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Old October 19th, 2002, 11:18 PM   #1
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what is te alternate number of the 503 tripod head?

Looking at Bogen tripod heads, I noticed that the number for a 501 head is 3433. what is the alternate number for the 503 Bogen head?
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Just found it on another site. Its 3460--but since you are here do you recommend any sticks for the 503 head I am going to purchase?
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Old October 20th, 2002, 12:22 AM   #2
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Hello Kelly,
If you use the Search function (at top of each page) and look for "503" you'll find an *overwhelming* abundance of opinions and experiences on this topic. The 503 head seems to be the principal value choice for XL1s shooters. You didn't explicitly note what camera you'll be mounting but I assume (by posting originally in the XL1s forum) that it's an XL1s.

I'm moving yourr thread to our "Support Your Local Camera" forum which is more appropriate for this topic.
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Old October 20th, 2002, 02:55 AM   #3
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Go to:

www.manfrotto.com

They have everything in the regular codes and the US Bogen codes.
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Old October 20th, 2002, 01:01 PM   #4
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I would recommend sticks heavier than the 3221s that I have now.

Another suggestion is that if you combo does not have a leveler to get one. I have the Bogen 3502 (Manfrotto 438) and recommend it highly.
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Old October 22nd, 2002, 08:29 PM   #5
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I am still having a lot of trouble finding a tripod combination. I really didn't think this would be that difficult. I have pretty much decided on a Bogen 503 head. But I am not sure of what sticks to use with it. What sticks do I get and do I buy separately or do I try to find a package deal? Before anyone says it, yes, I have been to b&h and to Zotz to check out their items, but all the different numbers and models have me extremely confused. I have been a news photog longer than I want to admit--so I am used to all the good equipment (of course it wasn't on my dime). I am looking to spend $250-
$300 on a sticks and a head, but man the choices have thrown me for a loop!! HELP

P.S. This is for an XL1s
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Old October 22nd, 2002, 08:55 PM   #6
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I think you'll need to revise your budget. The Bogen 503 (3460) Pro Video Head runs around $250. Aminimum set of sticks with a 75mm bowl will be about equal. The Bogen 3182B come to mind. The set usually runs around $500. I will caution that this is barely marginal for the XL1. The pans and tilts are not the smoothest. However, to get a better head you'll end up near $800 for a kit.

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Old October 22nd, 2002, 09:03 PM   #7
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thanks Jeff,
I noticed the price on the 503 heads on my last browse. Don't know what I was thinking. Probably will go with the 501 to stay under budget. Worked with a guy just recently that had a 501 head and I think 3221 sticks. I messed around with his 501 and found it to be adequate. I guess for a first time kit , what he had will do until I can make some money and buy better later. Does you have any advice on the 3233 sticks? I saw a package deal on b&h for those sticks with a 501 head for $321. I could probably go that route for now. Thanks for the reply.
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Old October 22nd, 2002, 09:15 PM   #8
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Also, went to Manfrotto and only saw about 3 choices for sticks. Am I missing something?
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Old October 22nd, 2002, 09:15 PM   #9
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Hey, we've all gotta live within our budgets. Nothing wrong with that. The nice thing about Bogen equipment is that it holds it's value very well. It will sell in a couple of years for almost new if its not all beat up.

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Old October 22nd, 2002, 11:06 PM   #10
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Hey Kelly:

I just picked up a 501 w/ 3221 sticks on eBay for $270... just like new.

Take everyone's advice and get yourself a ball leveler for it. It'll run ya about $70 including shipping, and it's well worth it.
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Old October 23rd, 2002, 04:07 AM   #11
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Kelly,

You're missing something. I've got the Manfrotto catalog in front of me and I assure you it's jam-packed with tripods. You can find the same info up at:

www.manfrotto.com
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Old October 23rd, 2002, 08:31 AM   #12
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You may also want to look at the Libec

Zotz's also handles the Libec. The M20 would be way too light for the XL-1, but they do make a model for the XL-1 and it will be cheaper than the Bogen/Manfrotto.
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