KINGJOY Professional Video & Bird Watching Pan/Tilt Heads -VT-3510
VT-3510 is the lastest researched of suiting both for photo/video as well as watching head, which is designed for new designed DV. It can also be used in positioning telescope with long or middle telephoto lens camera and digital photography, as well as the digital astronomical camera.
Base Screw：UNC-3/8'' and UNC-1/4'' interchangeable
Camera Screw：UNC-3/8'' and UNC-1/4''Read more
The upgraded quick release plate comes with a dual convertible 1/4'' and 3/8'' mounting screw to fit for video shooting.
The unique design of the security locking knob can prevent the equipment from falling off accidentally.
KINGJOY's professional bubble levels can help to keep the shooting stable to adapt to a different environment.
The base screw interface adopts 3/8'' international standard, which is applicable to any brand tripod.
I have a Manfrotto 502 video head that I use for all my video shoots. Recently I am getting more gigs for in the field almost run and gun shoots and the 502 is just too large to take out of the studio on a regular basis so I was on the hunt for a smaller video head but I wanted it to have the same or similar quality to my Manfrotto 502. This is when I came across the Kingjoy VT-3510. I was skeptical because of the inexpensive price but thought I would give it a try after seeing the positive reviews.
I looked at Manfrotto fluid ball heads for video and panning work, but wasn't ready to plunk down $100-$400 for a fluid ball head from them. I thought that there had to be a cheaper, and hopefully better, alternative. Sure enough, I found this one, after a lot of research, and so far, I am not regretting the purchase. It works GREAT! Sturdy, solidly built, inexpensive (I won't say "cheap" because it looks and feels far more expensive!), and the pitch and yaw controls to dampen the speed of pan are SUPER easy to use, and the large wing nut holders (to lock pitch or yaw angles) are great to work with, too! I am using a Nikon D7100 with a heavy Sigma f3.5 10-20mm lens on it with a polarizer filter, so it's quite heavy. Heavier than my other lenses, even my 70-300 zoom! It held this combi very well, and adjustments on the fly are done with ease, precision and speed. So far, a great buy! It's a big head, (not a huge one, though, comparable to the similar Manfrotto) so I am using an old tripod bag that can handle carrying it, so that I don't have to take down and set up every time I want to use it. The head area around the connecting screw on my Victiv tripod was a bit small, so I did get an adapter plate/screw from Manfrotto, and that is holding the head very well onto this tripod. So a cheap work around, as I needed: 1). fluid ball head, and 2). a tripod that can reach up to 70+ inches in height. Nothing on the market for under $100, (that wasn't crap, like the Bower tripod I got earlier) so I made myself one with these two products!
I think this is a great budget fluid head. It's not perfectly fluid in every situation, but for most of us it's going to get the job done every time.
Simply to use. Attaches quickly and works with no learning curve at all.
Excellent tripod head. I have a Manfrotto fluid head that I paid over $200 and this head works just as good. I've used these heads for a few years and usually they last about 1-2 years before they start losing there smoothness. I move them a lot from event to event cause I shoot weddings so that might impact it but That's the only difference I've noticed between the more expensive ones. Really great buy for starters. But you have to make sure you get the right thread. The bottom of the tripod head has to fit the top of your tripod.
I didn't want to spend a small fortune and tried several other alternatives but this was far superior to others around same price. A solid metal build provides the weight need for stability. Only minor criticism pertains to the lateral swivel restriction, which doesn't allow for an effective range of adjustment as does vertical. Lateral is a little "bumpy" any would be best to have effective drag for movement control. This is still better than 5 others sampled.
Shipping was fast from the seller. I swapped out my current tripod head for this one to shoot video and it worked way better than I expected! It moves smoothly and provides great support for my DSLR. It was much more affordable than having to buy a new tripod!
It's really hard to say anything is perfect but this king joy Vt-3510 comes pretty close. It truly gives you quality precision controls and ultimate stability while using a camera or smartphone of your choice. Skip the $300 manfrotto or the other brands this beast will leave nobody unsatisfied.