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Old March 1st, 2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a tripod system with adjustable pan and tilt drag. Can you recommend one, or two, or three?
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Old March 1st, 2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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I come from the still world, so I started with a Manfrotto 055X tripod (about $140 at B&H), and later added a Manfrotto 502HD head ($170 at B&H). I'm very happy with the combo. B&H has a kit, sticks and head and carrying case, for $330. I found the head used, but barely, on eBay for a bit less.

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Old March 1st, 2013, 10:43 PM   #3
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It would help to know what you plan to mount on said tripod and how you intend to use it. Mostly locked off, attaching slider, etc.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 11:09 PM   #4
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I'm going to use the tripod with a camcorder, a Canon HF-G10 to be precise (It's the same as the XA10).

Weight wise, since I'm going to be attaching an XLR adapter and a portable audio recorder, the weight will most likely add up to about 4 lbs.

I would like to be able to do a lot of pans and some tilts.

I had a Manfrotto 501 head until a couple of years ago. It was OK, but I'd like to have something that is less bulky, but provides more precise control.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 04:22 AM   #5
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Has anyone had any experience with Dracast tripods? They appear to be well-built, but reviews are scant online.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 05:04 AM   #6
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I recently picked up a Manfrotto flat base 502HD head to go on my 3221WN sticks, and am pretty happy with this compromise setup. Leveling the thing without a proper ball blows, but they have an adapter that can be added to the head in the future when I get a proper set of video sticks.

The head itself is insanely large, but pans and tilts are decent enough for a head that's well under $200.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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Have you looked at the fancier 270a I think it will be right up your street and price.
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