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Apr 07, 2011 10:53 |  #91

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Jeez you guys must have high standards... I hear the 701HD is a good panning head, until somebody says it's useless you need the 501HD... now I hear the 501HD is a bad panning head; not sure what to think now!

I have a Manfrotto 501 and find it to be a rather nice head very smooth to pan and tilt with however the camcorder we use with that head weighs about 14 pounds which is about 2/3 of it’s capacity and some of the problems folks may be having is under-loading the head.

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Apr 07, 2011 12:08 |  #92

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^ what lens is that?


Wasn't sure who you were asking but if for me, the lens is a 70-200 2.8 IS mkII

The LCD is the new Sony CLM-V55.

The monopod is the Manfrotto 562B with a 701HDV fluid head. What's really cool about this monopod is that the base has a small triad of extensions so this monopod can stand up on it's own but obviously with a ball joint on the bottom and a very usuable fluid head on top, it's meant for more flexability with support and rigidity.

I might still get a viewfinder for certain situations but wanted an external monitor first.

Now I'm hawking a rail rig with shoulder a comfy shoulder support that won't break the bank. I can't believe how much some people are asking for in such a simple design and structure.




  
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Apr 07, 2011 13:55 |  #93

you guys need to try some higher-end video heads (sachtler, miller, vinten, cartoni, o'connor). every 75mm manfrotto head i've owned (501, 503, 505) has suffered horribly from 'stiction', the phenomena that occurs when the head is stationary, then, when a camera move is started, the head is briefly stuck, then jumps into the move, creating a jolt. you can work around this by vigorously moving the head around before each shot that requires a smooth camera move, effectively 'warming it up', but i can tell you it's a pain to deal with. higher end heads don't have this problem. the manfrotto heads are fine if all you're doing is locking them down, or recording once the camera move has already started, but with anything more complex, you're fighting your video head.

and the new vinten vision blue head is less than $700, and for just over $1100 you get the entire kit, including the rock steady pozi-loc tripod. for what you get, it's a fantastically-priced kit.


  
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Apr 07, 2011 18:19 as a reply to  @ mizer357's post |  #94

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Apr 07, 2011 18:53 |  #95

mizer357 wrote in post #12177622 (external link)
you guys need to try some higher-end video heads (sachtler, miller, vinten, cartoni, o'connor). every 75mm manfrotto head i've owned (501, 503, 505) has suffered horribly from 'stiction', the phenomena that occurs when the head is stationary, then, when a camera move is started, the head is briefly stuck, then jumps into the move, creating a jolt. you can work around this by vigorously moving the head around before each shot that requires a smooth camera move, effectively 'warming it up', but i can tell you it's a pain to deal with. higher end heads don't have this problem. the manfrotto heads are fine if all you're doing is locking them down, or recording once the camera move has already started, but with anything more complex, you're fighting your video head.

and the new vinten vision blue head is less than $700, and for just over $1100 you get the entire kit, including the rock steady pozi-loc tripod. for what you get, it's a fantastically-priced kit.

This might be a dumb question... but can you put a Vinten head on a Manfrotto tripod?




  
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Apr 07, 2011 19:11 |  #96

mizer357 wrote in post #12177622 (external link)
you guys need to try some higher-end video heads (sachtler, miller, vinten, cartoni, o'connor). every 75mm manfrotto head i've owned (501, 503, 505) has suffered horribly from 'stiction', the phenomena that occurs when the head is stationary, then, when a camera move is started, the head is briefly stuck, then jumps into the move, creating a jolt. you can work around this by vigorously moving the head around before each shot that requires a smooth camera move, effectively 'warming it up', but i can tell you it's a pain to deal with. higher end heads don't have this problem. the manfrotto heads are fine if all you're doing is locking them down, or recording once the camera move has already started, but with anything more complex, you're fighting your video head.

and the new vinten vision blue head is less than $700, and for just over $1100 you get the entire kit, including the rock steady pozi-loc tripod. for what you get, it's a fantastically-priced kit.

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Apr 07, 2011 21:02 |  #97

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This might be a dumb question... but can you put a Vinten head on a Manfrotto tripod?

if your tripod takes a 75mm ball, it should be fine, but i suggest you compare the kit pozi-locs to your manfrotto legs. vinten pozi-locs are synonymous with stability, without the twisting and rebounding that goes with lesser legs, and would cost you almost $900 if you purchased them separately. i should add i am not a shill for vinten... i've been in video/film for almost 20 years, and i really like vinten supports. i like o'connors and sachtlers a lot too, but, to me, the vision blue at it's price point is an absolute no-brainer, as long as your camera falls into the 4-11 lb. range.

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Apr 07, 2011 23:43 |  #98

Another vote for vinten if you can't get a sachtler. I used them from about 1993 until 2005 or so. Only reason I got into sachtlers is because now I am spending other peoples money. No way I would drop $8k of my own money on sticks.

I like the legs better on the vinten than the sachtler. Fast to adjust.


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Apr 08, 2011 08:04 |  #99

pnmd, looks great! Have you used canon bodies? Curious if you like the gh2 over the 5d/etc.


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Apr 08, 2011 08:55 |  #100

yeah you can most head hav standard 3/8" thread attached to the bowl-mount. the bowl-mount is nothing more than a another fastener that give you the ability to level your camera

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This might be a dumb question... but can you put a Vinten head on a Manfrotto tripod?


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Apr 08, 2011 10:55 |  #101

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pnmd, looks great! Have you used canon bodies? Curious if you like the gh2 over the 5d/etc.

thx Chippy! My friend has a 5D2 and we've shot with it. Haven't done real shoot with GH2 yet. I'm new to video. I got the GH2 b/c of 24p and soon learned that having 24p doesn't automatically give you a cinematic look lol. Ironically, I wanna do slow mo for music videos etc and then learned 60p is the way to go. FYI, with the GH2 when shooting 60p you can't use the HDMI monitor, the port is disabled when you plug in an HDMI cable, wtf, but with 24p works fine. The kit lens does have image stabilization which is decent. I plan to use it this weekend for a model video with my Glidecam. We'll see how it goes ;)

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Apr 08, 2011 13:55 |  #102

^^^ waiting on my hd2000 in the mail, where'd you get that forearm brace? how helpful is it?


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Apr 08, 2011 15:22 |  #103

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thx Chippy! My friend has a 5D2 and we've shot with it. Haven't done real shoot with GH2 yet. I'm new to video. I got the GH2 b/c of 24p and soon learned that having 24p doesn't automatically give you a cinematic look lol. Ironically, I wanna do slow mo for music videos etc and then learned 60p is the way to go. FYI, with the GH2 when shooting 60p you can't use the HDMI monitor, the port is disabled when you plug in an HDMI cable, wtf, but with 24p works fine. The kit lens does have image stabilization which is decent. I plan to use it this weekend for a model video with my Glidecam. We'll see how it goes ;)

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Yeah good call, I don't think the 5DII even has a 60fps mode. I also have an HD1000, works great for a DSLR.


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Apr 08, 2011 15:48 |  #104

Glidecam or Steadicam Merlin?

Which should I buy? Budget is under $800.




  
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Apr 08, 2011 16:24 |  #105

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^^^ waiting on my hd2000 in the mail, where'd you get that forearm brace? how helpful is it?

from BH. It's great if you have a heavy rig but I stopped using it b/c my GH2 is so lightweight. Also with the brace on you can't use your right hand until you take it off which takes awhile. Basically it'll help with arm fatigue on heavy rigs but don't think that it'll help balance the Glidecam ie you'll still have learn to walk smoothly, not make rapid turns etc. Also I've started using Mercalli (external link) in Final Cut Pro for further stablization, helps alot ;)

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Yeah good call, I don't think the 5DII even has a 60fps mode. I also have an HD1000, works great for a DSLR.

yeah didn't know I needed 60fps, glad GH2 has it lol. Yeah HD1000 is the perfect size and weight for my setup. For me using my Glidecam is about getting quick footages and be done. No desire to put an external monitor, mic etc... just way too much to balance without the jacket.


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