I"m trying to start to research a new set of sticks that has the ball (half ball?) type base that the video head connects to, so that you can set up and then adjust level....not sure what to get as that I"m just starting to look.
I can spend some $$, but not a ton....
Might make your exsisting sticks more video friendly without buying a whole new set of legs.
If you have the budget, I cannot see past Sachtler ACE video tripods. The Medium MS version (mid level spreader) works on all terrains, has the half bowl, but uniquely at the price point, a properly variable counterbalanced head.
I cannot overstate how essential a counterbalanced head is, or how easy it makes camera movements.
With the ACE you set the balance up with locks opened. Find your middle point (very long video plate provided).
Lock. Set your spring weight. Set your resistance level (stepped, so that pan and tilt can have exactly the same resistance)
You touch the camera you get a movement. You don't touch the camera. You don't. Absolutely effortless movements with superlative ramping.
You'll ballk a little at the price at first, especially if you are used t buying stills tripods, but I guarantee you it is 3x 5x 10x the tripod you would get from any other manufacturer at the same price.
The head is fantastic. If you shoot video it's what you need.
The 438 leveller will kill your levelling frustrations in the meantime...
Thank you for the reply and suggestions.
Is this the unit you're talking about ?
I currently have the Manfroto Manfrotto 502 Video Head, which uses the 504 plate system for QR.
Would this work with the Sachtler? I ask because I also have this same video head/plate system on my slider, as well as my Manfrotto video Monopod....I'd hate to have to redo the plate system at this time, etc...
Thank you so much in advance for the input and information!!!