The Dolica P104 Professional 3-Way Pan Head is classic design pan head that utilizes a 3-way pan arm design that allows you to pan, tilt up-and-down and tilt sideways. This 3-way design is great precising framing your subject for vertical and horizontal shots. With separate pan and tilt arms you can position the camera by just moving the pan arms. Pan position is further enhanced with a fluid motion left and right.
The Dolica P104 is also suitable for horizontal panorama shots as well as shots that require the same tilt angle. This 3-way pan head can carry a camera load of up to 15.4 lbs and makes it suitable for entry, mid and pro level DSLRs. It has upgraded features such as base bubble level, degree angle marks and anti-slip quick release lock.
Reviewed by 2 customers
I just wanted to update from my previous review. I called Dolica and explained the problem to a customer service rep. They are sending a new head out, no questions asked. They actually offered to send out a whole new tripod / head set, but I told them that I only needed the head. I still don't know if I'll use it with my K5, but it's good to know that they stand by their product. Therefore, I upgraded the rating to two stars from one. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend this product, but other products from Dolica may be worth looking into.
I bought this as part of a tripod/head combo just five or six months ago. I used it on one trip to New Mexico and one to Alaska. While the description says that it supports 15.4 lbs, it did not support my K5 with Sigma 150-500, in fact the head often fell forward when zoomed in to 500. Apparently this is too much weight forward on the head. Also, the threading on the head that the tension bolt screws in to, locking the quick release in position, stripped. I don't remember ever turning it hard enough to strip it, but I guess I did. I am mechanically inclined and have used other tripods before. I expect more from a product described as "professional." Apparently there is a five year warranty, but I don't think I'll trust this head on a camera / lens combination worth well over $2000.