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OConnor Ultimate 1040 Fluid Head

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OConnor Ultimate 1040 Fluid Head
Key Features
  • Payload: 45 Pounds at 5" COG
  • Counterbalance Range: 0 to Max Payload
  • +/- 90° Tilt Range
  • Large Euro-Style QR Camera Plate
The OConnor Ultimate 1040 Fluid Head is a lightweight fluid head that shares features with the other fluid heads in the OConnor Ultimate fluid head line. This allows operators to easily transition between lighter and heavier cameras without having to relearn or think about the differences between fluid heads. The head supports 45 pounds' worth of camera and accessories at a center of gravity (COG) 5 inches above the camera platform. The counterbalance system helps prevent the camera from tilting forward or back on the head on its own and helps the camera to remain in the position the operator places it without requiring additional effort to hold it in place. The counterbalance system on the 1040 is a stepless system, so it is continuously variable from the maximum weight the head can support all the way down to zero. This makes the 1040 extremely versatile and suitable for use with heavy ENG-style cameras all the way down to lightweight cameras, while maintaining the same operational feel.
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OConnor Ultimate 1040 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Payload and Counterbalance
  • 3Tilt Range
  • 4Pan and Tilt Controls
  • 5Ball Leveling

The OConnor Ultimate 1040 Fluid Head is a lightweight fluid head that shares features with the other fluid heads in the OConnor Ultimate fluid head line. This allows operators to easily transition between lighter and heavier cameras without having to relearn or think about the differences between fluid heads. The head supports 45 pounds' worth of camera and accessories at a center of gravity (COG) 5 inches above the camera platform. The counterbalance system helps prevent the camera from tilting forward or back on the head on its own and helps the camera to remain in the position the operator places it without requiring additional effort to hold it in place. The counterbalance system on the 1040 is a stepless system, so it is continuously variable from the maximum weight the head can support all the way down to zero. This makes the 1040 extremely versatile and suitable for use with heavy ENG-style cameras all the way down to lightweight cameras, while maintaining the same operational feel.

The 1040 features a large Euro-style quick release plate. The QR plate allows you to mount and remove the camera by lifting straight off the head and not having to slide it in from the back. The fluid head is able to tilt 90 degrees forward and back, allowing you to tilt the camera straight down and then straight up, all in the same shot. The camera also features independent drag controls and locks for both pan and tilt. The included 100mm ball base is removable and can be replaced with other available bases. The included pan handle can be attached to either side of the the fluid head, utilizing the mounting rosette on either side of the head.

Payload and Counterbalance
The 1040 supports cameras and accessories up to 45 pounds at a COG of 5 inches. This is what the counterbalance can cancel out while keeping the head neutral in any position in the tilt range. The sinusoidal counterbalance supports lighter cameras and features near-zero balance error. The stepless counterbalance can be set all the way down to zero to accommodate lightweight cameras.
Tilt Range
The 1040 provides a very wide tilt range of 90 degrees forward and and rear tilt, while supporting camera packages weighing up to 45 pounds (5" COG).
Pan and Tilt Controls
The head features independent controls on the pan and tilt for lock and drag. The pan and tilt locks are easy to operate. Both controls match well with the controls of OConnor's larger 2575 and 2065 heads, making it easy for operators to move between the heads without having to relearn each head.
Ball Leveling
The included 100mm ball base provides a side support base that easily accommodates the heavy loads this fluid head can support. The ball allows you to quickly level your shot without having to adjust the tripod legs. The ball base is also removable and available options include a Mitchell, 150mm ball base, 4-bolt, 3-bolt, or quickfix.

OConnor Ultimate 1040 Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate FeaturesQuick Release
Camera Plate TypeLarge Euro Plate
Camera Mounting Screw2 x 3/8"-16 Male
Head
Base Mount100 mm Half Ball
Camera Platform AdjustmentYes
Counter BalanceContinuous (0 to 45 lb / 0 to 20.41 kg)
Center of Gravity4 to 8" / 10.16 to 20.32 cm
Pan Handle Fittings2 x Rosette
Base Diameter3.94" / 100 mm
Pan & Tilt
Drag ControlTilt: Continuous
Pan: Continuous
Vertical Tilt+90° to -90°
Panning Range360°
Independent Pan LockYes
Independent Tilt LockYes
General
Load Capacity0 to 52 lb / 0 to 23.59 kg at CoG 4" / 10.16 cm
0 to 45 lb / 0 to 20.41 kg at CoG 5" / 12.7 cm
0 to 40 lb / 0 to 18.14 kg at CoG 6" / 15.24 cm
0 to 32 lb / 0 to 14.51 kg at CoG 8" / 20.32 cm
Weight10.6 lb / 4.81 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight14.265 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.6 x 14.1 x 10.4"

OConnor Ultimate 1040 Reviews

Stepless is good thing

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-20

Yes, smooth as you hope it will be. A solid piece of metal, precision in every way. Coming from stepped drag and counter-balance I am surprised at how much stepless is a good and pleasing thing. Of course a head is about fine detail and micro adjustments -- this gives it. I put a Red Helium on top, primes, mattebox with all the add-ons and still am on the lowest end of the counterbalance scale. Drag is tighter than expected -- I'm often on the lowest drag setting (or near it), full drag will lift a tripod leg. It's a lot of money for ultimate precision (and a couple pounds heavier) but if that's your thing then this will certainly deliver it.

THE GLORIOUS PERCH

By Corey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-30

Literal heart palpitations before buying. Days of pacing back and forth... Do I really need this? It's just a tripod head. Will it ever pay for itself? Am I a crazy person for spending this much?? Don't I need a new car instead??? Look all I know is that when my little ARRI is topped upon this glorious perch, its heart sings melodies never graced by human ears. The counterbalance is an actual insurance policy and you can track with a 200mm lens and it... totally works. It is truly a machined marvel. But goodness gracious it takes a bite out of your bank account. I hope my grandkids will still be using this buttery goodness long after I'm gone. They won't... But that's a good thing to tell yourself if you're going to spend this much on a tripod head. *whispers* Just do it. Buy nice. Cry once. You're a filmmaker aren't you? You neeeeeed this.

if you want the best....

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-19

there are no reasons to spend quite this much on a fluid head unless you need the very best performance...if you need to do a fast move and stop without any movement then only this quality of head will suffice.... its ability to infinitely set counterbalance/drag settings is second to none...you can achieve absolute balance so even with the drag settings on tilt/pan set to zero you can move the camera and stop anywhere without any drift and I have tried it with a 200m lens on a S35mm camera...it is a dream head and one that should last a lifetime....

BOMB PROOF

By Renan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-15

I've been using this head all around the world on National Geographic assignments as well as commercial shoots for the past 3 years and can confirm its the most burly, dependable and solid tripod head I've ever had the opportunity to shoot with. This last trip we had it strapped onto the front of a 4X4 in the arctic tundra getting hammered by mud, water and jiggling forces for 12 hours a day for 2 weeks...and it was still smooth as day one by the end. I've also had this tripod in sub zero temperatures shooting Alex Honnold on the Oculus VR The Soloist project in the high mountains and it survived with flying colors. Also on Mt Vinson in Antarctica for a Netflix show... I'm a known gear abuser and like to have pro fluid head for long lens shots of wildlife and smooth pans and tilts even in the most remote places on earth. The 1040 is truly the best combo of size and weight for the smoothness and support it provides...and beyond a doubt has earned it's place as BOMB PROOF in our gear kit.

A Noble Steed

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-12

I had purchased 2 cheaper fluid heads that -- after 2 years of regular use were completely falling apart. Cracked plastic and obnoxiously small screws. Not built for battle. My Ops would complain to me, and offer to bring their own head free of charge just to avoid them... so it was time to upgrade. I had purchased one of these new and it was exactly what I was hoping for. Consistent. Reliable. Incredibly smooth and intuitive counterbalance that can be dialed in without tools in moments. I shoot on average 2-4 days a week for a variety of projects in and outside of studios. Sometimes run and gun. This covers everything and is clean and impressive on set. I purchased a second one used. 20% off is a win-win on a well-machined tool such as this. There was some wiggle in that unit's baseplate -- within 5 minutes of skimming the manual, I found the screw to fix it. Good as new. Tools like this earn trust. Buy Once. Cry Once. Work More. And Enjoy It.

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