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Old January 4th, 2005, 03:28 PM   #1
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Dynatran quality???

I need an inexpensive tripod (at least better than the one I'm currently using;freebie that came with GL2) that will allow me to get by until I can procure the funds for a reliable/professional tripod/head. Saw some Dynatran going fairly cheap on ebay, but I'm only familiar with Bogen...just wondering if one of these would be worth my $ (probably less than $50 incl. shipping) until I can get something better. Would only be used for taping weekly church services.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 05:26 PM   #2
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Sorry, have never heard of this brand. Most likely it will be pretty lousy at that price. I understand the budget thing, but throwing away $50 is not a good idea either. At that cost it probably won't be much better than your "freebie." I've seen several cheap tripods break without warning due to cheap plastic parts. In a couple cases the heads have snapped right off - and one of them was a tripod that appeared to be pretty solid, costing over $100. Would have been a disaster if I didn't have a grip on my camera!

If at all possible, save your money a little longer until you can get into the entry level Bogen/Manfrotto or Libec lines ~$150 typically. You can also look at the tripod specials at B&H Photo, one of DVinfo's sponsors http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...rch&Q=&ci=5167. They offer several in your price range, but of course you get what you pay for. At least in the case of B&H you know you're dealing with a reputable company that will give you good service if you have a problem.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 06:50 PM   #3
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I've heard of Dynatran. I don't know about their tripods, but I've heard their C-Stands are pretty flimsy.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 07:59 PM   #4
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Thanks Boyd!
Thanks Joshua!

I had a feeling I might be wasting money, but at the same time I was optimistic I could wind up with something a little better than what I've got now.

I had a thought the other day; try to adapt a spare Ultimate speaker support I own. They are superb for large weight stabilization (up to 100 lbs. I think), and since I have an extra, why not? It would just be a matter of finding a way to attach a fluid head to the support pole. And the extended height of the Ultimate is easily 72", which would put the camera above head level when the congregation was standing (That's one of my other current problems - older, flat sanctuary; I sometimes have to stand on my chair to see where the pastor is or who might be cueing up to speak next when the sanctuary is full and everyone is standing). Time to head downstairs to my laboratory...this way, Igor

Thanks again for the quick replies!
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