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Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by trjwv, Jun 21, 2010.
I am looking for a tripod to hold my D5000 but want to take with me on short trips......
Budget? Weight? Height required?
Start with this for a good overview, get back to us with details and people may be able to help.
What works best for me may be terrible for you.
The ultrashort version of tripod selection is:
Pick any 2
+1 on what jampat said, fwiw I spent $400-ish USD for travel tripod carbon fiber FEISOL CT-3441S tripod with CB-40D Ball Head, very happy with it.
My legs costs me $180. They are not carbon fiber, but I didn't want to spend another $200 for legs at the moment. My head cost me $150. It is a decent head. I have had it for 7 years. It is a pistol grip head, which I have grown accustomed to. I don't think i could get used to the pan head or whatnot.
If you want cheap (walbogs cheap), you probably could get away with what you have. With a kit lens and that body, the weight would probably be under 2LBS.
My body+ lens weighs 3LBS or a bit more. Remember to look at what the legs and the head you chose can handle. You want something you grow into. I think my legs are rated for 14lbs and the head for 11lbs or so.
The 1DS2 I want to get this fall weighs about 3lbs by itself. If i ever find myself using a 600mm f/4L, i will need to buy a new tripod..
Get the best you can afford.