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Old May 12th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #151
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you can't get a Vinten for $700?

their main office is in Milton Keynes - maybe they have some scratch and dent?
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #152
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Unfortunately, a vinten system will cost me well over a thousand pounds, much as I'd like one.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #153
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get an old Miller system or O'Connor from ebay. For a Miller fluid head system (legs+head) the price will be less than $600 but the quality will match those that are $5,000+ (the O'connor will run you around 1,000 but the quality matches new systems that cost $8,000+)
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Old May 12th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #154
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wow - they have gone up by $500-$800 since I bought mine 5-6 years ago.

The weak dollar I guess
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Old May 12th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #155
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Vinten Vision 3! Great place to start looking.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #156
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I have a Libec 38, which cost less than $600 in the U.S. Since it's a British company (although the tripod is, of course, made in an oriental country) you might be able to get one cheaper there. It seems to be the only under-$1K (USD) system that doesn't give you the bounceback at the end of a pan. Before getting the 38 I bought a Libec 22 because I wanted the lightest tripod for a specific purpose. It was OK, but I felt the camera with the Canon TA100 plate I use was overweighted a bit. It had the bounceback but was controllable with care. I sold it for the bigger and heavier and therefore better Libec 38.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #157
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I asked a very similar question in this thread over on the Tripod forum. I was told the LS-38 is a great tripod, but it's designed for a heavier camera than the XH-A1, and as such, tilting the camera is more work than it should be. Others have posted in the thread that they don't have any problems whatsoever with their XH-A1 and Libec LS-38.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #158
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I have the ls-38, I've read somewhere that it's a true fluid head.. not sure if that's true though. Anyways it's really great but very simple in features. I don't have an A1 but a friend tried his on the tripod and it was a little too light for it. However I think if you add some extras, like mattebox of follow focus, it should be just right.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 02:42 AM   #159
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Thanks very much. I'll have a look at the libec. Any other suggestions, manfrotto etc?
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Old May 13th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #160
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For info - the best price I've seen in the UK for the LS-38 is GPB329 + 10 shipping.

The dealer isn't a forum sponsor, so if you'd like further info, PM me
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Old May 13th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #161
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Tripod Legs ?

I have this Bogen Kit
503 HDV Head / 351MVB2 Legs
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Legs_with.html

And also have a 501 Head for the Gitzo Monopod.

I have 2 events coming up in the next month where I will need more than 60 mins of tape, so will have two XH-A1's and start the second a few minutes before I change tape in the first. I have a couple more tripods, but they will be set up for the stills I am shooting so have to pick up another set of legs.

I am looking at these Libec legs and really want to stay around $300.00 for this set of legs, do you think these will make a good choice?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ge_Tripod.html

Or would this one be better?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ku=5455&is=REG


Or do you have any others you suggest in this price range?

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Old May 14th, 2008, 12:43 PM   #162
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Well, after looking around at all the reviews and feedback on the Libec, plus Nick's feedback (thanks Nick) I've ordered the LS38. I'd be more than happy to give some feedback once I've received it and done some testing if you guys are interested.

Still, a Vinten would have been nice, but then so would a Ferrari and I can't afford one of them either.

Thanks for all your help gents.

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Old May 28th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #163
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Liking the Libec

I just received the LS-38 yesterday and am very pleased. Yes, the tripod may be a little overkill for a stripped down A1 but it offers room to add on accessories galore. Just add a wide angle lens and you'll be happy you have the 38 versus mybe the 22.

Solid legs, smooth head and love the ball leveler. For the money, the LS-38 is a great value.

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Old May 28th, 2008, 09:35 AM   #164
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Just because the manufacturers state an upper weight limit for a tripod doesn't mean it's too much for the camera. Those weights are always overstated. You definitely wouldn't want to put a 15 pound camera on this tripod. You could but you wouldn't be happy with it. I think it's pretty ideal for the XH A1. Seems to me to be the best deal on the market for the money. Much better build quality that I expected. If I used a matte box and Letus adapter, etc., I'd want the 55.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 04:28 PM   #165
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Libec gets really sticky under +5 Celsius, I mean it is usable but it's pan and tilt properties change dramatically so be careful not to tip over the tripod when panning because of that added friction in colder weather.

Are all the fluids so afraid of cold?

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