A story about testing the SmallRig free-form head

Hi there.
This is sato.

This time, I would like to talk about testing the SmallRig free head.

Adding a head to a mini tripod without a head

I recently purchased a Ulanzi VL49 RGB photography light that comes with a mini-tripod, which has come in handy, but that mini-tripod does not have a head and the angle is not adjustable.

Ulanzi VL49 RGB photography Mini tripod included with light

So I decided to purchase an additional head and attach it to the camera to make it even more useful.

However, considering that a mini tripod with a free head can be purchased for less than 2,000 yen, I don’t want to spend a lot of money.
I checked Amazon to see how much I could afford.

I found that many of them are sold at a fair price.
Most of them are in the 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen range.

I found a set of two for 1,259 yen, which I decided to purchase.

The manufacturer is called “SmallRig,” and I have a good impression of them because I had a good impression of them when I tried another product.

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Packing the SmallRig free head I purchased

Now, let’s unpack the SmallRig free-form head that we purchased.

The outer box has a LOHAS impression.

outer box

Set includes.
Main unit, 1/4″ screws, and two sets of L-shaped hex wrenches.

Set Contents

A cold shoe adapter is included and can be attached to the camera shoe.


When the cold shoe adapter is removed, a 1/4″ threaded hole.
It can also be turned into a male by inserting the provided screw.

Remove cold shoe adapter

Mini tripod and light installed

Now let’s mount the mini tripod and light.

Attach mini tripod and free head

When I try to install it, I can’t get it to tighten down and it spins around and around.
It seems that if the ball fastener for the head is not tightened, the part used to secure the head to the tripod will not be secured and the head will spin around.

I guess you have to tighten the clamp first, fix the head to the tripod, and then loosen the clamp again to adjust the angle.
I don’t think there is any problem.

Tighten the clamp or it will spin around

The free head and tripod are now secured.

free head + mini tripod

Mount the light here.

Free head + mini tripod + light

Now you can adjust the angle freely.
It looks good.

freely adjust angle

Mirrorless SLR camera + lens installed without problems

Although I did not purchase this camera for the purpose of installing it, I installed a camera as well to test it out.
The camera is an EOS R6 and the lens is an RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM.
Of course, the battery is already installed.
The camera is installed without any problem.
The weight of the lens does not make the camera bow.
In the photo, the legs are extended, but there was no problem even when the legs were retracted.

However, when using a large lens, you need to be careful about the orientation of the legs.
If one leg is not placed under the lens, the camera will lose its balance and fall over.

EOS_R6 mounted

Cost-effective free head.

The price of 1,259 yen for a set of two, sufficient functionality and quality.
I thought it was a very cost-effective product.
Apart from the set of two, there is also a single unit for sale, so if you are interested, please give it a try.

So, what did you think of The Story of Trying the SmallRig Free Head?
I hope it was helpful for you.
See you soon.

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