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Old November 11th, 2003, 11:21 PM   #1
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Miller DS10 or DS5 for DVX100

I'm torn between the two since the price difference is not much (~$100). Would the DS10 be overkill for the DVX? Thanks!
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Old November 12th, 2003, 12:17 AM   #2
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Only $100 difference? Either should be fine for the DVX100, depending on the pod/head size you feel most comfortable with.
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Old November 12th, 2003, 01:52 AM   #3
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Yep, B&H carries them (aluminum legs, not carbon) for 899.95(DS10)/799.95(DS5). I dont know what im comfortable with, i've never used a tripod :) I'm a total newbie...should i just drop the extra 100? is it worth it?
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Old November 12th, 2003, 03:25 AM   #4
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What's the weight difference? If it were me, I'd go for the DS10 for the DVX100, especially if it's going to heavily loaded. (It is a bit overkill, though.) If you're planning on carrying your gear around, I'd go with something lighter. Perhaps take a look here to see what's up with these 2 tripods: http://www.miller.com.au
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Old November 12th, 2003, 09:27 AM   #5
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I have the DS-5 which I use with a Sony VX-2000 and PDX-10. I think it would be fine for the DVX-100 from what little I know of it. Look at the specs, I think the DS-10 is designed for heavier cameras? Also, do a search here on tripods, which is what I did before buyiing. There is some discussion on this specific choice and IIRC that's what led me to go for the DS-5 instead of the DS-10.

But I am really happy with the DS-5, it produces beautiful, smooth motion even at maximum telephoto zoom. I had been using a Manfrotto 501 for several years before getting it, and thought that wasn't such a bad head. But the Miller is in a whole different league.

I have the aluminum legs on my Miller, and it's certainly heavier than my old Manfrotto 3221/501. But it's not unmanageable in any way. I hike around with it, along with a full camera bag. It has an included shoulder strap but the carryiing case is a relatively expensive accessory which I opted not to get.
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Old December 7th, 2003, 03:58 PM   #6
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I have the Ds-10 and I love it. The new ones have an adjustable counterbalance which makes it perfect for this camera. The weight of the DVX100 used to be right in a notch beteen the two tripods: ie, if loaded, it was too heavy for the DS5, and if stripped, it was too light for the DS-10. Now with the adjustable counterbalance, the load range of the ds10 has been extended, perfect for both situations. I have owned both ds10s and consider the new one perfect both for a stripped dvx100 and a loaded one (mattebox, follow focus, 16x9 monitor, large battery and radio mics). It is even there if I get or use a much larger camera, so for me the extra $$$ is well worth it.

Good luck, Millers are really great tripods!!!
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I have the Ds-10 and I love it. The new ones have an adjustable counterbalance which makes it perfect for this camera. The weight of the DVX100 used to be right in a notch beteen the two tripods: ie, if loaded, it was too heavy for the DS% and if stripped, it was too light for the DS-10. Now with the adjustable counterbalance, the load range of the ds10 has been extended, perfect for both situations. I have owned both ds10s and consider the new one perfect for a stripped dvx100 and a loaded one (mattebox, follow focus, 16x9 monitor, large battery and radio mics). It is even there if I get or use a much larger camera, so for me the extra $$$ is well worth it.

Good luck, Millers are really great tripods!!!
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