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Do you regret your Tripod purchase?

 
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Apr 20, 2010 19:16 |  #31

I was going to buy the manfrotto 055xprob+498 ball head... but it would cost me around $200++. I thought, I usually only use my tripod for landscape work and the heaviest I would use it on now is with my 500D gripped + tamron 18-270 and maybe next time a full frame camera with 1 ultrawide lens..

how heavy could it be ? so I decided to look for an alternative and got myself an enduro A500ex + BH-01 ballhead or around $80 rated at 6kg.
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I am guessing a 5D MKII or D700 + the brick or 70-200mm f/2.8 would be around 3kg max. right? so I have plenty to spare hehe so far haven't regretted my tripod purchase... :)


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Apr 20, 2010 19:39 |  #32

This is a great thread. I am contemplating whether or not if I should buy a Gitzo 2541. Currently I've been using my Dad's tripod. It's a piece of junk. With my tax return coming, I am looking at getting a nice one, and Gitzo has been on the top of my list. I think this thread is going to help in my decision.

I thinking of Gitzo 2541 + Manfrotto 498RC2 for now. Then get a monopod and swap the 498RC2 for a Markins M10, while the 498RC2 goes with the Monopod.


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Apr 20, 2010 21:28 as a reply to  @ keitaro's post |  #33

I just never thought I'd even be considering dropping the $600 that it will cost for the new Feisol 3441T w photo clam head. Again, not interested in which Tripod is better and why. Many other threads on that topic. More interested in the rationales for forking over this much and you're not a professional. I really do think there are 3 types of photography that has sucked me into this hobby:
1) Ability to take shots (many!) Of my family that'll endure several generations
2)Landscape work as I love nature
3) Pictures of beautiful churches - inside and out

Right now given my kids are so young, most of my pics fall into category number 1. In time, I can really see myself throwing myself into category 2 as a nice escape from the corporate world where I spend each working day.

Anyway, I just keep wavering. If I buy a tripod, I want it to satisfy all current and future needs and definitely don't want to end up buying multiple and learn the lesson the hard way... But 600 bones is A LOT of money, you know? Especially for an amateur like me. Hmm...




  
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Apr 20, 2010 21:32 |  #34

$800 on a Velbon with carbon legs.
Never a backward glance or regret. A tripod is a forever investment.
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Apr 20, 2010 21:43 as a reply to  @ post 10033143 |  #35

Not at all ... I got a Gitzo GT0530 setup for hiking use and with markins Q3 its tips the scales at 2.5 lbs. Just purchased the new Gitzo Basalt GT2830 series for better support with my 400mm lens and I'm way impressed with it; very solid build, under 3.5 lbs (less head), new twist lock legs are a dream to use.

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Apr 20, 2010 21:44 |  #36

One other aspect related to investing in a suitable set of sticks and a reliable head is not having to worry about having to replace gear damaged due to the collapse of the cheap alternative.


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Apr 20, 2010 22:07 |  #37

I dont use a tripod everytime I shoot nor do I make money off shooting so I do not regret purchasing my tripod. I do however regret getting a cheaper ($60) ballhead and not purchasing an Arca-Swiss style head




  
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Apr 20, 2010 22:15 |  #38
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rklepper wrote in post #10033572 (external link)
I have close to $1000 into my setup and think it was worth every penny. As an example I had a larger Feisol (a great tripod) but I had gone out of town on trips and it stayed home, unless I drove. Just got back from 8 days in San Francisco and the new one went with. I carried it with me on day trips. I think that speaks volumes.

My $450 setup ( Feisol and Markins ) goes with me everywhere I go. Didn't have to spend $1000 for one that is light and stable.




  
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Apr 20, 2010 22:48 |  #39
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I don't regret it at all. I bought a Gitzo 1541T and Markins ballhead. At the time I also thought I might be crazy, but it's so much lighter and smaller than the Manfrotto I had before. This tripod will last me forever I hope.


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Apr 20, 2010 23:13 |  #40

I found my Gitzo 1348 MKII with RRS BH-55 for $550 on craigslist, wouldn't regret it if I payed full price. Rock solid system, easy to work with. If there was anything else I wanted it would be the same setup only at half the weight. I suppose that's why Gitzo makes the GT1541T.


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Apr 20, 2010 23:17 |  #41

I do. I bought a cheap 60 buck tripod. Although I barely use it, it is barely usable itself.

I don't know if I could justify spending U$D 500 on a tripod now, but I certainly would not spend again on a tripod that isn't good.

I'm about to buy a monopod which I hope lasts as long as my desire to take photographs. I'm planning on getting a Benro MC-91EX.


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Apr 20, 2010 23:52 |  #42

On a side note, could you measure the diameter of the smallest leg? I'm considering this tripod for travel purposes.

Tsmith wrote in post #10034368 (external link)
Not at all ... I got a Gitzo GT0530 setup for hiking use and with markins Q3 its tips the scales at 2.5 lbs. Just purchased the new Gitzo Basalt GT2830 series for better support with my 400mm lens and I'm way impressed with it; very solid build, under 3.5 lbs (less head), new twist lock legs are a dream to use.

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Apr 21, 2010 00:10 |  #43

I have a friend, who was shooting on a bunch of rocks with me. His tripod nearly took out his 30D w/ 24-70L attached. I think us as a group (my friends and I) are going to look into getting new tripods. Well I can't speak for them, but for me it is a definitely must.


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Apr 21, 2010 03:23 |  #44

i kind of regret my purchase. i have one of those tiny feisol CF traveler tripods that weighs 2 lbs. i figured i'd buy a larger tripod for when i want super sturdy. i bought a CF 3-section benro that weighs 3 lbs.

now, with such a small difference in weight, it doesn't seem right to me to keep both. the 3-section is even too tall for me. i'm thinking of just getting a 4-section CF tripod, giving up a few ounces, and having a happy medium.


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Apr 21, 2010 05:32 |  #45

Barso23 wrote in post #10032635 (external link)
Ok, sort of a different question targeted to those that have purchased a Tripod and spent over $500.

I'm going back and forth in my mind on the merits of spending over $500 for a tripod/head. Do I shoot a ton? No. Do I really enjoy the hobby? Yes. Do I see myself becoming progressively more and more interested in this? Yes.

Current setup is Canon 50d, 24-105, 10-22, and 85 1.8.

Anyone out there spend way more on a tripod than they ever thought they would? Now, after having the tripod, do you have any regrets? Honestly.

Thx,

Don

I saved and researched prior to buying a "quality" tripod that would be reliable and go the distance, so to speak. I have absolutely no regrets on the purchase. ;)


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