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Old April 8th, 2003, 07:35 PM   #1
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Tripod Choices

I am currently Using a Sony TRV50 and plan to upgrade soon to a higher level Camera with a 24p mode. I need to get a new tripod so the choices that I am looking at are

Cartoni
APRO ActionPro Aluminum Tripod System - consists of: AP10 ActionPro Head, 1-Stage Tripod and Mid-Level Spreader

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Bogen / Manfrotto
3283B Lightweight 2-Stage Professional Video Tripod Legs (Black) with 3433 (501) Pro Video Head (Quick Release)

I would love a Sachler or a Miller but these two are both in my price range. I just want to find out what you pros think

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Old April 8th, 2003, 09:23 PM   #2
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Besides the quality of tripod, you generally buy tripods based on the weight of the system. The 501 is a good choice for anything from about an XL-1's weight and down.

If the cam you are getting is closer to that of a GL2, VX2000, etc. You might want to look at the Libec M20. There are plenty of posts about this tripod, most comments are good, and it is available from DVinfo sponsors for vey few bucks.

One other plus is that the tripod includes a ball leveler which greatly eases setup and shooting.
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Old April 8th, 2003, 10:36 PM   #3
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That Libec tripod is about $300 less than what I am looking at. If its quality is good. I think I should go with that one. I am just worried that I will end up with a tripod that has a drag system that feels like a cheap walmart unit.
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Old April 9th, 2003, 01:19 AM   #4
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the cartoni is made out very good materials. the fluid motion is above average. is it worth $300 more than the libec? not to me. i was very close to getting the cartoni but i ended up finding an excellent libec m20 (there are good ones and not so good-seen in all manufacturers). if i were you i would put whatever camera you have or will buy in the future on it before you make the purchase.

for the price of the cartoni you could also find the libec ls35 (needs a camera with more weight than the gl2 or trv50) or the gitzo g2380 matched with either gitzo legs (very expensive) or bogen/manfrotto legs.

test them out in person. what i might feel is adequate drag may feel too loose to you or vice versa. happy hunting!

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Old April 9th, 2003, 08:59 AM   #5
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Try the search feature using 'Libec.' You should get a reasonable number of hits. I sure those posts will help you make your mind up.
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