SmallRig has officially announced its new PH8 Professional Fluid Head that features an adjustable 6-step counterbalance system. It is a 75mm bowl compatible fluid head. This fluid head was first teased late last year.
- Professional Tripod 75mm Ball Fluid Head
- Manfrotto Snap-In Quick Release Plate
- 360° Panning, +90/-60° Tilting
- 6-Step Counterbalance, 4-Step Drag
- Adjustable Pan Bar, 17.6 lb Maximum Load
- Weighs only 4 lb
The 6-step counterbalance system is claimed to balance the camera or other rigs and accurately controls the camera tilt. The payload capacity of the Professional Fluid Head PH8 is said to be up to 8kg / 17.6lb.
The SmallRig Professional Fluid Head PH8 is reasonably lightweight and compact. It weighs 1.8kg / 4.0lb, which does make it lighter and smaller than some other similar products on the market.
The adjustable 4-step hydraulic damping system enables swivel and tilt adjustment.
The fluid head PH8 also adopts a new Touch-and-Go quick release mount plate design which does not require alignment and is claimed to be more efficient than traditional slide-in plates. The plate that comes with it is a Manfrotto 501PL-type quick release plate.
It also comes with a detachable telescopic handle that can used on both the left and right sides of the head.
Price & Availability
It will be interesting to see how this fluid head performs as most budget friendly offerings tend to have their limitations.