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Old March 3rd, 2003, 06:21 PM   #1
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new tripod soon, what colour?

Unless I find a good deal on a used tripod, I'm probably going to buy a new tripod soon. Most likely a Bogen/Manfrotto 503 head/500 series legs.

The question is, should I get silver legs, or black? Black is $20 more.
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 06:30 PM   #2
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Get the black. With silver, and in a studio setting with lights, you can get reflection from the silver legs. Don't believe me? I can show you some of my screwed-up pictures from bounced studio light reflecting off of my friend's (silver) tripod. (I have the black legs.) I suggest getting the Manfrotto case for the legs/head. You don't want scratches now.
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Conversely, if you plan on shooting in the hot summer sun silver will be much kinder to your touch.

Of course, that may not be a major issue up there in the beautiful, moderate but moist climate of western B.C.
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Old March 4th, 2003, 04:25 AM   #4
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By God, you're right about silver reflecting the sun/heat on those hot sunny days. I've lived away from those hot Winnipeg summers too long. You're also correct about our cool summers here in Vancouver. At least I find them cool; and when you head up to higher elevations, it gets darn cold! I hate camping in the mountains. The nights are very cold---too cold for this guy. Hey! It's my birthday today (March 4). I'm 49 now! Help. What should I do? I know, buy some more cam gear.
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Old March 4th, 2003, 05:31 AM   #5
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Wear more black?
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Old March 4th, 2003, 09:54 AM   #6
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Happy Birthday Frank!

So one argument for silver, one for black.
The heat isn't as much an issue here.
Either one tent to impress the clients more?
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Old March 4th, 2003, 10:05 AM   #7
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frank,

my b-day to! i knew i liked you for some odd reason ;)


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Most pros will opt for the black. I can't remember the last time I saw a set of chrome sticks. While we are at it, I am curious why you chose the 500MV tripod, as that uses a 100mm ball and is meant for a heavier load than most dv cameras. Not that you can't use it, but of course it is more expensive. It is usually shown with a heavier pan head, I think its the 516. This would be more appropriate for a betacam sized camera. Be certain the 503 will mate to the 100mm ball.
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Old March 4th, 2003, 10:26 AM   #9
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Wayne, you forgot to tell Vinten their tripods aren't used professionals.
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Happy Birthday from me too Frank! Of course you should buy some more cam gear.

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Old March 4th, 2003, 10:52 AM   #11
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Happy Birthday !!!

My suggestion...as for what to do on the b-day...BUY MORE GEAR:)
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Happy Birthday, Frank! Geez, we're the same age.
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<<<-- Originally posted by Jeff Donald : Wayne, you forgot to tell Vinten their tripods aren't used professionals. -->>>

You're right Jeff. I see so few Vintens in the field, I forgot about them. But I don't think matte grey is the same as chrome. BTW, have you seen the color of the Vinten Pro line? Opps. Forgot. Not available in the States.
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Happy birthday Frank. Hope to meet you someday seeing as we're in the same area and I read your posts every week.
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Thanks for all the happy birthday comments---and happy birthday to you as well, mbuendia4. I was born late in the evening during a major Winnipeg snow storm (1954). The stork that brought me had to wear a parka.

Back to the legs, Black does look more professional also, as Wayne suggests, at least to me.
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