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#1 Steven Boldt

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 06:59 PM

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a heavy duty tripod for a Super 8 Camera? My Nizo 3048 is faliing over with my cheapo Best Buy tripod. Looking at Amazon reviews of tripods it looks like a lot that are advertized as heavy duty really aren't.
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#2 Andries Molenaar

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 05:07 AM

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a heavy duty tripod for a Super 8 Camera? My Nizo 3048 is faliing over with my cheapo Best Buy tripod. Looking at Amazon reviews of tripods it looks like a lot that are advertized as heavy duty really aren't.


Amazon is hardly a serious equipment supplier.

You need a frim tripod with a pan-head or video-head for at least 4lbs.

try a Gitzo 1340 with 2380 fluid head or a 1270 pan head. good for photography too although the 1270 doesn't go backward enough if you want to shoot something in the sky or on high buildings.
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#3 Glenn Brady

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 07:22 AM

Miller Junior fluid head tripods were designed expressly for Super 8 cameras. Although no longer available new, they appear regularly at eBay. They're compact, lightweight, and more than adequate. Several kinds were made - some with wood legs and some with metal - and the best feature a ball-leveling mount for the head.
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#4 Steven Boldt

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 03:14 PM

The Gitzo is a bit out of my price range. Looks good though. I'll see if I can get a used Bogen 501 off ebay as it seems to function about the same. I would think Super 8 cameras would benefit with something heavy and solid.

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Steve
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#5 Matthew Buick

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 03:27 PM

I bought a Velbon Sherpa around 2 - 3 years ago for £70 and it does the trick OK, apart from the leg securing clips, or which a couple have broken.
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