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Old August 9th, 2003, 12:30 AM   #1
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Vinten PRO5 vs Manfrotto with 501 head vs LIBEC M20 (TH-650)

I know these 3 tripods are good (but not the best). I've heard that the Vinten Pro5 is a Manfrotto (501 head with 520/3283 leggs ???), the libec M20 (or TH-650) is the less expensive. But which of them is the best? Thank.

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Old August 9th, 2003, 02:28 AM   #2
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i've owned both the libec thm20 and the bogen 501 (3221wn kit). neither one is perfect but my vote goes for the bogen. i ended up selling the thm20. for industrials, weddings or general use i would say the libec is a great buy. i felt the movement independent from each other was smooth but the lack of tension made it difficult to get the proper combination for silky combo moves (pan/tilt).

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Old August 9th, 2003, 07:16 AM   #3
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Vinten is an independent, English company. Bogen is now a division of Manfrotto. Other than physical similarities, their product are not related. Vinten Pro5 is a better tripod than the Bogen 501. Smoother, more consistent and predictable movements separate the head performance. Price separates the Vinten and Bogen also.
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