Sirui PH-20 Gimbal Head

Sirui PH-20 Gimbal Head

Sirui PH-20 Gimbal Head

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Sirui PH-20 Gimbal Head

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  • Strong Carbon Fiber/Aluminum Gimbal Head
  • Supports Up to 40 lb
  • Weighs Only 2.4 lb
  • Reduced Vibrations Due to Carbon Fiber
  • Better Tolerance for Temperature Change
  • Arca-Compatible Quick Release System
  • Quick Release Plate Included
  • Tilts From +150 to -60 Degrees
  • Ideal for Using Long Telephoto Lenses
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Sirui PH-20 overview

  • 1Description

The Sirui PH-20 Gimbal Head is a great solution to the problem of shooting moving subjects with a long telephoto lens. Ball heads and 3-way heads can be cumbersome in fast-moving situations, but the gimbal head makes your camera and heavy lens seemingly weightless, and you can smoothly and precisely track fast-moving subjects.

Cross-patterned, multi-layer carbon fiber in the arm and forged aircraft aluminum alloy in the L-bracket make the PH-20 very strong--it can hold up to 44 lb, but it weighs only 2.4 lb. Carbon fiber also reduces vibrations and provides better tolerance for temperature changes.

With the camera and lens perfectly balanced on the gimbal head, there’s no need to lock any controls. You can quickly and easily move your camera in any direction with a very light amount of force. In fact, a correctly aligned system can be controlled with one finger.

Exceptionally strong carbon fiber and aluminum alloy gimbal head
Supports up to 40 lb, but only weighs 2.4 lb
Reduced vibrations and better tolerance for temperature changes due to carbon fiber construction
Arca-compatible quick release system, calibrated quick release platform, and included quick release plate
Horizontal 360° range, and tilt of +150° to -60°
Ideal for using long telephoto lenses to photography moving subjects
In the Box
Sirui PH-20 Gimbal Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Quick Release Platform
  • Tools
  • Custom Fitted Case
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sirui PH-20 specs

    General
    Head Type Gimbal Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Load Capacity 44 lb / 20 kg
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 9.1 x W: 9.1 x L: 4.7" / H: 23.0 x W: 23.0 x L: 12.0 cm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.6 x 12.1 x 4.0"

    Sirui PH-20 reviews

    PH-20 Gimbal Head is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of kit! This is my first gimbal head and I love it. Its very well built and on the lighter side compared to other gimbal heads on the market. The pan movement is exceptionally smooth but the pan lock causes the head to move a slight amount when tightening to lock it, as other reviews have stated. This is of no importance to me because I don't intend to lock it often as I am mostly shooting wildlife. The tilt is almost perfectly smooth and I expect it to get better with use. I love having the graduation marks all over as this makes it easier to switch between lenses and note placement for each lens without having to go through the whole set up again. I highly recommend trying this gimbal head out.
    Date published: 2017-06-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sticks when trying to to minute movement Product packaging and overall build seem really nice. However, when trying to do very small, minute movements (using a 500mm) - especially when doing video (I do mostly surf photography) - there is a sticking when trying to start the movement. I've taken the top cap off the assembly where it connects to the tripod and sprayed some tri-flow in there. That seemed to help side-to-side. However, I cannot get the up and down to work. Unfortunately, for video especially this head does not perform well enough for me to use. I've even missed some stills due to the stickiness issue. I believe it's past my return period too.
    Date published: 2013-07-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from For me, sticks on the vertical plane Unfortunately, I've waited far too long to return, but what I've found is due to the torque from a 1D MK IV and 500L (but description says up to 40 lbs. so this should not be a problem), the vertical panning is sticky and stuttery. So much that I've missed shots and it's completely useless for video. I have tried the secondary mount as well (without the L bracket - straight to the pivot) and it doesn't help. I moved shortly after purchasing this - so it's sat away in a box. But I really wish I'd taken the time to return.
    Date published: 2017-02-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Siriui PH-20 Gimbal Head I was originally pleased with this purchase. The design & workmanship appeared excellent. All the carbon fiber weave was in alignment with no gap's filled in with the bonding agent. (An important fact in reference to strength to weight.) It was lighter in weight then aluminum gimbal's. Which was the main reason I purchased this gimbal. But; when I went to assemble it onto an FLM leveling plate head, I heard right away a clicking noise in the bearings of the pan head. While rotating (panning) the gimbal head around; you could hear a clicking noise as if one or more of the bearings were broken, of were not aligning within the race? If you tightened down on the friction knob just a little and tried to pan; the clicking became much louder and the panning motion jumped from one indent to the next with a jerking motion. It was obvious that something was defective. B&H was notified and authorized a returned with a prepaid shipping label. (It's nice to deal with a company that stands behind the products they sell!). Waiting for the replacement.
    Date published: 2014-02-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sirui PH-20 Gimbal Head. I purchased this Sirui carbon fiber gimbal head to be used with a Gitzo Mountaineer #GT3531 tripod and a FLM #PL-15 leveling plate as my lighter weight setup for traveling, and longer hikes into the field. This gimbal head is defiantly lighter then either my Wimberley VRII, or my Custom Brackets CB gimbal head. The Sirui is nicely finished and works well to a point. But, the action is a bit stiff (which I'm pretty sure will loosen up once it's used more, and used in warmer weather?) And I've found it to have little tension / friction control of the panning motion. It appears to either be tight, or fully off with an easy panning motion. When you try to put a little friction into the panning motion by slightly tightening down on the friction control knob; the action becomes jerky and no longer a smooth fluid motion! (Which would be unacceptable if you were doing any video work!) At the present time, this minor flaw is acceptable to me because of the lighter weight 2+lbs. wanted of this gimbal. This Sirui #PH-20 Gimbal comes in a nicely padded case with several accessories that are expensive extra cost items with other gimbal heads. The Sirui Gimbal is a good value at it's present price from B&H. But: if Sirui can work out the problem with the stiff jerky/notchy motion when a slight tension is put on the panning friction control knob? It will be an excellent gimbal head, at an excellent price! For now; my Wimberley Gimbal VRII is still the smoothest, most fluid motion, with complete tension/friction control of all function's of all my Gimbal's: with the Custom Brackets CB Gimbal running a very close second.
    Date published: 2014-02-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from PH-20 Gimbal Head Very well made product, however the horizontal function has the annoying quirk of moving ever so slightly clockwise when tightened. Used with Nikor 200-500mm.
    Date published: 2016-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The End To Missed Action Shots! I purchased this gimbal head to use with long lenses. I'm finding that it is not the length of lens that dictates using the gimbal head, it is the action. If you find a situation where you are changing position frequently, then you will love this gimbal head. Once this setup is balanced it is very easy to use. No more fumbling around with a pan head or ball head loosen and retightening. Just keep on shooting. This a very smooth piece of equiptment.
    Date published: 2012-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will not go wrong - a great product (First, I am not associated with any vendor - just a customer). Just received the Sirui PH-20 gimbal head and have not taken it out of the house. My initial assessment of the product is that it deserves the five star rating. Rationale: it appears to be every thing that the previous comments have written. It even exceeded my expectations due to the extra case and hardware - for mounting at the top of the arm if desired. (I don't know why any one would want to install and use the top/side mount)? Compared with a more expensive competitor I liked the Siru price and I'm satisfied with the hardware. Again, have only mounted my wife's Canon 600mm f/4 II on the gimbal head for an in the house review. Great so far.
    Date published: 2012-12-18
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