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tripod question

by mrcoons / November 15, 2004 11:16 PM PST

I need a tripod I can use in tight (compact) spaces. I am working in auditoriums or bleachers that are on football fields or in gyms, so I am working in places where I do not have a lot of room to move around either.

My camcorder is a Canon Optura 100MC and I've been using a monopod which is fine but I also need to be able to take still shots which often requires 2 hands. Holding the monopod completely still using ones knees is not an easy proposition!

My Canon tripod when set to the height of 45 inches (only using the upper leg extensions) has a footprint of 24 inches and that's too big for most places. So I was wondering if you could suggest something that might be better. Obviously I'd like the height to be 45 - 48 inches and the amount of space needed for the feet to be around 20 inches.

I've looked over all the tripods in the B&H catalog but the descriptions don't cover this stat, so I was wondering if anyone out there could suggest something for me.

Thanks.
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Why not just open the legs a short distance?
by Kiddpeat / November 16, 2004 5:06 AM PST
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This can readily be done with my tripod. Obviously, it's not as stable, but nothing with a short foot print is going to be stable.

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Re: Why not just open the legs a short distance?
by mrcoons / November 16, 2004 7:59 AM PST

I have done that I was just curious to see if there are any tripods that would have a smaller footprint. It seems to me like that would be a marketable product. It seems at this point that possibly my best recourse is to go with a tripod that has legs in 5 segments. This may give me what I am looking for, possibly. I found someone where I work that has a Velbon Ultra Maxi 5-section like I have been considering and his going to bring it in so I can experiment with it.

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Re: tripod question
by frankzxcv / November 16, 2004 4:32 PM PST
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wellll . . how bout a steadycam? --fj

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