A must for professional video work is the DMW-XLR1 adapter, a £300 professional XLR adapter for the GH5.
Finally tripod manufacturers are now catching up with the DSLR offering a fluid head fit for purpose.
The tripod head is very smooth both pan and tilt though I still won’t be using it for much beyond interviews. I already had the 055 PRO legs so I bought the the Manfrotto 755XB legs with centre levelling column (£189) swapped out the centre column with my 055 PRO legs so in total it cost me £300. (No doubt you can buy all the above as a complete kit for less than I paid.)
Total cost is £200 for the legs and £99 for the head and a further £149 for the the centre levelling column.
The centre levelling is a dream something I have missed from using photographic tripods most of my photographic life.
I bought one of these last week for my Panasonic GH4R along with the 055LC Levelling Centre Column. Finally I can release my Sacthler ACE tripod from duties using it with my JVC LS300 as intended.
A tripod is an essential part of your filming and photographic kit, I am not into “wobble cam” so directors please note.
To make life a lot easier during two camera shoots I tend to stick to Manfrotto as their camera plate on the 504HD fits all modern Manfrotto tripods of which I have three.
This may seem a big advert for Manfrotto but my best tripod is actually a Millar Compact 25 with carbon fibre legs but that gets brought out for bigger cameras like the Panasonic PX270.
Manfrotto have come leaps and bounds in the last 2 years and their newer “Bridging technology” tripods are fantastic.
The 504HD head is one of the best heads to come from Manfrotto in a long time with a smooth pan and tilt, both highly adjustable.
The MVH-500AH is a great tripod for the smaller kit like the Lumix GH3 though bear in mind this is a basic video tripod definitely not as good as the 504HD for pan and tilt shots.
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