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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #1
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Replacing my 503hdv

Well, I give up. My 503hdv has got to go. I am thinking of going with a different brand like Cartoni for my long shots. I put a sony z1u on it, mic and some other accessories.

I went to BH this past December, but their head displays had broken demos, so I never got a touch and feel that made me comfortable.

Can anyone recommend a head that is similar to the 503 but could handle long shots better?
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #2
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Steven, get a Vinten Vision 3AS, it fits on the 525 legs perfectly.
I ditched my 503hdv head cos it's crap and fitted a vision 3 as head, it is so much better.
I can't recommend the vinten head enough.
I have to say that the manfrotto 525 legs aren't that bad, not any wind up that i've noticed.

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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:39 AM   #3
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Thanks Paul

I'll do some research on it.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:45 AM   #4
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Hey Paul is it this one? Vinten | V4043-0001 Vision 3AS Fluid Head (Black) | V4043-0001
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Old December 20th, 2009, 12:53 PM   #5
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Yes that's the head.

You might want to read this review, from this site.

Vinten Vision 3 AS Tripod (1 of 4) at DVInfo.net


This head really is that good, from what i can gather there's noting else to touch it in this price range.

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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #6
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Nice review, head looks nice. Darn shame I live where I do, no touch and feel.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 02:31 AM   #7
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Pass me your contact details and ill get a loan system out to you so you can try before you buy.

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 09:18 AM   #8
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I need a new head too! It's the Cartoni Focus or the Vinten 3AS. The Cartoni seems like a safe call- I think I want the Vinten but I'm worried about weight. I use a Z5 and I often don't even put the mike on it so it's barly 5lbs. Sounds like that can be a problem on the Vinten since you can't change springs anymore. The camera can be a few pounds heavier when its got memory unit, wide lens, mike. etc but that not usually the case so I'd like a full range of adjustment. I'd also love to keep this head for quite a while (The largest camera that I think I would ever own is an EX3 or XL - 10lbs at the most)
I can't try before I but either
Any soothing words out there for my concerns?
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 10:02 AM   #9
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Sounds like that can be a problem on the Vinten since you can't change springs anymore.
Wrong, the spring is very easy to change,(less than 1 minute) just not meant to be changed by end users.
I'm sure that Peter Harman will advise you on what spring to have.


See my previous post about what Peter did for me.

Vinten Vision 3as and manfrotto legs, it fits !!

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 02:13 PM   #10
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Pass me your details and ill get our US team to contact you in January with a V3AS loaner. If there is anyone else reading this thread and would like to try the new Vision AS, contact me directly and ill pass your details on to our customer services teams that covers your area.

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Old December 25th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #11
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Sachtler FSB is the way to go. I have Canon gear, but a Sony Z1U should work with an FSB-6. Some with Sony EX cameras move up to the FSB-8.

You will be astounded at the difference in pans and tilts.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #12
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Steven, get a Vinten Vision 3AS, it fits on the 525 legs perfectly.
I ditched my 503hdv head cos it's crap and fitted a vision 3 as head, it is so much better.
I can't recommend the vinten head enough.
I have to say that the manfrotto 525 legs aren't that bad, not any wind up that i've noticed.

Paul.
Hey Paul, I have a demo kit that comes with the Vinten legs. The main difference is that these legs don't have a center raise bar. Sooooo, I'm not sure if I want the legs or not. Any thoughts? I like my Bogen sticks.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 06:34 AM   #13
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What do you mean by a centre raise bar ?
Will the Vinten head fit on your Bogen sticks ?
My Vision 3as head i still on my Manfrotto/Bogen legs, working great.

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Old January 16th, 2010, 10:05 AM   #14
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My bogen sticks have a crank that raises the center pole Manfrotto 3246 - 3246 W/O HEAD BLACK

I'm wondering what I would lose by putting the V head on the sticks. The V sticks have a spot for the center balance adjustment, I would lose that with the bogen tripod.

Update: So far so good on the action, it's miles from my 503dv. These sticks are probably high enough, although the feet are set for a spreader which I wouldn't need. I however run this camera on a dolly most of the time, so I'll have to toy with it a little. Also, I'll have to check into extension wands to see if V has those.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:14 PM   #15
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Verdict

Well, the Vinten Vision 3AS is a nice head, and it's probably something I will purchase. My sticks don't work on it, so I might keep the Vinten sticks as well. Although, the trouble with this is, I will lose a middle shaft raise and if the addon feet don't fit my 'round hole' dolly I will have to get a dolly that will work with the flat feet. And that's more $$$$

Soooooo, I'll be adding Vinten to my gear which is all Bogen.

I ended up buying the kit. Thank Vinten. Good stuff.
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