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Old October 22nd, 2006, 08:56 AM   #181
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Some tripods, usually available on better tripod, have a "ball type" mount.

This allows you to level the camera, without having to adjust the legs.

The ball mount can usually be separated from the tripod legs. The ball mount, usually called a "half ball" is the part that attaches to the bottom of your camera and sits in the bowl shaped top of your tripod legs.

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So, if you have a proper tripod with the "ball", separate the two parts and you should have what you need. Or buy the parts separately.

As you stated, these usually come in three sizes, 75mm, 100mm and 150mm, other sizes may be available.

A "Top Hat" is the name of a small device that has the "Bowl" and some short legs to mount to some other price, such as a piece of plywood, or a dolloy, etc.

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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...rch&Q=&ci=3912

I would recommend staying away from the 75mm equipment unless you have a very light camera. 100mm is more common and supports more weight. 150mm is for heavy cameras, usually heavy film cameras.
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 09:05 AM   #182
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Thanks a lot, it finally is clear to me, because i just did not know what is was missing. But it's that 'ball type mount'. (our tripod doesn't have that) Great, now I know what to look for.
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 11:58 AM   #183
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For the record I use a sachtler dv8 which has a 75mm ball mount on my xl-h1 and it works great. I've also used it with the xlh1 and a mini 35 with no problems, any more weight then that though would probably be too much. Also the "top hat" is sometimes called (at least on the west coast) a "high hat" and there is a lower to the ground version called... wait for it.... a "low hat"
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 08:03 AM   #184
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Nick is correct, I should have said "High Hat".
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 01:35 AM   #185
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Tripod for XL1

Just bought a Manfrotto / Bogen 503 351mvb2 Kit tripod for my Canon XL1. Does anyone have any experience with this tripod??
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:32 AM   #186
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XL1 Tripod

Like other noobies, I was looking for a sturdy tripod for the XL1 that wouldn't break the bank. I didn't see the Davis & Sanford ProVista 12 with F12 Fluid Head tripod mentioned in the older thread, and thought I'd pass along my experience. Bought one off eBay new for Christmas, and it's been great. Very sturdy, easy adjustments, smooth tracking. Of course, it's not a Bogen or Manfrotto, but it didn't cost $500 either. Bought mine for $125 delivered from 47th Street Photo via eBay.

Thought others might be interested in this tripod.
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