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James Symonds
Tripod System under £500
on Oct 21, 2011 at 12:22:39 pm

Hi all,

Looking at getting a third tripod, already have a Manfrotto HDV503 and Libec LS38 but need another. Libec is good but feels a bit flimsy under an EX1R and there are no drag controls and I cant use it to mount the slider. Also only has a mid-spreader which is a pain. Manfrotto is good and I'd have another one of them if they still made them even though it is a bit heavy.

Anyone have any suggestions whats available for under £500 for the lot. Obviously there will have to be compromise somewhere (fluidity, weight, price etc.) but interested to hear your thoughts

Cheers, James

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Chris Lambert
Re: Tripod System under £500
on Oct 25, 2011 at 3:42:49 pm

Similar situation to yourself at the moment I'm debating a Libec Ls38 can be found for a smidge over £400 at HDEW, the only other option I can currently see in the price bracket is the Manfrotto 504HDV I had the opportunity to use one last week and wasn't overly impressed, maybe I had the drag set wrong but the tripod head would pause then gradually slide to the opposite side I was panning at and then return, it was very smooth in doing this but would look terrible on the footage. (I'm not so familiar with the Manfrottos so I may have had it setup wrong, likewise it was a hire job so could have seen some serious mistreatment elsewhere.)

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Brent Dunn
Re: Tripod System under £500
on Nov 7, 2011 at 2:58:18 pm

They still have the 503 and 501 Manfrotto

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