Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Supporting Video

The beauty of HD video is that it’s incredibly crisp and detailed—and that’s also its difficulty. Even a small amount of camera shake can be hard to watch for very long. If you’re getting into video with one of the latest HD camcorders or an SLR that offers HD capture, you want to give your camera proper support.
By David Willis Published in Tripods
Giottos Pro Series II Ballheads
Giottos Pro Series II Ballheads
Monostat RS16SL Carbon Art

ALTERNATIVES

If you're just tinkering with video and not ready to invest in specialized video gear, consider these support options which are, at least, a wise investment for your still photography.

For situations where carrying a tripod isn't practical, some support is better than none, and a monopod may fit the bill. The Monostat RS16K Carbon Art monopod incorporates a unique foot—the Swivel Toe Stabilizer—that helps keep the monopod steady as you pan to follow the action. It also allows you to shoot at up to a 60-degree angle from horizontal. Lightweight at 1.4 pounds, it collapses to just under two feet long and extends up to 64.2 inches. For taller photographers, model RS16SL is similar in specs, but extends up to 71 inches and weighs 1.85 pounds. Both models can support a maximum load of 50 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $175 (RS16K); $295 (RS16SL).

Although far better for stills than video, the swivel design of a ballhead does allow you to move the camera in any direction, and Giottos' Pro Series II ballheads provide rotational freedom and complete maneuverability to follow the action. Threaded camera mounts, flanged edges and a safety lock with auto lock prevent camera slippage. Bubble levels also are available on some models for keeping video balanced. Estimated Street Price: Ranges from $16 to $223.

Resources

Davis & Sanford
(Tiffen)
(800) 645-2522
www.tiffen.com

Giottos
(HP Marketing Corp.)
(800) 735-4373
www.hpmarketingcorp.com
Gitzo
(Bogen Imaging)
(201) 818-9500
www.bogenimaging.us

Monostat
(ACCURATE SALES)
(718) 302-7063
www.monostat.us

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