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    M100 reacted to Santiago de la Rosa in Small, light, levelling video 1,8m tripod and head   
    I started with a really cheap but increible funtional, light and transportable, Mantona Scout (1,6Kg / 69€) and later I added a Manfrotto MVH502AH video head (1,6Kg / 170€).
    I´m talking for a Blackmagic Pocket.
    Now I´m looking for a second one to use two cams, they are photo tripod without head:
    -Induro AT014 (1,1 Kg) = 105€
    -Benro A2580F (1,9 Kg) = 146€
    The 500 is too expensive (380€ amazon) for me but weigh it´s OK 3,1Kg and it´s a video tripod.
    I discard the 502AM for the price (540€ amazon)
    For my uses (nature and live events), mobily and price is a must, I prefer a photo tripod + video Head.
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    M100 reacted to DBen in Small, light, levelling video 1,8m tripod and head   
    Hi!
    I just have a few pointers that maybe will make your decision a little easier.
    Concerning the heads:
    Big difference between Manfrotto 500 and 502 Heads is Pan and Tilt variable drag control that 502 has which makes a huge difference when you need both slow and fast movements. The 500 has fixed Tlt and Pan drag, you have to try it if it works for you. It could be to loose for your gh4 and lens combination. I recommend to go somewhere and try it first. The 502 on the other hand can be adjusted to be completely loose or very stiff but still fluid. The 502 is much bigger and heavier and has controls on the oposite side, which many people hate, maybe you will hate it too, because of that I also recommend to try it first.
    But in your case, I presume that you will be using a tele lens, so with that in mind I would reccomend the 502 because a small movement on the head is a big movement in the video on the tele end.
    Concerning the tripod:
    What you want is a small light tripod that extends a lot, and that's a problem becasue that kind of tripod needs to have a lot of stages (leg extensions) and with every additional leg extension adds to overall instability of the tripod. Also, having a lot of leg extensions is a real hassle, I mean real pain in the ars especially if you have to move quickly to another location and can't move with extended tripod.
    Another thing, concerning the tripod (foto tripod legs) with many stages and a video head like 502 with Pan drag adjusted to be stiff, there will be a big problem regarding the tripod's Torsional Rigidity ( just google "Tripod Torsional Rigidity" ). When you pan the head in one side, the legs will twist in that direction and when you stop the movement and let go of the handle, the legs will twist again to return to their normal state and you will have a big backlash in your video. Just something you have to bear in mind. I have seen several times people blaiming video heads for the backlash, but actually the legs were to blame. Professional video tripod with a center or a floor spreader minimises that backlash.
    Also if you are going to buy that small photo tripod to mount a video head on it, I recommend adding a ball adapter (half bowl) because adjusting for the horizon with the legs only is a huge hassle and time consuming. There are several on the market, cheaper ones like sunwayfoto dhy-66i (new revision) are quite good. ( http://foto-tip.pl/en/sunwayfoto-dyh-66i-leveling-base.html )
    A light, small, good quality and afordable price tripod is very hard to find, though I have recently bought a Triopo foto legs tripod for 85€ and quality is very good so try to see if something from their range suite you like: Triopo GE-3232X8C ( http://foto-tip.pl/en/statyw-triopo-ge-3232x8c.html ) this is just an example, you can browse to see what other tripods they have, and maybe in your case, depends where you are from, you can probably find them cheaper somewhere else. Triopo is ok for the price, 24 months waranty in the EU and many web shops have it.
    I would also recommend max 3 stages for a video tripod legs, but you need it to bee quite small when not in use and quite long when extended, and that complicates things.
    Hope this helps a bit.
    Cheers
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    M100 got a reaction from Santiago de la Rosa in Small, light, levelling video 1,8m tripod and head   
    Looking to buy fluid head and tripod for GH4, for mostly video vehicle tracking shots: fast cars, airplane landings etc. Thats both fast and slow tracking, panning and tilting.
     
    There was a similar topic with 701hdv, but it was 2 years ago and there is new stuff available.
    1. I've thought about Manfr 500 or similar like 502 - what do you think, buy 500 or 502 or other?


    I am also looking for tripod allowing me to make shots from eye level perspective, and as light and small ( max 52 cm ) as it could be in a normal price range.
    2. Any suggestions?

    Price for whole set: tripod + head = < 350Euro.

     

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    M100 reacted to Mat Mayer in Panasonic buying advice : LX100 or FZ1000 ?   
    Disclaimer: I have used neither.

    LX100 for sure for your needs. I have read that it is better in low light.

    I see the FZ1000 as a fun camera for outdoors. Not wide angle. This would of been my preference but I have totally different needs.
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    M100 reacted to animan in Panasonic buying advice : LX100 or FZ1000 ?   
    FZ1000 can always drop to 1080 for wider angle if needed, lack of audio / flipscreen I would say LX100 is more of the fun camera, FZ1000 a better contender as an A camera
     
    (if possible both used together are a great reasonably priced package!)
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    M100 reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic buying advice : LX100 or FZ1000 ?   
    The FZ1000 is all about the zoom range. If you need to go really long on the zoom then get the FZ1000. In all other respects the LX100 is better aside from the lack of slow-mo... and a few minor missing menu options. No CineLike D either.
    LX100 review part 1 http://www.eoshd.com/2014/11/shooting-4k-pocket-camera-exceptional-panasonic-lx100/
    FZ1000 review http://www.eoshd.com/2014/11/panasonic-fz1000-review-bargain-4k-super-zoom/
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    M100 reacted to MBFrancis in Panasonic buying advice : LX100 or FZ1000 ?   
    The FZ1000 seems to lack 1080 at 24p... at least in MP4 format. I'd say AVCHD is usable option, but for me it isn't. That's the only bummer I have about the camera seeing as AVCHD is not a good codec to work with in the first place, and as I have a Macbook, it's practically hell.
     
    Other than that, it's a versatile camera. Cinelike D, Zoom Range, Mic input, flip screen. Both seem to have it's own advantages. Definitely, the two cameras pair up quite nicely for a budget combo. If Sony fails to offer anything similar early next year (but crossing fingers for a a6000 successor at a competitive price range though), I know the next camera I'll bet getting for my setup.
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    M100 reacted to animan in Panasonic buying advice : LX100 or FZ1000 ?   
    Hmm.. not sure I agree with that after reading the reviews
     
    My conclusion was-
     
    FZ1000 Pros: Mic in, Flipscreen, Longer lens, Picture profiles, 5 axis stabilisation in 1080, more buttons/controls
    LX100 Pros: Wider / faster lens, looks cooler
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