is the Vinten Vision 3 head good enough for nature work? at

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Tripod Sticks & Heads

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 14th, 2006, 01:09 PM   #1
Regular Crew
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: paris, fr
Posts: 102
is the Vinten Vision 3 head good enough for nature work?

i'm going to be getting my self a new tripod and head soon and was looking at Vinten stuff.

on there website, they suggest that i got the Vision3 head with spring 2 for my XL-H1. is this head a good deal better than my manfrotto 503, or is it much the same?

if not, then would you suggest the Vision6 head?

thanks in advance.
Charles Perkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 14th, 2006, 01:17 PM   #2
Inner Circle
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
Posts: 2,614
For four times the money, it better be better. But, if you already have the 503, why not try it first before buying a new one. It works fine with my camera.

Chapter one, line one. The BH.
Mike Teutsch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 26th, 2006, 10:44 AM   #3
Major Player
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 439
In a word, yes, it is a lot better. But Mike has a very good point - if the 503 can work for you, there's no reason to dish out the extra cash. Now, that said, the vinten gear is VERY well made. The movemement on the vision 3 is definitely a world of difference from the 503, but as was pointed out - it's 4 times the price. Between the 3 and 6, if you won't be drastically changing the weight you carry on the head, you won't need the wuick-balance system of the 6. To rebalance the 3, you must remove a spring and replace it....not horrible, but not quick. In my opinion, the speed of this change should not matter, as you SHOULD know what general weight range you'll be carrying BEFORE you get into the field.

Bogen/Manfrotto make a lot of really great gear, and some fantastic heads for still photography....just not so much for video. I think you can find better gear for the price with other manufacturers. On the low end, try Libec. Higher up, look for Vinten. (Only considering <15lb cameras) For about 650, you can get the libec ls-38 system which has no right to be as good as it is... and it can throw around the xl-h1 all day with no sweat.
Jaron Berman is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Tripod Sticks & Heads

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:09 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network