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Old January 29th, 2006, 01:55 PM   #1
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can anyone recommend a good cheap boom pole? somewhere in the $100 - 150 price range?
caveat: I don't want to go the DIY route
is Gitzo a good brand?
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Old January 29th, 2006, 02:38 PM   #2
 
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Gitzo is a good starter, but if you can find a used KTek or something similar, it's worth the extra.
Keep in mind, you don't buy new boom poles like you'll buy new t-shirts. If cost is prohibitive, buy used or rent, until you can afford one of the better poles. For balance, noise transmission, and longevity of life...you can't beat a good pole, even if it costs you twice as much as a lesser quality one.
But...if you gotta have one now, and don't have the $$....Gitzo is a good starting point.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 04:58 PM   #3
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I started with Gitzo, and they're nice poles for the money. The K-Tek Avalon series is a huge step up though, and they aren't that much more money.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 06:53 PM   #4
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K-Tek Avalon -- is there a particular model that you might suggest for a 0 budget production? ;)
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Old January 29th, 2006, 07:25 PM   #5
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How about trying out a Rode Boompole (performanceaudio.com has them for about US$84) I've ordered one to try out. I have the K&M 23760 and a Gitzo G556,but from the pics of the Rode Boompole, looks like it's alot sturdier than both.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 07:53 PM   #6
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Old January 29th, 2006, 11:45 PM   #7
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i do like the gitzos. good pole for the price. I got a nice carbon fiber one that is light, strong and extends further than I need it to :P Comfortable pole too.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 07:41 AM   #8
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Here are some Avalon aluminum poles. I'd get at least a 9 footer.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search


I tried the Gitzo carbon fiber and wasn't crazy about it. Maybe I just wasn't used to it, but it seemed to flex an awful lot. It is long and nice and light though.
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