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Old June 24th, 2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Cheap tripod now, with good head later, as an upgrade path?

Hey guys,

I am not a fan of throwing good money on top of bad money. So here's the general question: can you put a decent fluid head on top of a cheap metal tripod? One-man-band operation and all that...




This is what I bought:

Davis & Sanford - Vista Voyager Tripod with FZ10 - VOYAGER3H -

It is metal and seems a decent build compared to everything else I saw in that range.

Will I be able to buy a fluid head when I'm ready, and use it on this thing? Or am I kidding myself? This is for a light, dSLR cam. (The newly mighty gh1)



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Old June 24th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #2
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It doesn't look like it has a levelling bowl, which makes it slow to set up for video, assuming you can find a fluid head that will interface with it when you upgrade.

The head itself is OK for stills, but pretty useless for anything other than locked off shots when shooting video.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 09:02 AM   #3
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Oh man. Ok, more to learn bowls and bases. Didn't know about that before.

I tend to over-research anything I buy, but needed to just get a tripod so I can start working on a project with static shots immediately.

I guess I'll consider it a stopgap and necessary waste for now.

Thanks for helping out a newbie, Brian.
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