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Old Jun 7, 2005, 4:27 AM   #1
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Hi, I just bought my first real camera, the Casio EXILIM EX-Z750. I'll be using it for many different kinds of photos and lot's of video shooting.

Could you guys recommend a versatile tripod <$100 that's good for steady video shooting (moving the camera in all kinds of positions while shooting video, without any shaking). I know nothing about tripods..I'd just like a cheap but good stand to make steady photo's and video's anywhere.
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Old Jun 7, 2005, 10:05 AM   #2
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for that type/size of camera hust about any will work. if you want quality and still want to stay in you pricing catagory look into these names

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manfrotto (my preference)

velbon

these are good allaround tripods w/o getting wild. pricing for a reasonable one is in the $50-$80 range.


do us all a favor and put in at least you country of origin. it helps in directing you to the appropriate persons and or equipment.

here is a good one

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...257&is=REG



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Old Jun 7, 2005, 3:43 PM   #3
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Ok, that looks good...But if I want to move the camera in a flowing motion while shooting video, don't I need a tripod with some sort of handle on it? On the one in your link It seems that I'd have to have my hands on the camera to do that..?

I live in Copenhagen Denmark, but will probably buy from Ebay or just anywhere cheap online that ships to Denmark unless I find something veru similar in a shop in Denmark for a reasonable price..
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ah! you didn't mention the video aspect as a important function or at all:-)

there is a pan head version. these tripods are made in italy. try some of the european sellers on the web

www.manfrotto.com
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Okay, shouldn't I go for a ballhead panhead tripod instead of a 3-way panhead? Are ballhead's just free motion or can you pan horizontically and vertically in level? I like the idea of a ballhead because It would give me possibilities to do freemotion but it may not be good for level panning?
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Ofcause I could always buy something like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=272508&is=REG

which has a pan-head and a ballhead. However the ballhead doesn't have a pan "arm"..does that even exist?
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Well just to inform people, I went with the Velbon MAX-i 347E http://www.velbon-tripod.com/maxi.htm# The manfrotto legs where great but I didn't like the price and the head...This one was one of the best designed, compact and smoothest panning and it fits the camera well so I think I'll be really happy with it. I'd never have given that much for a tripod if it haden't been for the advice on forums that most people buy a cheap one and buy a better one later, but for shooting video I think a smooth panning is essential and the manfrotto's and cheaper Velbon weren't good enough.
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