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| p.1 #1 · Tripod suggestions for landscape photography |
I'm looking to getting a more solid tripod setup for landscape shooting. I've never been much of a tripod user since most of what I shoot professionally is unit stills on film sets or portraits, where VR typically does the job just fine.
I want something sturdy (even heavy), able to support heavy gear, and able to take a beating in tough conditions. I want something stable that can handle 30 second exposures in the middle of the day without blowing over. I'm getting into shooting with lots of ND (10+ stops), so this for those longer exposure shots.
My current tripod is old and very flimsy, so I'm looking for new legs and a new head. I'm open to ball heads, pan/tilt and geared heads.
For the most part I'll be putting either D4 or D800 bodies on it with f/2.8 zooms or f/1.4 primes, but occasionally it needs to be able to handle a super tele, like a 500 or 600 f/4 (though with the ball head swapped for a gimbal head).
I really haven't had an opportunity to do much research yet, but here are some legs that caught my eye:
I'm open to other suggestions as well. In terms of budget I don't want to spend more than $500 on the legs, but I'd rather not overspend for minimal gains either, hence some of the less expensive ones linked above.
In terms of heads I'm totally out of the loop in terms of what is good these days. I'm thinking a ball head plus a RRS L-bracket is the way to go, but open to the idea of a good pan/tilt head or otherwise. I mostly shoot horizontals, but I'd like the option for a good vertical setup too, hence leaning toward something arca-swiss compatible for an L-bracket.
I saw this one in Samys camera a few days ago and I liked the precise nature of it. I don't like the fact I can't put an L-bracket on it because of the weird quick release. And I don't really like the idea of the center of gravity being off center for long exposure vertical shots.
I'd love suggestions for good ball heads, ideally under $500. $250 would be better, but I'd prefer quality over going cheap if need be.