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Name some good tripods

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by SkyStorm82, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. SkyStorm82

    SkyStorm82 DSG

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    I'm looking for a good tripod to use with my Nikon D70. Anyone know some good ones to look at?

    I don't want to say how much I'm willing to spend but I do know that I don't want the cheap wal-mart special kind.

    Thanks.;c
     
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    I have a bogen / manfrotto tripod that I got a while back. Built like a tank and I can take the center column and insert it sideways so that you can take the camera almost to the ground for macro shots. Amazing how low it will go. Whats your price range?
     

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    I'm not to sure what my price range is right now...just that I don't want the cheap kind.

    This would be my first tripod so I don't know much about them. What are some things to look for in a good tripod. I guess some have different heads than the others...what's the pros and cons of each?
     
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    I have a bogen / manfrotto also. I have a ball head with a quick release plate.

    expect to spend $200-300 for a decent outfit.
     
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    A tripod is often one of the most overlooked yet critical parts of the photography setup. I think it's great you're doing the research first before buying.

    You mention the camera body but not what lenses you plan to use, total weight load will affect what tripods will be appropriate. Also, have you considered what type of head you might be using? This will also be contingent upon what your lenses are.

    I used a Manfrotto 3221 tracker tripod with a pan/tilt head for a while, but was using it with a Sigma lens that ended up being way too heavy for it. I was using the tripod to get sharper images but it didn't work - I had to upgrade to another tripod.

    If the weight combination for your D70 plus your heaviest lens would work on that tripod, it's not a bad one. I didn't like the quick release plates, though, and suggest something with an Arca-Swiss style system if possible. You will like need plates for your camera and your longer lenses to attach them to the head.

    What are your bigger lenses?
     
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    I just got the 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED lens. The other lens I have is the one that came with the camera. What is the Arca-Swiss style system?
     
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    Okay, I looked up that lens and I think you will only need one plate for the camera - the lens weighs about 1lb. With this kind of weight, you would probably be okay with the release system on the pan/tilt that comes with the Manfrotto 3221.

    Quick release systems are explained here better than I could explain it:

    http://www.shortcourses.com/equipment/tripods/3-qr.htm

    Not sure if this helps....
     
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    Of all the tripods I've ever used this Gitzo Explorer with 1276M head is absolutely my favorite. The one I use is aluminum and costs far less than the carbon fiber. I absolutely love this tripod, it is one of my favorite pieces of equipment bar none.
     
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    and...
    you can use it for your spotting scope at the range.
     
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    I also have the Gitzo explorer(aluminum) with the 1276M head, and it is great. I've had it for about 3 yrs now. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
     
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    I use a Gitzo with a Kirk ball head. If all you have is the D70 and lens and don't plan to go much bigger, the Bogen 3021 or equivilant Gitzo would be perfect. I would suggest a ball head such as the Bogen 484 or 486.
     
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    Go on Ebay, there are some great deals on tripods. I personally have a QuickSet that is almost thirty-five years old that still works great, and I see these going cheap on Ebay. My QuickSet was used with my 8x10 Deardorff and 4x5 Linhof Technika, so it's a sturdy tripod.
     
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    I used to use aluminum Gitzo tripods but switched to the carbon fiber variety a few years ago - I'm never going back to aluminum if I can help it!

    If you can afford it, get a Gitzo. It that is too pricey, get a Bogen. Either one will hold your camera steady.
     
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    good choice. I have a 3221W that I've used for 5 years.

    tip; while I've never a had a quick release fail, I always have the camera strap around my neck when I'm carrying the tripod, usually on my shoulder.

    just in case.;)
     
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    I have a Vivitar tripod that I bought at Wal-Mart and it works just fine. I paid about $40 for it. It's made of alum. and I've used it for my D70 and also for some camcorder action.
     
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