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

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Really Right Stuff PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head with Screw-Knob Clamp and Leveling Base
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 8 lb
  • Height: 7.7"
  • 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 includes a screw-knob Arca-type quick release clamp and an integrated leveling base with Arca-type dovetail compatibility.
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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 includes a screw-knob Arca-type quick release clamp and an integrated leveling base with Arca-type dovetail compatibility.

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 an 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 a screw-knob equipped Arca-type clamp for mounting and dismounting your camera, extension plate, or nodal slide.

This version of the PG-01 also includes an integrated leveling base built into the horizontal rotator. The inclusion of the base eliminates the need for users to purchase a separate leveling device or use with PG-01 with an additional ball head. The base is controlled by a precision-machined knob that provides the user with maximum locking power for a stable grip. Accurate leveling is achieved with the assistance of a built-in bubble level, which has been placed at the far-end of the horizontal arm.

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 f/2.8 lens
Integrated leveling base with bubble level
Pivots 360° on both the horizontal and vertical plane
Arca-type compatible screw-knob 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: 818413022744

Really Right Stuff PG-01 Pro Specs

Material of ConstructionAluminum and Stainless Steel
Load Capacity8 lb (3.6 kg)
Quick Release SystemArca-type
Panning Range360°
Tripod Mounting Thread3/8"-16
Dimensions7.75 x 6.6 x 2.8" (19.7 x 16.9 x 7.1 cm)
Weight1.1 lb (481 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.375 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.7 x 4.45 x 3.35"

Really Right Stuff PG-01 Pro Reviews

Do I still need a ball head?

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-23

This is an excellent little gimbal, I picked one up even though I already own the larger and much more expensive PG-02. Having the Arca Swiss base and leveling built-in, this is ready to go. I just pop it onto my tripod arca swiss mount, level the bubble, lock, and shoot. It works great with a DSLR and modest size glass. I already owned the MPR-192 nodal slide with adjustable mount, so I didn't need to include the one that is packaged with the PG-01 (that one has a fixed mount on the back of the rail itself, maybe not so good for ultra-wide lenses). The leveling lock is rock solid, and the locking knobs for pan and tilt are really cool, I wish the knobs on my PG-02 were like these. As others noted if you unscrew the locks too much, then it can wobble a bit, so you just need to loosen a slight amount and you get smooth and firm panning/tilting action. I'm actually very impressed by how smooth the panning action works, I am going to shoot some moving objects with background blur using this setup to check it out. This is also very light weight, you can break it down and connect the base to the clamp, and put it in your pocket. Pretty cool! And, since I can slide it laterally by 12mm in each direction, I can shoot lateral shift panos with my tilt-shift lenses with no problem...however, if I want to shoot vertical shift panos I will need to use my heavier PG-02. In any case, I'm super happy with this simply little gimbal head, it is a real gem and few people talk about it...but I find it to be quite clever. It is more useful than my ball head in some ways, although it isn't nearly as strong. But I'll never try to mount my big glass on this one, that's what the PG-02 is for...

Tête panoramique

By Denis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-12

Excellent matériel facile d'utilisation et résistant

The Quality You Expect from RRS

By Shane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-24

I purchased this pano-gimbal head to shoot multi-row panoramas. There are a lot of other products out on the market that are similar, but the thing I really enjoy about the PG-01 is the built-in leveling base. It is so great to not have to carry a dedicated leveling base with me when I travel. I have been using this with my Sony a7ii with Sigma 14-24 f2.8 lens attached and have not noticed any lens creep or sagging. I would estimate you could attached a 70-200 lens to a mirrorless body and be fine, but I wouldn't recommend much more. For less than 1/3 the cost of the PG-02, I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to really up their pano quality, especially for travel photography. I found out about this pano-gimbal setup from Elia Locardi's Photographing the World tutorials, and I really like it. Make sure that you also purchase a nodal slide as one is not included, but essential to creating parallax-free panos.

Great Pano head, perfect for travel

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-21

I use this head with a Nikon D7100 and a 10.5 MM 2.8 Nikkor lens to create spherical HDRI's for CGI. It can easily support this setup or more if you have a full censor camera like the D850. The build quality is excellent but more importantly it's light in weight, which makes it great for travel when you're humping lot's of gear. I got it with the MPR-CL rail to use with a shorter lens. You can get this head without the leveling base but I found the leveling function quite useful in the field. The screw knob is also highly recommended if you angle the camera up or down on the head. The only reason not to buy this head would be if you mount extremely long and heavy lenses on a full frame camera.

Well built but degrees off by 4-5.

By lia R.
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-17

I have several heads and quick clamps from RRS and have always liked the quality of their products. This pano system is also wel build and thought-out BUT the degree markings on the vertical head are off by 4-5 and there is no-way to adjust the registration of the clamp to the laser-engraved scale. I contacted RSS about this and they said that was within the manufacturing tolerance?? So, 0 is not 0 but 4 and 90 is not 90 but 94 etc.? RRS response to me was to NOT trust the scale but the bubble level on the camera instead. So, I level the tripod and the pano-head, after all it has a wonderful little leveling devise on it. Place the camera on the Nodal slider and set the degree scale at 0 on the vertical arm. Except that whoops '0' is actually NOT '0'. So the camera is NOT actually horizontally lined up for the pano (camera in portrait mode). RSS's response seems odd as they added a beautiful leveler to the pano-head and bubble leveler nodal point slider. What is the point of all that when at the top you still need to add a 10 dollar bubble leveler to make sure the camera is level because the degree markings on the pano head has a 4 degree tolerance error? RRS response: I've confirmed that a few degrees off is within our acceptable range, due to the manufacturing tolerances involved with both the parts (multiple parts assembled means multiple tolerances stacked) as well as the nature of the laser-engraving process. Of course I know I can work around it but I find this 4-5 manufacturing tolerance surprisingly high. Their products are not inexpensive!

Excellent product - highly recommended

By Ralph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-07-28

This item is well built, has excellent markings and works flawlessly. I use it on my Sirui T-025X tripod. Saved some dollars by purchasing DNR-120 nodal rail instead of the RRS rail. Item is light enough to lug around packpacking/climbing in the mountains.

Great build quality

By Thorir Benedikt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-29

Easy to set up and fits well in a camera bag. The leveling feature is really nice. Be cautious to not loosen the screws too much as it will start to wobble a little.

Perfect

By Brent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-18

Recently started exploring the genre of stitched panoramic photography. I researched a bunch of options and for the money this checked all of the boxes in one package. Other multiple piece options were only slightly less money and not nearly as refined. This supports the Canon EOS R and Sigma 105 f/1.4 fairly well but this is the max I would load it with.

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