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Old 01-18-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Tripod recommendations

Hey guys im in the market for a new tripod. Kind of curious as to what you guys use when you are using a tripod. Just looking to get ideas. trying to stay with in a reasonable price range... whatever that means.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Mostly stills. i will venture into video a little. but nothing crazy yet.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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I'm running with Manfrotto 055CXPRO3CF legs with Arca Swiss head.
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Manfrotto is great...have one for my spotting scope.

Heads cost as much as the legs though in some cases. I have Bogen 3221 legs and 3130 head...both made by Manfrotto. It's heaviesh...so consider how far you'll be hiking with it...otherwise it's very stable. I'm scoping birds a couple of miles away. Has legs that ratchet out at different angles to compensate for uneven terrain (which I never really use).

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I have a Manfrotto 190 CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber
It's the lightest of the 190 series @ 2.84lbs

With the Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head
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I bought a $99 Manfrotto travel tripod with bag.

Works fine for me (Canon 60D with 15-85 or 70-300)
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:34 AM   #9
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Very nice setup, Im looking at the same BH right now for my setup.
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I purchased an OBEN CF tripod and head - and I am happy with the legs, light, snap tight, hold strong, backpack hook works great - but I have had issues with the head since day one, the set screw that holds the plate to the head came loose, but its like the screw is a tad long so you can't tighten it all the way - which causes some "play" in the whole head system when setting up for a shot.

so I would go with the other recommendations, and go Manfrotto.
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I bought a $99 Manfrotto travel tripod with bag.

Works fine for me (Canon 60D with 15-85 or 70-300)
Me too, works great even with Canon 40D and 70-200 f/2.8L (only if you mount through lens and not body).
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Me too, works great even with Canon 40D and 70-200 f/2.8L (only if you mount through lens and not body).

Yea im worried what i get wont support my camera.

Im shooting with a D600. Biggest lens right now is 80-200 f/2.8 ED. I am really considering a Bogen/manfrotto 3021. I love the way you can adjust/swing the head. It seems like it would be really nice. I dont know what head i would want though. so far ive seen some decent prices on ebay and what not but im very skeptical about buying used photo gear from ebay.

Heres a Video i found of the 3021.

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Old 01-21-2013, 10:41 PM   #13
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I had manfrotto 190xprob but after getting the sigma 70-200 OS, I didn't feel it was safe enough to have it on that with my 7D. Bought a 055xprob and very happy with it. Its heavy compared to a CF but I like my legs firm and planted. I don't travel with it much, and if I do, its just 5lbs or so... its not too bad, better safe then sorry.
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Yea im worried what i get wont support my camera.

Im shooting with a D600. Biggest lens right now is 80-200 f/2.8 ED. I am really considering a Bogen/manfrotto 3021. I love the way you can adjust/swing the head. It seems like it would be really nice. I dont know what head i would want though. so far ive seen some decent prices on ebay and what not but im very skeptical about buying used photo gear from ebay.
Mount the lens to the tripod using the lens collar and then mount the body to the lens. That should give the whole set up a lot more stability than mounting the body to the tripod and then the lens to the body.

My $100 Manfrotto is an aluminum tripod so it's relatively lightweight and very sturdy. The only issue I have with it is that it's not a ball head and it takes forever to set up a shot with a 3-way tilt/pan head. That's my fault for choosing this model though.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:25 PM   #15
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I use an old HD Vivitar I bought 35 years ago when I thought I was going to be using view cameras every day. Rock solid but NLA. I'd look for a Tilt-all or quality knock-off. It's an old design but tripods are hardly technology laden. Tilt-alls used to be very popular for good reason.
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I have the manfrotto 055XPROB with the 496rc2 ball head. I love it despite it begin heavy which is why i'm thinking of getting the carbon fiber legs for it or just spend the money and get a Gitzo.
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^ unless you hike with it, i wouldn't spend the extra 200 for a cf... 55 is nicely balance and firm

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^I dont necessarily hike but when I do photo walks I like to sometimes carry it but with the weight I never bring it with me unless i'm driving.
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^I dont necessarily hike but when I do photo walks I like to sometimes carry it but with the weight I never bring it with me unless i'm driving.
I was the same with my 055XPROB and 498RC2 head, and just recently upgraded to the 055CXPRO legs and a new head. What a difference!
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Second the mangrotto. They can be heavy though. The monopods are very good for sports and stabilizing zooms and camcorders
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