What support kit would you buy with a $1200 Budget

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by SuperSpiker, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. SuperSpiker macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2008
    Thanks to those who have answered my other thread to help me narrow things down.

    I currently have a D300. I have an 18-200 VR, a Sigma 10-20, a 50 1.8, and a couple of basic kit lenses. I also have an SB-800 and SB-800.

    I will take the tripod on hikes and use it for mainly HDR photography. Eventually I'll do some pano.

    It's unlikely that I will ever be able to afford a lens larger than 300mm, so I don't need a pod that will support those monsters.

    I'm 5'11 and have decided on Gizto Legs. But which one? I want carbon fiber and 3 sections.

    I assume that the newer Gizto's are better than the older ones. Or is this true? I ask because I want the best that I can afford. But also I'm not sure if I need the newer model if the older model will be better for my specific setup and save me $$$.

    I don't even know what the newest Gizto model is. The Gizto site isn't too clear about that.

    What Gizto would you buy if you were in my shoes? Keeping in mind my budget of $1200 for the pod, Ball Head and L-Bracket.

    And speaking of Ballheads I'm sold on Markins. The M20 seems like a safer bet for only a few bucks more than the M10. M20 it is. Do you agree?

    L-Bracket is still up in the air for me. Honestly I'm still lost about them. RRS and Kirk seem to be the favored ones. Of the two I've come up empty on what the difference between the two are (if any). I guess I should just pick one of these at random and move on. It boils down to personal preference I guess. Am I wrong?

    So to sum it up. What Gizto legs would you suggest I buy to go with the M20. Keep in mind I wont be supporting more than a 17-55, 70-200 and at MOST a 300mm lens if I decide to purchase these lenses. My future does not show 400+ lenses ever being a factor.

    The MacRumors community has been FANTASTIC with helping me get this far. I cant say how much I appreciate it. I'm looking forward to the responses.
  2. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    I don't know why you felt the need to start a new thread to continue a discussion on a topic discussed in a very recent thread, but...

    Either of these legs would be fine:



    And assuming you don't have the battery grip for the D300, then I would buy this L-plate: http://reallyrightstuff.com/rrs/Itemdesc.asp?ic=BD300-L&eq=&Tp=

    Those plus your head keeps you under $1100. None of your lenses require plates.

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