Miller DS-20 Aluminum Tripod System

Miller DS-20 Aluminum Tripod System - consists of: DS-20 Fluid Head, DS 2-Stage Tripod, Mid-Level Spreader and Softcase - Supports 20 lbs

Miller DS-20 Aluminum Tripod System - consists of: DS-20 Fluid Head, DS 2-Stage Tripod, Mid-Level Spreader and Softcase - Supports 20 lbs

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The DS-20 tripod system consists of the DS-20 fluid head, designed to bring "Big Head" performance and professional features like Dynamic Fluid Drag control and an integrated Static Counterbalancing System, for today's lightweight DVCAM and DVC-PRO camcorders. Offers a sliding balance plate, independent Pan and Tilt locks, precision spirit level and integral 75mm ball leveling. The result is lightweight support that delivers superior performance.

Also included is a lightweight two-stage tripod with a 75mm-bowl fixing. Constructed of aluminum alloy with toggle leg clamping system and are independently adjustable. The ultimate for news gatherers who demand rock-solid stability under the most hostile location conditions.

DS-20 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

Tripod Legs

Built-in bubble for horizontal leveling
75mm / 3" bowl base
Double extension design
Maximum height 61.0-inch (not including head)
Toggle clamping system
In the Box
Miller DS-20 Aluminum Tripod System - consists of: DS-20 Fluid Head, DS 2-Stage Tripod, Mid-Level Spreader and Softcase - Supports 20 lbs
  • DS-20 Fluid Head (#184)
  • Aluminum Tripod Legs (#420)
  • Adjustable Mid-Level Spreader (#512)
  • Rubber Feet (#550)
  • 1x Pan Bar (#680)
  • Camera Mounting Plate (#489) with Screw Adapter Carriage (#493)
  • Soft Carrying Case (#874)
  • Carry Strap (#554)
  • 2 Spare Screws (1/4"-20 and 3/8")
  • 3-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    Miller DS-20 specs

    Load Capacity 20 lbs (9.07 kg)
    Mount/Base 75mm 3" Half Ball
    Balance Plate Yes, +/- 60mm Sliding Range
    Pan & Tilt Range 360°, +90/-70°
    Pan & Tilt Drag Variable Dial
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / Non
    Material Aluminum
    Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
    Minimum Height 21.0" (53.34 cm)
    Maximum Height 66.0" (167.64 cm)
    Folded Length 33.0" (83.82 cm)
    Weight 12.4 lbs (5.62 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 21.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.0 x 12.7 x 7.8"

    Miller DS-20 reviews

    DS-20 Aluminum Tripod System is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Choose these sticks over the carbon fiber ones. The Miller head is a great fluid head, not a lot of bells and whistles, but it's the best four pound head out there. We do a lot of travel documentaries so this is on the plane 3-4 times a month. The aluminum sticks are both lighter and more stable than the carbon fiber ones, this is mainly due to the spreader. The twist knobs are also much, much preferable to the twist tubes on the carbon fiber sticks as well. I'm giving it 4 stars as the price is steep and I'm guessing the aluminum rods will only last 2-3 years with how much we beat these up.
    Date published: 2016-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Many Cameras, One Tripod Love this system. Heard that it's best to 'reach' when investing in a tripod - get a good one and it'll serve you well over time. You'll go through several cameras during the life a single, solid tripod. I need to support a big DSLR rig with a bunch of accessories (monitor, H4n, Matte Box, etc) and this system handles it well (up to 20 lbs). The mid-level spreader and the large rubber feet provide real nice stability too. I can come off and go hand-held quite smoothly too, everything is well thought out. Expensive but it's forever. Jim Malmstrom Jim Malmstrom Photography & Video
    Date published: 2013-02-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unstable, I use this tripod everyday for commercial production. It is nice and light to carry, but if you burp near it, it shakes. It actually shakes right in the head, so there is nothing you can do. Wide shots are fine, but don't plan on getting tight shots with it. Junk, I would not buy it again.
    Date published: 2013-02-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great customer support from Miller The head is as smooth as can be. A little lacking on features, but for this brand and this 75mm size, I assume its in line with others.Packs small in a nice bag.
    Date published: 2013-10-01
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