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Please help me choose a tripod...thanks

 
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Sep 07, 2012 09:04 |  #1

Picked up a 5D II a few months back and have been taking tons of pictures with it. More than once I've wished that I had a tripod and now I'm done wishing and want to buy. I'm 6'2", the longest lens I expect to use is 70-200 f/2.8L, and I'm not doing this for a living. I've been shooting family portraits and landscapes so far but would like to do some macro as well. Help me spend some money.

Let me know if you need more info on what I intend to do with the tripod.

Thanks,
Mike


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Sep 07, 2012 09:10 |  #2

Budget would be helpful.

Without that, I can happily suggest any of the higher end Feisol or Benro models. Good balance between price and performance (personally I don't really see the need to spend more on gitzo and RSS unless one tends to shoot in hurricanes, during earthquakes, or with the 800mm 5.6L)


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Sep 07, 2012 09:46 |  #3

I personally have been lookin into the feisol ct 3442 tripod as it is a fair price, a good height, carbon fiber, optional center column, optional leveling base, folds small enough, can sit low for my macro, and will last me a while.

Feisol ct 3442 - $399


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Sep 07, 2012 10:10 |  #4

here's a link to a short article by Thom Hogan on tripods/ballheads. IMHO it's worth reading.

http://bythom.com/supp​ort.htm (external link)




  
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Sep 07, 2012 18:10 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #5

Gitzo 2531 mountaineer,and a RRS BH-40. I love mine.




  
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Sep 08, 2012 17:35 |  #6

Check this review of the Feisol 3441T.

You pay for the light weight travel 3441,and the 3442 might be better for you. Feisol makes a great tripod and a great value. They're made in Taiwan, not China, and have a very good warranty and parts replacement policy.

My recommendation, if you decide to buy one, is to get it from the US rep in North Carolina rather than another vendor.


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Sep 08, 2012 19:45 |  #7

I've been happy with this Benro: http://www.amazon.com …1ZLU/ref=ox_ya_​os_product (external link)

It's kind of heavy though at 4.5 pounds but it will get you close to eye-level without raising the center column (I'm 5' 10" and it goes above my eyes when all of the legs are fully extended and center column down)


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Sep 08, 2012 23:49 |  #8

Taking a different approach, I have been happy with my Bogan 3021s for about 30 years. I have retired one (actually broke a leg on a very rough back country horseback ride) and am on my second one. They are now made by Manfrotto and the current model designation is 55XB, I think.

It has aluminum legs so it's a little heavy but solid as a rock. There is a carbon fiber version made also. I use a solidly made Manfrotto ball head with a hexagonal quick release plate with which I am very happy.

This is a less expensive set up than others have suggested. It's pretty basic but very solid. If you want to spend less, take a look at Manfrotto.


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Sep 09, 2012 00:03 |  #9

rgs wrote in post #14966294 (external link)
If you want to spend less, take a look at Manfrotto.

Agreed. I have a couple of Manfrotto tripods, one of which is the 055XPROB.
These tripods are incredibly durable, with both having survived treks through
an abandoned mental hospital, several times. I've knocked them across
steam pipes and metal ladders, many times, and both have held up very well
to the inadvertant abuse I've subjected them to.


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Sep 09, 2012 00:55 |  #10

mcoomer wrote in post #14959301 (external link)
Picked up a 5D II a few months back and have been taking tons of pictures with it. More than once I've wished that I had a tripod and now I'm done wishing and want to buy. I'm 6'2", the longest lens I expect to use is 70-200 f/2.8L, and I'm not doing this for a living. I've been shooting family portraits and landscapes so far but would like to do some macro as well. Help me spend some money.

Let me know if you need more info on what I intend to do with the tripod.

Thanks,
Mike

Gitzo 3532LS you would never need another again.
I got my 3530LSV (now an older model) about 7 years ago, best tripod I have ever used. Still feels brand new, incredibly stable, and quick to deploy.




  
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Sep 09, 2012 09:36 |  #11

Work out your budget.
Now double it.
This is one decision you will never regret.


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Sep 11, 2012 19:00 |  #12

Not to hijack this thread, but RGS mentioned a hexagonal quick release plate. Is quick release good or bad? I want to get into macro, as a matter of fact, this coming Thurs I'm going to buy a Canon 100 f/2.8L lens.

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Sep 11, 2012 19:15 |  #13

Nothing wrong with a good QR plate that fits your camera well, but the hex plate RGS referred to is a bad size for most DSLRs, being a more appropriate size for a medium-format camera. At the low end of reasonable QR plates are Manfrotto's RC2 plates. The high end would be the Really Right Stuff L plates, which let you flip your camera between landscape and portrait orientation without moving the head or losing your framing, and are custom-machined to hug your camera so they can't slip under load.


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Sep 12, 2012 06:11 |  #14

Jon wrote in post #14978624 (external link)
Nothing wrong with a good QR plate that fits your camera well, but the hex plate RGS referred to is a bad size for most DSLRs, being a more appropriate size for a medium-format camera....

Agreed. My hex plates and the heads that go with them are left over from my film days with a Pentax 67 and a 4X5. They are a little big but I'm used to them.


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Sep 12, 2012 06:19 |  #15

rick_reno wrote in post #14959620 (external link)
here's a link to a short article by Thom Hogan on tripods/ballheads. IMHO it's worth reading.

http://bythom.com/supp​ort.htm (external link)

Great article, a must read. I'm probably the poster child for this when it comes to tripods.

I recommend a Gitzo GT2541 or 31 Mountaineer (or now maybe a 42 or 32) with a Markins Q-10 ball head. To me it's the most versital Gitzo, light enough to take with you but sturdy enough to do serious work with. I also bought a GT1542T traveller and a GT3530LS. Ones much lighter and the other really sturdy but the Mountaineer is the more versital IMO.


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