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Old April 13th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #1
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Vinten Vision 6, Sachtler DV 8, or Manfrotto 519?

I am looking to bite the bullet and spend a little $$$ on a "decent" tripod/head combo. I have access to a Sony DSR-300, which would normally weigh in at about 15 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds if completely loaded with accessories I may get in a studio configuration.

I have been looking at the Vinten Vision 6, Sachtler DV8 & DV8/100, and the Manfrotto 519 heads. They all seem to fit the weight class I am looking at.

I was wondering if anyone had thoughts either way about these particular heads, and if there were any others I might have overlooked. Also, should I stick to legs made by the same manufacturer of a particular head or are there legs that I should consider that would work universally? I will add that I will probably pass on the carbon fiber option and stick to aluminum, based on my needs.

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by Jeff Kearney; April 13th, 2007 at 12:58 PM. Reason: I want posters to see my head choices in the title and not my camera
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Old May 7th, 2007, 05:24 PM   #2
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I totally love the Cartoni Focus head. Very adjustable balance (no spring replacement), smooth, and stable.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 06:30 PM   #3
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At those weights I'd be inclined to go for the Video range rather than the Sachtler DV range. 25lbs is a well kitted Digibeta camera weight.
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