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Old January 18th, 2005, 04:36 PM   #1
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Tripod for PD-150

I'm looking for anyone with advice for purchasing a versatile tripod and head for a PD-150? We are doing documentary work so we will be on the go a lot. I need something light, durable, and that sets up quickly. I am pretty new to shopping for tripods but from the looking I have done it seems that I definitely want to get a True Fluid Head. We also will be purchasing the dolly attachments. So This is kind of loaded but those are some of the specifications I am looking for and I was wondering where are the good places to go shopping for this. I know about B & H but not much else. And finally, our budget maxes out at about $2000. Anyone with any leads? Thanks.
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Old January 18th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #2
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I use a Vinten Vision 3 with my PD-170 and I love it. Should fit within your budget too. Use either the #2 or #3 spring depending on what you've got hanging off it.
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Old January 19th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #3
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I saw that Vinten recommended somewhere else as well. Thanks for the lead. I did see that on the Vinten website they recommend the #1 Spring. Do you think I should do the #2?
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Old January 19th, 2005, 11:22 AM   #4
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I was also wondering if a floor spreader or mid level spreader is preferred? and for what conditions?
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Old January 19th, 2005, 02:39 PM   #5
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I like the #2 spring (I thought that's what Vinten recommended for the 150) but with a 16:9 lens, Matte box, full mic with mini-screen, 6.5" LCD and cords everywhere the #3 feels better.
I like the floor spreader except for outside on grass or rocks, then I wish for a middle spreader. But the floor spreader seems more stable to me.
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Old January 19th, 2005, 06:50 PM   #6
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<<<-- Originally posted by Bret Hoekema : I was also wondering if a floor spreader or mid level spreader is preferred? and for what conditions? -->>>

Get yourself a mid-spreader and DIY a wooden triangle as floor spreader. That should be the best of both worlds for less money.


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