Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head

Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head with Quick Release - Supports 8.8 lbs (4.0kg)

Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head with Quick Release - Supports 8.8 lbs (4.0kg)

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Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head

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The Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head with Quick Release is a multi-purpose fluid head with a body made of lightweight Techno Polymer and an alloy quick-release top stage. It can support up to 8.8 lbs (4.0kg), and may be used with or without the pan arm (included)- with it when used for video cameras, and without it when used with spotting scopes.

Fully adjustable counter balance system
Lightweight Techno Polymer body
May be used with or without pan arm, depending on application
UPC: 719821264217
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Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head with Quick Release - Supports 8.8 lbs (4.0kg)
  • G2285M/14B Quick Release Plate with 1/4" Screw csbcwyvytxcqtbttcrfsaadczcwraxfqryzc
  • One (1) Pan Arm
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Online Product Registration
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    • 1Description
    Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4.0kg)
    Diameter/Thread 3/8-16
    Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes, with video pin
    Tilt Drag Fluid
    Tilt Range ±90°
    Tilt Lock Yes
    Spring Loaded Counter Balance Fluid
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Lock Yes
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated No
    Height 3.3" (85 mm)
    Weight 1.26 lbs (570g)
    Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty
    Packaging Infocsbcwyvytxcqtbttcrfsaadczcwraxfqryzc
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 5.0 x 3.5"
    G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handle Fix for that Stupid Screw HERE Use two of these heads for tripod & monopod. (Canon HV40 & XH-A1s vid cams) Yeah, that coin operated screw is dumb, dumb, immeasurably stupid but this is how I overcame that lame idea. Hardware store - Locate 1 3/8 long METRIC screw (take camera screw to make certain you have correct thread pitch). Locate 2 inch black T knob (Google this description so you know what you're looking for) Thread count doesn't matter - metric bolt goes through the hole with head lands scoring the plastic thus gripping the plastic and keeps the bolt from turning. Use washer between knob & head & now you've got a pan handle that's easy to reposition. HUBBA HUBBA
    Date published: 2011-09-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice fluid head but forget video use Great well built head but...... I bought this to use for video. I already own Sachtler and Bogen tripods and fluid heads. This head is NOT smooth enough to use for video work. It does have a nice smooth action but it just isn't designed for video use. I absolutely cannot use this for any video applications at all. I have now tried it for two differnt jobs (both were supposed to be locked down camera shoots). The results were disastrous. So in short: this is a GREAT head for still work or telescopes but not for video.
    Date published: 2008-10-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok for Still Work Had this head for a few months. Had to upgrade to a Sachtler for video work. The head does not have smooth action for panning. Good stable head for still shots. The adjustments capabilities real aren't there for either horizontal or vertical. One knob adjusts each, but they are not repeatable settings. The range of the settings is also a problem. The head has a smooth feel, but you'll get backlash in both the vertical and horizaontal no matter what the setting. The counterbalance works ok, but again is limited. For the price, it is about at the perfomrance level that one would expect, but certainly doesn't have the silky smooth feel of other heads. No problems with attaching to the head, range of motion, or stability.
    Date published: 2010-02-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well designed, well constructed Gitzo design and craftsmanship are top notch, and I mostly like this addition to my Mountaineer tripod. I got it for video use with my Panasonic GH1, and it's working out well -- I think the movement is quite acceptable for simple tilt and pan moves. Two quibbles: 1. I've had to add the Acratech leveling head; it was too inconvenient and unreliable to use the legs! 2. The pan arm should have a thumbscrew instead of the flathead screw. I need to loosen the handle every time I pack it up, and fishing around for a quarter every time I use the tripod is a pain in the.
    Date published: 2009-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight, great construction I'm a professional videographer/Cameraman. I was looking for a head that was lightweight, well-built, and operated smoothly. I do a lot of backpacking with my equipment, and weight is always a concern, and where it really starts to add up is in the accessories. This head is certainly a plus in this area. hands down, it is well built and solid. Gitzo...nuff said. Regarding the feel. First, let me say this, if you plan on using this head, you better be a very good camera operator. Meaning, you better know how to adjust your body, regardless of the equipment to get the best shot. It has a very smooth pan and tilt, but the resistance is not enough to hide the operators shakes and mistakes. Gotta be on your A-game. Also keep in mind, when it gives the weight limit of 8 lbs, you better believe it. The counter-balance works well, ingenius feature. Good quick-release mechanism. The pan-handle is a little short for my taste, and you have to have a nickel, flat-head screwdriver, or something to take it off or adjust it (but you might be able t find a thumb-screw or something @ a hardware store). Also, i've noticed i have to really crank down the pan-lock knob to keep it sturdily locked, especially when I'm threading the head onto the tripod. Getting a longer quick release plate for balancing is very helpful as well as the acratech leveling base. Overall, I think it's worth the money if lightweight+quality+smoothness is on your list, and for me it was. I pleased with it. But if lightweight is not necessary, and you would be fine with a bigger/heavier head, you might keep looking if you're a videographer.
    Date published: 2010-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best compact fluid head good for small/medium camcorders, video DSLR with lighter lens.I was looking for compact and light weight, and of course, functional, fluid head.I tested the other brand's small fluid head(about $100).this is double price but much worth in functionally and compact design, used newly developed light weight and strong materials,plus spare parts available in life time. As you see this product, the form from the functionindeed...only complain is the handle's attachment screw:tight/loosen with coin or minus screw is little annoying.
    Date published: 2011-05-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light Weight and great for birdwatching Great head to use for spotting scopes due to light weight. I use it with a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod to hold down the total weight of my scope, 80mm Swarovski, and tripod. Low height of head makes it stable. It is expensive for what it does, but the weight savings was worth the purchase price since I use the scope and tripod frequently. I do not think it would be as suitable for video camera unless camera was light. The knobs for panning and tilt are the weak point. They don't feel particularly strong or sensitive. While they are fine for the spotting scope, I am no sure they would be smooth for a video camera with a lot of effort. The attachment plate is compact and the locking system seems very secure giving a lot of confidence when slinging the scope and tripod over my shoulder.
    Date published: 2010-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight yet sturdy, smooth operation The G2180 is is the perfect fluid head for my lightweight, G1228 Mountaineer carbon fiber tripod. This combination is light enough for backpacking yet sufficiently sturdy for rock-steady video shooting. I use this head with a Sony HVR A1P, which is a little front-heavy. The counter balance system works brilliantly and means that I don't have to use the tilt lock. All movements are very smooth and require only a gentle touch of the pan arm to operate. I only use the pan lock when I need to remove the G2180 from the tripod and replace it with a ball head for stills photography. The only improvement I could suggest would be the inclusion of a bubble level into the construction of the head. The G2180 is beautifully engineered, light weight and sturdy and very good value for money.
    Date published: 2008-08-29
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