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Old April 30th, 2006, 01:33 PM   #1
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I need help finding a good tripod!

I've read other posts on this topic but the answers didn't seem to help...

Iím in the market for a good TRIPOD for my Sony-HDR-FX1 and Beachtek DXA-FX Audio Adapter. Iím looking for very fluid motion. This tripod will be used outdoors a lot for my narrative film in different weather so Iím looking for something pretty sturdy!

But, I donít have a lot of money and $450.00 is my limit! Iíd prefer to spend less but I really donít know what to buy or to expect. Am I being unrealistic at that budget limit? Should I buy different parts from different companies? Where to buy and what to get? Itís all so confusing!
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Old April 30th, 2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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For the size of your cam and your needs at about 450 bucks, try looking at the bogen/manfrotto 503 head. Then stick the sticks you can afford under that head. At least that way you will get the value where it's needed: Slick smooth pans and tilts.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 02:04 PM   #3
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Jimmy - I'm in the same boat as you. I've been shooting on a DSR300 for the last 5 years and recently picked up a Z1 and need a tripod for it
I have bogen 3046 legs with a 516 head for the 300 but the spring is to tense to handle the z1 and kicks back on the tilt bigtime.

I am stuck because I need the "center geared column" on the 3046 badly and no other tripod really provides that except for a few Gitzos and some really high end pods out of my budget.

I am probably just going to get another 3046 with a "503" head. I've seen that combo before - and its a good cost effective and quality solution. The two units are not half balls - just flat.

This is about $474 - and a pretty solid setup.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=309002&is=REG

You other option is to go to a ball head/legs

You could go with a 3460 legs and a 503 head for about $459.00
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

Or the 3181 with 503 head for about $494.00
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

Just a few thoughts :) I am actually finding that getting the right tripod is more of a pain then the actual camera. At least with the camera you have like 3 choices - tripods - thousands. :(

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Old April 30th, 2006, 03:13 PM   #4
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I'm saving up for a Vinten Vision 3. It's expensive but so worth it.

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