the base arm via Arca-type clamp, may be positioned with the assistance of a laser-engraved millimeter scale. The vertical arm also features an adjustable rotator with engraved 360° markings and an Arca-type clamp for mounting and dismounting your camera, extension plate, or nodal slide.

Additional technical features include a 3/8"-16 tripod mounting thread, an Arca-type dovetail integrated into the base rotator, a lightweight construction of just 1.1 lb, and an included 5/32 hex key with magnetic storage slot.

Designed for gimbal support and single and multi-row panoramas
Supports DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with up to a 70-200mm 2.8 lens
Pivots 360° on both the horizontal and vertical plane
Arca-type compatible quick release clamp
Ultra-lightweight design—just 1.1 lb
Laser-engraved degree markings and millimeter scale
Machined from solid aluminum and stainless steel components
UPC: 818413022812

Really Right Stuff PG-01 Pro Specs

Material of ConstructionAluminum and Stainless Steel
Load Capacity8 lb (3.6 kg)
Quick Release SystemYes, Arca-type
Panning Range360°
Tripod Mounting Thread3/8"-16
Dimensions7.5 x 6.6 x 3" (18.9 x 16.9 x 7.6 cm)
Weight1.1 lb (490 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.28 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.65 x 4.5 x 3.3"

Really Right Stuff PG-01 Pro Reviews

Don't know how it could be better

By Ted
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-22

This is an excellent quality pano-gimbal, and I cannot find any fault whatsoever. My tripod has a leveling base so I did not opt for the leveling base version of this gimbal. I've never regretted any RRS purchase I have made.

Perfect for Mirrorless

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-09

RRS is very attentive to making superb equipment. This is certainly no exception. In shooting with a Sony A7r III and an assortment of lenses from 12 to 200 the total weight amounts to between 5 and 6 lbs. and the unit itself is rated to handle 8 lbs. It is light weight and compacts nicely making it easy to include in your camera kit. It is very sturdy and easy to set up and the price is not over-bearing.

New toy

By Tomas
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-11

Holds my D850 with a 28-300 without an issue, also used several smaller lenses. Solid construction, compact and lightweight. I've created multi-row panos of 400,000 pixels in size quite easily. For leveling, I just mount it directly on the ball-head on the tripod. Still struggling with small parallax error on the upper row of multi row panos. I guess I need some more work fine-tuning the nodal-point.

Does the Job(mirrorless user)

By Iran
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-29

I purchased this as an alternative to gimbal head and it does the job, holds my A7III and 100-400, panning and tilting isn’t super smooth probably since I’m close to the weight limit but for my needs(very light use) it’s perfect, small and light, pretty much fits in my pocket.

The turning wheel is 3 degrees off.

By Richard
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-29

Pros: 1. Lightweight, high quality material 2. Well designed and very secure with my Nikon 14-24 mm + D610. Also with my Nikon 24-70 mm + D610. Yes, I have to turn the knob extra tight to avoid sagging. I would not use it for the setups any heavier . Great if traveling light is important to you. It is to me. Cons: 1. The vertical piece is not long enough to turn either of my lens mentioned above straight up to take a zenith shot with my settings 2. The turning wheel on vertical arm is 3 degrees off the mark. So my camera points 3 degrees up when I set the dial to 0 degrees. I can't really modify it since the lock mechanism inside is not exactly perpendicular with the 0 degree marking. You guessed it, 3 degrees off. 3. When I received my package, the original plastic bag was cut open and placed in a clear ziplock bag. I thought was odd. But everything looked high quality until I found out the defect. Most likely it was a return item. I'm quite disappointed with B&H for sending me a returned item.

Great product - strongly recommended!

By Marc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-16

As always with RRS, a beautifully designed and manufactured product. I have a traditional gimbal (Jobu Design) which is big and heavy but very sturdy. The PG-01 from RRS is much lighter and disassemble for a much smaller footprint in the end. I am very happy to report that it is also very sturdy. I've tested it with a Sony A7rII with a Tamron 150-600 lens attached - works beautifully and perfectly. I'm mounting it on a Arca-Swiss P0 ballhead which allows me to do the leveling without any other device, or the more expensive PG-01 with a leveling base. Contrary to some other RRS products, I do not feel it is expensive for what it is. Strongly recommended!

Good product, but I confirm is a bit of a workout using it

By Miro
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-17

I was searching for something very compact but precise and this was actually one of the best I found. It is very solid, well designed and compact. The only issue is that the vertical screw-knob needs to be really tight if you want to avoid the camera to rotate, it is quite a workout. I guess it is not a problem with a lighter camera, but my Sony A7III with the Tamron 17-28 is one of the lightest full-frame setup I can think of. I think just making vertical screw bigger or with better grip would be a solution (or a hole so you can insert the provided key and use as a lever) .

Is this an RRS product?

Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-07

RRS products are high quality and popular in Japan. I've been using RRS tripods, ball heads, clamps, etc. for a long time. However, PG-01 is too bad and I suspect that this is an RRS product. There are knobs for panning adjustment and tilt adjustment, but they cannot be fixed unless tightened with a force strong enough to hurt the hand. Conversely, loosening the knob requires the same strong force as when tightening. Panoramic photography is not a workout in a gym. Every time I put such power, the rhythm of shooting goes crazy. Further, the tightening knob mechanism has a sufficient size, and a sufficient tightening torque cannot be obtained with such a size other than the problem on the mechanism. In my case, I killed this unusable knob and used a 360 ° panning clamp. In other words, the PG-01 is not a panoramic head, but just an L-shaped angle. I was also surprised that there was no mark to adjust the center of rotation of the tripod. The + mark in the photo is what I made and pasted. If it is sold as a panoramic head, at least the + mark should be left as the responsibility of the manufacturer.

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There video says its for compact mirrorless ...

There video says its for compact mirrorless cameras, will it handle say like a canon 80D?
Asked by: jared
It will support Canon 80D with a light lens
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-01-12

Does this have indexing dentents for rotation and ...

Does this have indexing dentents for rotation and tilt? Can it be locked in position on both axis?
Asked by: Joe
There are no detents but can be locked in position.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-19


Does it have any bubble level mounted on any rail at all ?
Asked by: Hoa
Yes, I still recommend that you use a leveling base on your tripod though, it makes the process much smoother.
Answered by: Derek N.
Date published: 2020-07-29
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