Which Tripod?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by bs2511feist, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. bs2511feist macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Hey everyone, i recently bought the sony hxr-mc50u camcorder for about $1,400. I do already have a tripod, but its cheap (about 20 or 30 dollars) and only 54" tall. I was wondering if i should just use this tripod or upgrade to a more sturdy, taller one. I really wouldn't want to go over $200. So what do you guys think?

    Thanks -Ben
  2. musique macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    Big and important decision

    Ben, hi. That looks like a nice camera. Congratulations.

    Tripods for video have two important parts: The base itself and the head. These don't necessarily have to be from the same manufacturer.

    The tripod (called legs or sticks) is basically simple: three legs. You get into higher costs when you look at what they are made out of (carbon fiber or aluminum), how they extend (do you need quick release?), and also whether there are brackets at the midpoint or at the bottom or not at all. The braces/brackets give the tripod more stability and theoretically a more stable image. Some tripods may also come with or be designed to work with dolly systems. Also, think about the weight of your rig, including camera, and at some point perhaps, microphones (wired and/or wireless), recorder, light, and possibly video monitor.

    The head is different on a video tripod because it will be used to pan the camera. Starting, moving, and stopping the pan (left-right and up-down) need to be controlled for obvious reasons. A video head is also called a fluid head. This takes practice even with the best manual tripod.

    You can spend as little $100 to $200 for a tripod with head and you can spend thousands too. You might want to look at (in alphabetical order) Acebil, Cartoni, Gitzo, Libec, Manfrotto, Miller, Sachtler, and Vinten. These are all well-known producers of tripods and tripod systems.

    Check on one of the on-line retailers like B&H for a pretty good overview of what's out there. Read the reviews, even of some that are way out of your price range. It'll give you a chance to see what others think are important or not. Good luck on your search.
  3. bs2511feist thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Thanks musique! You really pointed me in the right direction, once again i've had another helpful experience on this website!
  4. jwheeler macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2010
  5. jwheeler macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2010
    Probably because you're concise, well mannered, and judging by your stop motion video; very good, dedicated and worth our time :p
  6. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    don't by a Pearstone (b&H brand) worst piece of crap ever.

    I can't really comment on something in your price range. I personally use a manfrotto 504HD which is i think about $700...(with the legs)
    How are you like that camera? Seems like a neat little camera.
  7. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    Quick tip: I use a fat rubber band over the handle to give smoother panning. Gives a nice slow entry/exit while building up to full panning speed and helps maintain a steady, buffered pan.

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