just want to know what the best tripod and head to use for photgraphs and video shoots. if possible, i'd like to buy only one head for both. i'll be mainly shooting studio photographs(portraits, etc.) and doing wedding videos. i have the f80 with a 70-200mm lens and for the video i have a, dare i say it here, CAnon GL1. any suggestions?
#1. "RE: tripod for photo and video?" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSat 30-Jun-01 02:00 PM
What tripod do you have? Does it take any head?
For monopod use I have the Manfrotto Grip Action Ball Head #222 (US Bogen code No. 3265). Great stuff, inexpensive and works very well on a tripod too.
I also use a very inexpensive and easy to use three-way head.
The Manfrotto Super Jr Head #115 (US Bogen code No. 3028).
It won't stay too well where I ask it to with a heavy lens, but for the little tripod shooting I do it is very good if I tight it well.
As you progress and become more demanding of your equipment, then a ball head will show as a must-have, but then it will cost you twice as much as the best tripod.
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#2. "RE: tripod for photo and video?" | In response to Reply # 0Paco Basic MemberSat 30-Jun-01 06:53 PM
In answer to Nor,
I have a Bogen 3130 fluid video head with QR plate on a Bogen 3011 Tripod, originally sold as a Bogen 3179. I no longer use it for Canon Hi8 Video, but have used the setup with N8008S, FM, N80, with Nikkor 75-300 AF lens, etc. Very pleased with the quality.
You can go to the Bogen website at http://www.bogenphoto.com for more detailed information.
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#3. "RE: tripod for photo and video?" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberSun 01-Jul-01 01:29 PM
Since you say you'd like to use one head for both a camera and a video camera, I'd suggest the a 3-way pan/tilt head. Personally I use the Bogen 3410 (Manfrotto 329). It is low profile head with three levels, and a good weight rating (I believe its rated at 17 lbs.); currently it is teamed up with a Bogen 3401b (Manfrotto 455) - it is based on the Bogen 3021, but allows the center column to mount horizontally.
My two cents.
#4. "RE: tripod for photo and video?" | In response to Reply # 0JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Sun 01-Jul-01 10:32 PM
Altho my usual shooting is not people or pro here are my results.
After hanging with 20USD cheap tripods that performed well for their humble roots.
Then in a burst of poor financial sense coupled with a yearly sale I picked up the bottom end Bogen3001 with a 3030 pan/tilt head with vertical pivot and QR(3057N). After aquiring a second plate for my F I can swap bodies in seconds.
Of course now the process to find a suitable ball head for my monopod and then I'll be set until the next improper money urge strikes.
#5. "RE: tripod for photo and video?" | In response to Reply # 4BJNicholls Charter MemberTue 03-Jul-01 12:18 AM
For video use, a pan-tilt head is really the only way to go. You just can't do vertical pans with a ballhead, at least not smoothly. "Fluid action" is also worth getting, since it dampens the movement of your pans to make them smoothers.
Be sure that if the head is optimized for video that the camera attachment has a removable index pin. Video cameras use a better system than still cameras. They have a threadless socket just in front of the 1/4" screw mount that keeps the camera from rotating on the mount. However, if this pin isn't removable, or it's part of a quick release plate find out before you buy.
The Manfrotto/Bogen heads are well made and reasonably priced.