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Old April 28th, 2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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Auto pan tilt tripod head

Does anyone know if there is a automatic pan / tilt head that will work with the Canon XL2 DV video camera? Everything I have found will not handle the weight of the canon video camera.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 07:34 PM   #2
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They're available alright. Just open wide (your wallet that is).

Seriously, as you have learned, you will have to go with a much heavier motor/drive assembly to achieve your needs. Also, to get good smooth pans/tilts would require a stepper motor with more steps per revolution which increases the cost. The driver boards are all about the same as they usually only have to generate 4 different phases to drive the motor. It's all about the fractional degrees per step and the torque handling capability that determine component size and complexity. More torque= more current= higher component ratings.

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Old April 29th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #3
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Jigga what?

Since I've never heard of these, anyone have a link handy?
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Old April 29th, 2006, 08:58 PM   #4
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Re-auto pan heads

Thanks for responding to my post.
However what I realy need is company names,web page addresses, any information to direct me to (as many) companies that make these pan heads, so I can further research and pick the right auto head.

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Old April 30th, 2006, 03:12 AM   #5
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Hi Bill. Have you looked at any of these?

Richard

http://www.adorama.com/VDMPH.html
http://www.21best.com/21_best/electr...for_sale_.html
http://www.telemetricsinc.com/html/prodPanTilt.html
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Old May 5th, 2006, 09:08 PM   #6
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The Bescor one isn't ideal, but for 100 bucks and a little give-and-take it works OK.

You can vary the speed even more by changing the battery power up or down via an external power hack.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 01:44 PM   #7
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One that is very cool is the pan/tilt that canon makes. I think it
comes w/ an XL2 inside of it, so I do NOT know if Canon sells it as a stand
alone. One of the cool things is the housing which is designed for
outdoor use. I seem to even remember a windshield wiper on it.

I cannot remember what controller Canon used with it at NAB 2005, but
I found the combination very workable.
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