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eagleisland

United States
12638 posts
since 12/2/05

02/12/2017 13:14:12 View eagleisland's MP3 Archive View eagleisland's Photo Albums View eagleisland's Blog Reply with Quote

As part of my work, I travel a fair amount and many of the trips include video recordings with my clients as I train them. I bought an inexpensive Vivitar tripod a few years back, but it didn't stand up to the rigors of road work.

Things I'd LIKE:

  • Collapsible to 20" or less, including head, so it can fit in a rollaboard
  • Weight less than 4.5 pounds
  • Max height to at least 54"
  • Removable "shoe" mount that  can stay attached to the camcorder and click in and out of the head
  • Preferably less than $100, but could go a bit more than that for a significantly superior unit
  • Leveling bubble
  • Sturdy and well-made

I don't need a particularly exotic or smooth head - I basically aim it once and let it roll. But decent smoothness in adjustments would definitely be preferred.

Anyone got something they like...?

bikebum

United States
6302 posts since 9/4/06

02/12/2017 14:05:20 View bikebum's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

A few features I have on mine (don't remember the brand) . Individual adjustability for length and spread with adjustable carbide spikes on the bottom of the legs. Works fairly well for when I mount my laser unit to do some minor survey stuff. Get into some really uneven rocky spots.

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Paulf

Australia
2517 posts since 2/1/12

02/12/2017 14:29:42View Paulf's MP3 Archive View Paulf's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I have a light weight Manfrotto with a trigger action head that allows to quickly aim your camera and lock it in position.  It is very light and great quality and as I only have a small camera and only use it indoors it does the job well.

https://www.manfrotto.us/manfrotto-mkcompactacn-bk-compact-action-black

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NelsPlayers Union Member

United States
4716 posts since 12/10/12

02/12/2017 14:30:29View Nels's MP3 Archive View Nels's Photo Albums Reply with Quote


https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1059028-REG/manfrotto_mkcompactacn_bk_compact_action_aluminum_tripod.html

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banjonz

New Zealand
10030 posts since 6/29/03

02/12/2017 15:50:09 View banjonz's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Manfrotto are a very good brand. I used to work with them when working in our TV Industry. There are a lot available on Ebay and other places. These are mainly Chinese made and mostly are too light. 

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Dieselten

Australia
358 posts since 2/21/12

02/12/2017 20:50:06View Dieselten's MP3 Archive View Dieselten's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I have a Cullman video tripod for the smaller cameras.

For the bigger units I have my Miller 50 Series 2 fluid-head, on a set of Miller 3-stage Aluminium legs with a 100mm bowl. The Miller factory upgraded the springs in the fluid-head when I told then I'd be using a camera with a studio viewfinder on it. Although this is an old fluid-head, it still works magnificently. I also have a Miller "high-hat" and a set of Miller "baby-legs" for low-angle or dolly work.

If you can't stretch to Miller, Satchler or Vinten, then Manfrotto make excellent tripods at far more affordable prices. I have quite a few of their light-stands and clamps. I like their gear a lot.

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Brian T

Canada
12518 posts since 6/5/08

02/12/2017 21:30:40 View Brian T's Photo Albums View Brian T's Blog Reply with Quote

Skip:  some years back, surveyor's tripods all switched from screw mounts to 3-point quick release mounts.

Overnight, it seemed, there were thousands of tripods, old and new that suddenly became obsolete.

Knowing a master machinist, I had custom camera heads made for a nice price and the $300 - $400 'pods were free.

My favorite is a beat up stained cherry color (mahogany).  I rack a Nikon Prostaff 82mm spotter on that, steady as a rock.

Find a survey office,see what they have, gathering dust.  There were several "weights" of 'pods.  One might work for you.

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frailinPlayers Union Member

United States
6538 posts since 10/26/05

02/12/2017 23:50:57View frailin's MP3 Archive View frailin's Classified Ads View frailin's Photo Albums View frailin's Blog Reply with Quote

I have 2 MeFOTO BackPacker Travel Tripods.  I bought 'em on sale for around $99.  They're small, solid and awesome.

 


Edited by - frailin on 02/12/2017 23:55:45

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eagleisland

United States
12638 posts since 12/2/05

02/13/2017 14:34:38View eagleisland's MP3 Archive View eagleisland's Photo Albums View eagleisland's Blog Reply with Quote

Thanks, all - looks like based on my needs Manfrotto is the way to go (Craig, that MeFoto looks good but the Manfrotto looks like it'll be a bit easier to adjust).

Really appreciate everyone's insights.

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casinojackPlayers Union Member

United States
362 posts since 3/13/11

02/13/2017 20:25:39 View casinojack's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Skip
Check B&H Photo good company.
I bought a lot of video equipment from them when I was in the video business.


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Dieselten

Australia
358 posts since 2/21/12

02/14/2017 04:05:11View Dieselten's MP3 Archive View Dieselten's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I'll second the recommendation for B&H Photo Video. Excellent service and a huge range of products from which to choose. Their website is great!

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