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Vanguard VEO PH-38S is an Arca compatible 3-way pan head designed for the growing trend of photographers who want to use their DSLR or Mirrorless camera for video as well as photography, thanks to the innovative rotating top handle that allows you to:

  • Move the handles together for video (or storage)
  • Set up the head to use a long lens or L-bracket 
  • Set up for left handed photographers
  • Do simple panoramas on uneven ground

The head's other key features include:

  • CNC machined from lightweight aluminium
  • 10kg maximum load capacity
  • Arca Swiss compatible quick release system
  • Smooth movement
  • Fits any tripod with a 1/4" or 3/8" thread
  • 58mm diameter base

So if you're looking for a smooth, versatile 3-way pan head, then check out the VEO PH-38S.

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The VEO PH-38S 3-way Arca compatible pan head was created for photographers who are looking to shoot video as well as stills using their camera, and delivers a new level of versatility.

CNC manufactured from lightweight aluminium alloy, this head is solid enough to deliver a maximum load capacity of up to 10kg.

This tripod head also features Vanguard's patented rotating top handle.  Out of the box it is set up to allow you to attach a suitable long lens with an Arca compatible foot, making the most use of the outstanding 10kg load capacity.

To rotate the top handle simply unlock the lever lock, rotate the top handle to the desired position in 90° increments, and re-lock. This has a number of benefits that include being able to use an L-bracket, create simple panorama on uneven ground, moving the handles together when you want to do video (or pack away), and setting up for left handed photographers.

Both handles are telescopic and feature a textured handle for easy control, even in damp conditions or wearing gloves, and allow forward and lateral tilt of -91°~30°.  A separate pan lock then allows you to pan 360° for the perfect panorama.

Thanks to the incredible tolerances that can be achieved by CNC manufacturing, the movement is smooth and precise.

Designed to be used in the most challenging environments, this head can operate at temperatures from -25°C up to 60°C.

This head comes with Vanguard’s Arca  compatible QS-74 quick shoe, which offers ultimate connection freedom in any direction, simply and quickly. It also includes a spring pin safety device to prevent the quick release plate slipping out if the clamp is not fully tightened. Alternatively, you can use any other Arca compatible plate making it easier to get a replacement plate on the go, or in sourcing a more specialist plate than Vanguard don't produce.

To fit any tripod, this head includes a 3/8" hole, with an adaptor that reduces it to 1/4", and with a base diameter of 58mm, this is designed to fit a full sized tripod. For smaller tripods, you may wish to consider the smaller VEO PH-36S with a 50mm diameter base.


Head Style 3-way Pan Head 3-way Pan Head
Handles 2 2
Arca Swiss Compatible Yes Yes
Quick Release Plate QS-74 QS-74
Maximum Load Capacity 22lbs 10kg
Separate Pan-Lock Yes Yes
Friction Control No No
Pan 360° 360°
Frontal Tilt -91°~30° -91°~30°
Lateral Tilt -91°~30° -91°~30°
Spirit Bubble Levels 1 1
Length 8 1/4 inches 210mm
Width 7 1/10 inches 180mm
Height 4 2/5 inches 112mm
Base Diameter 2.3 inches 58mm
Head Attachment Thread 1/4" and 3/8" 1/4" and 3/8"
Weight 22.7oz 645g
Accessories QS-74 quick release plate and 1/4" to 3/8" adaptor QS-74 quick release plate and 1/4" to 3/8" adaptor
Suitable For Mirrorless Yes Yes
Suitable For DSLR Yes Yes
Suitable For Pro Kit Yes Yes
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years
Extended Warranty 10 Years 10 Years
Series VEO Heads VEO Heads
Colour Black Black
Other Can rotate the top handle round in 90° sections Can rotate the top handle round in 90° sections
Applications Photography and Video Photography and Video