Eh, it’s not that great of


Eh, it’s not that great of a deal, to be perfectly honest.

The Bogen/Manfrotto 501 head is not a true full fluid head, and it will give you a bit of jerkiness in movement. For a super duper smooth move, go with the 503 head.

Also, those legs with the single shaft are great for photography, but they’re a bit flimsy for video, not very stable.

here’s a kit I purchased some time back. It’s only about $50 more than the kit you mentioned, it has the 503 head, and a sturdy set’o’legs to make it go well.

Keep in mind that if you’re going to be manning the tripod, it’s worth it to invest in a controller like this little gem to make yur life easier. This particular model let’s you control zoom, focus, has a built-in record button, and even a power button to put your camera to standby mode. From having worked behind broadcast equipment, I can tell you that these controllers make your life a lot easier.

If you can afford a second arm for your tripod head, I’d get it. Having a left and right arm for stability makes like much easier. Plus you’ll have a spare if something unexpected happens to your one arm. That being said, I don’t see that as a need, but as a want.

You’re on th right path, but unless you’r really that strapped for cash, the extra $50 to get the better tripod is worth it.

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