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Old March 28th, 2005, 11:44 AM   #1
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Tripod for craning

It's that simple. I am looking for a tripod which can provide simple craning of at least a foot.

I have a consumer Sony tripod which does this, and it's a great effect, except for the bloody shaking (but the tripod is a runt to begin with.)

I need something which can support at least 6 pounds and not bounce around while craning. I'm looking for something that will offer the most bang for my buck while staying in a entry level professional price range.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 08:12 PM   #2
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I'm not really sure what you mean by craning.... can you explain?
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Old March 28th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #3
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Crane... Crane up crane down... moving a camera up and down. vertical movement of the camera.
Craning... tuchee?
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Old March 28th, 2005, 11:05 PM   #4
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Only 6 pounds?

Your crane will weigh a lot more than 6 pounds, especially with the counterweight.

Bob Jones of Skycrane recommends the Bogen 3051 tripod for his Skycrane, Jr. units. Dan Selakovich's book gives you instructions on how to modify a heavy-duty surveyor's tripod for under $100.

What crane do you have?
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Old March 29th, 2005, 03:51 AM   #5
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I think he means the movable vertical column on some tripods that allows you to raise and lower the camera height, rather than an actual crane?
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Old March 29th, 2005, 06:11 AM   #6
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I think the term we're looking at here is referred to as "pedestal". I use this quite a bit when there is not room or time to rig a crane. The Bogen/Manfrotto have nice medium priced rigs that allow for about 18" of travel down the centre column. My sticks are 028 Manfrotto.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 07:37 AM   #7
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Wow...
Ok. That got way to confussing way too quick.

I was naming the motion not the product... guess thats where the confussion arose? I dont need a crane to "crane" the camera, from my experience: "Crane" is the vertical motion of a camera. Sorry for the confussion.

Yes, Mr. Lewis i am talking about the vertical column: "the movable vertical column on some tripods that allows you to raise and lower the camera height."

That is what i am interested in. If there's confussion about what the actual motion is called, just forget about it.

Jimmy i've looked into the "Bogen/ manfrotto", and i love the name, but what exactly are they? Special kinds of tripods? Why the special name?

Hope this clears up some stuff.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 07:43 AM   #8
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Hi Nevin,
You do have a refreshing way of using the language. That's a compliment.

Try here: http://www.manfrotto.com/product/ite...1&sectionid=78

These tripods are sold in kits or you can pick 'em up by mix and match.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 09:25 AM   #9
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I've never seen a center post of a tripod that was meant to be used while tape/film is rolling. Have I missed something? The "tripods" used for TV pedestal up and down by a huge center column, but somehow I don't think this massive monster is what Nevin wants!

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Old March 29th, 2005, 10:02 AM   #10
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Here is vertical movement.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 11:24 AM   #11
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David: That riser looks awesome. Unfortunately i need something more travel friendly. I cant strap that to a backpack or use it very effectively in my line of work.

Dan: Maybe the center posts werent made for use during film but i work with what i have and it works for me. I'm just intrested in a tripod which is more stable than the cheap sony one i have now but not huge and cumbersome for location shoots.

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Old March 29th, 2005, 12:19 PM   #12
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Old March 29th, 2005, 01:36 PM   #13
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Haha,
Sorry. I'm in school, most of the time I have to call people by their last names, some times i dont. Force of habbit. Sorry Richard.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 02:54 PM   #14
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It is rather unconventional to attempt this kind of shot, but in the hands of a very steady operator it does have it's uses. The slow cranking down is almost always sped up in post so you get some neat stuff. Stop motion effect with a slow downward crawl. Spooky!
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Old March 30th, 2005, 09:09 AM   #15
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Nevin,

Is there a particular shot you are trying to do? Maybe we forum yokels can help.

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