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Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System

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Product Highlights
  • Tripod System
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Ball-Leveling Head
  • Selectable Counterbalance

The Solo-10 tripod system, comprised of the ultralight, ultra rigid carbon fiber Solo tripod with the versatile DS-10 75mm ball-leveling head with selectable counterbalance, is a complete, ready-to-go professional support system for camcorders with a payload of 5 to 10 lbs.

The DS-10 offers the same control features, fluid drag design and accessories as Miller's larger broadcast products. The result is lightweight support that delivers superior performance, with features like fully Variable Fluid Drag control, independent Pan/Tilt locks, counterbalancing to provide finger tip control through the entire tilt range and sliding quick release camera platform, for "fine tune" balancing.

DS-10 Fluid Head

Multi-Step Pan & Tilt Fluid Drag System
The multi-step Fluid Drag system ensures smooth, consistent fluid drag control across all temperature ranges and through a wide range of light and heavy settings. By being independent of payload weight, provides smooth "starts" and dead "stops" for precise framing without any backlash. The system is fully sealed within sub-assemblies for a leakproof, low maintenance life.
Preset Counterbalancing
Uses a special designed counterbalanced system, to neutralize the effect of payloads and their centers of gravity. The built-in preset counterbalance system optimizes tilt control in the intended capacity range.
Quick Release Camera Platform
Fitted with a precision, sliding quick release camera platform with self-engaging action. Ensuring rapid camera attachment, while the built-in safety lock guarantees camera safety during setup and pull-down.
Built-in bubble for horizontal leveling

SOLO DV Tripod Legs

Carbon fiber construction
75mm / 3" bowl base
Double extension design
Maximum height 63.5-inch (not including head)
Concentric leg angle locks
Load Capacity 2-steps, 5 and 10 lbs (2.27 - 4.53 kg)
Mount/Base 75mm 3" Half Ball
Balance Plate Yes, +/- 60mm Sliding Range
Pan & Tilt Range 360°, +90/-70°
Pan & Tilt Drag Static
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / No
Material Carbon Fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Minimum Height 14.5" (36.83 cm)
Maximum Height 69.2" (175.77 cm)
Folded Length 32.8" (83.31 cm)
Weight 10.7 lbs (4.85kg)
Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System
  • DS-10 Fluid Head (#182)
  • SOLO DV Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs (#1501)
  • 1x Pan Bar (#686)
  • Camera Mounting Plate (#490) with Screw Adapter Carriage (#493)
  • Carry Strap (#1224)
  • Softcase (#1522)
  • 3-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MillerSOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Folds away (5)
    • Stable (5)
    • Unfolds quickly (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Sports/action (3)
      • Travel (3)
      • Video (3)
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      5.0

      the best tripod

      By dan meyer

      from brooklyn

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

          i manage the equipment for a large production company that is often sending gear all around the world - these are hands down the most lightweight, durable and quality tripods - you may take some time getting used to the twist-locking legs as opposed to a quick release, but it's worth the adjustment because they just don't break

          used to buy sachtler and manfrotto - no longer

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          3.0

          not as happy as I was originally

          By Todd Bradley

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Film Maker, Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • SMOOTH

          Cons

          • Cumbersome

          Best Uses

          • Movies

          Comments about Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

          I'm writing this as a followup to my earlier 5-star review. Over the past year, I have used this tripod almost exclusively, shooting narrative film, documentaries, and live sporting events. I don't like it as much as I originally did. I still love the light weight of the tripod, and the head is definitely smooth.

          But the thing I've grown to dislike is that there is too much tilt and pan drag even when the drag settings are turned all the way off. I sent the head in for service, and the technician told me that it definitely had a flaw in the pan drag, but that the tilt worked "as designed." Since getting it back from service, I'm now 100% sure that the system is working as intended. But it's still takes too much effort for my tastes. This is especially a problem when using a lightweight camera (mine is just 5.5 pounds without accessories) to shoot fast moving sports (like roller derby).

          So, my plan now is to sell the head used and buy one from a different manufacturer, possibly used.

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          5.0

          wonderful head and great legs

          By Todd

          from Broomfield, CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

              The DS-10 fluid head is smooth and solid. I just love using it. And the Miller tripod legs are lightweight and easy to carry. The combination makes this system perfect for a videographer with a lightweight camera who travels a lot. I'm so glad I bought it.

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              5.0

              Documentary Work

              By J Boone

              from Titusville, FL

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                I bought this a few years back to use with my Panasonic HVX200a. Works like a dream. I do a lot of short form documentary production, and this Miller is perfect. The carbon fiber construction indeed makes the unit very light. I carried it while backpacking around Western Europe for a month, and it was fantastic. Very quick to setup and breakdown.

                I also like how low to the ground I can get with the concentric leg angle locks. The bag is very high quality as well. All around it is a very rugid product, which is perfect for my documentary productions. Those Australians can sure make a tripod.

                At this price point, this Miller is your best choice.

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                4.0

                Miller Solo DV DS10 Carbon fiber

                By Marco Montedoro

                from Annapolis, MD

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Height Range
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Smooth Moves
                • Three Leg Angles
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Limted Counterbal Range

                Best Uses

                • Carrying into Field
                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                I bought this to support my Sony Z1 HDV camera. Prior to this, I failed to buy tripod/head combos that would fully and correctly support the cameras involved. But in the HD world, quality of camera movement and support is much more critical. I considered a number of other options from Sachtler, Vinten, and Bogen but settled on this one because it offered the performance I needed in the lightest possible package at just over 8 pounds by itself. (A tripod is usesless when left home!)

                In the past when I used heavier aluminum tripod combos, just the logistics of carrying them to and from location often led me to leave the tripod home but this one is a please. Set up is fast. With legs fully extended, I get a nice working height enough to get over the heads of a seated audience.

                It supports the camera well and provides smooth moves. Intially I thought its quick-release plate system was too big to leave on the bottom of the camera was was preparing to adapt an intermediate quick release base and plate, but over time I found that its quick release plate has a low profile and does not impact handholding or storage of the camera in my Portabrace bag.

                The legs initially give the impression of being made of cardboard or plastic tubes because of their lightness, but they are rigid and sturdy. There are some nicely engineered features like the precise leveling indicator, available retractable spikes if you need them, integrated leg-retaining strap, shoulder strap that works with case or tripod alone, and padded top sections of the legs. The latter is great when carrying the system without the case. The QR plate allows rapid for and aft adjustment of the camera on the plate.

                A really cool feature of the leg system is the ability to assume three different angles (beside folded). This almost makes the system like a hi-hat (small low legs).

                My main gripe has to do with the design of the DS10 head and its siblings. There are two counterbalance settings, 5 and 10 pounds. If the camera is close to one or the other you're fine. If your system falls around 7.5 lb or much below 5 lb., you're way off fixed settings and have to add ballast or increase the drag. It is possible to compensate somewhat by adjust the fore & aft position around the angles you plan.

                I also miss that adjustable center column I had with older Bogen models. With this one, I extend the lower leg portions first, and if I need a little more height, then I adjust the middle portions. Wihtout an adjustable center column, it is necessary to re-level when changing height.

                I'm glad to see the offer a monopod system with an available QR head, so I will be able to snap the cam off tripod and onto monopod for faster response at weddings and other documentary events.

                I am very happy with the quality, and the company has been responsive to my questions.

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                4.0

                Great but delicate leg stops

                By straightshooter

                from Durango, Coloardo

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                    I bought this tripod because of the legs. They are light and fast. Setup is a breeze on any type of uneven terrain. It has great stability without spreader bars (which I dislike)

                    There are two caveats however, The small screws that secure the pan lock and the pan handle work loose over time and have to be screwed in tight periodically. If they fall out, you're out of luck. I keep the screwdriver in the bag and check everything before any major shoot.

                    My second concern is the legs. They operate so freely that if you unscrew the lock, the leg will just fall open to its maximum extension. At first I though this was great, but occasionally the leg will jam in the extended position. If you try to pull it out farther to loosen the jam, it will come out completely.

                    I've had the legs reassembled by the factory once and I've been very gentle with the tripod ever since. The second time a leg jammed, I took it out and figured out how to reassemble it myself. You can do this with a little careful observation. There are two thin nylon stops that can become dislodged inside the leg.

                    In my opinion, this is not the robust construction I would expect of professional gear. I'm willing to put up with the shortcomings because this tripod is such a joy to use.

                    I am a professional videographer using it with a a Panasonic P2 camera.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Video journalism

                    By Stick

                    from New York

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Twist lock legs

                    Best Uses

                    • Solo operator

                    Comments about Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                    Great for a solo operator. Speedy to set up, although I would love the same with snap lock legs.
                    This is the third one I've owned. The first got stolen, the second was destroyed by baggage handlers. It would be great if a sturdy case was made for it.

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