Trans Global Productions is a video production company in Odessa, Texas, that conducts multicamera shoots with up to six HD cameras for on-location or in-studio productions. We typically work concerts, sporting events and graduations. We also create promotional videos and TV commercials, and we shoot training videos.
Bob Bailey with Shotoku SP80
I found the Shotoku SP60 75mm ball tripod system at the 2014 NAB Show and was struck by how well it handled and how smooth it felt. I was impressed and subsequently looked at the SP80 also. Next time I carried my heavy aluminum tripod, I decided to pursue the Shotoku tripods, remembering that they were much lighter and sturdier.
Shotoku sent me demo models of the SP80 and SP60 that we tried out on a football game shoot. My camera team loved them and I was sold.
The best features are the heads’ simplicity of operation and ease of control. The pan and tilt locks feature “stops,” which prevents over-tightening. Consequently, when releasing the locks, the tripod stays stable. The SP60 and SP80 can be set for heavier or lighter fluid responses just by flipping a pan or tilt lever, which solves a nasty problem when heavy winds kick up.
I’m very happy with the purchase, and the cost of the Shotoku tripods is extremely reasonable. I look forward to using these tripods for a long time to come.
Bob Bailey is president of Trans Global Productions.