700RC2 Fluid Head 190XDB Tripod

Here's my Panasonic GH2 with the Canon 85mm F/1.2L FD lens. Yeah I posted it for sale - didn't meet my reserve price so I didn't sell it. After just using it on the GH2 again, it's here to stay. This lens is just beautiful and focuses much smoother than those damn Panasonic lenses that need to rotate a million times. Sorry enough ranting....moving on.

Ok, just got my hands on the 700RC2 fluid head many have been asking about. It's one of the cheapest Video Fluid heads you can buy, but keep in mind it only supports just over 5 lbs. The head is using the RC2 plate system, so you can find many quick release adapters for this for your sliders, jibs, dollies, etc. It's a true fluid video head, not for photography since there's no vertical (portrait) flip available. The Pan and Tilt are very smooth for cameras under 6lbs. There's no real drag adjustment on here like the more expensive heads, it's either locked in place or loosened.

It's placed on Manfrotto's 190XDB 3 section aluminum tripod which looks very similar to my very expensive Carbon Fiber tripod, with the exception of quick release locks. This 190XDB is all aluminum so it's still pretty light weight. It's rated to support up to 11 lbs, so plenty for this type of camera. The legs can be adjusted to a FULL 90 degrees, so it can lay completely flat on the ground (with the exception of the neck). This is not just a 'video' tripod, as the neck can be flipped upside down normally used for very low Macro (flowers, bugs) type photography. You can also use this upside down feature for video and then just flip it in post.

Although you can purchase these items seperately, this is one of the cheapest special bundles over at B&HPhotoVideo.com

find-price-button Manfrotto 700RC2 + 190XDB Aluminum 3 Section Tripod

3 thoughts on “700RC2 Fluid Head 190XDB Tripod

  1. Hey Emm,

    I have that setup and use with my 5D and T2i. One issue, I found is that the screw that locks the quick release plate is too big and gets in the way of the wide body of DSLR cameras. This head was originally designed for narrow consumer/prosumer video cameras.

    To work around the narrow form factor, I bought a thumb screw from my local hardware store and it works perfectly. I forget the size, but I just took the head in and tested out the various sizes.

    In my experience, the 5D with 100mm is too heavy for this set up for very smooth moves. It can be done, but you have to work a lot harder. Locking down is no problem.

    But it is a lightweight and inexpensive, yet sturdy combo.

    I like it very much, plus the RC plate system is good too for my stabilizer. I have not gotten around to putting it on my slider yet.


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