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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:41 PM   #76
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I got the Manfrotto 515MVB sticks and like them for the weight -7.5 pounds. I do a lot of news photography and they are light to carry but with one drawback.The tripod folds up so compactly, you can't get your fingers in there to pick it up. It looks great folded, but unless you have hands the size of a basketball player, you had better use a strap to carry it. As far as functionality though, it is really solid. I got the lower level spreader, but will change to the mid level for ease of set up outside.

I use the Vinten Vision 3 head and love it - smooth as silk. I use the Canon XL2 with it.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 08:47 PM   #77
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Bogen...

Bogen/Manfrotto's 503,351MVB2K is a grate choice and costs only $495!!!
If you don't want to spend around $1500 with other brands (which no doubt are very good) then the above mentioned tripod is the one.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 10:44 PM   #78
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Sticks for the XL2. I just got off a shoot using the indie dolly sticks (www.indiedolly.com) He has two stages, quick lock sticks with case and spreaders (these sticks are great, very durable and they go from 18" to 5' 5" !

They are only $300. I'm picking up my own this Saturday. Email him and tell him you want the $300 sticks. They are incredible sticks and should be double the cost!
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Old March 9th, 2006, 09:38 PM   #79
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Is the Bogen / Manfrotto MVB2346 tripod OK for XL2?

I'm considering the Bogen MVB2346 Aluminum tripod kit with half bowl, 3460 (501) pro head with mid-level spreader with rubber shoes and padded case for my XL2 for @ $500. Good choice? Any other suggestions, less expensive, but good tripod kits? Thanks.

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Old March 10th, 2006, 12:50 AM   #80
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I'm considering the Bogen MVB2346 Aluminum tripod kit with half bowl, 3460 (501) pro head with mid-level spreader with rubber shoes and padded case for my XL2 for @ $500. Good choice? Any other suggestions, less expensive, but good tripod kits? Thanks.
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I don't have the answer, but I will say that if you search the internet and other forums, 90% of the people will probably say that -- assuming you can not or will not be buying a more expensive head -- the extra $100 for the 503 head is money well spent.

As far a tripods go, I have always been leary of the double-tube, spreader required tripods just on the grounds of versatility. If you do a lot of filming in the wild with uneven ground, or even say, filming a wedding in a church and want to span a pew, you are going be playing around with the top/mid spreader.

And yes, I know that most, if not all, of the "expensive" ($1K+) Miller, etc. tripods are double-tube, I do know that one of the most praised tripods for under a grand is a Gitzo CF single-tuber.

Other than that, make sure that the tripod is high enough to suit your needs, unless you plan to be looking down all the time in the viewfinder.

PS: I wasn't able to track down the Part Number either at BHPhoto or the Bogen catalog. I personally like the 755B as it's reasonably light, supports up to 16lbs. and can go up to 58" high WITHOUT raising the leveling half-bowel center column.
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Old March 10th, 2006, 02:39 PM   #81
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The 503 rather than the 501 is not so much money well spent as money essentially spent.

The 501 is not a true fluid head and suffers from "stiction".

The 503 is a true fluid head, and will pan and tilt smoothly. A plus is that it has a counterbalance spring which should be a good match for the weight and COG position of the XL2.
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 11:15 AM   #82
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I have been used this head (501) for 3 years, first with sony vx2000, and xl2 for past 2 weeks. pan and tilt is ok-not perfect with 20x and 3x lens. but if you add telephoto like canon 100-400 L lens it suffers pan-tilt and does not lock properly.

just today I shooted wolves with xl2-100-400 lens with manfrotto 501 head and I got angry too much. it is because total wieght is more than 5 kg and center of gravity is odd. effective focal length is more 3000 mm so this head is not for this combination. now I m looking heavy sturdy tripod and head ...

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Old March 22nd, 2006, 12:33 PM   #83
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The 503 rather than the 501 is not so much money well spent as money essentially spent.

The 501 is not a true fluid head and suffers from "stiction".

The 503 is a true fluid head, and will pan and tilt smoothly. A plus is that it has a counterbalance spring which should be a good match for the weight and COG position of the XL2.

Alan is exactly right, spend the extra money for the 503. The counter balance springs alone are worth the extra money and the head is true fluid and very smooth.

As far as the tripod, I too prefer single leg units, with center spreader bars, and a crank up center section. If you can find an older Bogen, like a 3030a or a 3033, get it. I bought a used 3030a at a swap meet about a year ago for $35.00, and I loved it so much I spent 6 months on ebay looking for another. In between that time, I bought a new Bogen, and sold it very soon afterward. They are just not as beefy and solid as the older ones.

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Old March 22nd, 2006, 07:13 PM   #84
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I have been using a 501 head for quite some time with an XL2 and an m2 and a lot of extras and it seems ot work fine. But I have been thinking of updating.
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Old March 27th, 2006, 07:51 PM   #85
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XL2 Tripod Help

Hi,
I recently bought a package deal with my XL2 that came with a tripod that isn't even capable of supporting the camera, and so I'm going to have to buy another one. Not really knowing anything about them, I was hoping someone here could help me out. I'm not looking to spend any more than $200; does anyone have any good suggestions? Either new or, preferrably, a better one that could probably be found used for $200?

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Old March 27th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #86
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If you spent alomst 4k for a camera I wouldn't skimp and look for the cheapest tripod, even if you find one for $200 I think you'll end up being dissappointed and look to buy another tripod. Paying a little more in the beginning will save you money in the end.

I use this with my Gl2/vx2000 and am very happy, but you may need something a little more:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
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Old March 27th, 2006, 09:04 PM   #87
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I agree - get a good tripod. At minimum, I'd get the 501 head and 3046 legs. If you can afford it, go with the 525 legs and 503 head and they won't disappoint.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 01:33 AM   #88
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If you get anything less than the Bogen 503 head, you are going to be kicking yourself...

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Old April 17th, 2006, 04:29 PM   #89
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tripod for xl2?

In few weeks, I'm gonna shoot short film with XL2.
Do you guys have any suggestions what tripod should I use?
I've used manfrotto 503 and I'm not very happy about it, especially with it's panning abilities; when I start panning it's never smooth.
I've heard Miller and Sachtler are very good; did anybody use those systems?
any other suggestions, maybe?

thanks in advance
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Old April 17th, 2006, 10:41 PM   #90
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look at the vinten vision 3 system it has very good movement.
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