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Old May 10th, 2003, 07:15 PM   #1
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Any Opinions on Tripod PDS PTR-990

Hi,
I'm new to this DV field. I recently saw a tripod being sold on Ebay made by PDS. The model number is PTR-990.
I'll be going to film school, which I threw every single red cent into, so I'm tryig to get the most bang for my buck.
I'll be using a GL 2 on the tripod. Has anyone ever heard of this tripod? What I like about is that it has a built in zoom control.

My questions are:
1) Would this sufficent for a beginner film maker?
2) Would anyone else recommend something different with same functionality for the going price of $129.00?

Here is the description of the tripod.

PTR-990 REMOTE CONTROL TRIPOD:
A high reliability and superior quality remote controller grip for all video camcorder equipped with LANC termincal.

Make your camcorder more steady and gives you wired control of Start/Stop, Zoom, Photo save, Focus, Recording search, On-Screen, Record, Standby function.

Mounting on tripod level and professional quality two stage legs gives you a free hand to scan scenery and shoot portrait without touching the camcorder.

Standby mode to conserve battery power between shots

Activate record search to move forward or backwards on the tape while in record pause to confirm pre-recorded shots and determine the point where recording will resume.
9 Functions!
Start/Stop, Zoom, Photo Save, Focus, Recording Search, On-Screen, Record, and Standby function.

A highly reliable, superior quality remote control grip for all video camcorders equipped with LANC terminal.


Specifications
Max Length : 64 inches
Min Length : 26 inches
Bubble level
Quick release mounts with auto-lock
Self-leveling feet
Fluid effect head
3-Way pan head
Carry Strap
Geared elevator crank
Center column lock
Carrying Case

You can view the auction at:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? viewItem&item=2928242680&category=30094


Thank you for you help in advance.

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Old May 11th, 2003, 05:30 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the brand, or the model. However, I have never seen, read or heard of a tripod in that range suitable for quality video work. Save your money and do a search here on inexpensive tripods. The Libec is very popular.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 03:17 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for your opinion. I'll do that.

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