Take a look at the Gitzo G2380 video head and you can see it's something special. Yet, the innovative design is much more than cosmetic. It has been painstakingly developed to eliminate all unnecessary weight, while maintaining the strength, long-lasting durability, and extraordinary precision for which Gitzo heads have become famous.
Weighing a mere 3 lbs., the G2380 is perfect for location work and ideally suited for lightweight ENG cameras and DV Cams. With its fluid control, the G2380 provides exceptionally smooth pans and tilts. Friction for both pan and tilt planes is fully adjustable to perfectly match the weight of your camera. Tightening a convenient knob in the center of the friction control can also independently lock both movements.
A sliding quick-release plate also allows the camera to be easily mounted and balanced from either the front or the rear, and a built-in secondary safety catch protects the camera from accidentally sliding off the head.
With all this style and features, the G2380 goes one step further and incorporates a pan bar that converts in seconds for either right or left-hand operation. And in addition to video applications, the new video fluid head works well with still photography when controlling long lenses and creating dramatic telephoto pan effects.
Reviewed by 3 customers
I use this mainly for video. The G2380 head is quite large compare to my Canon HF11 HD camcorder, so the set up is very sturdy. Gitzo says it should be matched with their series 2 tripod, but I would recommend pairing it only with either an aluminum series 2 or a carbon fiber series 3. The heavy fluid head along with the torque exerting on the tripod during a panning movement will make the set up too top heavy for a series 2 carbon tripod. If you want to further improve the smoothness of your video shots, use a remote to control the start/stop and zooming functions. I also attach a loose rubber band on the handle bar and move the handle by dragging on the rubber band, thus eliminating any unwanted hand shakes.
Bought this several years ago for video and didn't like that it would stick from start up (motion). I'm primarily a still photographer and I now use it for shooting with long lenses (300 and 400mm). It works great for this. Track motion and shoot. The controls are ideally located all on one side. I control them with my left hand.
Excellent unit. [...] thank you Adorama