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Old December 5th, 2003, 11:21 AM   #1
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What is a micro fluid head?

I'm looing into getting a suitable tripod/head combo, and for the price range I'm in ($150-250) I keep seeing micro fluid heads. What are these? Are they worth looking in to? How much different are they to say, the Bogen 501, which seems to be an entry level fluid head.
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Old December 10th, 2003, 04:14 PM   #2
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From what I can ascertain, the micro heads are for small cameras "up to 4Kg in weight," so like up to 8 pound cameras.

The 501 will work for heavier cameras (up to 12 pounds) and seems to be the more "professional" model for bigger cameras.
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Old December 11th, 2003, 01:00 PM   #3
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Hey Chris,
Adding to what Clayton indicated, there is foot-print of your cam you have to consider, because micro head generally comes with a smaller platform. It brings a little inconvenience when mounting and dismounting if your cam is big.
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Old December 11th, 2003, 01:02 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone.

My cam is a DVX100, so I guess that means a micro fluid head would be fine???

any suggestions on a good one?
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Old December 12th, 2003, 09:39 AM   #5
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All I can tell you is that my XM2 (GL2) fits well on my 128RC head. It is not a micro fluid head though and it comes with a Q. release plate which is quite handy.
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Old December 12th, 2003, 10:58 AM   #6
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Chris,

If you're considering a head that doesn't have a Quick Release, you may want to reconsider. Unless you're mostly studio, I'm betting that you'll be on and off the sticks more than you might think and without a QR, you may not be happy!
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Old December 12th, 2003, 11:03 AM   #7
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The 501 doesn't have a plate with a quick release?
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Old December 12th, 2003, 11:18 AM   #8
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Yes, 501 does have a sliding Q. Release plate.
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Old December 12th, 2003, 11:23 AM   #9
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Hey Colin,

Are you happy with your 128RC head?

I'm basically looking for something that can give me smooth pan and tilts for shots in a scripted video (no super zooms or anything where any sticking at all would be a huge deal)
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Old December 12th, 2003, 11:29 AM   #10
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I haven't shot much. But I am happy with it when I play it around. I notice there is a small back lag when you stop panning, it is not that noticeable unless you pull in full tele. I tend not to leave my hand off the pan bar whenever I stop panning, that requires some practice though. 128RC is fluid in both tilt and pan movement, but it does not have indepedent knob to fix the position like 501.
501 is a pro type head and it is way pricey than 128RC.
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Old December 12th, 2003, 11:36 AM   #11
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One more thing, if budget allows get a remote control fastened to the pan bar. I am saving some $ to get one .... don't know when.
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Old December 12th, 2003, 11:51 AM   #12
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You mean like a focus/zoom control?

...not a bad idea. how much are they?
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Old December 12th, 2003, 12:00 PM   #13
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I don't know the price in your country. But it is almost same price of my video head + tripod here.
Ken Tanada puts two reviews on these gadget, which are listed on top of the forum.
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