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Old January 27th, 2004, 07:14 PM   #1
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Need a tripod but don't want to break the bank

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I was looking at this tripod on ebay and was wondering if any of you have opinions. Here is the url

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2981872709&category=30094&rd=1

The problem I have with existing "fluid head" tripod is that I think it would appreciate a heavier camera than the xl1s. What happens on pans is that it stutters and it's very difficult to pan smoothly. You can forget about moving up and down without yerks. Is it my technique?

What is also a problem is the fact that the xl1s tends to be fron heavy and I have to tighten the up/down level so that the camera doesn't tip forward on its own. This is very annoying for a steady shot as you start to see the camera droop in the viewfinder.

Obviously, I have a crap tripod so please enlighten me. What am I looking for.... ???
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Old January 27th, 2004, 08:32 PM   #2
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Browse through this section of the forum; it's literally filled with similar q&a threads.

Bogen and Libec are two popular brands in the low-to-mid-range of tripods and heads. As simple as tripods and heads may seem, reliable, smooth rigs are relatively expensive to manufacture.
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Old January 28th, 2004, 12:09 PM   #3
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Look at the Libecs, after that the Bogens.
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Old January 28th, 2004, 05:07 PM   #4
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Donie,

That tripod looks a bit inadequate for a camera of that size.

Try looking up Manfrotto 525 legs with a 503 or 501 head.
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Old January 28th, 2004, 09:10 PM   #5
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Is the head more important?

Hi all

Thanks for the advice but I already have a pretty good tripod. I will look up the name later but I'm wondering if it's the head that makes the most difference. The one I have is crap and doesn't allow smooth movement at all.

How about I put a 501 head on my tripod? Is the fitting universal. I think the tripod is a Manfrotto. Will that make a difference?

What's the difference between the 501 and 503 head. They look indentical?

Thanks for the help
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Old January 29th, 2004, 05:58 PM   #6
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I believe the 503 is a true fluid head (more expensive) and the 501 which is the one I have is some type of teflon pad system (cheaper).

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Old January 29th, 2004, 06:27 PM   #7
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My tripod

Hi all

My tripod is a Manfrotto #200. I was looking at it and I'm not sure whethere the 501 head will fit on it or not. Does anybody have any idea if it will work or not?

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Old January 29th, 2004, 09:54 PM   #8
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Almost all tripod heads will fit since there are only two standard threads, 1/4 and 3/8 inch. Unless you have one of the ball-bottom heads. Even those usually allow you to remove the ball and mount it flat to the tripod. Assuming the tripod is flat on top to start with.

Ask Bogen.

You will never be happy with anything but a true fluid head if you are at all critical about your camera moves.
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Old January 30th, 2004, 10:22 AM   #9
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There are a few differences with the 503 and the 501.

check out www.b-hague.co.uk they tell you the differences.

Both can be mounted on a bowl.
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Old January 30th, 2004, 10:23 AM   #10
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Old January 30th, 2004, 10:37 AM   #11
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Woooo... expensive. Ä600+ for the 503 head with tripod.

I think I better stop doing pans and tilts ;)

Thanks for the help guys. I now know what I have on my wish list...

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Old January 30th, 2004, 11:20 AM   #12
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Try looking at the Libecs, they are cheaper. They are not as good as the Bogens but they have a good reputation on this board.

Having a ball leveler with your tripod is certainly nice. It really speeds up leveling your camera and once you have one you won't go back.
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Old January 30th, 2004, 05:50 PM   #13
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Hi Nathan

I'm not too long as this game and I supspect that a Libec is a slang for some manafacturer as I can't find it on google. Can you enlighten me?

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Old January 30th, 2004, 06:02 PM   #14
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Try www.cke.co.uk for the Libec line.

Don't know why you couldn't find Libec, itís a manufacturer, not slang.

In my opinion, the cheaper ones are a bit crappy, but check them out.
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Old January 30th, 2004, 06:07 PM   #15
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silly me

Ok, silly me, I was searching for "Libecs" and not "Libec". I should have copped that one...

Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.
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