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Old 11-17-2006, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the "Best" tripod (or tripod leg and head combination) for studio and location glamour photography? I'm trying to stay < $500.

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Re: Tripod recommendation...
Old 11-17-2006, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Best is very relative. I use a Bogen tripod with a pistol grip head and it works well for me. It has a quick release for mounting the camera and that is always a must for a tripod system. Also get extra quick release plates for multiple bodies, or if you lose things easily, like I do. Be sure its heavy duty enough to support larger lens and give you good stability.

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Old 11-17-2006, 01:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's what I had settled on, but I wanted a little more input from the pros. From B&H there's a Bogen/Manfrotto 3021BPRO at $157.95 and a Bogen/Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead (RC2 Quick Relese) at $109.95. Head has a spirit level and the tripod center column can be installed horizontially and also inverted for low angle shots. Tripod supports 13.3 lbs, head 11 lbs, so I'm good for most lens/flash combinations. Lots of accessories. Not bad for the money.

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Old 11-17-2006, 02:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mines the #3021 also, from about 10 years ago (I think). The pistol grip is the #3265. I also have a 3262QR head.
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I'm not sure that there is a single best tripod. I have two and use them for different types of work.

I use a Manfrotto 410 geared head for work where I want to adjust the camera position accurately and in small increments - macro work of a model's eye, for example. I have this head attached to 055ProB legs.

I use a Manfrotto 322RC grip ball head for work where I want quick movement and "close enough" positioning - general glamour work, for example. I have this head attached to 055CLB legs.

The 055Pro legs have this neat feature of allowing you to position the central column sideways, to deal with awkward positions. I've never used it for real, and I fear it may be one of those "neat idea" features I'm never going to use, but it's kinda cool to have

Manfrotto can solve all sorts of problems. There's even a range of carbon fibre legs from Manfrotto which seem to be designed to solve any problems you might have with an excess of money...
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If you can, swing for one of the Mandfrotto 055 Pro for a nice light tripod or one of the Feisel Carbons knock off's of the Gitzo carbons. Mary either to a ballhead from Kirk (BH3) or from RRS (Really Right Stuff) With either head get the L bracket that fits your camera, It really makes switching from horizontal to verticals much easier and your not flopping the camera off to on side of the ball head. I also think the Arca Swiss style clamps are much safer.

In the past I used the Bogen Hex plates on a 3047 pan and tilt head and they would ocassionally become unattached from the tripod. The other problem was that the controls for the head would get in the way. With the Kirk BH3 I have the tension set so that I can rotate the camera in any position and the Camera will stay - No creep and not necessary to lock the head down. Movement is also silky smooth. I also attached a Arca Swiss style plate s to the foot of my 70-200 and depending on the circumstances use either the 055Pro or the Feisel Monopod.

See Thom Hogans article on his site, Granted his work is geared towards landscape, he has some good advice related to tripods. I pretty much went through the stages of what not to do before I bit the bullet. Couldn't be happier now and find I use some form of support either the the tripod or the monopods much more than had ever in the past, resulting in much sharper shots.

Not sure if this link will work or not

http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

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