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#1 Eric F Adams

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:18 AM

I've been told the leaders are Manfrotto...Satchler...Miller...O'Connor...Cartoni, but I have burnt myself out trying to compare characteristics/prices of all the above. The tripod will be used for an Arri SR2. My question is...(and it's a 3 part question if you don't mind) 1) which brand? 2) which model of that brand? 3) why did you choose this model/brand? The price I'm shooting for is "middle-of-the-road"....not dirt cheap, nor top of the line. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much. Eric
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 11:38 AM

O'Connor 50D. Because I use it on my SR3, and I like it a lot; very nice and fluid and pretty affordable and built like a tank!
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:14 PM

Great...thanks Adrian.
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#4 John Waterman

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:12 AM

I really like the OConnor 2065 fluid head. We have this for our Red One package, and it's great. It will balance your SRII camera perfectly, and all of the controls are similar/in the same location as the industry standard OConnor 2575.

http://www.ocon.com/...ads/2065-1.html
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#5 William Coss

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:51 PM

Eric,

Just so you know, none of the above suggestions are actually tripods.
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#6 Shidan Saberi

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 07:56 AM

Miller. I've got both miller and manfrotto products. Miller is the best.
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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 09:13 AM

True, they're heads, but for legs themselves, well you nust need to find one which has the right bowel size ans can handle the weight. I have O'Connor 660.. I think, Legs for my 50D head, but in the end, I'll put it wherever I need to put it and it's generally sold with legs attached.
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#8 Eric F Adams

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 01:01 PM

Thanks so much for the suggestions. William, so the head and legs are sold separate? Is that what you are saying... Eric
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#9 Marque DeWinter

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:33 AM

On the upper end heads and legs are sold separately, and when not in use tend to stay separated because most of the upper end are Mitchell base. An O'Connor 2060 is probably the most common in recent years from my experience. I have one, plus a 2065 they're very similar and the weight capacity is only around 10lbs difference. The 120EX is typically overkill. The 2065 is around $10,500 for the head and set of babies and standards will run you another $3,000 plus another $1,000 for cases.

In the video/eng world Sachtlers are the standard with the Video 18 probably the most common. A complete sachtler 18 runs about $7,000

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#10 Matthew French

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 04:26 PM

I have also been looking at tripods recently. For its price is the Miller Arrow 55 worth a buy?
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#11 Scott Mohrman

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:13 PM

I have also been looking at tripods recently. For its price is the Miller Arrow 55 worth a buy?


Matt,

I use the Arrow 55 on a regular basis with Sony 350. I really like miller tripods and heads. I say it is worth the price.
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