Oben Lander TVH-108: A light-weight journey video head
Photographers, videographers, and vloggers are all the time trying to lighten the load when touring.
I don’t do loads of movies once I journey. My expertise is with full-length movies. The video head I’m utilizing is, effectively, most likely over 20 years previous. It nonetheless works effectively, 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 offers 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.
Word: B&H Picture/Video despatched me the Oben Lander TVH-108 to evaluation and maintain. Nonetheless, it is a fully impartial evaluation. All ideas about this video head are my very own.
- Compact dimension
- Fast launch plate
- Lock to maintain the plate from by accident slipping off the platform
- Clean panning with out being unfastened
- Clean tilting with out being unfastened
- Deal with removes for packing and storage
- Tightening knobs small for folks with arthritis
- Fast launch plate massive for DSLR sort digicam
- Single screw to carry the plate in place
- Can’t modify the size of the deal with
- The deal with is restricted to the precise facet
Oben Lander TVH-108 – Technical specs
All technical specs have been taken from B&H Picture/Video product web page.
Digicam Plate Options: Fast Launch
Digicam Plate Sort: 501 Sort
Digicam 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°
Impartial Pan Lock: Sure
Impartial 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 in regards to the Oben Lander TVH-108 was how mild it was. All the locking screws had been examined and so they 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 digicam 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 had been uncomfortable for me to understand. I would favor a wing-type screw like on the panning lock. These are simpler for me to handle. The lean lock was very simple to loosen and tighten.
The size of the deal with (9 1/4″ by my measurement) was awkward. I might most likely maintain 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 digicam operations are on the precise facet of the digicam. Having the pan deal with on the precise facet solely makes it awkward to zoom with the digicam capabilities (AG-UX90) with the precise hand and attain over with the left to pan.
The panning and tilting options work easily and aren’t too unfastened.
The bubble degree is simple to see from totally different angles.
Oben Lander TVH-108 – Within the area
Mounting the Oben Lander TVH-108 to my MePhoto RoadTrip was a simple alternative. Since each gadgets are made for journey, they match effectively collectively. The tripod and video head meeting are roughly 5 kilos. Mild sufficient to hold round, however robust sufficient to carry your gear.
My, now discontinued, Panasonic AG-UX90 camcorder (4.2 kilos) match properly on the Oben Lander TVH-108. The digicam felt safe on the quick-release plate and it was simple to regulate the video head. When adjusting the lean and pan it held the digicam weight with out creeping downward. The fast-release plate was simple to get to. The TVH-108 suits effectively with a digicam this dimension.
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 dimension appeared large for this digicam. I did modify it ahead and backward to see if I may obtain a greater match. Initially, I had a wide-angle lens on the digicam 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 extra space between the plate and the lens.
The fast-release plate is clearly marked with the path it faces the lens. The digicam place adjusts by sliding ahead and backward on the plate.
The overlap of the digicam physique with the plate locking screw made it tough to govern. Makes an attempt had been made to reposition the digicam, however holding the digicam physique’s weight evenly distributed nonetheless prompted an overlap with the locking screw.
Oben Lander TVH-108 – Remaining Ideas
The Oben Lander TVH-108 is an efficient alternative for a videographer who desires to journey mild. 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 could be tough to govern. Whereas the winged panning screw was very simple to understand. The bottom worth of the TVH-108 is $99 and is presently on sale for $69.99 at B&H Picture/Video.