Oct 26, 2010 12:00 PM, By Barry Braverman
A few camera support options to help you keep the frame you intend.
Over the years, we shooters must make every effort to perfect our craft. We put a frame around the world and embrace those elements that impel our story forward, and exclude those that may be distracting or unhelpful.
This is why we also understand when we shake or weaken the frame walls, we seriously affect our story. Whether that impact is ultimately helpful or hurtful of course depends on the story we are trying to tell. Suffice it to say since 1980 and the advent of MTV, we've seen quite enough of the gratuitous destruction of frame integrity. Shaky-cam is gone, over and done with, and so once more, when the frame moves, it moves for a reason.
Our choice of support gear is again so critical. It's the most efficient tool we have to preserve the sanctity of the frame.
Low-cost and professional
I'm a huge fan of investing in high-quality camera accessories including a substantial tripod. The reason is that such first-class accoutrements will likely last us a lifetime, while that shiny new camcorder du jour will typically exit the frame in less than three years.
For a long time, there has been a notable lack of professional tripod systems in the $1,000-to-$1,500 price range. Many of us are familiar with Sachtler's offerings in the $2,500 realm; I'm thinking of the DV 6 and DV 8 models, for example. The Vinten Vision Blue comes in at approximately half that price, at roughly $1,375 for the complete packagelegs, head, and spreaderand is thus a practical option for many corporate and event shooters. There is no groundbreaking new capability inherent to the Vision Blue (despite the blue illuminated spirit level); it simply offers solid professional performance at a very economical price.
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