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Old May 20th, 2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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Deciding between two tripods

Hello All,
First off, I've tried searching quite a bit on this topic, but can't quite find the answer I'm looking for. I'm just getting started and digital video is only a hobby for myself. I own a GL2 and at this point dont have many accesories for it. I work for a summer camp so the camera is used for filming kids doing skits, playing games, etc. I also want to use the camera to film some mountain biking, surfing, and possibly skiing. I need a tripod. I've never had anything more than a $20 piece of junk, so I want something that I can use for awhile, but not spend a ton on. I'm looking at these two:

These are about my price range and were recommended by others on this board in other threads. Which of these two would you choose and why? Or what else would you recommend in this price range? Thanks everyone for your help.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 12:33 PM   #2
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That 3182 tripod looks pretty small and lightweight, although I've never really seen one up close. OTOH, it has a ball leveler which the other one doesn't. That's a huge advantage when setting up.

Think about whether you need the additional 10" of height of the other model, which also has an extenable center column. If not then I think you'll find the ball a big plus.

The 501 head is pretty good unless you want to do a lot of maximum telephoto shooting. In that case you will notice a jerky motion when you begin a pan or tilt. But you would probably need to spend another $500 to get something appreciable better.
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Old May 22nd, 2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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The 3182, your second choice, is noting more than a very expensive still TP. Just because it says in the catalog "Video Pro", doesn't make it so! Virtually any TP with a crank to raise and lower the center pole & head, you can classify as made for still work.

As you are an amatur in this field, I do not think that you want to go above the 3246, your first listed choice. Although, it too is just a still TP.

Unlike your first listing, the 3246, has a center spreader, which suppresses twist when you pan. Plus, it has spiked legs hidden in the rubber feet, (it's not nice to ruin the ladies carpet); and, a built in spirit level, which your #1 does not.

This TP will support up to the maximum weight of your camera, attachments, etc. Very important, especially in the winter, not to overload your self with too much unused equipment.

Might I suggest that you keep looking for a period of time. After all, you are going to have to live with what ever short comings are in your eventual purchase.

Good Luck.
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