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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:07 pm 
Hi,

Im looking at getting a new tripod as my ordinary one stutters while panning. Should i get a fluid head tripod or a ball head one ? Which methodology will be better for following action or smooth pans and tilts please ?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:15 pm 
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Fluid is definitely better for video, I have one and shot with it, but for normal photography it's kind of cumbersome. (Has a slight tendency to "creep down" with a heavier lens mounted).

Perhaps a smooth ballhead with a rotating base would be a better option.

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I recently bought a high-end ball head with a panoramic base, but sadly it still has insufficient friction for decent video work.

That's not to say there aren't ball heads which could do the job, but a fluid head is designed specifically for what you're after. I use a Manfrotto 701HDV head for video work.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:57 pm 
Thanks. I think ill look for a fluid head then. But ive seen so many tripods on ebay. All list themselves as fluid heads. Even cheap ones. And then poeple say theres no fluid head in them after buying it. Whats a fluid head and anyway of looking at a picture of the tripod and identifying if its a fluid head for real ?


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A photo of it won't reveal it; you'll either need to try it in person or check a review you trust. Basically a cheap tripod won't be smooth and it won't be stable either.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:26 am 
Fine then ill just go to the local store and try a few out with my DSLR mounted.

Apart from pans do tilts also come out smooth in a fluid head ?

Thanks for sharing.


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Yes, the pan and tilt should be smooth on a proper fluid head designed for video...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:31 am 
Thanks Gordon.


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Thanks To You Too Citruspers !


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