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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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100mm vs. 75mm bowls?

Hi guys,

I'm wondering what your thoughts are as to the practical differences between 75mm and 100mm tripods/heads?

I'm fairly set on the idea of a 2-10kg payload range tripod to accommodate various riggings of large-sensor cameras (DSLRs, FS100s, F3s, various rigs etc) but can't quite decide whether to go the 75mm or 100mm route. A used Cartoni Focus with new Miller Solo 100mm legs will set me back roughly the same price as a new Miller Compass 12/Solo Legs 75mm setup (and both offer the same payload range), so which would be the smarter investment?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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Re: 100mm vs. 75mm bowls?

Hi, Mark............

With 100mm, you're buying upgradability and a more rigid support, at the cost of increased weight and wear and tear on your back/ shoulders.

Shooting HD means there's no such thing as "too rigid" a support, so 100mm never goes amiss, all things being equal, of course.

The problem comes with the format of the sticks themselves.

The difference in rigidity between a 75mm and 100mm receiver won't show up all that much on sticks with single tube legs, ie: a 1:1:1:1 configuration, as they simply cannot and will not behave like either twin tube or nested I beam legs.

Bump the leg configuration up to 2:2:1 or even better, 2: 2: 2 and you'll see a massive difference in rigidity and a commensurate pounding of your spine.

A 2:2:1 75mm will trounce a 100mm 1:1:1 or a 2:1:1 every time, build quality being equal.

Know nothing about Miller sticks, so can't help you there.

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Old March 25th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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Re: 100mm vs. 75mm bowls?

It does thanks Chris.

My main interest in single tube sticks, lies in the speed and flexibility (being able to throw them up quickly and in a greater variety of locations/terrains).

In your own (many and varied) tests, have you found single tube sticks that much less rigid than multi-tube options, that you avoid them for your own shooting?
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Old March 25th, 2012, 10:32 PM   #4
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Well, I must confess, I have never, ever tested a set of single tube (1:1:1) video sticks, simply never come my way.

I've tested one set of 2:1:1 sticks which, quite frankly, were the worst thing I've ever tested as far as rigidity went, no names, no pack drill, but from one of the leaders of the pack.

I take my stance from an answer I got from a certain company, which will not be named by me but you're thinking of buying, when asked this simple question:

"Would you recommend single tube sticks for shooting HD?"

"NO!"

That's all I needed.

Game, set and match.


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