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Old January 23rd, 2007, 08:10 AM   #1
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Not sure how to dial-in my head

Hey guys, as a long time photographer, I am not so new to tripods, but as a newcomer to videography, I am pretty much entirely new to tripod heads, especially the fluid-type.

I have a Canon XH A1 and a Bogen/Manfrotto Tripod with the Bogen 503 head. It feels great, but for slow panning and tilting, I am bit unsure how I should go about getting it dialed in for the most smooth and shake-free movement.

It seems that there is a benefit as far as hand shakiness, to adding a lot of friction to the head, but for small movements, that friction is far less superior to a more fluid/softer friction that can allow me to make very tiny adjustments.

I am looking for some guidance on what a general rule of thumb is for how much friction to apply to the head in normal shooting conditions. I have no clue as to how much friction is too much or too little. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:14 AM   #2
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Deke, there is very recent thread covering just that:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=84103

Have a look.
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