Introduction to Video Tripods and Heads



This video from B&H provides viewers with an introductory course on video tripods and heads. Mia McCormick discusses some of the more advantageous features of a video tripod system, which include fluid panning and tilting, tension controls, and counter balance.

The video highlights the Magnus VT-4000, the Manfrotto 055x and 502HD Head, and the Sachtler Ace tripod and head. Viewers will also learn some tips and tricks, like the relative merits of a ground or mid-level spreader and the benefits of retractable rubber feet. For more information please visit us online or at our NYC Superstore.

 Magnus VT-4000 Tripod with HeadManfrotto 055X Tripod with 502HD HeadSachtler Ace  2-Stage Tripod and Head
Load Capacity8.8 lb (4 kg)head with counterbalance: 8.8 lb (4 kg)
head locked down: 13 lb (5.9 kg)
legs only: 15.4 lb (7 kg)
8.8 lb (4 kg)
Maximum Height59" (150 cm)70.3" (178.5 cm)66.5" (169 cm)
Max Height
w/o Column
N/A54.1" (137.5 cm)N/A
Minimum Height27.6" (70.1 cm)4.5" (11.5 cm)30.7" (78 cm)
Folded Length30.3" (77 cm)24" (61 cm)33.5" (85 cm)
Levelbubble levelbubble levelbubble level
Counter Balance Systemfixed spring (3.7 lb
[1.7 kg])
spring loaded (8.8 lb
[4 kg])
spring loaded in 5 steps
Quick ReleaseYesYes (501PL 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screw)Yes
Sliding Plate+0.78/-0.98" (+20/-25mm) range3.27" (83.0mm)4.1" (10.4 cm) range
Tilt DragYescontinuously adjustable
(0 to max level)
3 grades plus 0
Tilt Range+90°/-60°+90°/-80°+90°/-75°
Tilt LockYesYesNot Specified by
the Manufacturer
Pan LockYesYesNot Specified by
the Manufacturer
Pan DragNot Specified by
the Manufacturer
continuously adjustable
(0 to max level)
3 grades plus 0
Pan Range360°360°360°
Head Attachment Fitting65mm half bowl3/8"-16 flat base75mm bowl
Leg Materialanodized aluminumaluminum (carbon
fiber available)
Leg Stages/Sections2/332/3
Center ColumnNoYes (rapid sliding)No
Leg Lock Typeflip locksflip leversthumb screws
Independent Leg SpreadNoYesYes (without
spreader attached)
Spreadermid-levelN/Aground or mid-level
Spiked Feet/RetractableYes/YesoptionalYes/Yes
Operating TemperatureNot Specified by
the Manufacturer
-4 to +104 ° F
(-20 to +60 ° C)
-22 to 140° F
(-30 to 60° C)
Weight7.9 lb (3.6 kg)legs aluminum: 5 lb
(2.27 kg)
carbon fibre legs: 3.64 lb (1.65 kg)
head: 3.53 lb (1.6 kg)
9.7 lb (4.4 kg)