Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Video Head

Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Video Head

Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Video Head

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Product Highlights

  • Supports Up to 26.4 lb
  • Innovative Nitrogen-Piston Mechanism
  • 75mm Flat-Base Head
  • Precision Counterbalance System
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • Left-Side Controls
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The Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Video Head features an innovative, continuous counterbalance system based on a nitrogen-piston mechanism. Unlike heads with stepped levels of counterbalance, the Nitrotech N12 can be precisely adjusted to the weight of your camera rig. Adjust the counterbalance by twisting the knob on the left side towards the front of the head. The knob itself can be extended with a pull, adding room useful with a wider camera. With a maximum payload capacity of 26.4 pounds, the Nitrotech N12 is designed to be used with a variety of video or DSLR/MFT camera rigs. This 75mm flat-base head can be used with a half-ball adapter (available separately) for maximum flexibility in mounting to tripods, sliders, hi-hats, or other supports.

The Nitrotech N12 includes several pro-style features for reliable, efficient use of the head. The included camera mounting plate locks in from the side, and it has a sliding design to help balance the rig on the head. Smooth panning and tilting moves are enabled by the Nitrotech N12's variable fluid drag systems. A push-button illuminated bubble at the rear of the head lets you see at a glance if the head is leveled. Unlike some other Manfrotto heads, the N12's controls are on the left side of the head, freeing your right hand to operate the panhandle.

Looking to lessen the weight of accessories on your camera rig? Attach your monitor, rangefinder, light, flag, etc. to the 3/8"-threaded Easy Link Connector built into the side of the Nitrotech N12. This transfers the weight of the accessory away from the camera and to the head, making the camera less top-heavy.

Innovative nitrogen-piston counterbalance system provides precise adjustment based on your camera rig's weight
Fluid drag system for smooth pan and tilt moves
Lightweight head with 75mm flat base can be used with a half-ball adapter (available separately) for flexible configurations when using tripods, sliders etc.
An Easy Link Connector is embedded in each panhandle mounting rosette, which enables the attachment of an accessory to the head itself, reducing weight on the camera body
Left-sided controls free your right hand for operating the panhandle
UPC: 719821421276
In the Box
Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Video Head
  • Panhandle
  • Ruled 504PLONG Plate
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty (Additional 3 Years with Registration)
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    Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 specs

    Camera Plate
    Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate
    Camera Mounting Screw 1 x 1/4"-20 Male
    1 x 3/8"-16 Male
    Tripod Platform
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control Continuous
    Drag Type Fluid
    Vertical Tilt +90 to -70
    Panning Range 360
    Material Aluminum
    Load Capacity 8.8 to 26.4 lb / 4 to 12 kg
    Counter Balance Continuous
    Center of Gravity 2.2" / 55 mm
    Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
    Base Diameter 2.95" / 75 mm
    Dimensions 5.8" / 14.7 cm
    Weight 5 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 9.6 x 8.0"

    Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 reviews

    Nitrotech N12 Video Head is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Counterbalance and camera weight I just upgraded to the N12 from the N8 Nitrotech head because it can provide more counterbalance than the N8, which you will likely need if your camera is mounted on something like the Zacuto baseplate and disconnect plate. One disadvantage the N12 has compared to the N8 is that its minimum counterbalance is for cameras weighing about 8 pounds, which will be too much for lighter weight cameras. I wish it could be adjusted down to 0 pounds like the N8's can, as its just a little too much for the Sony PMW-EX1R, but is great for the Sony PXW-FS7 with lens. Download the PDF instruction manual for the N12 and look at page 11. It has a chart showing the counterbalance range.
    Date published: 2018-04-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Junk when compared to Sachtler. My first pro fluid head back in the day was a Manfrotto 501.  I suffered its crappiness for a couple of years, finally saying Enough is enough and investing in a Sachtler FSB-4.  Eventually, my camera rigs outgrew its weight capacity.  In an attempt to save some money, I read some positive reviews this Manfrotto Nitrotech head and tried it.  Guess what?  It sucked almost as much as my old 501, and I returned it.  Bought a Sachtler FSB-8 and of course, its amazing.  If you know what a smooth panning and zooming head really is, youll hate this head.  Beware.
    Date published: 2018-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheapest in Its class yet great quality. I'm currently using a fully rigged out c200 and it weight almost 9kg, I switched from sachtlers ace L and I also tried the ace xl but the counterbalance still isn't string enough so I have 3 heads in mind. Sachtlers fsb8,benro bv10 and this n12 Fsb8 was too expensive and bv10 suffers in quality so I went with the n12. *By the time I bought this head, there are no reviews, no video no comments so I risks my own cash to try this out To my surprise this head works very well. The counterbalance was strong and completely handles my heavy camera. The tripod plate system was fast and easy and all the knobs was very ergonomic. The pan and tilt was smooth and steady and for this price, not one head can support up to 12kg. Now to downsides, it is a flat base head meaning I have to adapted it to a 75mm bowl, and adaptors always go lose whenever my pan was too tight the head came lose, this annoy me From time to time Second, the pan and tilt especially the pan wasn't as smooth as As my older sachtler ace L, maybe my standard is too high but it is not as smooth as ace L, that's a big disappointment for me Cuz for the price this head slams ace xl. Third, it's not as light as I expected, this head is quite heavy and if used in light and weaker legs like the 190 series I am very concerned that it will tip over. Last this is quite personal but the handle mounting place sticks out quite a lot so the handle can't stay frush against my legs that bug me as well but I'm sure not a.lot of people cares. To conclude this head is excellent value to money. It supports high weight and comes in at cheaper price but yet great quality.the pan and tilt is very smooth and works well. The counter balance knob takes quite a while to go from 4-12 but I guess I'll always leave it in the middle. Overall great head, 100% recommend, great to pair with mpro536 *NOT 535* or sachtler flowtech
    Date published: 2018-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Head! Finally an affordable head that can carry a heavy payload! This is the best head in this price range without a doubt, nothing else even comes close. Easy to setup and use, easy to balance, so smooth and so tunable on the fly, I can't say enough good things about this head. I currently use it to support my EVA1 rig, (pictured), and the N12 outperforms every other head in it's class. Just a note about a previous review I wrote, the head shipped without the bubble level light, and I initially tried to reach out to Manfrotto via the website, after a couple of weeks without response, I then called. The rep was helpful, friendly, and got the missing part shipped to me asap. I am very satisfied with Manfrotto's customer service, via the telephone.
    Date published: 2018-06-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best in class The Good: It's fairly easy to set up and, once calibrated, provides very smooth operation. I am used to the Manfrotto 502 heads, which are terrible. Completely useless for smooth movement from stop. I also have VInten Vision Blue heads, which are my gold standard. The N12 is at least as good as the Vision Blue (possibly a bit better), so I am thrilled. When perfectly calibrated, the tilt does not require locking. It just stays in place. Fantastic! Just note that if you're calibration is a little off, your tilt will go astray if you don't keep your hands on it. I tend to work quickly so I usually don't have time to perfectly balance it since I change lenses a lot. It's not a big deal, as I always keep my hands on the tilt arm anyway. My hope is that with time I'll learn the subtleties of the N12 and what settings to use for each lens. The mount has numbers for position reference, which is great. The reason I got the N12 was specifically because it was the only flat mount fluid head I could find. I need flat mount so I can lower the vertical height on my slider. Since I have an 18lb FS7 rig on the slider, my ball mount (on a hi hat) is way too top heavy. It wobbles the whole time during the slider move. The N12 is much shorter and provides butter smooth pan/tilt during my slider moves. Love it. This is the head you want if you do those kind of moves and need a low profile. The Not as Good: When changing lenses, the balance shifts, so you have to adjust the mount accordingly. Not a huge deal, but it can be a little fussy. What I really don't like is the locked wheel. I prefer the small lock dials on the Vision heads where a 90 degree turn locks your tilt/pan. The big wheel on the N12 requires at least a full 360 rotation, if not more, to lock tilt. Again, not a huge deal, but since it's something you'll do over and over, it should be easier. As it stands, you have to turn, release, turn, release, turn, locked. The pan lock is fine as a small dial that locks in less than 360 degrees with one fast turn.
    Date published: 2018-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nitrotech N12 is so smooth I just got the Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 for my 100mm binoscope. it works so smoothly and the counterbalance feature works perfectly. Once I balance it, I can move the scope anywhere and it stays where I put it, no backlash, no bounce, etc. Worth every penny!
    Date published: 2018-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent head for BIG binoculars Bought this for my 100mm binocular telescope. The counterweight mechanism works perfectly with smooth panning all the way up to Zenith with minimum backlash (you have to mount the scope backwards on the head to reach Zenith) Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2018-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Head Very smooth, easy to adjust, worth every penny!
    Date published: 2018-08-13
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