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Old July 10th, 2007, 07:04 PM   #1
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JVC HD Series with Sachtler

Anyone try either the HD100/110 or HD200/250 with the sachtler DV-6SB tripod system? it has a payload of 2 - 20lbs? i'm looking at getting one of these but would just like to know if anyone has any feedback on how well the pair work together? Thanks
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Old July 11th, 2007, 01:32 AM   #2
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Brain,

I have a 100, loaded with the 17x lens and a double NP-1 battery box on the IDX adapter; also have a lens support I fabricated, total weight 11.6#, and 24" long. The DV6-SB works quite well, as well as any Sachtler I've owned. (Previously I had a Video20P for an HDCAM I owned then).

I've heard good reports about O'Conner, but I've never tried one. The Sachtler gives you reasonably smooth pans and tilts, and handles and balances the weight of the camera well. There are enough adjustments to make it balance and perform well. At the end of a pan, you sometimes have to hold it still by keeping pressure on the pan handle for a few seconds to give the fluid cartridges time to equalize so it doesn't move back a bit. But it is a true fluid cartridge, and not greased friction plates, like some of the Bogen/Manfrotto, Vinten etc. heads.

Don't know about the sticks; on the Video20P I used Sachtler's Heavy Duty Carbon Fiber Sticks, and they were awsome. But I now use the Miller Solo DV carbon fiber sticks: lighter, good for packing in and field work, quick to set up, but probably not as stable in torsion as the Sachtler sticks. Depends on what you do and where you work. If I hang a sandbag on the Miller sticks, set them at the medium angle, and they are very stable; it's what I do for studio work.

Hope this answers your question.

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Old July 11th, 2007, 02:14 AM   #3
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Last weekend I rented a HD200 for trial and used my Vinten Pro5 with a new Manfrotto 519 Head - it features two springs for balance and it works perfectly with the HD200...

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Old July 11th, 2007, 02:56 AM   #4
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Gary, Thanks for the information. That's just what i needed to hear, because i was trying to decide between the DV6 or the DV8 SB, there's about an $800 difference between them. You are right about Manfrotto, i'm using the 501 head with a Canon XL1s and I don't really care much for the head. Thanks again Gary, oh yeah, you've spelled my name wrong...
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Old July 11th, 2007, 11:52 AM   #5
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I'm using a Cartoni Focus head with my HD200. It works just fine. I also use a Sachtler Video 20, but the springs keep wanting to zero the camera. Not real bad, but more noticable than on the Cartoni.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 03:18 PM   #6
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Brian,

A product of dyslexic fingers. My "Brain" not connecting with my Brian.

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