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Sep 05, 2012 09:51 |  #1

I hope I'm posting in the right forum, but it does pertain to Video:

So I'm looking to buy a tripod and fluid head (obviously for video) and I need some recommendations. Also, I'd love to hear of any good alternatives to the expensive Manfrotto stuff.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!




  
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Sep 05, 2012 10:25 |  #2

One I have heard consistently good reports over is the Sachtler Ace. It's a modestly priced product (in relative terms) from a manufacturer of very high end products.

Manfrotto is far from expensive but the quality isn't great.

Unless willing to go to a Sachtler you could try one of the Chinese copies off eBay, perhaps WeiFeng. Look for comparable design details to those of the high end systems and you might stand a chance.


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Sep 05, 2012 12:45 |  #3

Yeah, the Chinese make a decent fluid head for the price.

I have the Sachtler Ace head and tripod. The head is extremely nice, holds a 5D II, 70-200 2.8, rails, monitor and shotgun mic at its maximum counter balance setting without problems.


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Sep 05, 2012 14:08 |  #4

"expensive manfrotto stuff". In video gear terms, that's sort of like saying "nutritious McDonalds food"


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Sep 05, 2012 14:22 |  #5

Well for me Manfrotto is expensive. But thats coming from someone who owns a $25 tripod and a $10 walmart monopod. Hahaha




  
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Sep 13, 2012 05:18 |  #6

Check out this thread (external link) at Cinema5D. It's chock full of info regarding the various fluid heads for DSLR filmmakers.




  
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Sep 17, 2012 15:37 |  #7

Wow, that Sachtler Ace is SUPER cheap! I had previously had my heart set on the Sachtler FSB 6 with some of their legs and the ~$1500 price tag was holding me back a bit. You guys sure that Ace is solid enough to hold a "serious" DSLR rig? What about with a large mattebox too? Can you get just the head? Is it not a bowl setup?


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Sep 18, 2012 05:17 |  #8

Doesn't look like the head is available a la carte. According to the 2012 Sachtler catalog (external link) it's a tripod system. The Ace M and L is a 75mm bowl.




  
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