The quest for a small, light, levelling video tripod and head – the result

Manfrotto 701HDV and Acratech

Where to buy – Acratech Levelling Base at Adorama in the US and Bob Rigby in the UK / Europe. Manfrotto 701HDV at Adorama US and Amazon UK.

In part 1 I began my quest for a small, light and compact video head with levelling capability to level off a shot quickly. Because I move around a lot on location I set a weight limit of 3kg including legs and to keep in the spirit of what DSLRs are all about, the price has to be as accessible as the camera.

Here’s what I settled on…

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The quest for a small, light, levelling video tripod and head

Compact and light Gitzo video head

UPDATE: The research I started with this post had an end result – check it out here

Size matters – read the views of a Sky News camera man at DSLR News Shooter on the GH2 and stealth factor

Colin Chapman ran the Lotus F1 team in the 1970’s. When his rivals had powerful turbo engines that kept blowing up Chapman preferred to stay with lighter Ford power units which were less powerful. When his rivals had the upper hand on grunt (think 4K vs 1080p), rather than spend more money on more horse power he made the car lighter. For Chapman this was the smart way to go racing. ‘Add lightness’, he told his engineers.

So they’d add lightness until the car was on the verge of being too fragile. And they won with it. Not just in terms of raw performance but reliability. This is my aim DSLR for rigging. Strip the weight and complexity down until it is as light as can be without being over the limit and compromised for raw performance or stability.

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