Vinten Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head

Vinten Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head

Vinten Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head

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Product Highlights

  • Payload: 4.6-11 lb
  • 75mm Ball
  • Infinitely Adjustable Perfect Balance
  • Lubricated Friction Drag Technology
  • Tilt Range: ±90°
  • Pan Range: 360°
  • Two-Way Sliding Plate with 1/4" Screw
  • L/R Pan Handle Rosettes
  • LED Illuminated Bubble Level
  • Weight: 5.3 lb
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Vinten Vision Blue overview

  • 1Description

For users desiring exacting control and support for the lightweight camcorders and DSLRs Vinten has developed the Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head. This model can hold a payload of 4.6-11 lb at a 2.2" center of gravity and has a 75mm ball for leveling when mounted on a tripod. Beyond those basic specifications, the Vision blue offers an infinitely adjustable Perfect Balance system that allows users to set the appropriate amount of counterbalance for their camera system. Combined with the calibrated and infinitely adjustable Lubricated Friction, or LF, Drag technology users will have the ultimate control over their pan and tilt movements.

The head can tilt upward or downward 90° and can pan a full 360°. Also, it comes with a two-way sliding plate with a 1/4" screw and pin assembly for quick mounting of your camera. A single fixed length pan handle is included and can be set up on either the left or right side of the head via rosettes. Additionally, the head weighs 5.3 lb and features an LED illuminated bubble level.

LF Drag technology using a unique lubricant fluid for fine adjustment of drag level to smooth movements as well as allow for a controlled whip pan at any setting.
Operating temperature range of 5 to 86°F.
Accepts optional blueBridge accessory to lower the range of payloads for the Vision blue system.
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Vinten Vision Blue specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate
Tripod Platform
Base Mount 75 mm Half Ball
Pan & Tilt
Drag Control Continuous
Vertical Tilt +90 to -90
Panning Range 360
Physical
Load Capacity 4.6 to 11 lb / 2.1 to 5 kg at CoG 2.2" / 55 mm
Counter Balance Continuous
Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
Operating Temperature 5 to 86°F / -15 to 30°C
Dimensions 5.8 x 5.1 x 4.8" / 14.7 x 13 x 12.2 cm
Weight 5.3 lb / 2.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 9.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.1 x 10.0 x 8.2"

Vinten Vision Blue reviews

Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fluid Head! Man am I blown away at how great this head is! Vinten's Perfet Balance system really does work as intended and is a real joy to use. It's super easy to rebalance after a lens change and takes no time at all. I've never used a properly counterbalanced head until now...what was I waiting for? Even with a roughly 600mm lens I'm able to attain perfectly smooth, controlled pans with minimal, if any backlash. I doubt tracking people or animals with a telephoto lens would be an issue at all. Just make sure you have a solid tripod! All and all I'm extremely happy with this head and it's sure to last me a very very long time.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from For amateurs I would say people giving this a high rating either haven't been shooting long or just don't shoot professionally. I bought one of these off B&H despite being warned (what could be wrong with a Vinten?) and have regretted it ever since. I have managed to use the legs but not with a Vinten head on it. The head sits unused gathering dust while I have gone back forever to my Sachtlers and Millers. Garbage fluid head that has horrible, unsettable, uneven drag on both axis. Even Manfrotto make better fluid heads than this and that's saying something. As a 25 year Cinematographer I advise, it's rubbish, don't do it to yourself.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth quality Beautifully made, smooth action. Replaces a Sachtler head that although excellent, couldn't balance my Panasonic HMC80 camcorder even with the expensive extended wedge plate. The Vinten handles this with ease. Two minor nits: The pan and tilt locks require a pretty firm twist and don't grab as positively as on my Sachtler, still allowing a little movement if you push hard on the pan bar. And the tilt range is reduced considerably near the top settings of the counterbalance spring. Effectively, this means you can't balance a heavy camera and still get full use out of the head, which reduces its practical weight capacity to less than specified. Why can't the tripod manufacturers standardize mounting plates? The Vinten uses one that is *almost* identical to the Manfrotto 357 series, but is about 3mm wider -- thus making them incompatible.
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good head, not for small DSLR setups This head has a great feel great features, etc., what you would expect from a Vinten. Smooth drag, the pan handle feels great, better than than many others I've used, and the illuminated level is accurate and easy to use. Two cons: 1. This head will not balance anything less than 4lbs. A DSLR with only a prime or small zoom will not balance properly, even with the counterbalance totally off. The lowest weight setup I can get away with is a 7D + 70-200mm IS. Anything lighter won't balance. 2. The mounting plate that comes with this head is not the same size as the manfrotto 577 adapters. If you use 577's in your setup, they will not be compatible with this head. I would guess that the 357 might, but I have not tried it. Also, if you are going for a very small and portable rig, this head is slightly heavier and bulkier than the comparable Sachtler FSB-4. It is not a huge difference, but it is noticeable. For example, an fsb-4 slides right into my camera bag in the spot where a 70-200mm goes. The vision blue does not. Not a deal breaker, but for ultimate portability, the fsb-4 has an edge. Overall, it's a good head, but make sure it will fit your setup before buying. I really wish the counterbalance range started at 0 or 2 lbs instead of 4 lbs.
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable, Solid and Smooth I've owned this head and tripod for a few years now. It's very solid, and about as smooth as any fluid head could be. I've owned others that cost about half or 2/3 as much, but not as good. I've used it in all weather; desert sand and heat, rain, snow, temps down to -30f, wind chills as low as -45. It hasn't skipped a beat. One minor thing... for some reason the pan bar can slip back into the rosette clamp a bit at times. You just have to loosen the clamp, turn and push the bar back in, and re-clamp. Definitely does not affect the operation, so all 5 stars is what I give it.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable, Solid and Smooth I've owned this head and tripod for a few years now. It's very solid, and about as smooth as any fluid head could be. I've owned others that cost about half or 2/3 as much, but not as good. I've used it in all weather; desert sand and heat, rain, snow, temps down to -30f, wind chills as low as -45. It hasn't skipped a beat. One minor thing... for some reason the pan bar can slip back into the rosette clamp a bit at times. You just have to loosen the clamp, turn andpush the bar back in, and re-clamp. Definitely does not affect the operation, so all 5 stars is what I give it.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vision Blue tripod legs unreliable. I bought a Vision Blue Tripod. The head seems fine but one of the legs fell off after a few day's use !!!! The supplier just told me to superglue it back in or bring it in and they would glue it. This doesn't bode well for the reliability of the legs. Also the oval shape of the lower leg extension means that it does not run smoothly, especially when it it gets any minute amount of dust or use. Maybe they focused too much attention on her head and not enough on her legs. Legs are the foundation of any tripod and one expects professionals to get it right. When buying a precision instrument which needs to be reliable, rugged and smooth for outdoor use, this, in my experience has failed the test and I'd look at something else. Very disappointed customer.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in the price range for the right camera I have been on a search for a new for a Panasonic AG-UX180 I purchased. I have a few cheaper heads in my existing arsenal and while those can still work, I wanted to try stepping things up a bit. I was initially checking out an Sachlter FSB-8 but I was leary of the price. I liked that Sachtler's payload range but it was more head than I needed. My local camera/video supplier turned me on to Secced Video Heads and I tried out theirSC-DV10/75RP. The Secced's are almost a complete knockoff of the Sachtler heads, but unkike most knockoff's the construction was pretty good. I had a chance to compare the two heads side by side. The Secced head offered a much wider payload range but it's counter balance, while much better than my cheaper heads (Manfrotto 504HD & 502 HD, Benro S7) it was no match for the Vinten Vision Blue and their 'Perfect Balance' system. For some reason the Secced didn't have a light on their bubble level which is annoying for me as I am frequently in environments where I need a light on my bubble level. The downside to the Vinten bubble light, is that it uses a european battery which I don't think is going to be that easy to find in North America. Also, the battery cover seems a little flimsy and suspect to me, time will tell. It does not seem like a big deal now, but if it gets lost in the future, I can see a replacement being absurdly priced. Both the Secced and Vinten only came with a NON-telescopic pan pan bar arm. Both companies offer telescopic versions, with the Vinten Telescopic Pan Bar coming in at a whopping $270!! The nice touch about the Vinten was that the Rosette on the Pan bar which allows you to set the angle of the pan bar, is made out of metal. Another well thought out bonus is that that the rosette on the Vinten is finer than my other Video heads, thereby allowing you to make finer angle adjustments, nice touch. The bar itself is substantial and meaty and seems to be set at an ideal length. The bar with Secced was also non-telescopic but was much longer making it not as practical as the Vintens arm for many of my shooting situations. The Vision Blue comes with a 75mm ball just like all of my other heads but it seemed to me to have less levelling play than my other heads. I can't verify that 100% at this point, but it was just an observation. I will try to compare with more scrutiny when I have time. Movement on the Vinten is sublime. It's about as perfect as I would have hoped for. I am shooting a lot of action sports which requires constant head movement, so I am very sensitive to the 'feel' of the head. The movement on the Vision Blue just seems right, its very smooth and professional feeling. The pan and tilt drag, like the heads counter balance, are infinitely adjustable which allows you to dial in the PERFECT amount of drag. The Sachtler and Secced heads have the traditional, click marked settings, which are fine but just not as customizable as the Vinten. Overall, this is the smoothest feeling head I have ever used. The one knock on the Vinten seems to be with the mounting plate. The mounting plate is a proprietary size and will not fit Manfrotto's plates which all of my existing heads currently accommodate. Sachtler also comes with a head that can accomodate the Manfrotto Wedge mounting plate. There is the option of attaching theManfrotto577 Rapid Connect Adapter to the Vinten Plate but it is clumsy to tighten and loosen once the camera is mounted...it's not an ideal fix but it is an option if you absolutely need to use a Manfrotto mounting plate. For my purposes, I am just going to use the Vinten mounting plate and see how that goes. I just hope I don't run into a situation where I decide to use a different head and forget to bring a Manfrotto mounting plate. The other downside to the Vinten mounting plate, is that buying extras is very expensive unless you are fortunate to find aftermarket branded versions which I hear do exist. I think charging $112.50 for a mounting plate is egregious and borders on gouging. The Vision mounting plates are also not that readily available and will be special order for me if I buy locally in Canada. I once forgot to bring a mounting plate to an event and had enough time to go to my local camera store and was able to find a Manfrotto mounting plate. The only thing that made me think twice about buying the Vinten initially was the limited payload range that the Vision Blue supports (4.6-11 lbs). This head is not ideal for lighter camera payloads. I will be doing most of my work with the AG-UX180 and for that Camera and other Camera's in that payload range, I can't imagine finding a better head. This process taught me a valuable gear lesson. I sometimes buy gear based on what I might need in the future, and while that mindset is sometimes helpful....it has generally disappointed me as I am rarely in the situation I thought I was going to be in. For me, I chose the piece of gear that best suits the needs of my current situation. I could have bought the Secced which would have been 'better, than my current heads and offered more usability in terms of payload options, it was not the best option for my most used set up. I can't imagine there being a better option for camera's in the 5-11 lbs payload range at any price. The Vision Blue is an excellent fluid video head and an amazing value. Pro's - Perfect Balance system - infinitely variable drag settings - pan and tilt feel - Pan bar rosette for more settings - bubble level light Con's - Proprietary mounting plate, does not fit Manfrotto plates - limited payload range, but perfect for the range it covers - NON-telescoping pan bar - extras and replacement parts egregiously expensive - bubble level light battery cover flimsy
Date published: 2017-03-17
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