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    Tripod Recommendations for HPX500
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    Hey All,

    The company I am working for is getting a HPX500 and I have been given the task of finding a good tripod setup for it.



    Some of the things we may add to the camera when it is on the tripod is a teleprompter and a matte box. Right now I am looking at the Vinten Vision 8 head. Is that over kill or not enough?

    Do you all have any recommendations? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    BP


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    I'm in on the tripod question. We've got a manfrotto 501 setup for our sony z1u, but now with the 500 I don't know if we can use that tripod. I know weight wise we can but I know nothing of the tripod plate for the 500.

    We're trying to hold off on a new tripod for next fiscal. How do I figure out what tripod heads will work with the 500 and which won't.

    Next year we'd like to get the full deal Sachtler, but we might need to find a make do plan until then.


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    Last thing I would do with a HPX500 is mount it on a Bogen.

    The Vintens are rock solid ( I have 2).

    The Vision 8 has a 12.1 to 30.9 lb capacity, which should be more than enough for the HPX500 with prompter.
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    Thanks for the input!


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    My hpx500 is on a Bogen 316 / 3193. it is working fine, I think this is the biggest manfrotto did, replaced by the 526 (or 516... can't remember). But you still can get 316 in inventory out there, max capacity is 35lb, price is ok, new 1300-1600 with legs. You can get a good used one in ebay for 600-800.

    Bogens are good for the money, I also had a 503 for almost 2 years, no complain about it (although and only used it with small cameras, z1, hd100), 501 could a different story since it's not really a fluid head as the 503 and up.

    Of course, if money is no an issue, I'd consider better options than bogen.


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    Get an Oconnor 1030B or 1030HD with 2-stage Carbon Fiber legs. This is a great setup for that camera. Once you add a heavy zoom, batteries, wireless receiver , mattebox and other accessories, it's going to weight 16-20 lbs, easily. Expensive, yes, but built to last a lifetime.


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    what choise for the Sachtler collection will do the job?


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    I'm planning to get a Sachtler DV-8SB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry_Lasater View Post
    I'm planning to get a Sachtler DV-8SB.
    EXCELLENT choice. If you have the $$$$ you can NOT go wrong with the Sachtlers!
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