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Three legs good... b e t t e r. .. b est! Fluid Sticks W hy do exhibitions and open days still exist in the social media mad world? Why do manufacturers and resellers maintain show rooms when information is immediately accessible online? Simple: no matter which ‘celebrity’ DOP endorses a particular product, there’s no way to log on to assess how any camera balances on the shoulder, how easy it is to operate controls on a vision mixer, or whether a carry bag gives you quick access to your kit. The specs for the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and Arri’s Alexa may be similar: both deliver above HD resolution pictures, both deliver excellent dynamic range, both allow uncompressed recording. But they are very different beasts in the hand. It’s the same with tripods. Libec, like most manufacturers, develop supports at every price level – in this case from around £150 to more than £3500. What explains this huge gulf? To weigh up the features and functions, it’s crucial to try them out in person, preferably with your own camera equipment. Only then will you know whether it has that all-important X factor that makes it the right piece of kit for you. In the meantime, here are a few things to bear in mind… by Kieron Seth Payload The £259 TH950DV is tailor made for small camcorders and DSLRs. It’s made for a maximum payload of 4KG, ideal for a camera such as the Canon 7D with batteries, sound recorder, F2.8 zoom lens, 8” monitor and viewfinder. At £450, the LX7 doubles the 950’s maximum load making it a good partner for a system such as a Canon XF305, complete with Atomos Ninja recorder and on-camera LED light. Moving up to the RS-450, a broadcast shoulder-mount camera with batteries and serious lenses can be supported up-to a maximum 12kg. Finally, the brand new premium priced RSPlus-850 is built for up-to 25 kilogrammes of 4K and 8K cinema equipment. 62 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY074FEB13.indd 62 11/02/2013 16:53