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Disappointing peformance. Fluid head is certainly not fluid!,
This review is from: Konig Heavy Duty Professional Video Camera Tripod with Pro Fluid Head (Electronics)
I bought one of these just over a year ago and initially I thought it was an impressive purchase. I have to say my feelings have changed greatly over the year I have had it and here's why.
The tripod is great for static shots, I can't fault it at-all. If you lock the tripod off, set your camera up, frame your shot and leave it, the wind will have a hard time blowing the camera at-all as the tripod is heavy, very heavy (a good thing) and suffers not movement at-all.
Sadly I bought this as a 'fluid head' tripod and there is no-way I can endorse it as that.
I have used Vinten, Velbon, Manfrotto tripods and all move smoothly and beautifully, once you make allowance for your own physical input. A little pressure gets it moving and then the smooth pan follows.
When I move the pan handle there is about a 1cm 'empty' area where the tripod head rocks backwards and forwards (as-well as up or down) and doesn't even engage the fluid part of the head.
Various tightening and loosening have no effects and this 'dead zone' means that when you start to pan there is a noticeable jump before the head engages and then as you slow down the pan and start up again the 'dead zone' happens again and again! It is not a fluid movement!
I have yet to find a setting on this tripod that allows a 'smooth' pan without the jerkiness of the 'dead zone' occurring, and this drives me crazy.
So as a static tripod it makes a great anchor, but as a fluid head tripod to pan with, avoid like the plague!
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2014 08:02:55 GMT
W. King-Turner says:
you need to "heat up" the oil in the head for about 5-10, by moving it constantly, then it becomes a lot smoother to use. A little elbow grease. Or get a more expensive fluid head, you can even replace the head on this :)
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