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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Tripod Selections Resources


I've been reading old (and new) posts here and over at DP, I've checked out the major manufactures web-sites and spent time in my local camera stores and I still have no idea what tripod to buy. I didn't want to post a 'what tripod should I buy' thread but I was hoping someone could point me toward any online resources or sites that provide comparisons/reviews. I own a couple cheap tripods but I want to invest in a serious tripod with a serious head.

Any pointers?? Thank you for reading!

Chris



Nov 22, 2004 at 04:46 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Tripod Selections Resources


Read this one : http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

Not so much a review as it is trying to lead your thoughts to where you won't be replacing the tripod you buy very soon...



Nov 22, 2004 at 05:18 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Tripod Selections Resources


For me personally, i value rigidity over light weight. But you can have both if you are willing to pay for it.

I also highly recomend the logic of the article Geir linked to. It is hard to see it as practical, but the the ideas proposed are very sound.






Nov 22, 2004 at 05:42 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Tripod Selections Resources


If your budget is not in the range of the higher end ones listed in that review, you should just ask the forum.

For my budget, Manfrotto 055Pro (3021Pro) and 488RC2 ballhead was the way to go (<$200).




Nov 22, 2004 at 04:27 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Tripod Selections Resources


Before I'd buy a 3021PRO I'd buy a Gitzo Explorer all day long. Why? Having had the conversation with Bogen's product specialist directly (and you can also) the Gitzo Explorer 2220 model (available if you order from Adorama for about $189) is a superior tripod in all regards. More usable in a wide variety of applications, more rigid and stable, and easier to tote around. I preferred the model 488RC4 ballhead as the quick release plates are the "low profile" design with integral bubble levels for superior setup doing pano's. You can waste the money initially or spend it wisely and not have to replace it any time soon. I suggest you buy with a "long term" mentality first and you won't waste the money. Buy the way it's a not too well known fact that the 2220 Explorer is rated 22lbs vertical and 13lbs horizontal. Once again another league from the 3021PRO.......


Nov 22, 2004 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Tripod Selections Resources


Yeah, I have the 3021pro legs and the 488rc0 ball head. It's not the lightest setup but I'm completely happy with it.

The Gitzo Explorer 2220 sounds nice but at $50 more, it went over my budget.

-jason m



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Tripod Selections Resources


I bought a Feisol carbon fiber tripod + Kirk BH-3 head. Serious tripod, but cheap for a serious tripod

If money were no concern, I'd go for a Gitzo G1227 with Markins M10 ballhead.

Gitzo is coming out with basalt tripods in 2005 which should be the same quality as carbon fiber but cheaper.



Nov 22, 2004 at 09:01 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Tripod Selections Resources


I also had the 3021 PRO legs along with the 488RC2 head. Not a light combo, but was pretty sturdy. Being I like to hike, it didn't make for a good combination. There were several occasions where I contemplated leaving my tripod on the trail as it was hampering my safe hiking.

I've since replaced it with a Gitzo 1228/Acratech combo, however that combo cost me almost three times as much as my initial setup.



Nov 22, 2004 at 09:03 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Tripod Selections Resources


After a lot of webbing about, I bought a Feisol 4-section tripod legs and the acratech "ultimate" ball head. I couldn't bring myself to spring for Gitzo, so I tried to optimize price under the constraints of light, small and rigid. This is what I came up with. Seems good, but I haven't had it long. Do a search for Feisol on Ebay. No problem with the company in Taiwan, good service. The Feisol web site is primative, but it may be imformative www.feisol.com/english.


Good luck



Nov 22, 2004 at 09:23 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Tripod Selections Resources


I have the Feisol 3-legged original carbon fiber version that I bought last year. In terms of weight, it is very light (1.1kg), but way too short (~1.4m max height without center column extension), and the legs are not as smooth sliding as a Gitzo model I had before. However, if weight and compactness are your priorities, you may want to look into this model. The newer version 2 adds foam leg paddings and reduces the need to buy a separate shorter center column for low-to-the-ground work.


Nov 22, 2004 at 11:52 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Tripod Selections Resources


Thanks Everyone!

I do want to spend the money on a good tripod that I won't want/need to replace any time soon. I have a smaller tripod that I use for traveling so I'm not super concerned about weight. My budget is around $200 for the tripod and about $100 for the head. I like the Bogen 3265 (pistol grip) ball head. I've heard mixed things about the head; some people love it and some hate it. I looked at a 3021 in the local camera store this weekend - I will definately check out the other recommendations!

Thanks,
Chris



Nov 23, 2004 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Tripod Selections Resources


jbd1 wrote:
If your budget is not in the range of the higher end ones listed in that review, you should just ask the forum.

For my budget, Manfrotto 055Pro (3021Pro) and 488RC2 ballhead was the way to go (<$200).


I have the same combination and it works great with my 10D. I initially wanted to buy the 486RC2, which is one step smaller and lighter than the 488RC2 but the store didn't have the 486. Now I'm glad I got the 488 - I saw the 486 in a shop later and noticed that it lacks some features that the 488 has (panorama ring with degree marks).



Nov 23, 2004 at 12:46 PM







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