need recommendation for entry level fluid head

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smallballpoker New Member • Posts: 11
need recommendation for entry level fluid head

Recently I started shooting video with my NEX 5N camera and plan to get a fluid head for smooth pan and tilt.

Though for a lightweight camera like NEX 5N any head will do the job, I plan to upgrade my DSLR to a high-end APS model once it's available (e.g. the 7D successor), so the head had better be ready for that camera (with accessories like grip, a prosumer zoom lens like the 15-85, lightweight rod system with follow focus, weighing between 2.5+ kg in total)

Here are three candidates after doing some research on the web, and I would like to hear your opinions if you have used any one of them.

1. Manfrotto 701HDV (sells for 110usd in China). It has nice looks and is well built. Besides being a little too big, it has no obvious drawbacks IMO.

2. Velbon FHD-51QN (sells for 70usd in China). Also well built, but doesn't really look like a video head. It's more like a head for bird-watchers.

3. Weifeng 717 (sells for 50usd in China). Seems it's called fancier on amazon, whcih is really a fancier name I have seen lots of positive feedback on the web, but Weifeng is mainly targeted at compact users, so almost no serious amateurs use their products. However, this 717 could be an exception. BTW, I've read reviews saying that it's even larger and heavier than the 701HDV, is that true?

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