Tripod Help 2nd try

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  1. Duke&tank macrumors member

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  2. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    Read this article:

    http://bythom.com/support.htm

    That will explain things better than I can, however make sure you are going to use a tripod in your photography before investing in one. In many areas tripods are required but make sure you just don't get a tripod to round out your kit.
     
  3. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    Well......whats your budget? What are you planning to shoot?

    A tripods one of those thing where usually you get what you pay for. If your just going to casually take the tripod out here and there and your careful that one will probably be OK? Ive never seen these up close.

    I like Gitzo's myself but there ridiculously expensive.
     
  4. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    The only thing I can say about that is that it has legs and a head.

    Depending on what you want to shoot that would be perfect.
     
  5. Duke&tank thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all for your input

    The price is not a concern i well save up for what i well need

    I Shoot mostly photos of dogs i like to go hiking and take some when im on the trail and i want to start doing HDR photos i have photoshop CS4

    that about it for now.

    Aaron
     
  6. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Yeah, any tripod will do.

    There are some nice ones made by Manfrotto though, for around $100-$200 bucks if you know where to look.
     
  7. Fogtripper macrumors member

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    No. Not for hiking. A heavy tripod will remain in the car.
    What you want on a hike is a carbon fiber tripod with a removable center beam and a comfortable yet sturdy maximum height. A ball head will be a wise investment as well. Kirk Enterprises has wonderful heads.

    A great CF tripod is one I researched and bought used:
    Velbon Neo Carmagne 640
    http://bayimages.net/tech/reviews/velbon-el-carmagne-640.html
    IIRC, I found mine used on ebay for around $200.

    Easily used, sturdy, skin friendly in both the cold and the heat, lightweight and quite a bit less than a Gitzo. edit: also allows for extreme low angle photos.
     
  8. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    True, but I figured since his first choice was a standard run of the mill, he'd be okay with the weight.
     
  9. Fogtripper macrumors member

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    Research twice, buy once 8)
    Nothing is more expensive than that which you pay for and never use.
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Here is the deal with tripods. They're an investment. You will undoubtedly go through at least one other tripod before you actually own up to the fact that you need to invest in a good sturdy tripod suited for a camera you don't even own. If you're going to start with an XSI then you will likely outgrow the camera, buy something heavier and learn to adopt new lenses. Maybe you'll move into your hikes and decide to capture birds. You'll need a long lens. That tripod you linked is rather unsuitable for a long long lens.

    The tripod you linked will be fine for now. The tripod you linked will eventually be replaced.

    If you're hiking then the reduction of weight with carbon fiber will undoubtedly be great but you'll still be carrying some weight, that is what photography does. Lenses, batteries, bags, etc. It's all like that.

    Again, to me a tripod is an investment ... I have one that is decent but not epic. It's suitable for my needs and a few steps above that. The downside is it is heavy and adds quite a bit of weight when I walk around with it.
     
  11. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    Sorry about my reply in the other thread - I wasn't being very helpful!

    I will reiterate what Jessica said. It is very likely, if you continue on in photography, that you will want to upgrade to something more sturdy. Tripods are something that are timeless. Get something really good now, and you will probably never have to get another one.

    I suggest Manfrotto, and I suggest secondhand. There's pretty much not much that can go wrong with good tripods, even really old ones. I've bought all my large Manfrotto tripods secondhand, and they were all great.
     
  12. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    If I did a lot of hiking, I'd get a Gitzo carbon fiber. I'm partial to their Explorer line, mainly because of the arm that can be either a center post, or a macro arm.

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    In the case of really good tripods, don't forget that you also have to make a decision about a head. Most of the really good ball heads are expensive too, not to mention the quick-release plate you need on your camera.






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  13. ThunderRobot macrumors regular

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    Take a look at some of the advice I got in this thread. Ended up with a combo I'm really enjoying using.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=633437

     
  14. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    I have an explorer and use it all the time for macro. I bought for just that purpose. The only issue I have with it is that the bolts that hold the three handles that tighten the legs are NOT hardened and the first one I purchased I used once or twice and the bolt snapped. The one I exchanged for has been good for a couple of years.

    One thing you usually also get with a nicer tripod like a Gitzo or Benbo or Manfrotto is a lifetime warranty, so as long as you dont abuse it too much, if it does break you can send it in to get fixed.
     
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    What are yu going to put on top of it? What are you shooting? What subject?

    Equipment like this is not good or bad it is either well matched to your needs or not. For example this would not be so good for shooting wildlife ith a 400mm lens, nor would it work well for shooting wildflowers with a macro lens outdoors (as it looks to have a rather tall minimum height)

    In most cases ANY tripod is better than none so if you have none now this is 100 times better.
     
  17. 103734 Guest

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    go to your local camera shop, don't look at the prices of the tripods and try your camera with its heaviest lens out on a few tripods, find one that you like and thats stable then check the price, then leave (or if you have some sort of mobile internet) compare the price to what you can get online, and buy it at the place you think has the best deal.


    Doesn't matter what the price is, if its $50 and your happy with it then buy it, same if its $500+ (may have to save for that).
     
  18. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    Look at Kirk or Really Right Stuff too. With Kirk, look and see if the BH-3 might suit you better than a BH-1.

    Acratech makes a pretty highly regarded ballhead. Personally, if I were getting a hiking tripod I'd be looking hard at the Kirk BH-3 - it's smaller, lighter, and $100 cheaper.
     
  19. Duke&tank thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all for the input i like kirk BH - 3 it Looks like a nice choice thank you and SUPERSTEVE9219 that a good idea thank you i well have to do that

    Aaron
     
  20. Fogtripper macrumors member

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    "Our new Acratech GV2 Ballhead is uniquely designed to function both as a ballhead and as a Gimbal head."

    I am scratching my head (no pun intended) how this would be different from say, a Kirk head? In regards to the "gimbal" use.

    I use a Kirk and it seems to do pretty much all the acratech claims:
    http://www.kirkphoto.com/ballheads.html
     

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