New tripod advise

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    • #43671
      AvatarBinnz7dw
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      Hi all, I have read through a lot the forum topics on tripods and there was some great info there but some of the posts where fairly old. I have read that the 501 fluid head has been redesigned and is better than it used to be, has anyone used the new version, and if so, is the 503 still a much better head? Also, has anyone used one of the monopods with the legs that open up on the bottom, would they hold a xh-a1? Thanks for the help!

    • #183052
      AvatarBinnz7dw
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      Was looking at BH and found this combo. Is there anything here that I should look out for? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=523094&is=REG

    • #183053
      AvatarAnonymous
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      Binnz7dw,

      Something good that the 503HDV (latest version of the 503) has is an illuminated bubble level. This is very useful indoors, as there usually isn’t that much light faling on the tripod. I’ve tried holding a flashlight between my chin and shoulder while adjusting the level with one hand and tightening the leveling ball with the other hand. Having an illuminated bubble level would be pure luxury. Also, I’ve read posts from 503-owners that the 503 has smoother starts than the 501.

      Ken Hull

    • #183054
      AvatarAnonymous
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      I was just looking at that B&H page your post linked to. That tripod has a center post which allows getting up to 74″. That’s a nice feature not many tripods have. It does not have a leveling ball, which would have made setting up the tripod/camcorder a bit more convenient (not a show-stopper, though).

      Ken

    • #183055
      AvatarBinnz7dw
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      Thanks Ken! One more question, for shooting events and weddings do you think it would be better to use a monopod with a fluid head on it or a shoulder support system. Would probably be easier to move around with the shoulder support but I have never used one and am not sure how steady they are. Any recommendations?

    • #183056
      AvatarAnonymous
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      I’ve never done a wedding, but I would think that the ceremony itself would require a tripod, while every thing else (including the reception) would be hand-held, shoulder-mounted (if that is an actual term), or monopod-mounted. BTW, while a fluid head would be great for a tripod, I think it wouldn’t be of any help on a monopod.

      Ken

    • #183057
      AvatarBinnz7dw
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      I use tripods on the stationary cameras but was wondering about the camera that I am operating and moving around with (sometimes in a hurry) I have been using a monopod without a head on it and I think there are sometimes when a head would be nice to have. I have never used a shoulder support and was curious as to how steady they are.

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