Could you recomend a video tripod?

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Wahrsager
Wahrsager Senior Member • Posts: 2,753
Could you recomend a video tripod?

Howdy!

I was wondering if someone would mind recommending a reasonable tripod the can accommodate smooth panning for video?

I need to put together a purchase list for work and think a stand-alone tripod might not make sense if I can get a tripod that can do both stills and video well.

Can someone also recommend anything else for photographing vehicles in a variety of environments? I'm planning on getting a color checker, but see that the company is in transition to "Calibrite" and many items aren't available.

I'll be using an A7 III body and posted a related post in that forum.

Thank you in advance.

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Gary3000 Senior Member • Posts: 1,396
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Can't recommend any specific model #'s,  but unlike camera's the become obsolete eventually,  a good tripod is something that can literally last a lifetime (or at least decades) so consider a name brand,  like Manfrotto,  with a  nice fluid head if you plan to do pans and stuff.

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robertfel Senior Member • Posts: 1,992
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Low budget: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1244193-REG/e_image_eg01a2_2_stage_aluminum_tripod.html

Medium budget: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1220489-REG/e_image_eg05a2_two_stage_aluminum_tripod_with.html

High budget, super smooth movements, great features and value, I have this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1093073-REG/e_image_eg06c2_2_stage_carbon_fiber.html

There are bigger, higher priced ones for giant cameras, but it doesn't sound like you need those.

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NickZ2016 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,290
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Wahrsager wrote:

Howdy!

I was wondering if someone would mind recommending a reasonable tripod the can accommodate smooth panning for video?

I need to put together a purchase list for work and think a stand-alone tripod might not make sense if I can get a tripod that can do both stills and video well.

That's more an issue of the head than the legs. Obviously the legs need to be good enough but with a small camera likely in studio or other non challenging environments good enough legs aren't a huge problem. You don't need a high end heavy duty video tripod with a bowl. A standard stills tripod with a video head on top will work. Also dealing with vehicles I'm guessing you aren't hiking. That means a heavier (and therefore cheaper) set of legs won't be a problem.

In short put your money towards the head not a fancy set of sticks. A used heavy duty tripod will likely work no worse for you than the latest high priced model.

What else? Lights never hurt. Matte box and filters won't hurt. In the end the question is how much of a budget do you have and what are the problems you need to deal with.

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Re: Could you recomend a video tripod?

NickZ2016 wrote:

Wahrsager wrote:

Howdy!

I was wondering if someone would mind recommending a reasonable tripod the can accommodate smooth panning for video?

I need to put together a purchase list for work and think a stand-alone tripod might not make sense if I can get a tripod that can do both stills and video well.

That's more an issue of the head than the legs. Obviously the legs need to be good enough but with a small camera likely in studio or other non challenging environments good enough legs aren't a huge problem. You don't need a high end heavy duty video tripod with a bowl. A standard stills tripod with a video head on top will work. Also dealing with vehicles I'm guessing you aren't hiking. That means a heavier (and therefore cheaper) set of legs won't be a problem.

In short put your money towards the head not a fancy set of sticks. A used heavy duty tripod will likely work no worse for you than the latest high priced model.

What else? Lights never hurt. Matte box and filters won't hurt. In the end the question is how much of a budget do you have and what are the problems you need to deal with.

Excellent points. Thanks much.

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