The Manfrotto Nitrotech 608 and 612 heads are revolutionary. These are the first “relatively-affordable” video heads with a continuous counterbalance system. It’s also relatively-low-priced considering their high payload capacity- 17.6 lbs. for the 608, and 27 lbs. for the 612. What is a continuous counterbalance system? A nitrogen-charged piston is used to variably-counterbalance the load on the head as it moves off-axis (tilts forward or backward). Conventional video heads, which use springs to compensate for off-balance loads, typically are not adjustable. So while the counterbalance springs do reduce the amount of friction required to hold a binocular at any tilt angle, considerable friction is still required to prevent the head from drifting. The NitroTech allows for precise counterbalance adjustment, requiring only a minimal amount of friction to prevent the head from drifting, regardless of the amount of tilt. As an added bonus, they just look cool- even the red accents perfectly-match the red accents on the XL models.
- All-aluminum fluid head provides smooth azimuth and altitude motion
- Nitrogen-charged gas counterbalance minimizes friction required to prevent drift as binocular tilts from horizon to zenith
- Quick-release plate includes 1/4-20 screw and 3/8-16 adapter
- Single panning handle
- Max. weight capacity: 608- 17.6 lbs., 612- 27 lbs.
- Weight: 4.85 lbs.