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Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head

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Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head
Key Features
  • Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Mounting Thread
  • Use with Tripods, Sliders, Jibs & More
  • Nitrogen Piston Counterbalance Mechanism
  • 0 to 30.9 lb Continuous Counterbalance
The Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech is a flat base fluid video head designed for the versatility needs of the independent content creator who's engaged in different types of projects. Thanks to its flat base with a 3/8"-16 mounting thread, as well as its relatively compact and lightweight design, the head can easily be moved between a compatible tripod and a slider, jib, monopod, and various other gear. One of the key features of the 608 Nitrotech is its Nitrogen gas piston counterbalance mechanism (hence, Nitrotech), which allows continuous counterbalance adjustment—as opposed to stepped or fixed—for the head's full payload range of 0 to 30.9 lb. Additionally, an upgraded fluid technology significantly improves continuously variable drag performance and enables smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements.
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Manfrotto Nitrotech Series Video Head Overview

The Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech is a flat base fluid video head designed for the versatility needs of the independent content creator who's engaged in different types of projects. Thanks to its flat base with a 3/8"-16 mounting thread, as well as its relatively compact and lightweight design, the head can easily be moved between a compatible tripod and a slider, jib, monopod, and various other gear. One of the key features of the 608 Nitrotech is its Nitrogen gas piston counterbalance mechanism (hence, Nitrotech), which allows continuous counterbalance adjustment—as opposed to stepped or fixed—for the head's full payload range of 0 to 30.9 lb. Additionally, an upgraded fluid technology significantly improves continuously variable drag performance and enables smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements.

Providing further flexibility, the head's camera plate system features a side-lock mechanism that allows for quicker and safer mounting of your camera plate and camera load. Instead of having to align and slide in your camera plate from the rear, you're able to conveniently tuck in one side of the plate from the top and then push and click on the other side.

The 608 Nitrotech offers two rosette mounts for attaching the included pan bar on either the left or right side. These rosettes also feature Manfrotto's Easy Link system for mounting accessories via an articulating arm. Each rosette has a 3/8"-16 port in the center and both Manfrotto and ARRI anti-rotation slots surrounding the mounting port. The Easy Link system is designed to support Manfrotto articulating arms equipped with anti-rotation pins or those with ARRI locating pins to prevent twisting. At the same time, standard articulating arms can also be attached.

Other features of the 608 Nitrotech include improved resistance to lower operating temperatures in comparison to previous Nitrotech models and improved ergonomics and materials used for the different knobs.

Key Features

  • Flat base with 3/8"-16 mounting thread allowing for use on tripods, sliders, jibs, monopods, and other support gear
  • Nitrogen gas piston counterbalance mechanism allows for continuous counterbalance adjustment for the full payload range of 0 to 30.9 lb
  • Upgraded fluid technology enabling smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements via continuously variable drag performance
  • Easier, safer side-lock camera plate mechanism
  • Two rosette mounts with a 3/8"-16 port and Manfrotto and ARRI anti-rotation slots for attaching the included pan bar and a standard or anti-twist articulating arm
  • 5.9" height
UPC: 719821443070

Manfrotto Nitrotech Series Video Head Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate FeaturesQuick Release
Camera Plate Type504PLONG
Camera Mounting Screw1 x 1/4"-20 Male with Locating Pin
Tripod Platform
Base MountFlat Base
Pan & Tilt
Drag ControlPan: Continuous
Tilt: Continuous
Drag TypeFluid
Vertical Tilt+90° to -70°
Panning Range360°
Independent Pan LockYes
Independent Tilt LockYes
Physical
MaterialAluminum
Load Capacity0 to 30.9 lb / 0 to 14 kg
Counter BalanceContinuous (0 to 17.6 lb / 0 to 7.98 kg)
Pan Handle Fittings2 x Rosette
Bubble Level1 x Illuminated
Accessory Mounting2 x 3/8"-16 Female Thread
Operating Temperature-4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Dimensions5.9" / 15 cm
Weight4.9 lb / 2.22 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.5 x 9.5 x 8"

Manfrotto Nitrotech Series Video Head Reviews

Fantastic Video Head

By Juan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

Love this video head, specially because the payload it can accept. Very wide range of cameras can be used with it.

The real deal

By Nathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-16

I finally bit the bullet with an expensive head and it's worth it for bigger video cameras that aren't DSLRs

Excellent Head

By Carlton
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-05

I may have over done it for the use but it is well built with all the bells and whistles. I will have to grow into it. Which is not a bad thing.

Great Gear, One Caution

By Don
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-06

This is highly adjustable and allows for smooth shooting. Just don't be an idiot like me. On first use I was so eager to try the thing, I failed to take the extra bolts out of the mounting plate when attaching to my little camera. Big mistake. The plate jammed, one of the bolts pressed into and cracked the LCD of my camera. I reviewed the instructions but they don't give you such a caution. So if it's not obvious to you as it was not obvious to me, HEAR ME: Remove any bolts you don't need to attach your camera to the plate. (Just pop out the little rubbery gasket at the far end of the plate and slide the excess bolts over and out.) You probably are smarter / more experienced than me and don't need this advice, but just in case...

Preferred over the 612

By Zachary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

Love this series of video heads. I replaced the 612 with the 608 for ease of use with other products like a slider.

Terrible lifespan

By Tim
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

In under 2 years of normal use, the counterbalance knob front sprung off, the tilt tensioner knob sheared off from normal tightening, the tilt friction knob has kinked up and will not keep the camera platform level, the ENTIRE head wobbles if you touch the camera and the pan friction knob is not tightened down...I expected better from a higher price point Manfrotto product.

Spent a bit more and happy I did

By Lorenzo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-22

Spent a lot of time debating between the 608 Nitrotech and the Manfrotto 502AH. After reading more reviews than I should have I decided to spend the extra cash and go with the 608. I figured I wasn't planning on getting another video head maybe ever so spend a bit more and get the best one that fits in my budget. Like any new piece of equipment it takes some practice getting used to. Dropping the plate in and tightening it down will take more practice but the build quality is solid. It takes a bit of adjusting to get the resistance they way you want but when you find where your setup is balance you are in good shape. I like that the base plate has numbers on the side So when I attach my rig to this I line up the number and I know the rig will be balanced on the head. Double check your weight limit of what your using this with since they make a 512 version for heavier setups. Im running a smaller camera rig so this works no problem.

Smooth pan and tilt

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-30

This works great once you get used to balancing it correctly. It's a bit different than your typical head.

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