SLIK 504QF-II and WD-H43

I felt like doing some shopping therapy today, so I spent about $350 for a SLIK 504QF-II fluid head and tripod legs and the 0.7x wide-angle WD-H43 lens for my HV20. It’s funny how I get to spend money on that stuff, and I always forget to buy a new bra (I am reminding myself every few days that I need 1-2 new ones, but I always manage to forget buying clothes).

I had a fluid tripod head before (the Bogen 701RC), but it sucked. I couldn’t get it to pan smoothly, at least not without a rubber band. With this new tripod head I am able to pan as good as with the rubber band, just by using my finger. Moreover, the tripod comes with good legs, which is something I really needed: on old timelapse videos of mine the video was shaky because the camera was moving a bit with the wind as my old generic Quantaray Ritz-branded tripod legs were too cheap and light.

Here is a sample video showing both the tripod head’s abilities and the lens’. Much better quality version here (3 MB).


Ivan wrote on November 11th, 2007 at 9:52 PM PST:

This YT video stops after 2 secs. Luckily, you posted the file link.

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Eugenia wrote on November 11th, 2007 at 10:12 PM PST:

It’s actually a Vegas export bug. Youtube doesn’t like the PSP video of .mp4 that comes out of VMS (“psp fullscreen 896k” template). Vegas Pro doesn’t have the problematic export.

You just need to move the cursor in the timeline of youtube a bit ahead.

TimeKoder13 wrote on November 14th, 2007 at 4:53 AM PST:

THAT is a beautiful pan. I’ve never heard of those stiks, but I’m impressed. I assume they’re cheap since you got them and the lense for $350. Never thought of the rubber band trick but I’ll try it. Is the point of it to diffuse energy so that there’s even less influence from trembling hands?

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Eugenia wrote on November 14th, 2007 at 2:32 PM PST:

Yup. 🙂

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