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Joel Dalls
Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:30:13 pm

Hi: I am looking to upgrade to a Miller tripod/fluid head system and have been reading about some complaints that without a spreader, I may experience some bounce in pans/tilts.

I like the Miller System DS-10 Solo DV Carbon Fiber System, DS-10 Fluid Head, with Solo DV 1501 Carbon Fiber Tripod -- the tripod is light and has retractable spiked feet....but obviously no spreader.

Would anyone who has an opinion on the importance of a spreader in a video tripod chime in?

This is a big purchase for me and I don't want to screw it up.

Thx!!!!!!!


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:57:27 pm

What camera are you putting on this thing and what kind of shooting will you be doing?

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charles meadows
Re: Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 8, 2012 at 10:33:35 am

If you're shoving a small camera like a DSLR on it, then no problem. If you're shoving a DSLR with the extra bells and whistles then not a good idea. If you like the head then buy the head. Try and get a set of legs that give you the option of using the spreader when needed.

Charles Meadows
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Incubate Productions
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Joel Dalls
Re: Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 8, 2012 at 3:16:52 pm

Hi, I am shooting a Canon 5D MK III with a grip. As I sit here thinking about it, that would probably be about it.

Instead of my matte box, I would probably just use a lens hood and screw on filter.

I do shoot L glass and I do own the 70-200 f2.8 II, so that would be another factor.

Still think I need a spreader with that amount of maximum weight? What would that be ...I am guessing 4+ pounds?

Many thanks.


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charles meadows
Re: Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 8, 2012 at 3:53:58 pm

Joe you've got to get what you want to get. The one thing I know from my experience is I'd rather have gear that is versatile.

"There's no point in filming in you don't have fun"
Charles Meadows
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Incubate Productions South Africa
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Joel Dalls
Re: Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 8, 2012 at 4:44:13 pm

Good idea about getting a tripod that lets you dismount the spreader.. are you aware of a manufacturor that makes that type?


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charles meadows
Re: Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 8, 2012 at 5:05:09 pm

We use Manfrotto and Libec tripods. Both allow us to remove the spreader. Go and have a look at bhphotovideo.com

"There's no point in filming in you don't have fun"
Charles Meadows
Creative Director
Incubate Productions South Africa
http://www.incubatevideo.co.za


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Brent Dunn
Re: Tripod for video .. does a spreader really combat bounce? Pls Give Your Opinions!!!!
on Nov 9, 2012 at 3:53:44 pm

For a heavy camera, yes, they do help with stability. Your head is probably more of a factor. With DSLR and a rig it still isn't heavy enough to make much difference.

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