Induro PHQ1 PHQ Series 5-Way Panhead

Induro PHQ1 PHQ Series 5-Way Panhead

Induro PHQ1 PHQ Series 5-Way Panhead

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Product Highlights

  • Supports Equipment up to 25.3 (11.5 kg)
  • Five-Way Positioning
  • Five Bubble Levels
  • Two Separate Panning Locks
  • Dovetail Quick Release Plate
  • Arca-Swiss Compatible
  • Folding Control Handles
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Induro PHQ1 overview

  • 1Description

The Induro PHQ1 PHQ Series Panhead features patent-pending Quintaxial positioning which allows for dual tilts, base and top plate rotation. This panhead features an Arca-Swiss style quick release system with a dovetail QR plate design. This head offers photographers full repeatable indexing on five axes for maximum control and flexibility.

The PHQ1 is equipped with 5 bubble levels for precision positioning and two pan locks to keep your camera exactly where you want it. The control handles fold down to make packing and transport easy.

This head is compatible with equipment weighing up to 25.3 lb (11.5 kg) so it can support both point & shoot and SLR cameras. The PHQ1 is well suited for studio and on-location shoots.

Quintaxial Positioning
Induro's Quintaxial positioning (patent pending) is a full, five-way, convenient and compact camera positioning system. It provides dual tilt, base and top plate rotation.
Fully Graduated Scales
Fully graduated scales allows you to see and set the position of your tilts, pans and shifts.
Five Bubble Levels
Five high-visibility bubble levels can be viewed on all sides for making precise adjustments.
Horizontal and Vertical Pan Locking Controls
This panhead has independent horizontal and vertical movements with locking controls.
Angular and Spherical Rotation
The PHQ1 provides 360-degree rotational control on both base and head tilt axes.
Folding Front/Rear and Side/Side Tilt Handles
Folding front/rear and side/side tilt handles simplifies complete tripod/head packing and transport.
Quick Release
The PHQ1 is equipped with a variable direction Arca-Swiss compatible Quick Release clamp.
Balance and Nodal Point Orientation
Balance and nodal point orientation (with optional 3rd party accessories) extends the capabilities to advanced panoramic, QTVR, spherical and 3D photography.
In the Box
Induro PHQ1 PHQ Series 5-Way Panhead
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 5-Year Warranty + 5-Year Warranty By Registering Online
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    Induro PHQ1 specs

    Load Capacity 25.3 lb (11.5 kg)
    Height 4.3" (110 mm)
    Quick Release Plate Dovetail (Arca-Swiss compatible)
    Spirit Level 5
    Separate Panning Lock 2
    Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20 (with supplied QR plate)
    Base Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
    Panning Range 360° on both fixed and variable axes
    Tilt Range Front: +90/-15°
    Side: +90/-45°
    Weight 1.9 lb (0.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.34 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 4.8 x 4.4"

    Induro PHQ1 reviews

    PHQ1 PHQ Series 5-Way Panhead is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Rocks! (But Won't Roll Over) As a former photojournalist, my view on a tripod was that is was just something else to carry. The PHQ1 5-way Panhead makes my tripod worth carrying around. I've used other tripod heads and this one, by far, is my favorite. I can set it up, level it and pan, twist or tilt with no hassles or problems. I appreciate how well made the machined parts are. They move and fit together nicely. After reading other reviews of the PHQ1, I paid attention to what others have said and I find no problem or issue with anything on this tripod panhead. The only thing I would change (if I could) would be the quick mounting plate. I wish it could be attached with a wingnut instead of requiring a screw driver.
    Date published: 2010-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Control and Flexibility in One Head I went from a regular pan/tilt to a ballhead years ago and never thought I'd give up the ballhead. But the Induro quadraxial head gives you all the control and preciseness of a pan/tilt and the flexibility of the ballhead. Super for panos, especially verticals, but great for every-day use as well. The learning curve is not nearly as big as I expected from watching the videos. All you need is 10 minutes of practice with the different knobs and you're ready to go. You might want to mark the plate-release knob with red to make sure you don't loosen that one by mistake.
    Date published: 2010-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth EVERY Cent This pan-head is simply amazing! Induro merged the best parts of a pan-head and a ball-head to get this gem. Moves quickly and smoothly 5 different directions so that you can get the perfect position without struggling. There are four or five bubble levels on the head which help you make sure your head is straight. This is WONDERFUL because it allows me to use my tripod in unique positions without needing to spend extra time making sure the tripod is level. The head also includes markings to help you precisely align the head and makes it possible to duplicate the same position. Induro made the handles fold-able for easy storage so it fits in my tripod case. There isn't a single aspect that I don't like about this head.
    Date published: 2010-07-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Was Hoping For In A Panhead I have been using an Arca-Swiss Super Ballhead for many years, but I was intrigued behind the idea of this product. A 5-Way Panhead is pretty smart, but what I don't understand about this product is its actual construction. Specifically, little things that don't work out of the box and should- are the bubble levels. They're rather hokey. But the bigger issue with this head is how easily it loosens itself. It has by all appearances two locking nuts that lock the handles into place and when not in use, allows the user to collapse them for easy storage. That said, the lock nut handles keep coming loose, no matter how you crank them down. So the beauty of this product is how flexible its movements work and from that perspective this product is great, but the actual workmanship is less than desired. Really disappointing because instead of locking down your shot and actually shooting, you are left to be in the field worrying about that extra step of tightening down (all the time) the handles on the head. Great idea, bad execution on Induro's part. I think this product has a lot of potential, it is just not ready for the demands of serious photography.
    Date published: 2011-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Tripod Head This tripod head is great and functions well. The quick release plate locks in and tightens well, I have no fear that I am going to loose a camera due to the plate coming free. Easy to use and gets into different positions well, handles lock position well and with minimal effort. Can support the weight of a dslr and 24-70l with ease. The only complaint is with the folding handles. I actually dont mind their size and the seem to function well but the do seem to work themselves loose and the joint where the handles fold. This does not affect the head holding the position but it is kind of a pain which is why I am giving it 4 stars. Seems very well build and looks to last years.
    Date published: 2011-06-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Induro PHQ-1 Fiveway head I have had this product about three months and have used it extensively. On a three week tour of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, west to Glacier-Waterton NPs, and back to Mi through Canada, I took this head, my ballhead, and pan head. I never took the PHQ-1 head off the tripod, it was that versitile. It is solidly built and handled all lenses up to my 80-400mm Nikon which is a boat anchor of a lens and all this on a Monfrotto carbon-fiber pod. I'll fault it on only three points. The handy fold-down-for-travel handles are a great addition but the couplings that straighten the handle are often loose (any time you tighten or loosen the handle to operate a movement)giving the feel that the unit is not solid. 2. At least in my unit, the tilt functions are a bit stiff until the handle is loosened quite a ways, a bit more than I think necessary, again a minor annoyance (I even oiled it a bit). 3. In the Induro demo video, it shows how easy it is to set up for a pano with the leveling bubble. This is true and accurate IF you are setting up for a level pano. You still need a leveling head, such as the Monfrotto 438, to do a pano that aims down or up. And I suppose a fourth, the upward tilt is only 15 degrees while down is 90. You can easily remedy this by turning the camera around in the head and reclamping. It's a bit backward but it works. This is a great head and a great addition to my photo equipment, don't let the four comments scare you away from buying it.
    Date published: 2010-09-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Price exceeds quality It's ALMOST a great head. THe design & concept are great, but the build quality is sub-par, especially for the way it looks in the photos. The collapsable handles are rickety. The motion is sticky, and the bubble levels don't agree with each other. The gradation markings should be more precise for architectural work.
    Date published: 2011-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs This quite a head for any sturdy tripod. It is truly a 5 way head and does have an Arca-Swiss plate, for the skeptics who have said here that it doesn't. It is everything I was looking for. The collapsible handles are not as much of a pain as some on here complain about. I was surpised at how heavy the head is. I bought a more sturdy tripod to accomodate the head. I had bought a Manfrotto 300N head for Panoramics, but found it to be unecessary because this head allows an off-axis shift. Induro offer a great video of this product on their website. View it before you buy.
    Date published: 2015-03-29
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