The world of videography has quickly changed over the last few years. Many photographers have realized the need and advantage of shooting videos. The introduction of DSLRs and lower priced modular video cameras that can produce professional quality videos, has accelerated this trend.
Along with the growth of video has come the need for high quality video heads that are compact in size, but provide the control needed to produce videos with smooth pans, controlled tilts and seamless transitions. The SIRUI VH-10 Professional Fluid Video Head is a compact video head designed for today’s photo/videographers.
While this precision-machined aluminum video head weighs only 0.9kg (1.98lb), it can easily handle camera systems (camera, lens, grip, lights, etc.) weighing up to 6kg (13.2lb)! And to keep everything level, it has a 2kg (4.4lb) built-in counter-balance system.
The panning resistance is preset to provide amazingly smooth 360° pans and can be locked in position when you need precise framing.
The SIRUI designed fluid head tilting mechanism lets you steplessly dial in the amount of resistance you need – producing the smooth, professional looking movement you demand, whether you’re working with a heavy or lightweight camera system.
When the Tilt Control Knob is set for low resistance, the head can easily be moved to the desired angle. The internal counterbalance mechanism helps to keep the head from quickly tipping forwards or backwards when you tilt the head – this helps camera balance and reduces unsteady tilts, even when only slight resistance is set.
And, as you increase the resistance, or drag, you will noticeably smooth out the look of your tilt sequences. When you combine the smooth panning motion with properly selected drag for tilting, you will achieve a very fluid, professional look and feel to your videos. And the properly balanced camera will remain in the the desired position without the need to totally lock the controls. You can also lock panning and/or tilting, so no movement occurs at all.
Since you will be using different camera/lens combinations, you will need to make forward and backward camera position adjustments on the video head, for proper balance and alignment. The SIRUI VH-10’s Quick Release Platform can do this very quickly and easily. It has a dual safety lock system to prevent the camera from accidentally falling off when the primary locking mechanism is loosened. You must push the secondary release button to remove the camera from the video head. Very safe!
one on top of the head (to check alignment of the camera)
and one on the base of the head (to make sure your tripod is properly aligned).
The SIRUI VH-10 comes with a Quick Release Plate that has a 1/4″ and 3/8″ tripod screw for use with any camera system. The rubber pads make sure the camera will not move while positioning or adjusting the video head.
For Birdwatchers, too!
In addition to shooting videos, the SIRUI VH-10 Video Head is perfect for use by birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts! The smooth panning and tilting make it easy to follow fast moving birds or animals, with high power spotting scopes or long telephoto lenses.
You can put the SIRUI VH-10 on a wide range of tripods! From the SIRUI R Series tripods with the Y-75B 75mm bowl and Y-745A leveling Ball Set, to the SIRUI M-3204X or T-2205X with the LE-60 Leveling Base, you can put together a rugged, portable system at a very reasonable price!
A new product that is the perfect compliment for the SIRUI VH-10 is the SIRUI P-S Professional Multi-function Photo/Video Monopod! It is a very innovative, practical monopod that is packed with impressive features! It is a video monopod with 3 support feet for stability and flexibility not possible with conventional monopods. Plus, you can fold the feet up when not needed or remove them completely! For a complete review, please check our blog “The Support Every Videographer Needs – Sirui P-S Series Multi-function Photo/Video Monopods”
As with all Sirui professional photographic products, the Sirui VH-10 Professional Fluid Video Head comes with Sirui’s 6 year warranty!