Tripod Head Suggestion

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  1. Scott Rolf

    Scott Rolf New Member

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    I need some help purchasing a new tripod head for my oldie (but a goodie) Bogen camera tripod. I want to start shooting some still/static videos in my studio of guitar playing. In other words, the camera will not be panning and tilting while shooting.
    I will be using my EOS 5D MKIV and the Tascam DR-60D MKII Audio Recorder both attached to the tripod.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
     

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    johnsey Site Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

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    I think I would still suggest a Manfrotto Pro Video head so it will pair with your Bogen legs. I know you said you would not be panning but having something designed that way will help with good counter-balance and fluid movement adjusting. I think they support about 15lbs so you should be in good shape with the audio and camera hardware stacked on it. Generally for still cameras I suggest a high quality ballhead, but I think the video head probably will suit you a little bit better. Or get both ;)!
     
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    Excellent. Thank you.
    Can you recommend a specific model number?

    Thanks again!
     
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    Cant recommend based on experience, but looks like you can get a 502 at Adorama or Amazon for $180, or the 501 on ebay for half of that. I use an old Manfrotto 3047 for my medium format that would maybe work for your type of use, if you can snag one for less than $50 that is an oldie but a goodie. It gets as much mileage as my much more expensive ball head.
     
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    Like this?
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/827210-REG/Manfrotto_MVH502AH_75Mm_Flat_Head.html
     
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    Yup that was the one i saw, I see there is another 502 for about 30 more dollars, I did not dig into the differences, but the 504 is twice the price and would be overkill.
     
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    I do a fair bit of video work with my 60D and use a standard tripod head, if it is not being rotated or move that should also serve you well, keeps the cost down a bit too.
     
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    Just a second thought, I also use a rather old 70 style tripod that allows me to rotate smoothly and move the camera up and down then lock with the handle, purchased from a Op shop rather cheap, could also be a place to look, you don't always need new.
     
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    Well, I can agree that there are values in used market for sure. I did take note in the original post Scott wanted to upgrade the head he has. While I am not sure what head that was, I suggested a video head due to the bulk of the audio device with camera and lens mounted on top as the best tool for the job, as well as giving freedom to do other video shooting should his scope of work change.
     
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    This post may be a little late as you have purchased a new tripod and head, this is a picture of a tripod head I purchased from my local charity shop fo 10 dollars, usable gear for a cheap price is out there, all you have to do is look.
    It is well made and in good condition. Tripod head.jpg
     
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