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Old May 29th, 2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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Big camera on 503

So were a chirch will a big-ol 2/3 inch studio cam in full configuration with a 20x lens at the back of the building on a teny tinny 503 head.

Lately following the pastor at on the 503 has't been great. So I am looking for something that is going to be easier to operate at the end of a long zoom.

I don't know squat about tripods except you fluid and O'conners are the best.

But we don't have much of a budget. Would a 3066 be an improvement from the 503. Anything around the 300-700 dallor range?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 11:11 AM   #2
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I've used up to 20 pounds on a Bogen 516 head and it worked great. I wish it wasn't too much head for the small form factor cams. The 519 is also a great head.
The 516 is right around $565.00 so it should be in your budget. The 519 is about $895.00.

Both heads are rated at 22 pounds but I've had close to 30 on the 516 and never had a problem.


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Old May 29th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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it's not soo much about weight. the 503 takes it just fine. It's just not that good a head for critcical IMAG
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Old May 29th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #4
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Yes, I used a loaded out JVC5000 w/AB battery and wireless reciever hanging off of it (about 20 or 21 pounds) on a 501 head and it was fine BUT for critical and smooth pans and tilts it was a bit of a 'challenge'. That's why I went to the 516. Smooth as butter and once balanced for the camera it stayed in place better than my dog begging for table food.

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Old May 29th, 2008, 02:46 PM   #5
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The 519 looks nice, but you us penny pinchers. What do yallthink about the 3066?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 04:48 PM   #6
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Well the 3006 is an older head but that doesn't make it bad. I just don't think it's as good as the 516. If the 519 is out of budget why not look at the 516?
Like I said I was really happy with it for the full sized cameras but if you've got a lead on the 3066 for a good price and it's in decent condition why not!

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