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This oil-fluid tripod head has independent two-way pan/tilt action for smooth camera moves with video cameras weighing up to 10 pounds. It can be operated by either hand and features a sliding, lockable quick-release plate. Fluid heads are a must for professional-looking video camera moves.

While this unit works with many other tripods, it is an ideal mate for our Velbon Sherpa+ 630 Tripod.

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way pan/tilt oil-fluid tripod head is designed for video cameras up to 10 lbs.
  • features locking, sliding quick release plate
  • 1/4" tripod socket
  • can be operated by either hand
  • 4-1/2"W x 4-5/16"H x 4"D
  • weight: 2.01 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Velbon FHD61QN Video Tripod Head Reviews

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

  • FHD-61QN fluid head for tripod (with QB-F51 quick release plate installed)
  • 3/8" MF screw adapter
  • MF screwdriver
  • Tilt handle

Product Research


Overview: The Velbon FHD-61QN is a 2-way aluminum fluid head for tilting and panning, designed for use with most Velbon tripods. The head weighs 2 pounds. It is ideal for video cameras and camcorders, as well as for shooting movies with a DSLR. It can also be used with binoculars and field scopes.

Adjustable Mounting Plate: It has a QB-F51 adjustable mounting plate for easily attaching and detaching your video camera. You can move the camera forward or backward to improve the center of gravity position for the camera and head. (It can also accept a QB-F51L long type quick release plate.) The QB-F51 plate is 3.9" x 1.8", has a standard 1/4" mounting screw for the camera.

Tripod Mount: The FHD-61QN has a 2.2" diameter base, which mounts to tripods with a universal 1/4" mounting screw. It comes with a 3/8" screw adapter insert for tripods with 3/8" screws. This 3.7" tall head is capable of handling equipment up to 7.7 pounds.

Handle: The FHD-61QN comes with a 10" panhandle with a quick release locking lever.

Bubble Level: The FHD-61QN has a single bubble level to help you get your pictures level perfect.

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Smooth, smooth, smooth

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 5/14/2012 11:14:00 AM

It is such a pleasure to handle professional-grade gear. The FHD61QN tripod head is just such an item. It's designed for video cameras weighing up to 10 lbs., and it feels like it, too!

The box says it's "designed for birdwatchers," but it's really for anyone who needs rock-solid support for shooting with a zoom. This tripod head pans and tilts with smoothness and precision. You can turn your camera (or camcorder or binoculars) slowly in any direction, and when you release your hand, the mount simply stays put.

There's a quick release lever so you can lock the head down. And because the fluid-filled joints provide constant resistance, the resulting motion when you turn your camera is smooth and consistent. And you don't have to be a birdwatcher to want smooth motion in your videos!

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