newfotomd wrote in post #15969707
I have been looking into different tripods right now and through the threads here, but I still do not know what I should really be looking for. With my current heaviest possible setup (7D, 70-200 2.8 IS, 600ex-rt), what tripod out there for around $100-$150 would any of you suggest? I've been told to gear more towards Manfrotto, but a lot of the carbon fiber that I saw was well above my price range. Any suggestions at all would be of great help. My main realm of shooting right now for a tripod is outdoors with portraits and wildlife. For sports I don't bother with a monopod, and hand shoot. Thank you to anyone in advance!
It never ceases to amaze me why folks are willing to spend about $1500 on a camera and $2500 dollars on a lens and yet they want to try and hang all this off a $100-$150 tripod. I would think that you should be willing to spend at least 10 to 20% of this ($4000) on a decent tripod and head. After all, a tripod and head will last a lot a lot longer than your camera. You will probably replace the 7D in the next 5 years or so. I would suggest that you want to increase your budget to at least $500, if not more. I have had 3 digital cameras in the past 7 or 8 years and yet I still have the same Manfrotto tripod and head - 190CXPRO3 tripod and the 468MGRC0 head. If you do this, increase your budget, then a whole new world opens up to you. I am not trying to be a smart A$$ or anything, it is just that I have seen too many stories of folks buying an el cheapo tripod and head, only to replace it in a few years because it just "doesn't do what I want I to do" - head slips under load, tripod is unstable at certain times, etc., etc.
You could look at the Sirui equipment that has been suggested. I would also suggest that you look at Feisol equipment. As well, there is also the used market, although the good stuff will still cost you. Increasing your budget also opens up more of the Manfrotto line, as well as that of other manufacturers such as Induro, Benro, Vanguard and Slik to name a few. A tripod is an investment in support of your equipment (literally) and your hobby.