Helping a friend pick out a tripod

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  1. Krafty macrumors 601

    Krafty

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    My friend is looking for a tripod that has good support, somewhere around $80-100. He's pushing a D3000 + 18-55MM lens.

    Any good recommendations?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    With a D3000 he doesn't need anything heavy duty but if the D3000 was meant to be a gateway to a higher end DSLR then I would buy something a little better than what you'd need with a D3000. A tripod is an investment and I'm a firm believer that you will likely buy a minimum of two tripods until you realize that you just need to get one that will be with you for a very very long time. With that being said, if you're toting a P&S then I'd get something decent, something that supports double the weight of the camera and if a higher end DSLR is purchased then make the investment into a decent tripod.
     
  3. Krafty thread starter macrumors 601

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    I dont think its a gateway to another one, but something to use for landscape, family, and various long exposure shots.

    So what would be a more moderate, budget-friendly that you would recommend in the case that he doesnt need anything high-end?
     
  4. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    For an extra ~$30, he should look at this one instead, which has a quick release plate and also supports a little more weight: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/602430-REG/Manfrotto_by_Bogen_Imaging_7302YB_7302YB_4_Section_Aluminum_Tripod.html

    I personally dislike carrying around a camera with a tripod attached, or having to mount/dismount the camera from the head between shots, so having a quick release is a must for me. 30 extra dollars to add a quick release and 3.3 lb/1.5 kg extra load capacity seems like a no-brainer.
     
  5. Krafty thread starter macrumors 601

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    He asked if it will support a 55-200MM as well? And anything on the ball 'sagging'.
     
  6. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    It will definitely support the 55-200mm, which weighs 255/335 g for the non-VR/VR versions (less than 1/10 of its max capacity). There is a switch to lock the ball head in place, and it will not sag unless what is mounted grossly exceeds the load capacity. I regularly use the 24-70mm f/2.8, which weighs 900 g, with no problems.
     
  7. John.B macrumors 601

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    Since we seem to be posting links to Thom's website this week, I'll add link to his excellent thesis on tripods.

    One other note, when it comes to ballheads, it's more important to get a ballhead designed to support a given max. focal length than it does to worry about how much weight it supports. But then we are talking about quite a bit more than $80-100... ;)
     

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