I'm using a bit more force than usual to tighten it, but I can't go through that near heart attack again. It's nice and secure now. Feels very secure.
I've seen Joseph's rig and it's heavy. Occonor?
Hey Sam. It was the Cartoni Focus HD head and Miller Solo sticks. I assume you are referring to the Epic and Red Prime together. Yup, it's heavy for a carry around camera. At least it's helping me remember those muscles that I lost so long ago.
+1 for the 509HD. I did look at all the other systems mentioned and fter owning Sachtler systems for a few years I was hesitant going to a Manfrotto system but it's been a few weeks and so far pretty happy. Only complaint is I think I should've gone with the 536 legs, but that's on me.
look, this is just my opinion, and it may not be totally welcome, but do yourself a huge favor, and dont get some 75mm dinky pair of sticks, and definitely dont get a head that is just over your load. even if you're carrying them around a lot, or traveling a lot, and yes, even if you're shooting with a barely loaded red, go bigger and better. It will keep you happy longer. I used to but stuff like this all the time, and I always had to replace it later. your camera will get more loaded, you will shoot with huge glass at some point, you will see a huge difference in torsional snapback with lighter stick, and it will effect your image. IMO, get a pair of CF 100 speedlocks (love, love, love those) and a good head that will last you many many cameras, like the 7+7 (both from Sachtler). the 1030HD head is also money. Every time I've gone 90% on a buy but not quite 100%, I've ended up disappointed, and eventually upgraded anyhow in the future only wishing I had bought big the first time. Go big, especially on this.
just my 2 cents.
My grandpa always says, "I don't have enough money to buy inexpensive things."
Meaning, he always buys the higher quality stuff, so he doesn't have to buy it over and over, therefore not wasting money.
Always thought it was a cool quote.
For real heavy head load work with my Red One and Epic cameras, me and my crews use Miller Arrow 55 heads with Miller Sprinter II CF 2-stage mid-spreader legs. Head action is very smooth and those rigs easily handle up to 55 pounds - or even more.
Most of the time we do real mobile work using Canon 35mm still lenses, so we use Miller Compass 25 heads with Miller Solo 1505 CF spreader-less legs. I've attached some pics of some of those rigs in action - both 3D rigs and 2D rigs. The Miller Arrow 25 is rated for a maximum of 31 pounds - easily enough for most Epic rig setups - except super heavy setups with huge lenses and tons of accessories.
On one of our recent 3D productions we decided to see how much we could load up a Miller Compass 25/ Miller Solo CF tripod, so we shot with our Epic 3D setup on a Genus Hurricane. The head weight was 41 pounds, a full ten pounds over the Compass 25 rating of 31 pounds - and the head worked perfectly (see attached pics). The Miller Solo CF legs are rated for 66 pounds, so no problem there either.
The Miller Arrow 25 head you bought is rated for exactly the same head load as the Miller Compass 25 (31 pounds). My guess is that the Arrow 25 will over-perform on specs the same way as the Compass 25.
Over all these years working with Red One and Epic I've found Miller heads and legs to be great performers - and me and my crews do highly mobile work under some of the most trying conditions possible (desert, mountains, seashore). The Miller stuff costs less than the other top level manufacturers - and to me they have the best price to performance ratio in the head/tripod industry.
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