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Old April 3rd, 2014, 06:31 AM   #16
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G'day Sticks.

Certainly did say NZ. It's for my day job, so taking a little video kit for some hobby stuff, nothing big.

My last workshop is in Dunedin so perhaps I can buy you a beer on the evening of Friday May 30?

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Old April 3rd, 2014, 02:27 PM   #17
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A friend has the Safari, it's much bigger and heavier than the 190 or 055, but almost as light including head and bag. Build quality of the head looks similar to the Fancier style that are cheap on ebay.
The head on the Safari is exactly the same one on the Fancier/Weifeng, everything is the same between my WF717 and the Safari.

My Miller DS5 is much smoother but a lot heavier and doesn't fold down as small.

I've had my Safari for about 3 years, and sure it's cheap but it's holding up well for weekend use with my GH2 and GH3 + 100-300.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 01:36 AM   #18
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Thanks for posting that article Ryan. Despite the reports you referred to, I'm going to give the Gitzo GT1542T a try. Still uncertain about a head. I used to have the manfrotto 701 but didn't care for it.

Not high quality but I'm going to see what this is like.
Varavon 103HD Fluid Video Head VASC-103HD B&H Photo Video

I did read one review that said it was good value for the cost.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 08:21 AM   #19
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Not high quality but I'm going to see what this is like. Varavon 103HD Fluid Video Head VASC-103HD B&H Photo Video

I did read one review that said it was good value for the cost.
This is the same head as the Fancier/Weifeng/E-Image/Safari without the bowl and a slightly different plate. You'll find the same thing under several names on Ebay.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 10:54 AM   #20
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Kin, you say your Safari is holding up well which I take as a comment that it hasn't started to fall apart since you've had it. What would you say about the smoothness of pans and tilts? Could it take a GH3 with a larger lens, the sigma 18-35 for example. A little longer physically and .64 lbs. heavier.

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Old April 4th, 2014, 11:41 AM   #21
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The problem with the 18-35/1.8 will be balance, but weight wise, no problem, I've used it with my Sigma 50-500 which has a dedicated tripod mount.

Smoothness differs a fair bit btwn winter and summer (it's not a true fluid head). At subzero temps, it's quite stiff for pans and tilts, and benefits from more weight being on the head.

In warmer weather, it's quite a bit better.

There's little adjustment available for pan's, pretty well all or nothing (just a friction screw). The tilt adjustment is more flexible with variable drag.

The part that wearing the most is probably the adjustable bowl, it's not particular smooth to begin with. Just have to twist a bit harder.
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Old April 6th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #22
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The head's adjustable mounting plate along with a well positioned cheese plate should take care of any balance issues.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 04:33 AM   #23
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I really like the Manfrotto 500 head Jase. I'm sure I looked at the Weifeng and it was heavier, although worth double checking.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the 500. With only little weight on it performance is good. I have to try the Sony on it. Lots of little things to impress too. Side load head? Awesome!

Only thing even with the 190 legs I've got is it's just easier to rest a hand on the tripod while panning. Other than that? Gold.
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