Choosing a System
INTRODUCTIONThere are two major forms of support for a video/film camera. Hand held or for optimum stability secured to a pan tilt head mounted on a tripod. Choosing the correct pan tilt fluid head, tripod and spreader combination (camera support system) for your camera, application and budget is an extremely important decision. Selecting the correct Miller product will ensure this is a long term proposition and our quality, performance and service support assures you of many years of productive use.
CHOOSING A CAMERA SUPPORT SYSTEM1. Pan/Tilt fluid head selection: You first need to calculate the payload. Say your camera with lens weighs 4 kg (6 lbs) and you add a matte box and top mount view finder that weigh 5 kg. Total payload is now 9 kg (20 lbs) however because these accessories increase the physical size of the payload you will need to factor this into your calculations. I.e. A 4 kg camera/lens with 5 kg of bulky accessories may behave like a 13 kg payload and will require a compatible camera support system. (See counter balance explanation below)
Review the Miller fluid head payload specifications and determine which products meet your payload requirements. Analyse the additional features of the range such as variable payload adjustment (counter balance) and adjustable pan and tilt drag control. Multiple choices are available to suit your application and budget.
Super smooth pan and tilt movement in a pan tilt head is the ultimate goal.
A Miller fluid head achieves this because we use our proven fluid drag modules in every one of our heads along with precision ball bearings.
Combine this with an all metal body machined to exacting tolerances and then assembled by skilled personnel to a very high standard gained from over fifty years of experience in fluid head manufacture and you have a Miller product that sets a world standard.
The counterbalance system in a Miller fluid head allows a camera to remain in the selected position. N.B. A fluid head’s carrying capacity will decrease as the Centre of Gravity (CofG) of its payload (camera and accessories) is raised.
Correct counterbalance means the camera remains in the selected tilt position.
2. Tripod selection: The fluid head you have chosen will influence your tripod options. Varying tripod models are available in three bowl sizes to match the head you have chosen i.e. 75mm, 100mm or 150 mm.
Tripods are available in single, two and three stage configurations with carbon fibre or alloy tubing and choice of compatible locking systems.
Review the Miller tripod options and determine which products match your requirements. Analyse the additional features of the range such as size, weight, speed of operation, versatility and spreader choice (detailed below). Multiple choices are available to suit your application (see table below).
Only from Miller will you find such a diverse range of tripods including the unique all terrain Solo and the rapid set up Sprinter.
3. Spreader selection: Miller offers three spreader styles along with the option of no spreader on the Solo tripod range. A tripod spreader assists the setup of your tripod by keeping the legs at an equal or preset distance and also assists stability.
The spreader options are:
A. Ground Spreader:
When most shooting is performed on a level surface
B. Above Ground Spreader:
When shooting is often performed on uneven surfaces.
C. Mid Level Spreader:
Suitable for shooting on all surfaces. A Mid-level spreader includes an adjustable centre hub for height trimming.