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| p.1 #6 · Recommendations for a Tripod for the Sigmonster... |
This is pretty easy, especially if you have a limited budget.
Tripod: Berlebach Report, either the 2002 (if you're short) or the 3002 (if you need more height). There are no metal or carbon fiber tripods that give you the dampening of wood. And the Berlebachs are way cheaper than CF.
For the head, look for a Manfrotto 393. It's about a quarter the cost of a "tony" Wimberley, and butt-ugly to boot. But you get the long Manfrotto plate and no matter what camera body you put on the lens, you can find a perfect balance point.
I use this setup with a Canon 600 f4 (non-IS) on both the heavy 1DsII body and the light 60D. My ancient 600 tips the scale at almost 14#. With long, heavy, high-distributed-mass lenses, balance of the mount is everything. Except times two for no IS.