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Old December 11th, 2004, 08:49 AM   #1
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Yet another Tripod Question

I hate to just ask, but there are so many choices I can't seem to make any headway.

I'm in the market for a tripod. I don't want to spend much more than 300-350 tops. Less is better I suppose.

Most of the time I will be shooting using:
Sony HC85
Sony TRV840
Canon Optura 300
(All light Cameras)

But I also use a couple of times a month the Canon XL1s so the tripod must be able to handle it fairly smoothly as well.

I hear alot about the Bogen 501. Would this be a good choice?

I'm also unsure about which legs to get. I really don't mind weight. As long as they aren't extremely heavy they should be fine.

Any help in this subject would be greatly appreciated.

Just searching on Bogen/Manfrotto's site just stresses me out. ;)
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Old December 11th, 2004, 12:44 PM   #2
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I bought a Velbon Super Ace tripod recently (sorry, that's all the information the box says :-)) for my XL1S and it's very good, and very stable.
It costed me 220 euro's, new.

Good luck.
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Old December 12th, 2004, 07:59 PM   #3
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How smooth is the panning on it?

Fluid Head?
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Old December 21st, 2004, 09:51 AM   #4
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Hi Brandon
I also have the xl1s and wanted a reasonably priced tripod,
I managed to get a Velbon DV 7000 for 80 GBP it is fluid head
and does the job nicely I am not sure of your location but if
converted to American money, it would be 154 USD

hope that helps you
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 12:35 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. It looks like I would have to order it from the uk and have it shipped here though.

I really would like to go the bogen/manfrotto route, but am unsure if I can get a cheap head/leg setup that will allow me to use both my super light MiniDV cams and my XL1s.
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