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Old January 31st, 2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Manfrotto 701HDV or Gitzo G2180 For GH2

I'm looking for any hands-on info regarding these two heads. From what I can tell, these are my two best options for my budget. I know I won't be getting $1000 movements, but these are probably the best I can afford right now. I'll be using it for my Panisonic GH2 with only a few add-ons (light weight). From what I can tell, the G2180 has some level of counterbalancing which is why I would pay more for it if the pan/tilt movements are as good or better then the 701HDV. Is ether one better regarding tension control?

Any hands-on experience welcome.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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I use the 701 with my GH2 and it works great but I don't have any other experience with proper heads so I couldn't tell you which to buy.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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Went with 701HDV

I just re-calculated my budget and decided to go with the 701HDV. It should do for 6 months or so. Hopefully some more affordable DSLR based heads (i.e. 704HDV - with counterbalancing and better drag control) will come out within the next year or so.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 10:18 PM   #4
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Have you tried Libec? the LS22DV is nice for a GH2. They're only $325 for sticks and head. You can buy the head separately I believe. I know for a fact it's much better than the lowly 701.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 05:09 PM   #5
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I did think of that head (H22) but couldn't find it by itself. I've already ordered the 701HDV thinking I would replace it in 6 months or so if funds become more available.

Thanks for the input.
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