tripod head for photo + video!!
5 months ago
I'm posting this in the MFT forum since there was almost no interest in the "Accessories" talk forum: Thread here . Maybe someone here has a good idea...
I'm frustrated at manufacturers refusing to produce a head that can do two things (unlike our cameras - especially mirrorless, which are good at photos AND video). Tripod and head manufacturers and those explaining such items say very clearly on numerous websites, "there are 3-way heads and ball heads which are good for still photographs, and fluid heads that are good for video. Choose the one that is right for you" as though the world simply MUST be divided down the centre.
Somehow it hasn't occurred to them that since our cameras can do 2 things, and most photographers don't want to buy, travel with or carry around 2 tripod heads, maybe the heads should be able to do 2 things! I've seen remarks all over the net from photographers wishing for a simple head that is good and smooth for video, but which allows a camera to flop over for portrait shots. Is this technically difficult? NO!
Yet there are only a very small number of options available! This seems to me to be a GAPING hole in the market, with exceptionally few interested in filling it.
Manfrotto has produced what looks to be an extremely interesting and feature-rich head, the MH055M8 . But it is expensive, quite large and has more than triple the capacity required for a mirrorless camera and lens. There may be a few ball-heads out there that can lock off the side-tilt motion so video can be shot with a controlled level, but these are also the bigger, heavier, high capacity ones and I've heard that ball-head movement is simply not smooth and fluid enough for good video shooting.
So the only options seem to be:
So what do the flocks of photovideo folks with little MFT cameras (that are actually good at both!) do when they want to shoot both photos and video?
Ideas, experience and feedback of any kind welcome! thanks.
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