April 27, 2015 at 8:51AM

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Sub $500 Tripod Kit

What are your suggestions on a tripod kit (head and legs) for under $500? Fluid heads are a plus for video work as well as lightness for portability.

Any current great deals would be appreciated as well!

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There's not much available that's any good, especially when it comes finding a video head that can properly balance your camera. I would take a look at the new Benro BV tripods...

Benro BV4 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit : $449
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1138179-REG/benro_bv4_video_tripod...

Benro BV6 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit : $549
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1138180-REG/benro_bv6_video_tripod...

These tripods have 6 and 8 step counter-balance mechanisms.

April 27, 2015 at 1:38PM, Edited April 27, 1:39PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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You can try to buy second hand head of 700 or more for 300 dollars. If you watch close you can win something useful.

April 28, 2015 at 12:17AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I'd also suggest Benro. I have their monopod and have worked with their tripods a few times- it is a well-built affordable option (although I haven't looked further in their long-term durability).
Another option would be the Sachtler Ace M, a little more than your budget, for $612 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822102-REG/Sachtler_1001_Ace_Fluid...
I never used the latest, only the Ace L, but being a Sachtler you should expect for it to work great at the least. It has less features than the Benro ones.
Here is a good review of the Sacthler Ace by Phillip Bloom worth watching http://philipbloom.net/2011/09/09/ace/

Nonetheless, buying used as Ragüel wrote, can indeed be a great option if you have a system that you like.

April 28, 2015 at 2:10PM

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Andre Mascarenhas
Video Producer, Director and Editor
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An example that might be usefull , the Sachtler Ace M in pretty good shape for $450 on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sachtler-Ace-M-MS-Tripod-/191565689550?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c9a3472ce

April 28, 2015 at 3:44PM

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Andre Mascarenhas
Video Producer, Director and Editor
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Not $500 ... but it is close enough ($612)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822102-REG/Sachtler_1001_Ace_Fluid...

Not too cheap.... not too expensive, and a great tripod for the price.

-Devin

April 29, 2015 at 12:54PM

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Devin Edwards
Director / Producer
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I own both the BV6 and the Ace M. Both are buttery smooth, and both suffer from being made of plastic or composite material instead of metal. I got the BV6 with a solid spreaderless tripod for half price from B&H recently, so keep your eyes open. The Ace M tripod frankly stinks - it is cheap and needs to be glued together to keep from falling apart on set. Another option is the Davis & Sanford ProElite 75mm 2-in-1 kit. I've been pretty impressed with their line as far as quality vs. value, and that kit is quite dynamic. I do not own it, but I use two other Davis and Sanford kits and both perform well above their price range.

October 6, 2016 at 9:39AM

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Corey Bowman
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