Posted 05 May 2016 - 09:02 PM
I don't have experience with the Tiffen arm but it is impossible to go wrong with the Pro arm. It is a bulletproof design and requires little to no maintenance. Most importantly, Pro is known for its incredible customer service. I'm not sure where you are based (that might influence your decision if you are closer to one manufacturer), but I believe the majority of A-list feature steadicam operators in North America use the Pro arm (go on the SOA website, look up your favorite operator, and see what he's using). It is a solid investment that will last your entire career and beyond. Pro arms are rarely seen on the used market, and when they do come up for sale, they sell immediately and fetch prices close to that of new Pro arms which is something you don't see with used Tiffen arms. Buying equipment is a very personal decision, but in my case, I wouldn't consider using another arm for the rest of my career. Good luck in your decision.