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Your favorite Tripod
Old 07-06-2005, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im shopping for a tripod....what is your favorite ...

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Old 07-06-2005, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My needs as more of a nature photographer maybe very different than yours...so take this for whatever it is worth.

I really like the Gitzo G-1348 Inter Pro Studex Mk2 Carbon Fiber tripod. It is tall enough for short little me, very steady, reasonably light and compact. I don't like center columns with big glass...so it works for me.
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Old 07-06-2005, 05:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use a bogen tripod. But that doesn't tell you much. Tripods are like cameras, there are two parts to the equation. In the case of a tripod, we are talking the tripod itself and then the head you use on it. There are hundreds of choices for both. I have three different heads for my tripod and use each of them for as the occassion demands. One for video, one for landscapes (panaramas) and 1 for studio shooting (Pistol grip on that one).

You might want to be more specific. How will you use the tripod?

General things to look for:

1. Weight
2. Size (folded up)
3. How high will it get the camera
4. Ease of extending
5. Does it stay extended or does it need adjustments often
6. Is there a level in the head
7. Is it really steady
8. What does it cost ($25 to $5000)
9. Does it have quick release plates (very important)
10. Can you get extra quick release plates cheapley

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Old 07-06-2005, 06:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like the ones with three legs. Especially if they have Bogen on them.
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Gitzo 1228, expensive but worth it... lifetime guarantee and that's about how long you will keep it...

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Old 07-06-2005, 07:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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RRS BH-55

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/ballheads/index.html

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Hey Don....

This is the setup I use. I love them both.

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Thanks Scott thats more into my price range...
I'll check that one out!
I'd buy one local...but everytime I go into our local camera stores ..they dont ever seem to carry what I want...I cant find anything here...

"This town needs an enema!" Jack Nicholson Batman.

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I use a Bogen/Manfrotto aluminum jobby with a quick grip ball head. I got it off a guy who was bringing in a bunch of gear to sell to a used camera store. The guy offered it to me for $100 and I took it. When I apologized to the shop keeper her said "No problem, you paid more than I woulda." Still think I gott a pretty good deal, but those stores need quite a bit of mark up to stay afloat.
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Gitzo. They were taken over by Bogen/Manfrotto a while back so I don't know if they're the same but I love my Gitzos. I have a 320 and a mountaineer. Some pretty respectable folks are swearing by the carbon fiber versions now available.

The head you select is equally inportant. I like ball heads, specifically the Arca Swiss B1 monoball with quick release. I've had the 320 and the monoball since 1987, taken them all over the US, used them in salt water, sand and mud; I've dropped them, piled gear on them and left them in the rain. The head is still flawless and the 320 has one leg that sticks just a little bit.
The drawback is you will pay a little over $700 (new) for the tripod and head together. It's worth it long term but a big up-front investment.

For the studio I use a big-ass Majestic with a gear head and bogen locking caster base. I bought the tripod on ebay for something like $100 and the casters for about $60. Also worth it, gear heads and columns are nice. The only drawback is I had to add a sidearm to get the camera down low... but the sidearm's kinda handy for closeup and overhead stuff too.

I'm not saying this stuff's for you, it's just what works for me. I use a tripod when I'm shooting slower shutter speeds or when I need a fixed, repeatable shooting position. When using strobes I usually go handheld.

Good luck,
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