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Miller Compass15 Solo 3-Stage Carbon-Fiber System

B&H # MI2020 Mfr # 2020
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You Pay: $2,679.24
Product Highlights
  • Supports Multiple Camera Types
  • Wide Payload Support
  • Selectable Drag Positions
  • Quick-Release Sliding Camera Plate
  • 75mm Ball Leveling
  • Spike/Rubber Feet
  • Three-Stage Design
  • Carbon-Fiber Construction

The Compass15 Solo 3-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 three-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 plus a zero position
Selectable counterbalance system for payloads between 4.4 and 19.8 lbs (2 and 9kg)
Quick-release 60mm sliding camera plate
Solo DV three-stage carbon fiber construction
Leg angle lock for 9-73" height range (23-185 cm)
Spike/rubber feet support
75mm ball leveling
Material Carbon fiber
Construction Three-stage
Maximum Height 80.3" (2,040mm)
Minimum Height 15.4" (390mm)
Mount 75mm ball leveling
Payload Capacity 19.8 lbs (9kg)
Transport Length 32.6" (828mm)
Weight 15.9 lbs (7.2kg)
Miller Compass15 Solo 3-Stage Carbon-Fiber System
  • Solo DV 3-Stage 75mm Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • 1034 Compass15 Fluid Head
  • Soft Case
  • 3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty
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    MillerCompass15 Solo 3-Stage Carbon-Fiber System
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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          5.0

          The last tripod you'll ever buy...

          By Dan Findlay

          from Hong Kong

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Miller Compass15 Solo 3-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                Built like a tank, simple operation, very well made ... as my camera purchases are going to peak well under this tripod's payload (currently an FS700) - and considering the build quality - I can see this being the last 'main' tripod I ever need to buy. If you are upgrading from any of the common prosumer & entry-level heads then the Compass 15 is heavy; carrying it around all day for BTS/ENG style shoots can get pretty tiring. But then again you can adjust this thing lower than most hi-hats (~35cm) up to way over 2m ... so you only need one piece of support in your gig bag. Very fast to get the height you need.The 5-steps of pan / tilt friction are sensibly spaced - a setting of 3 and 3 will get you through most shots. The zero setting is frictionless, and setting five is almost enough friction to pull the tripod over if you don't hold onto the legs. One thing I really like is that it's quite easy to engage and disengage the pan / tilt locks mid-shot and there's no vibration or wobble in the footage when doing so. You can quickly pan/tilt into your shot on a low friction setting then lock the head in place. One *minor* issue, the levelling bubble on my head doesn't seem to be perfectly centred. Adjusting the bubble then rotation the head around 360 degrees and I'm getting slightly off-centre readings. Not a deal breaker.The included Miller tripod bag is made to last forever, big huge zips (Pelican needs to replace the sticky, tiny zips on their case-lid organizers with this brand) and with enough room inside for the Miller and your older, entry level Manfrotto ;) The included gel-padded shoulder strap a godsend for lugging 'pod + camera around all day.Only complaint: Why are Miller base plates so expensive!? I'm sorry but $[$]for piece of milled alloy is a total ripoff. Should be more like 50 or even 75 bucks, not 150.

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                5.0

                Perfect in Everyway

                By Btroy18

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentary Work
                  • Movies
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Miller Compass15 Solo 3-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                  I needed to update my tripod with something that was lightweight and had a smooth fluid head. The Compass15 was exactly that. I've been shooting a tv series and wasn't happy with my Manfrotto. Finally having enough money, I decided to splurge on this tripod and haven't had any complaints. The carbon fiber legs are strong and easy to extend. The case itself is well padded and easy to throw over your shoulder. The combined weight of the fluid head and legs are a little heavier than what I've been working with, but it's still light and well worth it. If you're doing video/film work, I high recommend this.

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                  2.0

                  Lots of rebound in the legs.

                  By David

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Unstable
                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Static shot

                  Comments about Miller Compass15 Solo 3-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                  There is so much twist in the legs when you pan, it doesn't matter much whether or not there is rebound in the head.. You're gonna get rebound, even on the lightest settings. I'm using an EX1R with lots of attachements, shoulder mount.. Maybe the system just requires a lot more weight to be in spec? I can't say, all I know is that for [$] I'm surprised that they can't do any better than this.

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                  5.0

                  Stiff at first but I like it.

                  By Action

                  from Sydney.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Aircraft programs
                    • Video

                    Comments about Miller Compass15 Solo 3-Stage Carbon-Fiber System:

                    I like this rig. I bought it for my Canon XH-A1 which has a 20:1 zoom so I want stability and great panning out there .. and it does. The counterbalances are a bit stiff at first but mine are loosening up with use and it takes a bit of work to find your right balances.

                    After the Manfrotto leg click locks I was a bit dubious about the screw ones. But I had a demo at Millers HQ in Sydney and it was explained that you don't have to screw the locks up tight just half a turn will do. And keep the legs in and screw all the locks in one go .. easy when you know how. Extend one leg only and it's a monopod.

                    Mark temporary lines on the legs for your working height then once you're happy .. make them permanent. The CF legs are not that much lighter than the aluminium ones but they're more stable.

                    The only downside is the soft bag, the next one up for airline travel is out of my price range.

                    Camera bodies come and go but a good tripod will last a lifetime .. wish I knew that when I started out.

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