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#1 Sandy Thomson

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 03:28 PM

I've been shooting with a Sony HDV camera using a Vinten head and tripod rated for 22 lbs. The results have been good as have studio interview shoots using the same tripod and head but with my SR2 package.
However I have recently screened dailies shot on a field project and am very disappointed with rough pans and tilts using the Arri/Vinten setup. I think I need a more substantial head/tripod for this camera package. There are probably many possibilities but I'd appreciate a couple of suggestions.

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 10:02 PM

22 ibs is certainly pushing it when you want smooth control over a camera of that size. I would go for something rated for at least 28ibs., and I would also want it to have numerus drag settings and spring tensions, plus a balancing plate. A Satchler Video 18 or similar should do you quite nicely.

There is a good rule of thumb which states that there is no such thing as a tripod head that's too big. The only difficulty may be in lugging it around, but the bigger the better. I use a head the equivalent of a Studio 25, and I also prefer 150mm ball to 100mm ball.
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Posted 27 December 2005 - 08:08 AM

22 ibs is certainly pushing it when you want smooth control over a camera of that size. I would go for something rated for at least 28ibs., and I would also want it to have numerus drag settings and spring tensions, plus a balancing plate. A Satchler Video 18 or similar should do you quite nicely.

There is a good rule of thumb which states that there is no such thing as a tripod head that's too big. The only difficulty may be in lugging it around, but the bigger the better. I use a head the equivalent of a Studio 25, and I also prefer 150mm ball to 100mm ball.


Thanks Mitch. When I bought the camera the owner had it mounted on what I thought to be an enormous head and tripod. I thought it would be way to heavy to cart around but I guess he knew a whole lot more than I.
Looks like I'm going to have to spend 6-7k unless I can get something good used.

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