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Really Right Stuff PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head with Lever-Release Clamp, Leveling Base, and Nodal Slide

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Really Right Stuff PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head with Lever-Release Clamp, Leveling Base, and Nodal Slide
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 8 lb
  • Height: 7.75"
  • Weight: 1.2 lb
  • Arca-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 lever-release Arca-type quick release clamp, a removable nodal slide, and an integrated leveling base with Arca-type dovetail compatibility.
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Really Right Stuff PG-01 LR 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 lever-release Arca-type quick release clamp, a removable nodal slide, 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 lever-lock equipped Arca-type clamp for mounting and dismounting your camera. The inclusion of a removable nodal slide provides the user with a greater adjustment range when photographing single and multi-row panoramas. The slide also features an Arca-type dovetail, an Arca-type quick release clamp, and engraved millimeter markings for accurate positioning.

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 the PG-01 with an additional ball head. The base is controlled by a precision-machined knob, which 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 1.2 lb, and an included 5/32 Hex Key with magnetic storage slot.

Designed for gimbal support and single and multi-row panoramas
Includes an MPR-CL Arca-type compatible nodal slide
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
Lever-release Arca-type compatible quick release clamp
Ultra-lightweight design—just 1.2 lb
Laser-engraved degree markings and millimeter scale
Machined from solid aluminum and stainless steel components

Really Right Stuff PG-01 LR Specs

Material of Construction
Aluminum and Stainless Steel
Load Capacity
8 lb (3.6 kg)
Quick Release System
Yes, Arca-type
Panning Range
360°
Tripod Mounting Thread
3/8"-16
Dimensions
7.75 x 6.6 x 2.8" (19.7 x 16.9 x 7.1 cm)
Weight
1.2 lb (528 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.7 x 6.4 x 4.35"

Really Right Stuff PG-01 LR Reviews

poor design, good manufacturing

By Walter
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-03

This is really well manufactured, but has a series of design flaws that RRS should take a look at for future models. 1st, the leveling ball and knob that allows for horizontal turning are poorly designed. There is flex at this point when completely locked down. What is the point of having a rock solid tripod, if you have flex at this joint. In addition to flex when the know is loosened to allow horizontal turning the entire head sags. This defeats the all the leveling done in setup. the second major flaw is that the horizontal rail is too short. When used with the body and a standard plate it is fine, but if you use a battery grip and L-bracket, the rail is not long enough to center the camera on the tripod. Finally some of the marking are in places that dont make sense as they are hard to see or it is not clear what the reference point is. The high price indicates a certain level of quality and the manufacturing is nice, but the design is sloppy and rushed.

Very compact

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-01

Despite size, works well with my Nikon Z 7 or similar sized / weight camera. Levelling base a bit finicky to adjust, but worth it if one needs to travel as light as possible. Fixed base would require a separate leveling base which for some would work better. I would still buy this again for the 'all-in-one' convenience. Engineering of entire unit is very tight and easy to adjust and stays in position.

Really Right Stuff lightweight gimbal head.

By Howard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-27

Once again Really Right Stuff has really hit the mark on a quality photographic piece of equipment. This Really Right Stuff lightweight pano is expertly machined, precisely graduated for its purpose, lightweight, and made in the United States. There are though a few issues that are minor in nature. First of all like everything else there Really Right Stuff makes, this is darn expensive! The other issue when presented with the description of this item, what is missing is that, it's primarily made with lightweight cameras and accessories, let that read its primary focus is with Mirrorless cameras! It is robust enough to use, with medium weight DSLR cameras, and reasonable focal length lenses, and weight! I've used this item personally with my D850 and a fixed-length 60MM lens with much success. But with focal lengths any longer, it just won't work quite as well.

Almost perfect

By Laurent
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-21

This thing is half the weight of what I used before. It will not handle a DSLR but will work perfectly with a mirrorless. I love : - Weight - Construction - Leveling feature - Ease of use and implementation (it is all in Arca Swiss) I would like to see improved : - Length of the nodal slide (the nodal point of the Fuji 16-55 is almost out of range) - Add a lever-release clamp to the nodal slide.

A Wonderful Addition to my Equipment

By Alfred
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-14

I wish I had known about this years ago. Pano shots stitch together so perfectly there is no distortion and almost no cropping required.

Great tool.

By Pierre
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-25

This is a great tool that allow for panoramic and multi-row panoramic captures. This device allow for both control of the swing and the node or individual camera and lens. This model is designed for small camera (mainly mirror less) with lens ranging from wide to mid telephoto. Very sturdy and easy to use with a nice integrated level. This is much more compact than the traditional models that are aiming for full frame and longer telephoto lens. This very well designed and constructed instrument. The integrated Allen key is very helpful. I have no problem to recommend this instrument to serious landscape and night photographers using mirror less cameras. Several videos are available to learn how to use this pano head.

Solid, quality metal build

By Michael
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-16

So far, so good. Feels solid in hand, which gives confidence to use. Still in shock I payed close to $500 for some metal, no matter how tightly engineered it is. Even if this setup was $300 would be pricey but, would be more acceptable. My workflow using this for panoramas has been slower than I expected- but I expect will get better with time. The MPR-CL nodal slide is almost too short for my Sony 35 GM lens on A73 setup- nodal slide clamped on vertical arm at 85 hash mark on slide. Surprising bc the 35 GM is not a huge lens, so I will also now buy the MPR-CL 2 slide. *Therefore- skip buying the MPR-CL slide and just get the MPR-CL 2 slide. In summary, overall satisfied with quality and ability to shoot multi row panorama's although in reality, I foresee shooting mostly single row. Just wish the price was about $200 cheaper. At $500 this thing better last my whole life and then some.

It's all in the name

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-02

This is really right stuff. I only recently became aware of this line of products. Great stuff, easy to use.

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Will this support a Canon 5D Mk IV with a 24-70 ...

Will this support a Canon 5D Mk IV with a 24-70 lens?
Asked by: David
Yes it will support 5D IV with 24-70mm f2.8
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-02-17

I have an Olympus camera with an Olympus 40-150mm ...

I have an Olympus camera with an Olympus 40-150mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, about 6 1/2 " long. will this work on this ?? Jim, Charlotte, NC.
Asked by: James W
Yes, this pano head will be compatible with your gear.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-07-24

Can this support the weight of GFX-50S with GF ...

Can this support the weight of GFX-50S with GF 32-64 or GF 45-100?
Asked by: Rhonald
Yes, this will support the GFX, it holds up to 8lbs.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-05-19

Will this work with Sony a 7r3 with 24-240 lens?

Will this work with Sony a 7r3 with 24-240 lens?
Asked by: Francis
Yes, your set up will work with the RRS pano bracket.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-04

Pano shots using this setup is totally new to me, ...

Pano shots using this setup is totally new to me, but I am stoked to try it out. I guess my question is, do I NEED this optional nodal slide? If not, what is the benefit in getting it? for what its worth, I would like to do some video (light) at some point in time. thanks. Oh, I have a Sony A7RIII with Kirk L Bracket already. Biggest lens is the 70-200mm f2./8 GM master , about a 3.5 pounder I believe? Plus I have a 1.4 teleconverter for it as well.
Asked by: Chad
You can do without it if you have kirk L bracket , if you need to be more precise on the nodal point it helps
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-01-12

I have a manfrotto head, is it compatible? I need ...

I have a manfrotto head, is it compatible? I need to buy something else?
Asked by: Pedro
I purchased this for another person and unfortunately have no knowledge of the compatibility.
Answered by: Joyce
Date published: 2021-04-26

I have a canon 70d and a canon m5. My biggest ...

I have a canon 70d and a canon m5. My biggest lens is a 70 to 200. Will this handle those set ups? I also have a tokina 11 to 16mm both my cameras are aps-c do i need 2 different nodes or will the one that comes with it suffice? How does this attach to the camera? L bracket or a different way?
Asked by: Maxmilion
The node that's included will suffice . You can attach the 70 -200 with # REL85PLATE . The 11-16 can be attached with # REB26PLATE
Answered by: Shalom
Date published: 2020-07-15

What is the length of this nodal slide?

What is the length of this nodal slide?
Asked by: David
The nodal slide would be 7.4 inches.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-05-31
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