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Old November 19th, 2007, 03:37 PM   #1
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Tripod for Crane AND Camera

I was gonig to buy a Bogen 516 head for my feature. Big, sturdy, can handle good weight. Probably 3193 legs too because those are recommended by most (and kessler crane). Reason im asking is I was going to buy the 516 but I realized the fact that the tripod might be so heavy duty that it owuld be difficult to do normal tripod moves with ONLY my Canon A1 on it.

I need something steady and its certainly that, but I dont want it so sturdy I can use the damn thing with my camera on it alone.

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Old November 19th, 2007, 03:59 PM   #2
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I have the 561 head and 3058 tripod that I use with my jvc5100 and also my xl2. IT goes up to 12 feet high if i remember. not to heavy for a lighter camera, I also have the I also have the 501 head. both are good.

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Old November 20th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #3
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Hi Kyle...........

The Bogen / Manfrotto 516 head has a fixed balance spring rated @ 16.5lbs.

A Canon A1 is a very low COG 5lbs - ish. Parked on a 516 it's going to be like wrestling with a full grown alligator at anything other than dead level.

By which I mean - at any degree of tilt down or up, you're either going to have to hang on to that pan bar for dear life or lock the tilt completely. As such that head is a complete waste of time and money under an A1.

Better to go for the 519 if you can spring the bread for it, it does at least have fully adjustable counterbalance controls (with 1 spring change) from 2 lbs up to 22 lbs.

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Old November 22nd, 2007, 05:13 AM   #4
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i have the 516 Manfrotto for my crane too. I swop it with a Vinten Pro 6 for my FX1. The 516 doesnt go as fluid as the Vinten for the FX1.
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