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Old September 24th, 2002, 05:58 AM   #1
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Tripod For XM2/GL2

Hallo I'm new to digital cameras, I've bougth an XM2 one month ago and i'm very happy, but for some shots I've noticed that a tripod should be very useful. But I know anything about tripods. I have a budget of 500 sFR (~350$). Can someone give me some advices.

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Old September 24th, 2002, 03:52 PM   #2
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Libec M20

I think the Libec M20 would be your best bet. Some of the Watchdog vendors sell them, but as you are in Switzerland....
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Old September 24th, 2002, 04:19 PM   #3
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I'll second the Libec unless you get a big break on Manfrotto tripods and heads. Your budget is right in the middle of many tripods. The Libec should only run about $200. There's not much else until you hit $450 to $500.

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Old September 25th, 2002, 01:30 AM   #4
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The libec Tripod seems to be intresting and has a fluid head i'll check the price here in switzerland.

Before I was thinking at a sony vct-870RM for the remote controller, but the 870 hasn't a fluid head. The sony vct-1170RM seems cool but it's 829 sFR (~520$) too much for me.

Are there alternatives for lanc remotes?

Tnx Dave
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Old September 25th, 2002, 06:34 AM   #5
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VariZoom makes controllers http://www.varizoom.com/index.htm If you use the search function (search for varizoom) you'll see it is highly regarded by most. There are reviews on DV Info, click the link at the bottom.

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Old September 28th, 2002, 01:48 PM   #6
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Hi yesterday i went to some photo/video shops in Zürich looking for an intresting tripod. I didn't find any libec, are they released in europe? I found a manfrotto with 500mv legs and 136 head for 589 sFr (~400$) Is it a good leg/head set? Is the price ok?
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Old September 30th, 2002, 08:56 AM   #7
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Manfrotto has a different distributer in the Us so it is sometimes difficult to compare models. In the US the tripod is #3141 and the head is #3063. The #3063 Mini fluid head is around $125. It would not be my first choice in fluid heads. It is modestly priced and it's pan and tilt are not very smooth. It is not a true fluid head and uses friction to dampen the action. This accounts for the lack of smooth control. The #3141 legs are a pro 2 stage tripod. Very nice construction and given reasonable care, can last lifetime. It includes a ground spreader, which is not as versatile as a mid-level spreader outside. It retails for around $350 to $400 depending on color (425 extra for black). The #3141 requires a 100mm bowl fluid head. The 3063 is not a 100mm bowl head and requires the #3141 Ball and is around $50. It does not appear that Bogen packages these pieces as a kit in this country.

Video tripods are only as good as their weakest link. The #3063 heads leaves much to be desired in my opinion. I would look at either the #3460 ($250) or the #516 ($400). They will both require the 3141 Ball to adapt them to the 100mm bowl tripod.

Your original combination seems a good deal, price wise ($400 vs. $575). Check see if the dealer can order in other heads more suitable for the XM2.

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