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    Looking to upgrade to a pro tripod. Currently our only video tripod is a Manfrotto 745B with a 701 RC2 head on it. It works great for our DVX, but I wanted to go up to something with 2 stage legs, and a stable base. Also a little bit better of a head. It needs to support a HVX with M2, nikon lens, rail system, follow focus, and a matte box. There will be other things such as mics, wireless receivers, etc that would probably be on the camera also. Would be nice if the tripod worked with dolley systems also.

    Any ideas? I've been very happy with Manfrotto stuff, just don't know where to start looking. Thanks!


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    701 RC2 head is not a fluid head so it's not good...

    And don't take the the 501 Manfrotto head... it"s not a fluid head !

    Go directly for 503 head, it's a TRUE fluid head.


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    Ya, there are some great 503 kits that come with legs for around 400-500 bucks out there new.

    http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/BG12325.html

    thats an example.


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    oh ok cool, i had no idea the 701 wasn't a fluid head. i'll look for kits with the 503. i'm looking at the kits on bogen's website now. any other ideas?


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    I just got a cartoni tripod with f100 fluid head. They have 'em with 1 or 2 stage sticks.
    1200-1500 or so, I think
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    I have the Bogen 516 fluid head with the 3046 leg. It's heavy but the 3046 is two staged and it's incredibly tall. The whole thing is rated up to 22 lbs so it can probably handle all those accessories. I read that some people have problems with mounting a crane on the 503 so the 516 might be a better choice if you're not quite willing to shell out $1200 for the Cartoni.
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    hmm ok i'll look at the 516 also. If I was going to get a crane, which we might end up getting, I was looking at the kessler kit with their tripod as the base, so I wouldn't necessarily need a fluid head that supports it.


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    I've got the 503 head and 525 sticks...couldn't be happier.
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    wow the 515MVB kit from b&h is just over $1000. Is that what I should be looking to spend on a pro tripod? I figured closer to $500, but if I need to spend more to get the quality, and ability to hold everything, then I will.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tarionyx
    wow the 515MVB kit from b&h is just over $1000. Is that what I should be looking to spend on a pro tripod? I figured closer to $500, but if I need to
    spend more to get the quality, and ability to hold everything, then I will.
    For a "pro" tripod, you should be looking more in the range of $2000 and above. However there are some good semi-pro options in the $1000 to $2000 range.
    Anything below that is pretty much consumer level.


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