Photographers, videographers, and vloggers are all the time trying to lighten the load when touring.
I don’t do plenty of movies after I journey. My expertise is with full-length movies. The video head I’m utilizing is, nicely, most likely over 20 years outdated. It nonetheless works nicely, however when given the chance to check out the Oben Lander TVH-108, I assumed, why not?
Two particular capabilities of a video head are panning and tilting. The smoothness of those actions supplies curiosity in motion with out distraction from the topic. Let’s discover how the Oben Lander TVH-108 will match into the vlogger’s bag.
Notice: B&H Photograph/Video despatched me the Oben Lander TVH-108 to overview and preserve. Nonetheless, this can be a fully impartial overview. All ideas about this video head are my very own.
- Compact measurement
- Fast launch plate
- Lock to maintain the plate from unintentionally slipping off the platform
- Clean panning with out being free
- Clean tilting with out being free
- Deal with removes for packing and storage
- Tightening knobs small for folks with arthritis
- Fast launch plate giant for DSLR kind digital camera
- Single screw to carry the plate in place
- Can not alter the size of the deal with
- The deal with is proscribed to the proper facet
Oben Lander TVH-108 – Technical specs
All technical specs have been taken from B&H Photograph/Video product web page.
Digital camera Plate
Digital camera Plate Options: Fast Launch
Digital camera Plate Sort: 501 Sort
Digital camera Mounting Screw: 1 x 1/4″ – 20 male with locking pin
Base mount: 3/8″ – 16 feminine with 1/4″ 20 bushing adapter
Pan deal with fittings: 1 x Rosette
Bubble degree: Sure
Base diameter: 1.7″ (4.3cm)
Pan & Tilt
Drag Sort: Fluid
Vertical Tilt: +90° to -90°
Panning Vary: 360°
Unbiased Pan Lock: Sure
Unbiased Tilt Lock: Sure
Load capability: 8.8 kilos/4 kg
Weight: 1 pound/454 g
Oben Lander TVH-108 – Ergonomics and construct high quality
The very first thing I seen concerning the Oben Lander TVH-108 was how gentle it was. The entire locking screws have been examined they usually do lockdown and maintain tight. Nonetheless, I’m used to a clamp-type plate holder that closes across the plate. Having a single screw to carry the plate and digital camera in place simply was not comfy for me. The fast-release lock is a pleasant characteristic to maintain the plate from sliding off whereas tilting.
Having the spherical screw-type locks have been uncomfortable for me to understand. I would like a wing-type screw like on the panning lock. These are simpler for me to handle. The lean lock was very straightforward to loosen and tighten.
The size of the deal with (9 1/4″ by my measurement) was awkward. I might most likely preserve it stowed in a downward place if doing a lock-down shoot, so it might not be bumped. I used to be joyful to see that the deal with might be eliminated for packing and transport.
Additionally, most digital camera operations are on the proper facet of the digital camera. Having the pan deal with on the proper facet solely makes it awkward to zoom with the digital camera capabilities (AG-UX90) with the proper hand and attain over with the left to pan.
The panning and tilting options work easily and are usually not too free.
The bubble degree is straightforward to see from completely different angles.
Oben Lander TVH-108 – Within the subject
Mounting the Oben Lander TVH-108 to my MePhoto RoadTrip was a straightforward selection. Since each objects are made for journey, they match nicely collectively. The tripod and video head meeting are roughly 5 kilos. Mild sufficient to hold round, however sturdy sufficient to carry your gear.
My, now discontinued, Panasonic AG-UX90 camcorder (4.2 kilos) match properly on the Oben Lander TVH-108. The digital camera felt safe on the quick-release plate and it was straightforward to regulate the video head. When adjusting the lean and pan it held the digital camera weight with out creeping downward. The fast-release plate was straightforward to get to. The TVH-108 matches nicely with a digital camera this measurement.
Videographers I’ve encountered on my travels have sometimes used a DSLR so I mounted my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III on the video head. The plate measurement appeared huge for this digital camera. I did alter it ahead and backward to see if I might obtain a greater match. Initially, I had a wide-angle lens on the digital camera and since the barrel diameter was wider, the plate obstructed the zoom ring. Switching to a mid-range zoom (M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Professional) gave it more room between the plate and the lens.
The fast-release plate is clearly marked with the route it faces the lens. The digital camera place adjusts by sliding ahead and backward on the plate.
The overlap of the digital camera physique with the plate locking screw made it troublesome to govern. Makes an attempt have been made to reposition the digital camera, however protecting the digital camera physique’s weight evenly distributed nonetheless precipitated an overlap with the locking screw.
Oben Lander TVH-108 – Remaining Ideas
The Oben Lander TVH-108 is an efficient selection for a videographer who needs to journey gentle. Particularly, the avid journey vlogger will recognize the light-weight video head and its ease of use. My largest concern is the plate obstructing the barrel of a DSLR lens. Being an older grownup with arthritis, the spherical flip screws may be troublesome to govern. Whereas the winged panning screw was very straightforward to understand. The bottom value of the TVH-108 is $99 and is presently on sale for $69.99 at B&H Photograph/Video.