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Andre Labonte
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Choices Choices


So, I have permission from my better half to get something I want in terms of photo gear. I'm debating between either a Tamron 180 micro or a Gitzo GT3541XLS tripod.

I need a micro lens with reach and I need a heavier tripod to support my 300 f/2.8. How do I pick between those two?



Dec 07, 2011 at 05:54 AM
MikeW
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Choices Choices


tripod is not much good without a camera & lens sitting on it, the lens can be used without a tripod...simple choice imo. Grab a cheaper tripod that is able to do the job.


Dec 07, 2011 at 05:56 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Choices Choices


The old 2-series is not enough? I'd get the lens.

EBH



Dec 07, 2011 at 05:57 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Choices Choices


in my book, 2-series is a solid tripod. (I 've 2x 1-series, don't think I would carry anything heavier but I don't use super-tele anyway and I believe the best tripod is the one that you are willing to take it outside)

I'd get the lens, if the 2-series tripod is not good enough, you will get one with or without permission

2-series and 3-series look similar?



Dec 07, 2011 at 06:41 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Choices Choices


3 series is the systematic, and does not look similar, other than the general material finish and of course it has 3 legs.

EBH



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:20 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Choices Choices


EB-1 wrote:
3 series is the systematic, and does not look similar, other than the general material finish and of course it has 3 legs.
EBH

Oh, can't change the tripod undetected then...



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:26 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Choices Choices


Go with the Tamron. My other half doesn't keep track of my gear, so the odd upgrade/exchange/acquisition goes largely un-noticed. I'd think a tripod upgrade later would be less noticeable than an additional lens. As long as I'm not bankrupting us, she doesn't really mind too much


Dec 07, 2011 at 07:51 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Choices Choices


Tripod. We keep putting off these things but I'm a big fan of a really good tripod.


Dec 07, 2011 at 08:21 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Choices Choices


Lens, then sell your current tripod and upgrade later.


Dec 07, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Choices Choices


Tripod
The lens would be the sexy choice but the tripod will get way more use than you think. Sell the old pod to fund the lens.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Choices Choices


There is no substitute for a good tripod.


Dec 07, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Choices Choices


That's the tripod I use and I highly recommend it. I'd sooner toss my 24-70 over a cliff than leave it behind. Think of it this way - if you're missing shots with the 300 due to inadequate support, then that lens is useless and a waste of money - at least until it has proper support.

I use my 3 series as my "normal" tripod too. It's super with every lens on up to the 300 2.8 (although, that one usually lands on my 5 series). I could go with a smaller, slightly lighter setup, but once you use a good sturdy tripod like that, you won't go back to anything else.

Besides, not sure what other lenses you have, but a cheap set of extension tubes might be a good stop-gap for macros. There is no good substitute for a good tripod.

PS - A tripod like that may very well outlast a lens too - for many it's a once-in-a-lifetime investment. (I'm hard on my stuff, but I still expect to get a good 10-15 years from mine)



Dec 07, 2011 at 01:03 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Choices Choices


Tripod + extension tubes? Depends on if you want to manually focus for macros...


Dec 07, 2011 at 05:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Choices Choices


Tripod and Canon 500D close up lens for your 70-200VR. Best of both worlds.


Dec 07, 2011 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Choices Choices


BlueBomberTurbo wrote:
Tripod + extension tubes? Depends on if you want to manually focus for macros...


Is there any other way? I recently had to check if my macro lens even had AF - I generally just use live view or even the <gasp> the optical viewfinder.



Dec 07, 2011 at 09:06 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Choices Choices


Hehe, nice. I've only got a deprong'd old 55mm F/3.5 Micro AI , and some cheap extension tubes that are surprisingly robust. I trust only LV, and tether to my laptop so I don't have to squint.


Dec 07, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Choices Choices


Get the lens! You can always find a cheaper tripod, but not a cheaper lens of good quality.


Dec 08, 2011 at 08:00 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Choices Choices


Do you already have a tripod? I find using macro lenses to be kind of difficult without one. (The one time I was trying to shoot a bug on a wall with my 200mm f/4 and camera in one hand and a flash in the other made me wish I had a monopod. )



Dec 08, 2011 at 09:19 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Choices Choices


I have that lens. Get the lens. Then get a used (or cheaper new) tripod.


Dec 08, 2011 at 10:45 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Choices Choices


tripod if you shoot the 300 more than macro, otherwise the macro.


Dec 08, 2011 at 11:23 PM
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