View Full Version : For Sale: OConnor Ultimate DV Fluid Head (NEW)

Tim Le
07-06-2008, 04:22 PM
For Sale is a brand new, never used OConnor Ultimate DV fluid head. This is the ideal high-end, premium fluid head for smaller cameras like the Scarlet, HVX200, EX1, etc.

The head comes with the following accessories:

Mini Euro quick-release platform and camera mounting plate with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 camera mounting screws
100mm bowl and tie-down knob
One (1) pan bar, 14.5" long, 3/4" diameter, 34 bend

Price: $2200 or best offer (+$35 if shipped, +$58 if using Paypal)

Terms of sale: local pickup preferred (LA, Orange or Riverside county, meet me halfway). Cash, Money Order, Cashier's Check (must wait to clear) or Paypal (+ $58 Paypal fee). Continental U.S. only.

Condition: Brand new, never used. Some scuff marks on the camera mounting plate but no other marks on the head itself. The 100mm bowl has no marks on it at all, indicating it has never been mounted to a tripod. The pan bar and bowl tie-down are still sealed in plastic. No paperwork with the head other than a spec sheet.


Capacity:24 lbs (10.9 kg) @ 4 in.
18 lbs (8.2 kg) @ 6 in.
15 lbs (6.8 kg) @ 8 in.

Tilt Range: +/- 90
Height: 6.5 in
Width: 6.8 in
Depth: 4.6 in
Weight: 8 lbs (all up weight including QR platform, bowl, tie-down, and pan-bar--verified on my scale)

Product background:

The Ultimate DV is a rare fluid head that OConnor stopped making a few years ago to concentrate on their larger film heads. This very well could be one of the last brand new Ultimate DV heads in existence. I am selling this because I have two of these heads and this was a back-up. It has been sitting in storage so I figured someone else could make better use of it.

The Ultimage DV was a follow-up to the OConnor 515. This was the smallest head they made but it is as full featured as their larger heads. It uses the exact same fluid drag and sinusoidal counterbalance technology. In fact, the Ultimate DV is basically identical to the OConnor 1030 except it is a little narrower and supports less weight.

The counterbalance is unique in that it is infinitely variable all the way down to zero. No other head can do this. You can even put an HV20 on it if you want to. The fluid drag is also infinitely variable and is capable of tremendous amounts of drag when dialed all the way up. The bubble level has an LED to illuminate it. The head is compatible with several OConnor accessories and unlike other heads, the base can be removed and switched to a Mitchell mount or 150mm bowl. And of course, you get the famous OConnor "feel."

The only drawbacks I have with this head is it is a little heavier than a comparable head (but then again it is extremely rugged) and the counterbalance knob could be more ergonomic and easier to turn. But that knob is the exact same way on the OConnor 1030.

If you regularly use smaller cameras and have always wanted a brand new OConnor head but could not afford a $5000 1030HD, this is your chance. OConnor use to sell this package for around $2500. So you're still getting a discount on a brand new head and a rare one at that.