Jump to content

VDB boom poles


henrimic
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hi everyone,

 

I am looking for a new medium boom for doc shooting. 
 

I know well the old VDB ones, but am interested to know your real world experiences with their (quite) new quarter turn system. 
 

Is this system working well ? Not too loose, or too stiff ?

 

Unfortunately I am a bit far from any dealer to try it myself. 
 

Many thanks for your help.

 

Henri 
 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have a 12' (365cm) 1/4 turn pole for many years.  Overall a good pole.  Fairly stiff, though there are some stiffer poles out there.  Not a huge fan of the 1/4 turn.  I prefer a full rotation locking collar.

I have other poles that I used, it just happens to be the one in this length I have.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had one of my L size vdb boom reworked by vdb to replace the collars with the quarter turn new ones. I like it very much. It does not prompt to blocking itself from dust or water as the previous full turn system was. Actually the new collars are not simply quarter turn: the all locking system is totally different. No more dreaded screw thread but a clever locking system. Much more efficient imho.

they charged 150 € if i remember correctly to change all the collars.

it definitely was worth it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I currently own the S-QT and M-QT, and will likely buy an XL-QT at some point later this year. VdB currently has the best "collapsed-to-extended" ratio of any boom pole on the market. My S-QT fits into a 1535 Pelican upright along the lid's edge, not even diagonally. The quarter turn collars are ok; sometimes you need more force to keep the sections from collapsing. They work as advertised for the most part. If your mic setups are lightweight, then there's almost zero flex. Here's a shot of my friend using my M-QT with a 4017C in a Cinela and a ZMT transmitter, and it's pretty flat. Not sure how they'd hold up if you have a heavier setup at the business end.

 

I will say that the sections are noisy when extending/collapsing, so if you do that mid-take often, the VdB might not be the best for you. They also advertise the removable tips can be used as a mic quick-release mount, nut this is only true of the most recent models that have a small set screw to keep the topmost collar from falling off if no tip is installed. The QT poles I bought in late 2019 did not and recently had to order them through Gotham.

 

 

IMG_6996.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I absolutely love my vDb poles. I have 3 of them. The plexiglass bottom section works wonders for handling noise, the markers on the other sections are super handy, and it’s awesome being able to add/change/remove cable quickly.

 

also fairly stiff if you like that. A little more arc than an ambient, but not as much as K-Tek.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've had my Vdb for over 10 years now, and it's been great, but I don't really like it for documentary work. I feel like it's more of an ergonomic pain (for lack of better words) to extend or retract if you're really moving fast since the collars can be finicky. For that type of work I really like my PSC Elite pole, which is a little more robust. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...