|Tripods, Spreaders & Dollies
quality relies as much upon the rigidity and stability of the camera
support as it does on the smoothness of the pan and tilt head. All
Vinten tripod systems have been designed to optimise rigidity without
compromising operational essentials such as weight, reliability,
maintenance and speed of set-up.
Clearances in tripod design allow an
element of movement necessary for quick setup and effective clamping.
When the clamps are locked this clearance is minimised eliminating the
distraction of uncontrollable "free" movement, particularly noticeable
when framing long, tight shots in windy conditions.
Drag forces a tripod to twist, forcing
the camera to "spring back" at the end of a move, making precise shot
framing and minor adjustments extremely difficult. The torsional
rigidity of the tripod is the only thing that will minimise spring back
and is therefore a feature taken very seriously by Vinten.
The choice of spreader will always
influence stability but is ultimately determined by the conditions you
work in. A ground spreader is by far the most stable device. However, it
is ideally suited to flat, hard surfaces. A mid-level spreader is better
for rough terrain or confined spaces as the feet are free to fit the
conditions, but it can be at the cost of picture stability.
Vinten understand the issues
surrounding shot stability and optimise the design of each element
within the tripod system to ensure you get the very best performance
possible, in any condition you find yourself working.