As an independent photographer
providing images to Japanese
television stations, I own and am responsible
for my camera equipment. In the last
few years a lot of my business has involved
golf tournaments, so I began investigating
lightweight camera support gear that
would be easy to carry and deploy.
NOT JUST ANY HEAD WILL DO
I knew that I would need a well-balanced
camera head in order to follow the
fast moving golf balls. When capturing this
sort of action, the camera has to smoothly
follow the ball as it moves up in its trajectory
and then very rapidly tilt down and stop
without any jolts or jars as the ball drops
on the green. Only an excellently balanced
and controlled head would allow me to accomplish
these sorts of demanding shots.
Fortunately, I had a chance to experience
the Libec head at CineGear. I quickly
found that the response from the Libec
head was much superior to that offered
by a competing product. The price of the
Libec head was also attractive, about half
of the head that I had originally considered
purchasing. This made my decision to go
with the Libec camera support system easy.
I’m currently using the RSP-750M system
to cover volleyball and MLB reports
and am very satisfied with its performance.
I’ve found that the head is ideal for capturing
all dynamic scenes in sporting events.
Right out of the box, the RSP-750M system
was very responsive, perfectly balanced,
and easy to use, providing me with
the confidence that I was going to
get the sort of shots I needed. And
the price point is also quite reasonable,
considering the performance
and overall quality of the product.
FREEDOM FROM BLUR
Libec’s balance stabilizer
mechanism goes a long way to
help ensure good results. The
robust counterbalance system
suppresses the blurring of small
images that can occur when an ordinary
head is tilted, thus helping
to cancel out unwanted motion that can
cause blurring during such movements.
The RSP-750M is very easy to use due to
its quick and easy setup. The pan-and-tilt
control location is well thought out, making
for easy access. I was really amazed at
how easy these controls were to operate,
providing smooth operation throughout
a shoot. Also, I don’t have to worry about
stickiness and jerkiness in cold weather assignments,
as the operational temperature
range of the Libec head extends all the way
from a sizzling 140° F all the way down to a
very cold −40° F, extremes way beyond my
personal comfort and operational range.
I also need to call attention to the durable
carrying case for the Libec RSP-750M. It provides
a lot of protection for the package and
gives me a little more peace of mind when I
entrust the gear to airport baggage handlers.
I’m very pleased with my RSP-750M and
given its construction and durability, I’m
planning on a very long-term relationship
Tsuneo Azuma is a Los Angeles–based
photographer and has been involved in
motion picture and commercial production
work for 30 years. He may be contacted
For additional information, contact
Libec at 310-787-9400 or visit www.libessales.com.