Cartoni Action Pro -- AP10 or AP11 head? at

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Tripod Sticks & Heads

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 12th, 2004, 07:14 PM   #1
Regular Crew
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 78
Cartoni Action Pro -- AP10 or AP11 head?

I have had it with Bogen. Bogen's low-end kits are probably great for still cameras but not for video.

I bought the 3051 legs and first tried the 3130 head with a VX2100. The 3130 has no provision for balancing the cam and no tilt or pan locks. The VX would slowly drop its lens. I could crank the friction knob tight but then the tilts were way to heavy. So, I exchanged it for the 501.

The 501 has a provision to balance the camera and it has tilt and pan locks. I thought that this would work for me. However, as many people have reported, the 501 suffered stiction in both the tilts and pans, so I took it back. BTW the tilt & pan locks were not a positive lock, it was really like cranking the friction knob tighter.

I have finally convinced myself that one just HAS to spend more money to get even a DECENT video tripod.

I have been looking at the Cartoni Action Pro because it is the least expensive compared to Miller, Vinten, et al. There are none of these in town, which means that I would have to order them from the Internet, so I need some help because I don't want to have to return any more equipment.

A few questions...

1. Is the AP10 or AP11 in the same league as a Miller DS5/DS10 or Sachtler DV-2 II?

2. If the Cartoni is a good product, which head should I choose for my VX2100; AP10 or AP11? (right now my vx is bare but I anticipate some options)

3. What is your best-bang-for-the-buck recommendation?

Thanks guys...
Nick Reed is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Tripod Sticks & Heads

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:02 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network