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  • kat hayes

    September 20, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Can anyone recommend a good tripod for use with a DVX 100, AF100, or any other camera we may want to use? I prefer if it is lighter in weight while still sturdy. A fluid head is important. I have no idea how much something like this will cost. I would like to keep it under $1k if possible, though if I need to, I will spend more.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Noah Kadner

    September 20, 2011 at 12:57 am

    In that price range look at the $500 and up Manfrotto systems or Satchler.


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  • kat hayes

    September 20, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Is that price range enough to get a good tripod, or just an OK one?


  • Noah Kadner

    September 20, 2011 at 4:13 am

    For a smaller camera like this- more than enough. Crappy tripods are anything under $100. Around $450 they start to get fine. Above $1,000 is high end/heavy cameras. At $500-700 it’s pretty good stuff.


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  • Guy McLoughlin

    September 20, 2011 at 4:18 am

    How heavy is your standard set-up ?

    i.e. Once you add on monitor, rails, follow-focus, a large lens, battey pack you could be over-weight for a smaller tripod head

  • Joe Barta IV

    September 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    This is what I use with the AF100.
    Manfrotto 519,546BK Pro Video Tripod/Pro Video Head Kit
    Unfortunately, it is showing up as discontinued on several sites, but a diligent search may turn up a good deal. Here is B&H’s listing;

    Bars & Tone

  • Erik Naso

    September 21, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Have a look at Libec. Not that pricey and pretty solid.

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  • Matthew Sonnenfeld

    September 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Manfrotto 504HD. Do the floor spreader and you’ll get a midlevel included. You could also opt for carbon fiber sticks if you want to shave weight.

    But seriously, it’s a great tripod. I use it for my HPX170 with a mattebox, rails, etc.

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  • David Speace

    November 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    VariZoom now has tripods! I saw one recently… they are very solid and actually fairly heavy (all metal) AND the right size for smaller cameras like the AF100 or EX1. Most smaller tripods have 75mm heads which will give you leveling capability, but you might consider a 100mm head if you anticipate more add-ons to your camera, such as matte box, rails, monitor, etc… all the things that add weight!

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