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Old May 22nd, 2008, 12:27 PM   #76
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alex,

since you're at westchester, go to B&H and try out all the legs and video heads they have on display. the pro video section also have them with camcorders and stuff. many reps are there to help too.

i just got the EX1 and ordered the 503HDV manfrotto head to go with either Gitzo 3540LS or Gitzo 3530S legs. both legs can handle 39lbs and the 503HDV can do 17.6lbs. that's plenty for my EX1, even with shotgun, lights, remote, and shade.

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Old May 22nd, 2008, 12:55 PM   #77
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alex,

since you're at westchester, go to B&H and try out all the legs and video heads they have on display. the pro video section also have them with camcorders and stuff. many reps are there to help too.

i just got the EX1 and ordered the 503HDV manfrotto head to go with either Gitzo 3540LS or Gitzo 3530S legs. both legs can handle 39lbs and the 503HDV can do 17.6lbs. that's plenty for my EX1, even with shotgun, lights, remote, and shade.

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I will undoubtedly be trying out whatever tripod is recommended to me before I purchase -- however want some advice for some people who have used them in the field to see how they hold up/perform in real world situations (not the bh floor).
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 12:57 PM   #78
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Sachtler FSB 6 (I have) or maybe DV 6 head. I have the quick expanding legs (forget the name) but the SOOM legs seem interesting/versatile.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 01:09 PM   #79
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I could be wrong but isn't the FSB an extra few hundred from the cost of the cartoni?

Normally I wouldn't care -- but this budget is tighttttttttttttttt.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 01:41 PM   #80
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I'm not sure how Sachtler FSB compares to an equivalent Cartoni but the FSB series is less expensive than the Sachtler DV series. My head and legs were about $1700 at B&H.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 05:21 PM   #81
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I worked with a Manfrotto 501 for years. It was ok. Not perfect, but ok.
Yesterday I got my Sachtler DV6 with CF legs. Boy-oh-boy - it's another world! Yes, it's in a much higher price range, but it's also... just professional gear and I love to work with it (had a shooting today)!
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 05:35 PM   #82
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I have a DS20 Solo DV Carbon Fibre System. Amazing tripod!

http://www.miller.com.au/products.cf...&productID=181

I bought it at Abel Cine Tech

http://www.abelcine.com/store/home.php

Cost was $1,475, not including shipping.

I run an EX1 with Letus Extreme and the Letus rails.

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Old May 22nd, 2008, 08:44 PM   #83
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I was in a similar boat a few weeks ago.
Plenty of Google searches.

In the end I went with the Gitzo 1380 head and the Gitzo 3531LSV legs. I know Gitzo legs are great and everyone who owns a 1380 head loves it.

B&H. Still waiting on both.

As mentioned, I would go to B&H.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 09:30 PM   #84
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Just thought I'd throw my two cents in the mix. I'm not one with deep pockets either but finally sucked it up and got the Sachtler FSB-6 with the carbon fiber legs and can't recommend it enough. The head is just amazing and a great investment.

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Old May 22nd, 2008, 10:16 PM   #85
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[QUOTE=Scott Karlins;881814]I have a DS20 Solo DV Carbon Fibre System. Amazing tripod!

http://www.miller.com.au/products.cf...&productID=181

I TOTALLY AGREE... I took the recommendation from Steve Gibby who is a 30+ year pro for the best run and gun system for the RED and even better for the Sony since its a bit lighter.

I could not recommend it more, very good head and light. You can add weight to it for more inertia and better performance. MILLER is one of the best manufactures are well known in Hollywood. Bogan has always got mixed reviews and is more pro-sumer... but its up to you. You get what you pay for in this case.
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 07:18 AM   #86
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To Scott and Gregg - ref, the Miller Solo CF legs:

How is the folded length? I am trying to find good CF legs that can be attached with bungees to my old Kata backpack. I will be shooting by myself in a remote part of Asia in October.
I hear many knocking the single tube, but I also see many good reviews of the Solo legs.
With the Miller head, how is the total weight-length? and finally do you know the merits of the DS10 versus the DS20
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 09:23 AM   #87
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miller is perfect tripod for ex1
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 10:25 AM   #88
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To Scott and Gregg - ref, the Miller Solo CF legs:

How is the folded length? I am trying to find good CF legs that can be attached with bungees to my old Kata backpack. I will be shooting by myself in a remote part of Asia in October.
I hear many knocking the single tube, but I also see many good reviews of the Solo legs.
With the Miller head, how is the total weight-length? and finally do you know the merits of the DS10 versus the DS20
Thanks.

We'd have maybe six DS10 Solos, work very nicely with EX1. The DS20 might be too much head for the EX1. Unlike some of the more expensive heads Millers heads don't adjust down to zero counterbalance so pick a head that matches the weight of your rig. And it'll be lighter to carry too.
The Solo legs are fairly short when retracted so tying them to a backpack is feasible. The good things is they also go quite high and the extra height can come in handy and don't forget you can lock the legs out at crazy angles which is usefull in rough terrain and awkward situations.
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 11:17 AM   #89
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I have a DS20 Solo DV Carbon Fibre System. Amazing tripod!

http://www.miller.com.au/products.cf...&productID=181



I could not recommend it more, very good head and light. You can add weight to it for more inertia and better performance. MILLER is one of the best manufactures are well known in Hollywood. Bogan has always got mixed reviews and is more pro-sumer... but its up to you. You get what you pay for in this case.

I will throw my vote in for the Miller Solo DV as well. I have the 10 and wish that I had gotten the 20.

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Old May 23rd, 2008, 02:47 PM   #90
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i had a gitzo g1380 head years ago, and i really liked it -- heavy for a smaller head, nice and smooth, and built for war. i remember gitzo used to offer a spring kit separately but it was pricey and i haven't seen it sold since then. a colleague had a fixed spring g1380 a few years back, and i remember he was having a hard time figuring out how to swap the springs in his model, or even if he could do it.

i'm currently using a cartoni focus which has worked well for me, and it handles my 14-15lb rig nicely. good head for the money, but the 22lb capacity spec is a bit optimistic i think.
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