Edelkrone just announced the FlexTilt Head, an extremely versatile kind of flexible baseplate that can be turned in multiple directions and folds up into next to nothing. They call it a “tripod head”, but that’s not to be confused with a fluid head which is made for video shooters – it’s more like a head for photographers, nevertheless more versatile than most other solutions in that market. It’s made of machined aluminum like most oder Edelkrone products and takes camera setups of up to 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) – so it’s clearly made for DSLR cameras only.
After some of there very innovative other products (like the SliderPlus, an extending slider), Edelkrone surprises once again with a product based on a great idea that is unlike most of the things I’ve seen on the market before.
Quite a bargain at $100 – however it cannot (and isn’t meant to) replace a proper fluid head for video. But using it on a slider or for versatility for doing static shots (e.g. Timelapses), I can clearly see how this can end up in many video shooters’ tool bags.
Flex-Tilt Head Tech Specs
Folded Size: 3.3 x 3.7 x 1.06 inches (85 x 95 x 27mm)
Weight: 0.405 kg
Carrying Capacity: up to 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)
Mount: 1/4 compatible cameras are mountable on top, 3/8 mounting hole below
Manfrotto have just released a replacement to their successful 701HDV video head;
The Manfrotto MVH500 which now sports Bridging Technology, bringing the entry-level fluid head up to date with the rest of their line up.
The MVH500 is available in two flavours, the MVH500AH flat base and MVH500A with 60mm half ball. The former makes it a great candidate for mounting on top of a slider. Whilst the latter makes it a great choice for low budget DSLR filmmakers looking for a cost effective fluid head.
Sachtler just announced their new, amazingly affordable Ace tripod system.
Why amazingly affordable? So far the Sachtler FSB-6 has been one of your best bets for a small, high quality fluid head system, priced at $1418 (or 1200€). The new Ace offers fluid head goodness at a totally new entry price level of $650 (or 550€)!!!
In our video review we inspect the tripod in detail to see what the Sachtler Ace does and does not offer. The Ace tripod system will be availble by October/November 2011.
If you’re looking for an affordable tripod system for hdslrs and small cameras this one is definitely worth the wait.
“Lightweight thanks to innovative material. For Ace, a glass fiber reinforced composite material was chosen which makes the new 75mm fluid head especially light and offers a comfortable and non-slip surface feel”