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Old January 13th, 2004, 10:36 PM   #1
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Miller Tripod DS5 or DS10 for XM2?

Hi All,

I have been researching tripods recently, and I know that the DS5 would be quite sufficient for my XM2's payload, but would the extra features on the DS10 have much of an impact on the XM2's operation? (ie. would it perform better?) The DS10 features I'm refering to are the selectable tilt counterbalance, and adjustable pan and tilt drag.

I have seen Ken Tanaka's post regarding Sachtler DV6, but that is a bit over priced for me at the moment and perhaps an overkill for the XM2.

Any info would be appreciated.
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Old January 13th, 2004, 11:16 PM   #2
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The DS5 is plenty for the GL2.
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Old January 13th, 2004, 11:33 PM   #3
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Jack,
I also have a Miller DS-10 and like it quite a bit.

We have many threads and posts on the Millers, so a Search should be productive. You might be interested in this thread. Although the discussion concerns the DVX100 you can ignore the camera-specific references since the cameras are nearly identical in size and weight. (I have a GL2 and DVX100.)

As Frank noted, the DS-5 will certainly handle the light load of your XM2. Miller makes good products. I do, however, advise tripod/head buyers to consider that this purchase will probably long outlive your current camera. So it often pays to buy just a a bit better of a rig than you really need right now.
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Old January 14th, 2004, 02:32 AM   #4
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Thanx guys for your responses.

At the moment I'm getting prices for both models, but the DS10 with two stage legs will probably be my pick especially like you mentioned Ken, it will probably out live the camera, which I haven't really thought about.

Anyway thanx for the links and info!
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Old January 27th, 2004, 05:22 AM   #5
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Just to let you know guys, I have just picked up the miller #824 system, which is a DS5 head with two stage alloy legs, telescopic mid spreader, soft bag, and other accessories.

FYI: Although I didn't get the DS10 (incase of a camera upgrade), I could always upgrade the head at a later stage and keep the legs which will in fact happily hold both the DS10 & DS20 heads without a problem.

In any case, I just don't know how I did without it for so long :)

http://www.miller.com.au/products.cf...0&productID=77

Cheers and again thanx for your help.
Jack
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