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#1 Dan Durbin

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:25 PM

I need to mount a light weight HD video camera (Canon HV30 - weighs 1.2 pounds) 8 feet off the ground in a fixed positions in an indoor location. My plan was to mount it on a light stand using a Manfrotto 155 Double Ball Joint Head with 2933 Camera Platform (weight 1.4 pounds). When I started to test it, things just don't seem to be as stable as I hoped, and I am worried about vibration. The light stand is an Impact 3218 (max load 5 pounds).

Any suggestions? Do I need to move up to a heavier duty light stand? If so, are there any suggestions? Will a 5 pound sandbag solve the problem?

Thanks for any help.
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#2 Mike Lary

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:58 PM

That stand looks pretty flimsy. Do you have room to place a decent quality ladder and mount the camera to it?
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#3 Mike Lary

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:59 PM

I just realized you double posted this. The Gripping section is definitely more appropriate since camera support is a Grip's responsibility.
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