Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

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Alec Veznedaroglu

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Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostSat Feb 04, 2017 6:42 am

Hello,

I am in the market for a good tripod to pair with my URSA Mini. My price range is no more than $2,000. I wasn't sure the difference between Satchler and Manfrotto as far as which people recommend more. I am planning on having the URSA Mini, viewfinder, top handle, two 15mm rods, external monitor, Chroziel MB-450-R2 matte box, Canon 70-200mm or Sigma 18-35mm as well as a Switronix hyper core slim v-mount battery. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostMon Feb 06, 2017 7:54 pm

Alec, I believe there are other threads discussing this need. For that budget, you should look into used gear. You'll find you'll also have the weight of filters, a mic, perhaps a preamp, and other accessories so the weight can quickly get to 10-11 Kgs. A new tripod and 100mm fluid head that properly balances that weight while allowing for smooth pan and tilts is going to exceed your budget. You can possibly get by with a smaller capacity head but you will have a more difficult time controlling camera movement and holding a position may be impossible when you tilt more than a few degrees.

I'd like the OConner 1030D, but don't know when I can afford it, so I make do with Manfrotto gear but I need to keep a hand on the handle (unless it's fairly horizontal) and push and pull my camera to new positions, rather than gently glide it about. That works, but far from ideal.


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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostMon Feb 06, 2017 8:38 pm

B&H has a Manfrotto 526 package for $1,900. Rated for 33lbs, 16Kg. 100mm bowl.

Though I agree with Rick, an O'Connor 1030D is a great head if you can find one at an affordable price.
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Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Feb 07, 2017 6:46 pm

Good find, Thomas. And here is the B&H Photo 526 Pro fluid head with 528XB tripod. I checked the site for more details including the weight limit of the 528XB tripod legs: 55 Kgs or 110 lbs.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/408412-REG


Alec, I don't recommend the 545BK tripod although that kit is cheaper as the rated weight for the tripod is only 55 lbs and that's an indicator that it's not very sturdy.


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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Feb 07, 2017 9:34 pm

Rick, if the camera rig is only 11-12KG (24/28lbs) then a tripod rated for 55lbs should work just fine.
Where this type if tripod get shaky is if you extend the last single let bit all all the way out.

I have a smaller version of this stick,with a 74mm bowell, and this is its weak point.
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Feb 07, 2017 11:42 pm

I have a Sachtler Video 18 II head. They turn up used on eBay every now and then at prices well within your budget. I paid 12 000 sek (about 1300 usd) for my head with a Sachtler carbon fiber tripod. It takes the URSA Mini with accessories, matte box and a Canon 70-200 without any problems whatsoever.
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostWed Feb 08, 2017 1:41 am

Denny, you're the voice of experience here! My thinking was following research with better quality fluid heads and they seem to pair with sticks that are able to support several times the weight of the head. So that's me just being cautious. For example, the OConnor 1030D head supports something like 30 lbs or 13.5 Kg. The 30L tripod normally paired with it supports 209 lbs or 95 Kg.


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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostWed Feb 08, 2017 2:04 am

No Rick, I agree with you, the bigger the tripod head load the more stable it will be. John B put a Pocket camera on the O'Connor 1030 head with a large stick under it -- rock solid! If you are using longer tele lenses, than this is even more important, as with a long lens, any movement will be greatly increased on th camera sensor.
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostWed Feb 08, 2017 3:33 am

I have a couple Varizoom combos (TC100A tripod with FH100 head and a T100A tripod with another FH100 head) that have been solid and held very up well (for "budget" sub-$1000 kits).
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostThu Feb 09, 2017 1:31 am

Any idea about some separate head with 5/8 inches screw? The 5/8" tripods could be much cheaper and are made to last.
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostFri Mar 17, 2017 11:14 am

Anyone have experience with Libec RS-450DM?
My Rig is about 5kg, but I still dont have a matte box. What do you think?
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostFri Mar 17, 2017 4:46 pm

Take a look at the Cartoni Focus 12 or Focus HD. They are rated for 12kg and I was able to get a focus 12 for 800€ and Sachtler DA100 Heavy Duty legs for 550€. Both brand new. I like the head much much more than any manfrotto stuff. The Sachtler Heavy Duty sticks also look very professional ;)
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostSat Mar 18, 2017 9:20 pm

The Cartoni Focus is indeed a really really nice head for the price.

And service is TOP NOTCH (at least here in Italy!) ;-P
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostSun Mar 19, 2017 3:20 pm

Really Right Stuff. Best in the biz... haven't had a chance to try out the RRS fluid head yet, but the RRS legs I received a couple of days ago are phenomenal. Make Gitzos look flimsy, and Manfrotto look like overweight warthogs. :)

Yeah, I've grown to hate Manfrotto tripods over the years. Their ergonomics are mediocre at best, and the legs are very heavy for the weight capacity.

Right now I have an Arca-Swiss monoball on it as my hiking rig, but I'm going to be looking for a good and hopefully reasonably light fluid head. I'm eyeing Really Right Stuff's fluid gimbal head...
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Sep 05, 2017 5:30 am

Flowtech carbon fiber sticks from Sachtler and Vinten redefining your camera support, up to 20 lbs 75mm bowl:
http://www.newsshooter.com/2017/09/05/f ... he-tripod/


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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Sep 05, 2017 8:38 am

Haha, Rick are you living for filming gear? You never seem to sleep ;-)
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Sep 05, 2017 8:41 am

rick.lang wrote:Flowtech carbon fiber sticks from Sachtler and Vinten redefining your camera support, up to 20 lbs 75mm bowl:
http://www.newsshooter.com/2017/09/05/f ... he-tripod/


According to that link it can hold up to 20kg. Looks like a fantastic set of sticks!
www.incafilms.com
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Sep 05, 2017 4:52 pm

Yes, I have been getting a steam of email announcements, on this, each email but,ding on the previous with more "peeks" but no real details, other than, "Something wounderful is coming..."
Looks great, good price. Now to sell all my remaining tripods! Any takers?
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Re: Tripod Recommendations for URSA Mini

PostTue Sep 05, 2017 5:12 pm

Robert Niessner wrote:Haha, Rick are you living for filming gear? You never seem to sleep ;-)


Pretty close to the truth, Robert! It's sort of window shopping for camera gear geeks. A priority but well down the list.

Life's priorities:
Keep the little lady happy (see last item).
Put the girls through university (5/7 years).
Pay off the mortgage (3 more years).
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Add camera gear and computer.
Survivor collects life insurance benefit.






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