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post #1 of 13
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For all of you using these lightweight "prosumer" camcorders, what tripods are you using?

I just bought a Manfrotto 504 head on 535k legs. The head feels great, but may be overkill for my purposes. Any thoughts?

Also, anyone with the GW77 using a monopod?

FYI, I record using an XA10. Considering a new camcorder, but thinking I may skip one more year to see if anything really improves in terms of video quality.
post #2 of 13
My favorite way to steady a stabilized camcorder is with a monopod that has a ball head attached. With the ballhead bent about 30 to 45 degrees the unextend leg tucks between my arm and rigs. Or, I tuck the foot behind my belt or in my pants pocket.

The difference compared to hand holding is considerable. The difference between using the tucked in monopod and using my tripod is minimal.

I do have a OK and inexpensive tripod useful for time lapse or other special circumstances, but I don't get it out much at all.

I ran into an inexpensive video tripod that is almost "fluid like" made by Sony. There are a couple models and one has remote control features in the handle for "select" Sony camcorders. They are sized and built for small consumer camcorders.

My second tripod is truly unique! It sets up like you do with tent poles. The legs have bungee cord in them. When you let go and hold the ball head it pops together. I got it for travel as it is very light and compact.

Why did you pick the Manfrotto 504 head on 535k legs?

Bill
post #3 of 13
No wonder you like it! I just looked it up. Your tripod costs more than any of my three cameras. What do you shoot with a stabilized camera that needs that much tripod? No offence intended, if it is just that you like fine quality stuff!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/683561-REG/Manfrotto_504HD_535K_504HD_Head_w_535_3_Stage.html

http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-504HD-535K-Tripod-Carbon/dp/B003FGWKHW
post #4 of 13
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I do like stuff that is upgrade proof, and at some point I will want to improve my cameras significantly. I mostly video at basketball games and at children's plays. I had an older Manfrotto setup with the 502 head last year. Liked it, but it got swiped during a tournament. This one feels super sturdy, but is going to cause me issues in travel. The head, however, is in a completely different class. I'm tempted to try it tomorrow and see if it works for me. Last week I had to shoot with an old Libec that I had laying around, and I was afraid that just tripping into it would break the entire affair.
post #5 of 13
I was also looking at the Manfrotto line for a good tripod and monopod.

But as mentioned- it would be a pain in the rear when doing extensive traveling out of country.
I am now thinking along the lines of a Gorilla pod Focus http://joby.com/gorillapod/focus/
or something similar, sturdy and lightweight. Then just getting creative with how / where I mount the pod to.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
I returned the 504HD and Carbon Fiber legs. Went with a video monopod. The setup was too heavy for what I was trying to do.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by ErLupo View Post

For all of you using these lightweight "prosumer" camcorders, what tripods are you using?

I just bought a Manfrotto 504 head on 535k legs. The head feels great, but may be overkill for my purposes. Any thoughts?

Also, anyone with the GW77 using a monopod?

FYI, I record using an XA10. Considering a new camcorder, but thinking I may skip one more year to see if anything really improves in terms of video quality.

i have a sony vct-mpi and use it on my sony xr550

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/842598-REG/Sony_VCT_MP1_VCT_MP1_Monopod.html

i have a sony gw77 but have not use it on the sony monopod. cause i bring my sony gw77 with me all the time, and on special occassion that needs my sony xr550, then i bring the monopod with me.

saving money to buy a sony cx790.
post #8 of 13
Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Fluid Video Monopod W/Head :
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Nice! That's what I decided to go with. I also bought a Sachtler Ace for those times when I need a Tripod.
post #10 of 13
I picked up a set of the Manfrotto 755XB on Ebay and a 701 head; been looking at the 502 heads, but I really don’t use the 701 all that much frankly (winter put a damper on my enthusiasm for shooting any video). Those 502 heads bring a premium on Ebay; right up to brand new prices.

I originally thought about a monopod and I didn’t get a lot of great feedback on the idea. I quickly picked up that video really needs a head bowl/ball mount to level properly and the 755xb are about the most entry level options for that. They're pretty hefty, but seem sturdy and worked well the few times I've had them out.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by ErLupo View Post

For all of you using these lightweight "prosumer" camcorders, what tripods are you using?.......

I went the other way. I wanted small, packable and light. I bought a Sony VCT-R100. The pan is "fluid like", not fluid. It will be good enough and It goes with my small cameras. It is not tall. I may be on my knees once in awhile.

It weighs just 1 pound and seven ounces. It is rated to support a 2 pound, 10 ounce camera. Camcorders like the Panasonic X920 or V720 weigh less than a pound without a battery.

It will collapse to 14 inches for carry on packing.

For $35, I think it is quite well made.

Bill
post #12 of 13
Here is a review of the Sony VCT-R100:

One of my favorite reviews (also of the Joby, which is useful too).

Yes, it's a child.
post #13 of 13
That's pretty funny! It made me laugh, but I'm not sure I shouldn't be embarrassed --- now that I am the proud owner of one! I also have a couple of those Gorillapods too!

Joby makes a Gorillapod aimed at world travelers that shoot videos with HX9Vs and LX7s too! It actually has a pan head on it that is smoother than one would expect and magnetic feet that will lock onto various parts of your rental car.

Amazon: GorillaPod for small video cameras

Product demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature&v=zg2twCiX6tM#!

Maybe I should do a review for YouTube, but I wouldn't want to steal any thunder from that kid!

Bill
Edited by bsprague - 4/10/13 at 10:05am
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