Video tripod not costing the earth. Any suggestions?

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Video tripod not costing the earth. Any suggestions?

Unread postby alphaomega » Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:15 pm

I am beginning to get interested in doing some video and bought a cheap tripod with a fluid head. No good as not steady although had ball and socket movement.
Any suggestions to realise my impossible dream of a steady video tripod with a fluid head accepting Alpha/NEX screw not costing more than say £100 and not needing a crane for movement. Preferably only one adjustment for up/down and side to side movements (i.e. ball and socket rather than two separate levers). Must be able to purchase in UK.
As my request is probably impossible to fulfil I will accept the nearest approximation with thanks, but not into hundreds of pounds of costs. This is just for fun.

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Unread postby artington » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:05 pm

You get what you pay for. The lower the price the poorer the stability. I fear that unless there is a deal on you will not be able to get a sensible combination for less than around £250-300. Forget £100 - you will only get junk at that price.

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Unread postby bfitzgerald » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:44 pm

I agree you get what you pay for..to a point that is. I disagree you have to spend £250-£300 to get a "good" tripod
There is a world of difference between a ultra cheapo Hama Star for £10..and at the £100 odd mark. Or around there.

I'm just pulling out a few reasonable choices at or near that budget.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Slik-504QF-Vide ... 9&sr=1-372

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VANGUARD-Alta-2 ... 2&sr=1-381

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Velbon-V20109-S ... 7&sr=1-453

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-MK294 ... 0&sr=1-464

Loads of models and makers worth looking at some of those esp the first one which has a video head.
I'd call a £10 tripod junk (but for someone it might do the job) but at 10x that you should be able to get something pretty good.

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Re: Video tripod not costing the earth. Any suggestions?

Unread postby Pirate » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:21 pm

TBH, you can't go wrong with the RedSnapper range. If you want an affordable CF option, search for 'HorusBennu' on evilBay. You get what you pay for, and the RS range is excellent. You would pay a lot more for similar quality, so don't let the price fool you.

I have this combo. They were giving a discount to TalkPhotography members, so if you are one, ping them an email and check if they're still running the offer.

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Re: Video tripod not costing the earth. Any suggestions?

Unread postby Headcell » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:49 am

In the local video club, we all used Velbon. Not that we recevied a group discount, or incestuously decided we must all have Velbons... independently, we came to the same conclusion that Velbon offered rigidity, sturdiness, fluidity of head movement, and portability at the best price point.

I purchased mine from eBay for about £30, an absolute bargain.

Slik also have a good reputation, but I've never used one, and I've not used anything other than a monopod from Manfrotto.

Stay away from cheap tripods like Hama - for video work they just don't give the fluid motion required for pans and tilts. For stills, they are adequate. My velbon is used for photographic work, too. Can't fault it.

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Unread postby bfitzgerald » Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:41 am

Velbon do a budget range that includes a few models that are meant for video users. The CX range it's called in Europe quite a few models from smaller ones up to more meaty tripods. They are most def a cut above the Hama and ultra cheapie ones you find on ebay/amazon etc, they are not awesome but quite reasonable for the outlay.

On the other hand the Sherpa range is a step up in quality and really quite good for the asking price not dirt cheap, but really not expensive either. The few I used were good and likely to please most, budget for a bag if you need that (CX range includes it, sherpa I think it's an extra no big deal not a high cost)

Slik are quite good I have used a few tripods and I have a monopod from them.

Something like this looks decent enough for a modest outlay it's aimed at video shooters, can take quite a decent weight and has a fluid head too. I've not used one but I've been very pleased with Velbon with the tripods I've used and owned over the years.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/7 ... 3_WAY.html

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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:44 am

I bought a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon tripod from Adorama which pleases me much.
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Unread postby Dusty » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:00 pm

I've had a Slik U212 that I've used since the late '80's or early 90's that I've been very happy with for stills, and I have also used for my old full size S-VHS recorder many many years ago. But it was just really shooting static scenes there - speakers at conferences - so I can't say how it would be for vids.

They do make video specific models.

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Unread postby pakodominguez » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:41 pm

Dr. Harout wrote:I bought a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon tripod from Adorama which pleases me much.

well, that is twice the price the OP want to pay... :-)
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:10 pm

pakodominguez wrote:
Dr. Harout wrote:I bought a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon tripod from Adorama which pleases me much.

well, that is twice the price the OP want to pay... :-)

Yes, but we're not that wealthy to buy cheap products :wink:
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:14 pm

BTW Pako, I just purchased section cup/spikes for the said tripod, again from Adorama. May I ask you why don't they ship to Armenia? In fact they don't ship to any other country but the US, but why?
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Unread postby pakodominguez » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:40 pm

Dr. Harout wrote:BTW Pako, I just purchased section cup/spikes for the said tripod, again from Adorama. May I ask you why don't they ship to Armenia? In fact they don't ship to any other country but the US, but why?

I believe Adorama do ship to many countries (probably not Armenia) and I know about issues with customs and returns -I've seen boxes full of equipment back in a poor state because some client refuse to pay custom taxes -all at Adorama's expenses, because insurance doesn't pay for everything.
Once I used AdoramaPix shipping department for sending personal documents to Peru (in order to avoid the line at the Post Office) it got stuck at the Peruvian customs for 5 weeks... at least it didn't get lost, right? Well, some customers just refuse to pay (and they get their money back from their credit card) and the items get back to NYC in poor conditions...
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Re: Video tripod not costing the earth. Any suggestions?

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:48 pm

I picked up a Velbon PH-157Q head for not a lot on Amazon, pan/tilt affair and whilst I'm not into video much the head is surprisingly smooth in motion and well made.
I would say worth a punt for a low cost option (it's actually quite chunky/decent weight) just add the legs of your choice. I think it's the standard head that comes with the Sherpa range so might be worth a look at that range.

Nothing fancy mind no levels but cork top to the QR plate and smooths around nicely.


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