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Old January 20th, 2002, 10:58 AM   #1
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Pedestal/Dollies

Can anyone tell me how much I would expect to pay for a camera pedestal/dolly?
Also, is there anywhere in the UK that sells them?

Alternatively, are just wheels for an existing tripod available for a cheaper price?

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Old January 20th, 2002, 11:02 AM   #2
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Hi Dan,

I thought they were called dollies?, Hague produce some and they are based in Nottingham URL http://www.b-hague.co.uk, they also produce Jibs and Cranes.

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Old January 20th, 2002, 11:13 AM   #3
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Thanks for that Ed.
They seem to be called both pedestals and Dollies.

In one shop I was looking at, the ones whith vehicles attached where called Dollies and the ones with wheels were called Pedestals.

They do look rather expensive, are there any lower-specified models available anywhere or has anyone got any tips for attaching some wheels to my existing tripod, as I dont really want all the other features of the dolly (ie. the tripod bit).

--UPDATE--
After seeing some Pedestals on bhphoto.com - $50,000!, I now retract my opinion that the one on the above store is expensive.

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Old January 20th, 2002, 02:16 PM   #4
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Ed,

If all you're really looking for is a dolly (i.e. a set of wheels) for your current tripod I might start with looking at the brand of your tripod. Bogen/Manfrotto, for example, makes several models that mate to the design of their tripods' feet. Mating the feet to the dolly's wheel fittings will be a bit of an issue, hence my suggestion to look at your tripod's manufacturer first.

Here in the U.S. B&H Photo is a good place to start (bhphoto.com). Click "professional Video" and look for the link to "Tripods & Dollies".
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Old January 20th, 2002, 03:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for your post.
I have a relatively cheap, MIRANDA tripod.

I have seen a set of wheels that attach to the tripod on the above mentioned site, but I dont know if they will fit my tripod.

Is there anywhere where I might purchase individual wheels, which can be attached to my tripod?

Another query, does anyone know whether the HAGUE-PRO tripod on the website above has a hydraulic up/down feature?
If not, would I be looking at much more for a dolly with this feature? (if I was going to buy a proper dolly I would like it to have this feature because that way I am getting some improvement over simply a tripod with wheels)

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Old January 21st, 2002, 02:11 PM   #6
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Hi Dan,

As far as I am aware the Hague Pro Dolly does not have hydraulic up/down feature and that is why it is so cheap. If you are looking for one with that feature try this web site:

http://www.cke.co.uk/acatalog/CKE_Distribution_Tripods_35.html

Unfortunately these are not cheap coming in at around 2000!!

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Old January 21st, 2002, 02:23 PM   #7
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Don't forget borrowing/renting a wheelchair.

Don't laugh...Robert Rodriguez shot "El Mariachi" that way.
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Old January 21st, 2002, 03:43 PM   #8
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Not just for indie films: for some scenes in Enemy At The Gates they used a wheel chair as a dolly too =)
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Old January 22nd, 2002, 10:03 AM   #9
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Im not sure if a wheelchair would be a good idea, considering I will be using it a lot (once a week maybe).

I think I might just buy those B-Hague wheels for my cheap tripod.

When using a wheelchair, how is the camera attached to it?
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Typically the camera operator is sitting in the wheelchair and someone is pushing the chair. For some situations, notably smooth surfaces, it works as well as a tracked dolly and takes no time to set-up or tear-down.
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Old January 22nd, 2002, 05:48 PM   #11
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i have often scene a mounting head simply clamped to a bar of the chair...
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