Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base

Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base

Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base

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Used Condition: 9+

Shows little or no signs of wear

Additional Comments:

  • 17.6 lb Weight Capacity
  • For Tripods with 3/8"-16 Attachment
  • Stepless Pan and Tilt Drag Adjustment
  • Four-Step Counterbalance
  • +90° to -70° Tilt / 360° Pan
  • Right- or Left-Side Pan Bar Mounting
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • QR13 Sliding Quick Release Plate
  • Includes 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Screws
  • Includes SuperUser Group Membership
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Benro S8 Overview

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The Benro S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base, with 3/8"-16 threaded receiver, attaches directly to tripods, monopods, sliders, and other camera support equipment with a 3/8"-16 threaded stud. It can also be adapted to 75mm bowl-type legs and hi-hats using a separately available half ball adapter.

The S8 is a two-way pan/tilt head designed for video applications, and will support cameras weighing up to 17.6 lb. Designed to give you better control, the head features stepless, continuous adjustment of both pan and tilt drag; allowing you to dial in the amount of tension you feel most comfortable with for a given shot. It can pan a full 360° as well as tilt forward (lens down) 90° and backward (lens up) 70°. To help compensate for cameras weighing different amounts, as well as adapt to payloads with varying centers of gravity, the head also features a four-step (0 - 3), adjustable counterbalance system.

The removable pan bar handle can be mounted on either side for left- or right-handed operation. A second handle can be purchased separately if you desire two-handed operation
Sliding quick release plate can be positioned from 1.5" forward to 1.7" back of center
Illuminated bubble level
Ratcheting lock levers for pan, tilt, and the quick release plate
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Benro S8 Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate
Camera Plate Type QR13
Camera Mounting Screw 1 x 1/4"-20 Male
1 x 3/8"-16 Male
Tripod Platform
Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
Pan & Tilt
Drag Control Pan: Continuous
Vertical Tilt +90 to -70
Panning Range 360
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Independent Tilt Lock Yes
Physical
Load Capacity 17.6 lb / 8 kg
Counter Balance Incremental 3-Step Plus 0
Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
Operating Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensions 5.9" / 15 cm
Weight 5.7 lb / 2.6 kg

Benro S8 Reviews

S8 Pro Video Head with Flat Base is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fluid head for its price The fluid head works exactly as described, pans and tilts are smooth. The head has a great build quality with bells & whistles like a light for the bubble-level and 4 counterbalance settings, which work like a charm. This head is easily the equivalent of the pricier Manfrotto 504HD (which I also own), and I even daresay the counterbalance works better. My only minor gripe is that the tilt-locking mechanism requires a lot of strength to tighten the head enough to prevent it from falling slowly but if the counterbalance is set correctly that isn't a problem at all. All in all, one of the best fluid head for its price point I've ever used.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pan drag is a drag! Great for lock-down shots. Forget smooth panning. ?Unless you set the pan drag to either the minimum or maximum, you're going to pan through areas of greater and lesser friction. ?Key word is "friction." ?Not a fluid pan at all. ?And the pan drag loosens up as you pan the head around! ?Tilt isn't bad, but even +1 on the counter balance creates too much resistance for a DSLR and heavy telephoto lens. ?I desperately wanted this to replace my old Manfrotto 501 head I got back in the 80s, but this Benro head just didn't pan out for me. ?Meanwhile, my Manfrotto 501 just keeps doing what I ask of it with no complaints. ? For my money, Manfrotto still makes the best budget fluid heads on the market.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't understand other reviews I was upgrading my Manfrotton 501HDV to work with an Ursa Mini Pro. Was about to get a 504HD but saw the great reviews for the Benro S8. Much worse rebound in pans than the 501HD. Much. Can't tilt and hold a position without cranking the tilt pan to the max. the counter balance does not work. set if for level, move to 10 degrees down, have to reset, 20 degrees down? will have to reset again. Went back to the 501 and my blood pressure dropped immediately. Camera stays where I put it. still rebounds, but less than the Benro. Guess I'll get the 504HD Manfrotto.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Head Having had the opportunity to test all of the prosumer heads from Benro and Manfrotto and Gitzo and Fancier, plus, as a professional cinematographer, having used all things Sachtler, O'Connor and otherwise...There are a few things to look for in a fluid head:1) The ability to properly feather a pan to a start or stop.2) Ergonomic control placement.3) Quiet operation.The Benro S8 performs very well, save for the occassional bit of noise from its mechanism. The ability to set the drag for both pan and tilt is good on this head, as is the convenience of an illuminated bubble. With all the locking controls on the right side, the Benro S8 scores well on ergonomics. In operation, the Benro S8 feathers well, something I cannot say about basically all things Manfrotto at any price. Having wasted significant money on Manfrotto tripods (coffee nerves) I now routinely do an Internet search for the great Gitzo Tele Studex Giant, once a staple here at B&H but now only available in the used marketplace. That was, and still is, a great bang for the buck tripod without bad habits. Back to heads, oddly, the amateur priced Fancier FT-717AH also operates well as does the prosumer priced Gitzo head (about the same price as the Benro S8) in the critical area of feathering. The Benro S8 also features a spring counterbalance which is something seen on all pro heads like the Sachtler or O'Connor. This is a bonus at this price range.Apart from the little bit of ocassional noise, this head is good enough that I plan to buy another because it is hard to beat at this price point. Proper microphone placement will obviate the head noise.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Head I don't have a lot of experience with video heads. I have a Manrotto 501(3433) that I have used for a year and a recently purchased Benro S6 that part of a video monopod. This S8 is much better than all of them. I use it with my GH2 and GH3 with a wide variety of lenses including an enormous Canon FD 85-300 mm zoom. I have used this combo for baseball games, a concert and I plan on using on the sidelines for high school football. The head is nice because it can balance the very heavy lens, but can also accommodate light lenses. The accessory sockets on the side are nice because they allow me to easily add an external monitor with adding some sort of rig. The lighted bubble is nice and the pan and tilt drag also work nicely. I am very happy with the purchase.
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for the Price - the Least Expensive Option in its Class I purchased this head because of its 17.6 lb weight capacity. I placed it atop a beefy Induro 475-443/100mm half ball tripod for the sole purpose of supporting our slider setup - which weighs around 17 lbs. It's big and its construction screams made in China. It is solid but cheapish and has some poor engineering features. The pan lock must be wrenched down pretty tight for good security and the tilt lock is located so close to the tilt drag knob that it is difficult to lock down tightly. Since this head is meant for heavyish equipment - it would have been very smart for them to have located the tilt lock in a different position OR fit it with a lever that you can pull out and reposition. The pan lock strangely has this sort of lever. It's a simple lack of thought for basic functionality. Also, the tilt drag can be twisted to the point that it is tight, however actual felt drag is not so firm. I can only compare this to our Manfrotto 502HD fluid head. The construction and feel of the manfrotto is of much higher quality. However, at $$there is not another video head rated to hold this much weight. At some point we'd like to replace it with a higher end product - but for now, it will be the home of our slider.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for the price, but expect some drawbacks. After a particularly frustrating bout with the Manfrotto MVH502AH (where the pan drag adjustment wheel wouldn't budge), I decided to return it and pay the extra $ for this head. I'm definitely glad that I did; it totally outplays what I had before. For the amount of money you're spending, the pan and tilt smoothness are about the best you can get. Benro also has the ergonomics of the unit down to a t, as every adjustment (apart from the counterbalance level selection) is on the left side of the head, allowing you to make adjustments with your left hand while holding the pan stick with your right. The lit level bubble has already proved incredibly useful during some of my night shoots. Also, the fact that you can disable the counterbalance makes it infinitely better than the MVH502AH. I haven't gotten a chance to try out the magic arm attachments, which are on both sides, but I think they should work out fine.As for issues, there are several, but proper use should prevent them from getting any worse.The first issue is that the qr plate can only slide in pointing one direction; I found this out the hard way when I ended up having to take apart the top half of the unit to dislodge the plate, which made the release knob not work as well. That part is more on my error, though. Also, a lot of the knobs have much of their lubricated screw parts exposed, so if you're shooting in the desert or some other harsh environment, you should make sure to routinely clean them. Finally, I haven't been able to loosen the knob to extend the pan stick, but I haven't really needed it extended yet either. There's that sticky noise when adjusting the drag, but that's to be expected when working with a head of this price. Also, I would recommend getting a very sturdy tripod for this head; I think that my cheapo Ravelli may break under the weight.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the best in this price range For the price, there is none that is better. It has basically all the same specs as the Manfrotto 504, but at a price that is much closer to the 502. On top of the price, I found that it is smoother than the Manfrotto heads. The build is as good as, if not better, than the Manfrottos and it has all its control on one side unlike the Manfrotto, which is a pain in the butt. Almost everything about it is just perfect. It is smooth and has a huge load range, and is easy to use. The only thing that bugs me a little, is the pan drag control can be a little tight at times, and depending on where you mount it, some times you might not have an ideal grip to turn it. Still do-able though, but just a little tricky. Apart from that minor inconvenience, I absolutely love the head.
Date published: 2014-06-04
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question

Will manfrotto pan bars attach to this head? In a perfect world I'd like to pair a manfrotto RC Pan Bar with this head...
Asked by: Mark S.
More than likely it will not. Pan Bars tend to be specific to the manufacture or even to the head itself. That being said Manfrotto does offer B&H # MAMVR901APCL, which is a clamp to attach MAMVR901EPLA to a tripod's existing pan bar.https://bhpho.to/2xmQpeGhttps://bhpho.to/2nn5KFj
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Is this a fluid head?
Asked by: Adriana V.
Yes this is a fluid head. I have not used it as much as I was hoping for yet. Probably because of the weight, but it's really smooth to use, so yes I can definetly recommend it :)
Answered by: MORTEN A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

wondering if this head would work thing arcs swiss plates?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, it uses Manfrotto's 501PL style plates - it's an exact copy. If you want to use an arca-swiss plate with any of Benro's video S# heads you would need a arca-swiss quick release plate to the plate on this video head. Doing so is very common so you can go from tripod, to monopod, to stabilizer, to a slider or jib, or whatever with one plate under your camera. Note, this isn't a Benro limitation, just a difference in plate choices chosen by the manufacturer. If everyone choose one standard it would be great, but that's not the case unfortunately.
Answered by: Danny A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Would this fit on the Manfrotto Aluminium Hi Hat Video Tripod 75m Bowl(MVT535HH)?
Asked by: Justin F.
Its a standard 75mm bowl and should fit most 75mm bowl just fine. IF you add the 75mm bowl to it - this head is available with a flat base OR with an add-on 75mm bowl. Be sure to get the right version.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2018-10-24

question

Will a Manfrotto 501 or 577 QR plate fit on this head?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes the Manfrotto 501 plate will be compatible with this head.
Answered by: Daniel L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

can I use any type of Manfrotto legs with this head (Benro S8)?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes of course. The video head has a flat base with a 3/8 threaded stud which is the common thread size of most tripods. And if your tripod is a small one or cheap one which may use a 1/4 , you can always buy a 3/8 to 1/4 reducer, but remember that this video head is 5lbs alone.
Answered by: Danny A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Can the S8 video head be used effectively on a monopod - specifically the Benro A48FD? Benro offers S4 and S6 monopod kits, but they don't offer an S8 monopod kit, and I'd like the better panning features of the S8 when I use the head on sliders and tripods.
Asked by: Theodore G.
Look at the new Benro S7 video head, similar in weight to the S6 (which is great btw) but with the added panning adjustment of the S8 - the best of both worlds! Wish this existed when I returned my S8 to get the S6 because the weight (5.7lbs for the S8 vs just 3.2lb for the S7 and even slightly lighter for the S6) was just killing it's practical use outside the studio.
Answered by: Danny A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Hey i heard that flat heads are meant for stills not video is this a exception
Asked by: Antone A.
Definitely not for stills. It can be used for stills of course, but its purpose is much smoother pans and tilts than what you can even hope for from your still photos setup. The head is too big to be comfortable as a standard head for all uses. For stills, I use a quick release ball head on a dedicated medium weight tripod. This video head is dedicated to a solid heavier duty tripod with the intent of mounting the camera directly to it for pans and tilts, or locking it down and mounting a slide or other cinema tool that carries the camera in motion.
Answered by: mike h.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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