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Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System

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Product Highlights
  • Supports Multiple Camera Types
  • Wide Payload Support
  • Selectable Drag Positions
  • Quick-Release Sliding Camera Plate
  • 75mm Ball Leveling
  • Spike/Rubber Feet
  • Two-Stage Design
  • Carbon-Fiber Construction

The 1833 Compass15 Solo 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System from Miller is a combination tripod and fluid head system designed for use with HDV, DVCAM, XDCAM, and P2HD cameras. It features a two-stage, telescoping design of carbon-fiber construction. Leg angle locks are available for height adjustment. Other features include a 60mm sliding camera plate, 75mm ball leveling, and spoke/rubber feet for extra stability.

Five selectable positions of high-performance drag are available plus a zero position
It includes a selectable counterbalance system for payloads between 4.41 and 19.84 lbs (2 and 9kg)
It features a quick-release 60mm sliding camera plate
The two-stage tripod features an alloy/magnesium construction
It includes 75mm ball leveling
Spike/rubber feet provide extra stability
Material Carbon-fiber
Construction Two-stage
Maximum Height 70.2" (1784mm)
Minimum Height 15.9" (404mm)
Mount 75mm ball leveling
Payload Capacity 4.41 to 19.8 lbs (2 to 9kg)
Transport Length 34" (864mm)
Weight 14.8 lbs (6.7kg)
Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System
  • Compass15 Solo Tripod
  • Compass15 Fluid Head
  • Case
  • Three-Year Warranty Against Defects in Material & Workmanship
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    Miller1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System
     
    4.8

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Stable (4)
    • Unfolds quickly (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies (4)
      • Stabilization (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      "nice legs"

      By Michael

      from Bangkok, Thailand

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

        I live in Southeast asia doing a variety of work such as documentaries, news, corporates and advertising.

        This tripod suits doing it all!

        Before purchasing I did a lot of research and the Miller and Compass Heads kept on surfacing in my research.

        In the past, I had only owned a manfrotto 501, but have used numerous other tripod brands such as sachtlers, etc. A friend of mine had a miller and I never really took to it due to the need to have to screw the leg joints in order to extend or collapse the sticks.

        That was my biggest apprehension about getting the miller sticks. When shooting I like to work quick and be able to quickly set up the sticks to get a quick shot of something happening. So yes, it does take a bit of getting used to it and yes maybe it takes a bit longer to set up, but the pros out weigh this.

        The tripod is nice and light and I can carry them forever and the Compass15 head is a dream. I've used everything from a Mark3 to a Red Epic with them and the sticks were great for all of them.

        The smoothness of the Compass15 allows me to great some great shots.

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        5.0

        Worth Every Penny

        By Mike B

        from Ohio

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

          I use this tripod from shooting documentaries to time lapsing to interviews, pretty much everything that involves run and gun. I love the rapid use and the fact that it has a separate strap attached to the tripod itself, it helps with moving from one location to another if on foot.
          I haven't discovered any cons so far, but as far as pro's I have to say that the fluid is a huge step up in my shots. I have used all sorts of Manfrotto's and some Sachtlers, but the miller delivers a far more rugged design and much smoother and controllable motion. The only thing that you have to be aware is that you have to have the head locked in position when you change the numbers on either the pan, tilt or counter balance, but that is all specified in the manual.
          I was initially undecided wether to get a Sachtler or the miller, but a LOT of research and the miller was the winner by far. Sachtler has putting a lot of cheap materials in their tripods in the last few years, maybe because of costs, but the prices are still up...so Milller it is (and do spend a little extra for the mounting accessories)

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          5.0

          Smooth and Solid

          By Marky Mark

          from Brooklyn, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Stabilization

            Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

            I use this with an FS100 with rails, follow focus, monitor, and heavy lenses. The head is smooth and adjustable to whatever the situation. The sticks are also very nice. They are more than stable enough for my kit and the max height is plenty for me as well. Thought about getting the more traditional dual tube style for video but decided to try and keep things light as I do a lot of solo shooting. Overall build quality is superb. The bag is decent with a nice gel padded shoulder strap. Super happy with this purchase!

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            5.0

            Adjustable bowl is a huge time-saver

            By Brandon

            from Newport, RI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Movies
              • Stabilization

              Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

              This is by far the best tripod I have ever owned. Setup takes about 30 seconds or less. Traction sliders are numerous for most situations. I feel very safe mounting my equipment to this system.

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              4.0

              Solid if a little buggy

              By Reality TV guy

              from Boulder, CO

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Movies
                • Stabilization

                Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                Tripod system is solid and so far easy to use. The tension controls are a little clunky in terms of -- setting them seems slightly imprecise. The settings sort of float in between numbers so it's not always easy to know if you're hitting a setting of "3" or "4" or something in the middle. But besides that, so far it seems to be doing exactly what I want of it.

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                4.0

                Very good.

                By Endoman

                from Boston, MA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                  Very fluid movement. The legs are a tiny bit more wobbly than I expected, probably due to its light weight. But still very usable. I recommend this to people who need to move the tripod often and need a relatively lighter set up. Not good for every day traveling though as it's still bulky and not so light that you can carry it along everywhere unnoticed (like a Gitzo!) I haven't yet figured out how the strap that comes with it can be used carry the tripod without its case! It's awkwardly balanced with the strap alone but the case is very good and handy.
                  Also, you can get down pretty low and shoot pretty low angles.

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                  5.0

                  Do it

                  By Frazer

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Freelance Videographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to level
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Impressing videographers
                    • Multiple setups in 1 day
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                    Most likely you are arriving at this review after going down two paths: a) you've done your homework. You know what you're about to get yourself into, and are just looking for that extra nudge in the right direction. b) you are using my review as part of your research.

                    In either case, you have found yourself to the right place. I purchased the DS20, and found the lack of counterbalance a major problem. A problem that was clearly rectified with the Compass 15. This is a solid, fully customizable system.

                    Just today, I carted this exact system to the top of City Hall for a film I'm shooting. Not only was it nimble enough to accompany me up the narrow passages, but it was sturdy enough to allow me to get the shot amidst blustery conditions.

                    100% approve of this product, for price and quality.

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                    5.0

                    Great tripod

                    By Studio 9 productions

                    from Arizona

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Good Footing
                    • Lightweight
                    • Locks In Tight
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                      Great tripod, high quality, durable, easy to use and great extra features like the led bubble level.

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                      5.0

                      great lightweight solution

                      By JH

                      from Vancouver, BC

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bag is great
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Lightweightless stable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Miller 1833 Compass15 2-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                        We needed a very mobile tripod for our AF-100, that could do double duty with our hpx-500 in a pinch. At half the weight of our current tripod this will make backwoods scrambles much easier.

                        Really impressed with how smooth the head is. Very, very fluid, and you can really move around.

                        Looked at mixing the head with a different tripod, but in the end bought the system bc it seemed easier. Very happy.

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