tripod+filter help??

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Eee-tee
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just finished editing my current project, and after a few probs that you helped me to sort out, i'd like a bit of advice.

its become apparent that a tripod would be an advantage, to steady up shots, so is there a particular type for cams?
I've read in my manuel that i have to be careful w/ the screw length, so what type do you advise, and what features do they have/should i look out for?
Ps nothing too expensive!

Whilst i'm here, i'm also thinkin of gettin some filters. I know of the Canon set- are these any good?.

again what make, and what type wpold you recomend for my 1st lot
BTW the thread is 30.5mm Canon Mv450i (UK)
ZR39mc (US)

thanks a lot!!

tom hardwick
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Recommending tripods is a lot harder than recommending camcorders I always think. A tripod can be big and heavy, small and light, black or silver, cheap or expensive. Have a look at the Manfrotto range - you can mix and match heads and legs so you could for instance have a small fluid head (the 128RC) on very tall legs (the #075). I'd say try before you buy as tripods are a very personal thing.

Filters. Go for any brand of filters with a name you recognise. Hoya or B & W or Canon if you prefer. Multi-coated ones are dearer and better. Don't stack them, buy an ND and always use a hood.

tom.

Eee-tee
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tom,
thanks-i'll have a look next time i get to the shops.
about the actual tripod, is there just one screw that attaches to the cam, and can it be released quickly?

tom hardwick
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I'd go for a "Quick release" head if I were you. One part screws tightly to your tripod head and the mating part screws into your camcorder. They both stay there forever, but clicking them together is quick, easy and reliable. Screw threads are horrible.

tom.

RayL
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The Heiwa TH-650 has a nice feature designed into the quick-fit, such that lowering the camera on to the head does a 'part-engage' of the quick-fit. The practical result of this is that the camera can be placed on the tripod WITH ONE HAND and will be safe there until the quick-fit can be fully locked.

In a crowded, hurried, situation this can make all the difference between a camera falling on the floor, or not.

Ray Liffen

Alan Roberts at work
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Joined: May 6 1999

I endorse all that. I moved on to Manfrotto a little while ago and am delighted with the kit. A fluid head is useful, and is essential if you want to do pan/tilt shots. If all you want is to aim and fix the camera, then a fluid head will still be nice but not essential. Quick release is, in my opinion, more important than anything else because, if you can't whip the camera on/off the tripod quickly, you'll end up not using the tripod much.

Incidentally, using a tripod has a number of interesting advantages for the casual videographer. I had a stupendous holiday earlier this year, time in Oz and the East. It took my tripod because I was going to shoot a family wedding (in Hobart), and found that I could keep the camera on the tripod alomst all the time. When not shooting, it wnet over my shoulder like a rifle, and when shooting, people kept out of my way because it looks more professional than the average tourist waving a shiny box around. Even when you can't fully use the tripod (like on anaerial walk where the feet fall through the walkway) I could still use it with one leg extended, or with two legs on a handrail, and so on.

maximus
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Joined: Oct 24 2002

Hi,

I've got a couple of sets of manfrotto legs only, any ideas where I might be able to obtain the heads?

Eee-tee have you considered hiring? I recently got the shock of my life when I checked out the cost of a Sachtler dv4. However through VMI it costs 15squid per day, if I minused the cost of one new I could go on holiday for quite some time.

Kind Regards
Maximus

tom hardwick
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You can get Manfrotto heads at Jessops in New Oxford St Max.

Blair
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Joined: Oct 14 2002

I bought a Velbon fluid-head camcorder tripod, cost me £75 from my local London Camera Exchange. I think the model number is 600.

I've been extremely pleased with it - having used a tripod with a "normal" head on it before (and getting quickly irritated with the "snatch" when you try to pan) I found this very easy to get used to.

Hope that helps!