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Manfrotto 612 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head

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Manfrotto 612 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head
Key Features
  • Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Mounting Thread
  • Use with Tripods, Sliders, Jibs & More
  • Nitrogen Piston Counterbalance Mechanism
  • 8.8 to 39.7 lb Continuous Counterbalance
The Manfrotto 612 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 612 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 8.8 to 39.7 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 612 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 612 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 8.8 to 39.7 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 612 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 612 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 8.8 to 39.7 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: 719821443087

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 Capacity8.8 to 39.7 lb / 4 to 18 kg
Counter BalanceContinuous (8.8 to 26.4 lb / 3.99 to 11.97 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
Weight5 lb / 2.27 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)30 x 20 x 9"

Manfrotto Nitrotech Series Video Head Reviews

Big Step Up from 502AH

By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-20

Good feature set. Smooth pans and tilts. Easy to set up.

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.

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.

OK Fluidhead, with some potential major flaws

By MATTHEW
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-08

I bought this fluid-head in 2021, to try and improve my wildlife videos/panning, so it was not as shaky/jittery as my gimbal had been. The fluid motion on the pan/tilt on this head is pretty good. Overall it works as I expected, in that regard. The included handle you can take off, is also decent, and I use that often. Although a pretty big oversight IMO, is that if you don't to use the handle, or depending how it's setup, you are left with exposed grooves where handle meshes into. Which, when I went to grab my tripod a few times, I almost cut my hand pretty bad, with how it is designed/machined. I ended up having to take a spare tripod nub/foot I had, and some foam and I screwed it into there/tried to cover it up, so I don't slice myself open in the field at some point. However the really big flaws with this head, is if you are moving around alot/carrying a big telephoto lens/over your shoulder. Even if I tighten down the pan/tilt knobs as far/hard as they will go, I've had my lens break loose over my shoulder and either start flipping backwards/upwards behind my head, or many times it's also broken loose on the pan knob, and sorta swung my lens and hit me in the head! For the price of this thing, that's pretty bad, unless this is defective or not sure. My lens is heavy (8.5-9lbs + 2-3lb body), but should still be within the limits of what this can support. USUALLY what something says it supports 20LBs+~ for example, it can actually go above that. But this head does not handle heavier weight too well on the knobs, at least my copy. The Pan knob/switch is also very tiny/doesn't feel to robust and is not in the greatest spot. I thought I would also like the auto leveling option as well, but I ended up hating it more than liking it. Since I'm moving around alot outdoors/over hills and un-even terrain. If I get my lens dialed in, so it's balanced, but then if I move onto SLIGHTLY sloped terrain, the auto leveling feature can start to make my lens drift upwards, sometimes pretty quickly, so I have to catch it/watch it, so my lens / tripod doesn't dump over or whatever else. It's either moving my lens when i don't want it to, or otherwise I gotta lock/tighten down the tilt knob off and on, like my gimbal, or rather, alot more often than my gimbal, which is part of why I wanted a fluid head in the first place, was to not have to keep loosening/tightening stuff all the time. In the end, I have to worry/baby sit this more than my gimbal almost, which is really too bad. I do like the fluid motion of this/the handle, the quick release plate/setup is nice. Overall it feels pretty well made, but just is really too bad the pan/tilt knobs are so weak and the auto-leveling can get really annoying/potentially dangerous.

It's the bomb for broadcast and mirrorless

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-05

We are using this in a worship Livestream setup with a Sony a6400 and Tamron 70-300 lens from about 60' to the stage. My impression is that this setup is on the edge for what this head is intended for. In other words, the head is designed to hold a lot of weight and our setup is a bit light so that when you tilt and let go, there's a bit of back-drift before the frame settles in. However, it is SUPER SMOOTH and worth every penny! Livestream pans are incredible and very broadcast-like. We don't do too many tilts, so it is very acceptible for our use and I highly recommend it!!!

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