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07-10-2016, 01:26 PM   #1
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Tripod advice.

Hi folks--I can't believe that I went all these years without a decent tripod.I have a tripod that I've had for many years but now I'm looking for something real decent in the $200-$300 range.Looking forward to help.---charliezap.

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Im not expert in thesr things but what kind of "needs" you have? Macro, lightweight, solid&sturdy heavy tripod, tall, travel, 3-4-5 section? There just too many variety out there and many dont go exactly to anybody needs.

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My quick rule of thumb has always been, the heavy the better and the least number of leg sections, both add to stability.

But then I've been using the same one now for some 26 plus years.

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My needs are simple. I have good gear but my tripod is basically a "K-Mart" special that I have had for years so just about ANYTHING would be a mega improvement.--charliezap

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There really are a lot of points to consider - I learned last year when I decided I wanted to ditch my clunky $25 tripod. I knew I wanted a ballhead, but that's all I started with. After considering my options I chose light and small (Sirui t-025x) for the portability and ease-of-carrying, my ultimate decision based on the fact that no tripod does me any good if I'm not willing and able to carry it around. Do I sometimes wish it was taller? Yes. Do I sometimes wish it had fewer leg segments to mess with? Yes. Does it do tripod stuff in a satisfactory way? Absolutely.

What MUST you have and what are you willing to put up with? Will you want to carry it with you everywhere? Are you taking landscapes? night skies? studio shots? video? Long lenses or wide? Are you going to be generally on level ground, or do you go hiking on rough terrain?
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new or used?

I bought a used Manfrotto 3021BN from another member here on PF, and a used Manfrotto 410 Junior head and they both are exactly what I need...
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There is a good selection to choose from right here !!!


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I have a Manfrotto 190XPro3 with their stock ballhead. It's in your price range and can do most anything.
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I have the Sirui EN-2004 tripod and the Sirui K-20X ball head I use on it. They are well built, stylish looking, and work great with my K-3II/Sigma 150-500 and K-5IIS/Pentax 16-85. Shortcuts to both products are below.

https://www.amazon.com/Sirui-EN-2004-Aluminum-Tripod-Monopod/dp/B00IKHRRFG?i...roduct_details

https://www.amazon.com/Sirui-K-20X-Ball-Head/dp/B004QC3COO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF...ds=Sirui+k-20x
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QuoteOriginally posted by charliezap Quote
Hi folks--I can't believe that I went all these years without a decent tripod.I have a tripod that I've had for many years but now I'm looking for something real decent in the $200-$300 range.Looking forward to help.---charliezap.
I have two tripods, the main one is a Gitzo Mountaineer; not cheap but they don't come any better. I also have a very compact travel tripod when I am travelling light. However since replacing my aluminum Manfretto with the Gitzo, I haven't used the travel tripod much. Also consider a good ball head, I was with a local camera club outing and noticed many with cheaper heads were having problems with longer lenses particularly.
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An aside to my query I have this old boy. I bought this at a yard sale 10 years ago and I believe that it is around 1940 vintage.I don't use it for anything but just thought that I would include it in my thread. I wonder how it would look with a new head when I do get a new tripod. Thanks to all for the info so far.--charliezap
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wow, I'm loving that old tripod....
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I use a Calumet Tripod that I picked up on craigslist for $30, and a Manfrotto #3047 Head. https://www.calphoto.co.uk/product/Calumet-7500-Tripod/CK7500 Tripod is fairly cheap and really well built.
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QuoteOriginally posted by charliezap Quote
My needs are simple. I have good gear but my tripod is basically a "K-Mart" special that I have had for years so just about ANYTHING would be a mega improvement.
There are still questions to be answered. As severalsnakes said, do you plan on carrying the tripod everywhere? Is sturdiness more or less important than weight? Long exposures or not? Low, to the ground macro? Are you tall? Are your lenses heavy? Do you often do panning? Or just family portraits with the photographer included?

These will drive the recommendations. Otherwise, you'll get answers like "I use brand X tripod and I think you should too"...
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Thinking of this one.

I went to my local photo store with my camera and tried this unit out.I'm leaning to getting this one from Adorama. Yea or Nay?---charliezap.
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