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#1 Michael Althaus

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 05:16 AM

I would like to buy a sachtler tripod for my Arriflex 16SB with Zoom lens and matte box. I probably would also use it with a HVX200 with matte box and redrok adapter. I was thinking about the DV-6SB or the DV-8SB. Which one would you prefer and why. I heard the DV-8SB isn't that good. Any opinions.
Would you buy Aluminum legs or Fiber legs.
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Posted 06 June 2006 - 05:04 PM

Get a tripod that's designed to handle the weight of the camera you'll use. The more money you spend, the better tripod you get. But before you drop $6000 or more on a big new Sachtler, consider the benefits of rental; just like cameras, rented gear is a lot easier on the production budget than outright purchases.
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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 05:44 PM

I always prefer aluminum legs to carbon fiber. But they may be too much or too heavy for you. Metal legs are certainly more stable, but if you're lugging them around a lot you may want to get something lighter weight.
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Posted 08 June 2006 - 03:18 AM

I would like to buy a sachtler tripod for my Arriflex 16SB with Zoom lens and matte box.


If you're using it on an Arri S
I wouldn't use anything small than a Sachtler Video 14
You might be able to find a used Sachtler Panorama which is useful too

Remember that an Arri S loaded with a 400ft. load can weight 15-20lbs. depending on the lens.
So you should find a tripod that can handle at least 20lbs of payload...

Don't use any tripod made for DV cameras they'll be too filmsy and wobbly.

Anyways shop around ebay they're usually good deals.


Good Luck
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#5 Michael Althaus

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 04:43 PM

If you're using it on an Arri S
I wouldn't use anything small than a Sachtler Video 14
You might be able to find a used Sachtler Panorama which is useful too

Remember that an Arri S loaded with a 400ft. load can weight 15-20lbs. depending on the lens.
So you should find a tripod that can handle at least 20lbs of payload...

Don't use any tripod made for DV cameras they'll be too filmsy and wobbly.

Anyways shop around ebay they're usually good deals.
Good Luck


Thanx you all for your suggestions.
The DV-6SB can handle up to 20 lbs, right? Are aluminium legs a lot more stable?
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#6 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 07:09 PM

Thanx you all for your suggestions.
The DV-6SB can handle up to 20 lbs, right? Are aluminium legs a lot more stable?

Yes they are, because they don't flex at all. This becomes more of an issue the heavier the camera you are using, especially if you like to use a lot of drag on your head, or are doing fast pans and tilts.
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Posted 09 June 2006 - 04:49 PM

You might be able to find a used Sachtler Panorama which is useful too


I had a Sachtler Pan 7+7 - the smallest model at the time Sachtler were introduced in the US.

It was OK with the S and 400' mag, something a bit larger wd have been nicer, but it was a nice head.
W/ 100' - perfect.

S w/ 400 mag isn't heavy, just top heavy.

I had the stainless steel legs, perhaps a bit pointless, but elegant B)

I haven't used one of the HVX cameras but shot with a friends DVX100 a couple times; he has one of the newe-ish Miller heads and sticks DS10 I think - it seemed a perfect match for that camera.

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