Recommendation for tripod?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by barndoor1, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. barndoor1

    barndoor1 Guest

    Hi group,

    i am filming with a lightweight camcorder, and have been using a Sony
    VCT-870RM, which has served me pretty well. I have to pan around a
    bit, and this was possible with this tripod, as well as being light

    I now have to buy a new tripod as i have given this one away (to a
    needful person!)

    I need to get something similar (that Sony model is discontinued) or
    MAYBE something a step up in quality... but i need to stay reasonably
    lightweight, around 2kg ideally.

    I'd be most grateful if anyone could share information about any
    tripod fitting this description which they have found to be a good
    product and of good value.

    thank you

    barndoor1, Oct 22, 2008
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    Bob Ford Guest

    I will be getting a new tripod for my Canon HV30 fairly soon.
    The one I have decided on is a Libec THM20 and B & H has it
    for $180.00.
    I don't know anyone who has one but it looks pretty good to me and
    the reviews on the B & H website sound good.
    Bob Ford
    Images In Motion
    Bob Ford, Oct 22, 2008
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  3. barndoor1

    barndoor1 Guest

    Thanks for the response. That would fit the bill though it's on the
    heavy side, but there's not much option if you want light weight. If
    i DO go up to 3kg plus, there's also a good looking tripod in the sony
    range, though about twice the price of my previous one, but presumably
    a lot smoother for panning and more stable

    barndoor1, Oct 24, 2008
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    Smarty Guest

    At the recommendation of several members of this and another newsgroup, I
    purchased the Velbon fluid head pro video tripod for $69 which got 4.5 out
    of 5 star ratings on Amazon and elsewhere, and have been totally delighted
    with it for the last 18 months. I use it with an HV20 Canon camcorder, the
    Canon wide angle lens, etc. It weights 4.5 lbs, or just about 2 Kg as you

    Video Tripod 607

    Smarty, Oct 24, 2008
  5. I found a really good deal on eBay a while back - the company is Amvona,
    and it's a set of carbon-fiber sticks with a 75mm ball socket on the
    top. It's a knock-off of a Manfrotto that retails for around $1200;
    Amvona sells it on their website for $600 (though I can't imagine anyone
    buys stuff off their website). I got it for $50; they're not as cheap
    now but you might search "pro carbon fiber tripod" on eBay and see what
    you can find. I use a lightweight Bogen fluid head and a 75mm ball
    adapter, and the total cost was still under $200.
    Steven Weller, Oct 27, 2008
  6. You're right - looks like it's not there any more. Did a little looking
    around, though, and came up with this:

    It's the same sticks, but aluminum rather than carbon fiber, and
    includes a head. No experience with the head, but the whole package is
    a buck-fifty. The sticks I can vouch for; if the head's anything (an it
    probably is) it'd make a reasonable package, for a reasonable price.
    Steven Weller, Oct 29, 2008
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