Best Tripod Legs and Ball Heads for Motion Control Setups

b_o_x

New time-lapser
#1
Hi guys,

I own a Kessler Second Shooter with a Kessler Pocket Dolly 4ft track. I'm a videographer so I've been using my existing video tripods/heads when setting up my rig. They are getting the job done but they are way too heavy when trekking. I need 2 low profile, light and sturdy tripods and ball heads that will adequately support my current setup with minimal shake.

I've been looking at the 3 Legged ThingEVO3 Punks Vyv Aluminum Tripod and Mohawk Ball Head. Reasonable price, light, and folds down really small. Has a large weight capacity too but not sure how sturdy the legs would be.

Would be interested in hearing your recommendations and what you use?

Cheers
 

marcofama

Time Lapse Network Founder
Staff member
#2
hey mate,
shared this thread on TLN Socials... in the meanwhile, won't you set a avatar in order to better recognise you? :)

Thanks, and take care
 

Guilty

Active time-lapser
#3
3 legged thing is always a go, really have to get my hands on them one day.. Just be sure you buy 2 off them, when you buy 2 tripods almost everything can hold you slider because the weight is balanced.
 

Oliver

Active time-lapser
#4
I have a heavy duty Manfrotto 055XProb tripod but it's way to big and heavy to carry around.

When I'm going out with my Dynamic Perception stage one (motorized timelapse slider) I usally take my two Oben CT-2461 Carbon Fiber Tripod.
Here is why I got this one:
- Lighweight: 1.1kg
- Small: fit in a backpack
- One of the most affordable cabron tripod: $320 at the moment which is on the low end in term of carbon tripod
- Sturdy enough to carry my Stage one slider with all the rig (motors, controller, camera). Of course I'd like to have a stronger tripod but I also have to travel with all my stuff and I can't afford to have 2x 5kg tripods. This Oben CT-2461 does the job well as long as you don't extend it to much (don't extend the 4th legs).

As for the head, for the same reason (price, size & weight) I use a basic Oben BA-126T ballhead.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864603-REG/oben_ct_2461_4_section_carbon_fiber.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/888564-REG/oben_ba_126t_single_lever_travel.html
 
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b_o_x

New time-lapser
#7
I have a heavy duty Manfrotto 055XProb tripod but it's way to big and heavy to carry around.

When I'm going out with my Dynamic Perception stage one (motorized timelapse slider) I usally take my two Oben CT-2461 Carbon Fiber Tripod.
Here is why I got this one:
- Lighweight: 1.1kg
- Small: fit in a backpack
- One of the most affordable cabron tripod: $320 at the moment which is on the low end in term of carbon tripod
- Sturdy enough to carry my Stage one slider with all the rig (motors, controller, camera). Of course I'd like to have a stronger tripod but I also have to travel with all my stuff and I can't afford to have 2x 5kg tripods. This Oben CT-2461 does the job well as long as you don't extend it to much (don't extend the 4th legs).

As for the head, for the same reason (price, size & weight) I use a basic Oben BA-126T ballhead.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864603-REG/oben_ct_2461_4_section_carbon_fiber.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/888564-REG/oben_ba_126t_single_lever_travel.html
HI Oliver,

Thank you very much for sharing what you use and for also posting the links to BnH. I will definitely consider this tripod after your recommendation :)
 

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