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04-08-2021, 07:44 PM   #1
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Landscape Tripod

Seems like this has not been discussed for a few years on here.

I'm in the market for a landscape tripod, hopefully for less than $400 (complete with head)???

Here's what I know:

I want to do panos.
I don't want one with a center post.
Good ball head and quick release system.

Just curious if anyone has purchased one in the last few years they like. Maybe I can find a deal on a used one???

TIA!!

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I like the older Tiltall tripod--I have the star D version, the Marchioni version was the original (believe all were gold in color), the star D was about the same time and is the same except mine is black, then Leitz marketed it, and then/now is made in China and not the same quality.

Used likely $50-100 plus another $30-50 for QR.

Comes with three way head that nicely takes a circular QR clamp/plate-- (I like Sunwayfoto DDY-64iL).

Quite sturdy and robust but weighs about 6.5 lb. Even w/o extending the center post it comes to my eye level and I am 5 ft-11 in.
Not sure why you want ball head for panorama, I find it easier to get level with 3 way head. Anyway it comes w/ head and not easily removed.
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Fwiw, I'm a landscape shooter and have had many tripods.
I prefer a 3-way head over a ball head. Even better is a geared head, if you can get along with that.

In your price range, I've got a couple of Manfrotto 329 heads, now discontinued, but amazingly well performing, if you can find anything similar.

Here's a link: https://www.adorama.com/bg329rc4.html?
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My favorite landscape tripod is my Gitzo 1325. Simple, durable, and dont have a center column by default, but one can be added (or you can add a leveling base etc). Newer tripods have come into the system with some bling features, but these things are still (relatively lightweight) tanks, so Id still highly recommend. You can routinely find them for ~300 used for tripod only, giving you plenty of money for a decent used head. I actually only paid like 260 for mine.

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Ranger series - Leofoto

Recommended. Love my LS-284CEX.
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May I suggest you look at Benro. They have tripods that are very sturdy in both aluminum and carbon-fiber and their prices are very reasonable. Benro also has ball heads and 3-way gear heads.

I use a Benro for my panos with an auto pano head and have done one 150 wide and 4 rows in height, so I know there is no problem with flex or movement.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 87Duckfan Quote
Seems like this has not been discussed for a few years on here.

I'm in the market for a landscape tripod, hopefully for less than $400 (complete with head)???

Here's what I know:

I want to do panos.
I don't want one with a center post.
Good ball head and quick release system.

Just curious if anyone has purchased one in the last few years they like. Maybe I can find a deal on a used one???

TIA!!
I recently bought Feisol CT3342 legs without center column. It is a tall tripod. The platform is above eye level. I'm 5.8" and leave the bottom legs retracted some. The killer is, the legs are strong enough to hold a Pentax 645Z, but weigh only 2.5 lbs! I couldn't find anything else so tall, strong, and light weight. They also make an optional leveling bowl. I'm still deciding what to replace my Linhof ball head with.

Unfortunately, the legs consume all of your budget. I have seen one here for sale and others on eBAY that would work. Then sorting what parts to add for panos comes into play.


I love the Feisol.
FEISOL Tournament Tripod CT-3342 Rapid

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I use a Benro TAD28A Series 2 Adventure Aluminum Tripod with the geared head and the short center column. I prefer the flip locks myself. $135 for the tripod, $210 for the head, $30 for the column.


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Tripod review source: Tripod Reviews – The Center Column

All purpose tripod ranking: https://thecentercolumn.com/rankings/all-purpose-tripod-rankings/
Leofoto looks like a bargain.

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The first criteria I look at for a landscape tripod is the weight of it. For me anything that weighs over 4-5 lbs. is out of the question unless I'm shooting fairly close to the car, then more weight is acceptable. However, there are many great landscape shots to be had that require some miles of hiking to get to, and minimizing weight is essential. I currently use a carbon fiber Oben CT 3565 tripod w/BZ-217T ball head that weighs just a little over 3 lbs. and supports up to 20lbs. So far I've not found a situation where I would have needed a heavier tripod.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 87Duckfan Quote
Landscape Tripod
I would tend to suggest perhaps spend more at this stage... as a good tripod and head can be a once in life time investment.

As they say "buy it right once" and you will save money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 87Duckfan Quote
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I'm in the market for a landscape tripod, hopefully for less than $400 (complete with head)???

Here's what I know:

I want to do panos.
Do you want to do panos using a proper pano head, something like a Nodal Ninja Red Door VR Limited UK - Panoramic 360 VR Photography specialists

If yes then you may wish to consider a heavy duty unit to offset any potential to off balance due to moving the camera lens combo to the Nodal Point (entrance pupil). If not and you will just use the rotation around tripod centre then a lighter unit may be OK.

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I don't want one with a center post.
Why not? You do not have to use the centre column and it can offer some useful advantages. Properly locked and in the right conditions it can be very stable when raised to near full height, most can be reversed so you can use your camera at or near ground level, may be put into use as a light stand for flash or continuous.

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Good ball head and quick release system.
My preference for all work is like others have mentioned a three way head. I quite like the Manfrotto 460 MG Head - mine has both the RC2 and Arca Swiss plates. This type may prove to be a better choice for pano work?

Any of the tripods already mentioned will probably do the job nicely for you I use a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 for most work and have found it to be perfectly adequate and stable even with the centre column raised using a Pentax 645z.

I also have another tripod which when I need to travel light will even fit into a small suitcase. It is the Zomei Z669C Z669C Portable Travel Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod Monopod+Ball Head for DSLR Camera 6924073389968 | eBay

When I was first looking for a travel tripod first thoughts went to the Gitzo range in particular the Gitzo GK1545T. At anothers recommendation I turned my eye to the Zomei and spec.for spec. overall the Zomei came out very well. Made of 8 layers carbon fibre, one leg turns into a monopod by adding the centre column and at a quarter of the price of the price of the similar Gitzo I took a chance and bought it. IMHO it is really pretty well made for the price and while not a Gitzo that will last forever (due to spares availability). It does come with a ball head and all I can say as these are not my preference is that it is OK

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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
Fwiw, I'm a landscape shooter and have had many tripods.
I prefer a 3-way head over a ball head. Even better is a geared head, if you can get along with that.

In your price range, I've got a couple of Manfrotto 329 heads, now discontinued, but amazingly well performing, if you can find anything similar.

Here's a link: https://www.adorama.com/bg329rc4.html?
+ 1 I found that a 3 way head works way better for my kind of working style than a ball head (esp multi row panos). Depending on what lens I'm taking along, I choose the tripod that is packed. With normal to medium telephotos - Manfrotto 055CX gets packed; for wide angle lens even a gitzo 1 series is good enough (heck, I've even made panos with the centre extended to its full length); OTOH, if any lens >200mm gets going so does the Gitzo 3 series. The only time I take the Gitzo 5 is when I know that its going to be windy and the 645 300mm needs goes on the K1 for a multi-row pano (>50 frames) ; for long lens I do not bother using a dedicated tripod head, a leveler and the NN M2 is all that gets packed. My theory is - less stuff, less vibration, esp for panos.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
I would tend to suggest perhaps spend more at this stage... as a good tripod and head can be a once in life time investment.

As they say "buy it right once" and you will save money.
Amen !Tripod, Lens and binocularsI might add filters to that at some point, esp if you are doing panos and need ND for the image, a good quality ND is very important.
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