Man­frotto Nitrotech N8

From £450/$450

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Un­less you’re a di­rec­tor of jump-cut mu­sic videos, smooth­ness is vi­tal for videog­ra­phy. Jerky pan, tilt and track­ing shots just won’t do, and it’s no se­cret that you’ll need a qual­ity tri­pod head to pull off such silky-smooth se­quences. To this end, Man­frotto has come up with a unique fluid video head that in­cor­po­rates a ni­tro­gen pis­ton for pre­cise, con­tin­u­ous coun­ter­bal­ance of Nikon set-ups weigh­ing up to 8kg.

The pis­ton pro­vides up­force to bal­ance the cam­era so that it doesn’t drop when tilted, and it’s ad­justable to match the weight of your Nikon. Vari­able flu­id­ity on both the pan and tilt axis al­lows for smooth, jud­der­free move­ment that’s not only ideal for video, but also es­sen­tial for stills pho­tog­ra­phy of sports and wildlife, where the abil­ity to track smoothly is a must.

The head also in­cludes Man­frotto’s anti-ro­ta­tion Easy Link con­nec­tor for at­tach­ing brack­ets and ac­ces­sories, such as an ex­ter­nal mon­i­tor. A 75mm flat base mount with a stan­dard 3/8in thread en­sures max­i­mum com­pat­i­bil­ity with dif­fer­ent sup­port com­bi­na­tions like a tri­pod, slider or rig. Ev­ery­thing’s topped off by a side-lock slid­ing plate mech­a­nism that en­ables safe, quick and easy cam­era at­tach­ment, and that is long enough to bal­ance a va­ri­ety of lenses sizes.

The Nitrotech N8 head is avail­able in­di­vid­u­ally, or as a kit with a choice of four tripods, in­clud­ing two ul­tra-rigid mod­els with twin-tube legs and anti-spread bars.

First im­pres­sions_ The Nitrotech’s pis­ton is a small but rev­o­lu­tion­ary fea­ture that gives this head the cam­era-balanc­ing abil­ity of a gim­bal and the con­ve­nience of a three-way head.

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