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Has anyone used the Miller Sprinter II Carbon Fiber legs? I haven't be able to find any Youtube reviews on it; how do they compare with the Flowtechs?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma, as I'm trying to replace my Miller Solo legs. Those Solo legs with twist locks aren't very convenient on small shoots where I have to operate the camera with no assistants -- adjusting height becomes very cumbersome.

So my options are either:

  1.     Replace the Solo legs with Sprinter II, and use my existing Mill Compass 15 head, OR
  2.     Go all out and get the Flowtech 75 with the Aktiv8T head

Option 1 will save me a bunch of money, but I know a good set of tripod is worth its weight in gold. So if the Sprinter II isn't that great compared to the Flowtechs, I'm willing to invest! I just need some real word opinions from people who've used the Sprinter II's, since none of the stores local in my city has a set for me to test.

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Can you just get the Flowtech legs and continue to use your Miller Compass head? I have Miller Solo 100mm legs as well, and I will often swap out for a Sachtler Video 15 SB or Video 18 SB without any issue.

Sometimes the variation in tie-down diameters from different manufacturers can result in fit issues even on the same size ball diameter, but there are plenty of after market tie-downs that can help with that.

The Flowtechs are pretty nice to use overall. I’ve only used the 75mm and not the 100mm version. I think the spreader on the 75mm legs are a bit plasticky and flimsy. You definitely need it though, the legs become floppy and annoying to use in my opinion without the spreader.

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9 hours ago, Satsuki Murashige said:

Can you just get the Flowtech legs and continue to use your Miller Compass head? I have Miller Solo 100mm legs as well, and I will often swap out for a Sachtler Video 15 SB or Video 18 SB without any issue.

Sometimes the variation in tie-down diameters from different manufacturers can result in fit issues even on the same size ball diameter, but there are plenty of after market tie-downs that can help with that.

The Flowtechs are pretty nice to use overall. I’ve only used the 75mm and not the 100mm version. I think the spreader on the 75mm legs are a bit plasticky and flimsy. You definitely need it though, the legs become floppy and annoying to use in my opinion without the spreader.

I'm worried it'll be hard for me to sell the Miller Solo legs separately without the head, given it's not a very popular / well-known brand where I am based (Hong Kong).

Any thoughts on the longevity of the Flowtechs? Do you think they'll last years with the materials they used?

Also any ideas whether the Sachtler Aktiv8T head would be a worthwhile investment?

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Ah, I see. Depends on how rough your are with your gear, I guess. The Miller Solo legs are a lot more rugged in comparison. I’ve heard the spreader on the 100mm Flowtech is better built than the 75mm. That said, it’s very easy to swap out the spreader if something happens to it. 

Have not used an Activ head yet, so can’t say for sure. But Sachtler heads are generally pretty dependable. My Cine 30 HD has not needed service yet after 6-7 years. All of the Sachtler rental heads I’ve used seem to take a beating and keep on working. 

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