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Old October 30th, 2003, 06:45 PM   #1
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Most stable & fluid tripod?

I'm looking for a very stable tripod for an XL1s, particularly when fully extended. Fluidity secondary, but important. Can anyone recommend a brand and type of construction to look for. I'm currently using the Velbon Videomate 601 and not very happy when its fully extended.

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Old October 30th, 2003, 08:00 PM   #2
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Most stable and fluid head? O'Connor. Perhaps look at a Miller DS10?

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Old October 30th, 2003, 10:29 PM   #3
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Jeffrey,
Velbon's tripods and heads are basically designed and priced for the occasional hobbyist on a budget.

Bogen/Manfrotto would be the price/quality bump up from Velbon. Pretty good gear at affordable prices. (a few hundred dollars)

Miller (DS-5 and DS-10) would be the next bump up, particularly with regard to the quality of the heads. (approx. US$1,000)

Vinten and Sachtler are next. Top-notch professional gear designed to perform accurately and consistently under nearly any conditions. (approx. US$1,500-$2,000)

O'Connor is probably at the top of the chain, certainly in terms of cost and warranty. (several thousand $).
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Old October 30th, 2003, 11:10 PM   #4
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I have a Miller DS-5 and have grown very fond of it. Huge improvement over my Manfrotto 501. But I use it for a PDX-10 and VX-2000. I wonder if the XL-1s needs something a little heavier? DS-10?

I got the DS-5 with aluminum legs from B&H for around $800. You will pay more for the carbon fiber legs, and a carrying case is extra too.
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Old October 30th, 2003, 11:45 PM   #5
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Don't overlook Cartoni and Libec either.

Cartoni fits right in there with Vinten and Sachtler. I have a Cartoni I use outdoors...it takes a beating and keeps working. If I could afford the big bucks, I'd like to get a bigger Cartoni head and carbon-fiber sticks.

Libec is a little lower on the scale, but seems to offer very good value for money...a nice step up from Bogen/Manfrotto. I have used Libec's largest head and it compares favorably with just about anything I have seen.

I used to use a Bogen 501 with the Wilderness tripod (can't remember #) and I couldn't figure out why pro tripods were so expensive. Then I had the opportunity to try a Cartoni and it was truly superior.

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Old November 5th, 2003, 05:57 PM   #6
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Where does Gitzo fit into the grand scheme? B&H has an under $2K model (G1380 system) with a leveling fluid head. It has two features which seem very impressive- variable fluid drag, and balancing springs, in 6 weight categories.
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Old November 5th, 2003, 06:11 PM   #7
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Marc, do a bit of searching in this forum. The topic has been discussed quite a bit, especially the gitzo. I found this very helpful when I was tripod shopping. There was a Gitzo that sounded really nice, but was a little more than I wanted to spend. Then there was a post of how you could order the head from Canada (I think) and save a lot, but you had to get legs and springs separately elsewhere. Sounded too complicated for me and I also read lots of good things about the Miller. I needed it in a hurry so I just went with the Miller at B&H....
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Old November 6th, 2003, 12:05 AM   #8
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For the budget-minded prosumer, what would you recommend between the Velbon PX 781 and the Bogen 3116? Any other suggestions in the $200 range?
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