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#1 Mike Kaminski

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 02:01 PM

Well, really I'm starting this thread because i might have to be buying a tripod+head for video. Can anyone recommend a good tripod that can be purchased for under $1000? It'll only be used with a dvx100 so nothing too extraordinary is needed, but still something sturdy and with a nice smooth head.

Anyway, what are peoples favourite tripod for video use? I havent seen any discussion around here for video-oriented camera support.
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#2 Michael Collier

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 08:04 PM

Bogens 501 head is pretty nice as far as smoothness goes. I think they are only like 3-400 dollars. I have them mounted on 3036 legs, but I dont really like those legs bc it doesnt have a ball level.
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#3 Will Novy

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 09:35 PM

Bogens 501 head is pretty nice as far as smoothness goes. I think they are only like 3-400 dollars. I have them mounted on 3036 legs, but I dont really like those legs bc it doesnt have a ball level.

I agree. I have a Bogan as well and couldnt be happier. Although i use it for a little heavier camera than the DVX, but it should work well with it.
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:25 AM

I bought a manfrotto video tripod kit recently. It consists of a 503 head and 575 aluminium legs with spreaders and a padded case! The head is fantastic and designed to take a weight of up to 8 kilos (so more than sufficient for most high end dv/hd cameras)

I only paid 360 of my hard earnt UK pound sterling - a steal!

hope this is helpful.

regards ben.
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#5 TVTim

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:30 AM

I just purchased a smaller tripod for my PD150.

Vinton Pro 6 - $1000 NZ (Around $600 US?)

It has a light on the levelling bubble which is nice to see in a chaeper tripod.

Seems pretty good.
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#6 Stephen Williams

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:42 AM

Well, really I'm starting this thread because i might have to be buying a tripod+head for video. Can anyone recommend a good tripod that can be purchased for under $1000? It'll only be used with a dvx100 so nothing too extraordinary is needed, but still something sturdy and with a nice smooth head.

Anyway, what are peoples favourite tripod for video use? I havent seen any discussion around here for video-oriented camera support.


Hi,

Try Cartoni Focus. Its a fantastic tripod and head slightly over your budget but one of the best heads I have ever used. Like a mini Oconner 2060!

Stephen
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#7 Bill Powers

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 02:46 PM

Mike,

I'd recommend the Vinten Pro 6 and the Cartoni, in that order. It is all a very personal choice. See if you can get to a local dealer and try them out with your camera. Most dealers will be glad to help you. If they aren't, walk away.

Good Luck,

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#8 Matt Irwin

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 03:16 PM

I've used the Cartoni Focus and I own a Manfrotto 519. Both are excellent and well worth the extra money over the 501/503 Bogens.
As for the tripod, I've been using an old O'Connor 100mm tripod with a step down ring and I love it. It's heavy and very stable, but I go to lighter weight 75mm sticks if I'm running around a lot.

As Bill said, it's a personal choice. Whatever works for you.
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