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Jul 15, 2013 21:50 |  #1
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Hi,

What does everyone recommend for a tripod (a high quality one) that'd go with 5d3/1dx + 300 2.8 II (or 70-200 IS II)? I need something that is sensitive, easy to use, and not so heavy. That being said, I don't want to spend an arm and a leg!:)




  
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Jul 15, 2013 22:32 |  #2

I recently bought a Vanguard Tracker 1 tripod.
Can't speak highly enough of it.
Sturdy as anything, well made and easy to use - have used it with a 1 Series body and 300/2.8 with no issues.
http://www.vanguardwor​ld.com …deo/detail-1-4-14-79.html (external link)


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Jul 15, 2013 23:05 |  #3

I did this. I have been here before. Ultimately, you will do whatever you want but "I don't want to spend an arm and a leg." has proven very costly to me and many others before you.
Save up. Save as long as you need to...and then, spend the big money once.
You will be so happy you did and you can hold your head high as you walk over the graveyard of empty wallets that went before you knowing that you only did this one time.
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Jul 15, 2013 23:30 |  #4
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Luta13 wrote in post #16123985 (external link)
I did this. I have been here before. Ultimately, you will do whatever you want but "I don't want to spend an arm and a leg." has proven very costly to me and many others before you.
Save up. Save as long as you need to...and then, spend the big money once.
You will be so happy you did and you can hold your head high as you walk over the graveyard of empty wallets that went before you knowing that you only did this one time.
...Carbon Fiber: Gitzo, Manfrotto, Really Right Stuff...
Do it once. Thank me later

So which one then?




  
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Jul 15, 2013 23:42 |  #5

TopGear3 wrote in post #16123805 (external link)
Hi,

What does everyone recommend for a tripod (a high quality one) that'd go with 5d3/1dx + 300 2.8 II (or 70-200 IS II)? I need something that is sensitive, easy to use, and not so heavy. That being said, I don't want to spend an arm and a leg!:)

Based on what you have have it would not make any sense to buy cheapest tripod you will get tons of vibration and crappy images from a cheap tripod and ballhead setup. The minimum cost would be at least $1000 for quality carbon fiber tripod and ballhead.

With 300mm 2.8

RSS TVC-33 Tripod + BH-55 LR Ballhead

http://reallyrightstuf​f.com …-BH-55-LR-Ballhead&key=it (external link)

With 70-200 2.8 and 5DII

I have Gitzo 2531 with Markin TB-21 base and Markins Q10 ballhead cost around $1000


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Jul 16, 2013 00:18 as a reply to  @ snoop99's post |  #6

If you are looking for quality to handle your expensive gear but want to save some money, take a look at a Feisol tripod and a Photoclam ball head. I was about to spend $1K when a photog friend of mine mentioned this setup. I went for the Feisol 3471 and the Photo Clam PC-44. It holds my 5D3, 100-400mm,TC and 580EX with confidence. There are lots of options...just sharing my experience.




  
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Jul 16, 2013 01:08 |  #7

+1 for Feisol. Nothing but good things to say about them.


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Jul 16, 2013 02:27 |  #8
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My Induro tripod and gimbal head work great. I don't put a heavy load on it, but I'm sure it would handle it. I paid about $750 for the combo.


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Jul 16, 2013 08:10 |  #9
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snoop99 wrote in post #16124038 (external link)
Based on what you have have it would not make any sense to buy cheapest tripod you will get tons of vibration and crappy images from a cheap tripod and ballhead setup. The minimum cost would be at least $1000 for quality carbon fiber tripod and ballhead.

With 300mm 2.8

RSS TVC-33 Tripod + BH-55 LR Ballhead

http://reallyrightstuf​f.com …-BH-55-LR-Ballhead&key=it (external link)

With 70-200 2.8 and 5DII

I have Gitzo 2531 with Markin TB-21 base and Markins Q10 ballhead cost around $1000

$1,300 for a tripod!?!!!!!:) What is so special about it? Is it because it says:

"Tripod 100%
MADE IN THE USA
Down to the smallest screw."

Usually things that are made here cost a lot. Or does it have a feature that I'm missing that makes it very expensive?




  
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Jul 16, 2013 08:33 |  #10

Easiest to use tripod, bar none is Manfrotto Neotec. Not CF, however.


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Jul 16, 2013 08:47 |  #11

I plan to get the following:
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=zmenklsAZX8 (external link)

Manfrotto 055XProB with 496RC2 Ballhead.
It can carry 6Kg, that should be enough for most cameras and lenses.

And its not that expensive.


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Jul 16, 2013 09:40 |  #12

NemethR wrote in post #16124774 (external link)
I plan to get the following:
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=zmenklsAZX8 (external link)

Manfrotto 055XProB with 496RC2 Ballhead.
It can carry 6Kg, that should be enough for most cameras and lenses.

And its not that expensive.

I agree with the tripod choice, but the 498RC2 is a much better choice for all-round still photography. It's not only sturdier than the 496, but it has a separate clamp that, when released, allows the head to be rotated (panned) sideways without releasing the ball. This feature can be extremely useful. I use the same feature on my 488RC2 (the predecessor to the 498RC2) quite frequently.

In addition, the weight limit specs on tripods and tripod heads really has no meaning when it comes to choosing a tripod that will hold a camera/lens steady. There is no standard test for the weight limit spec, so various manufacturers invent their own test, making the results meaningless when comparing different products.

In addition, there is no standard test to show how rigid a tripod is. The only way to test a tripod/head combination against another is actually handling the two under the same conditions and inducing vibration while looking at how quickly the vibration is dampened out.


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Jul 16, 2013 09:41 |  #13

NemethR wrote in post #16124774 (external link)
I plan to get the following:
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=zmenklsAZX8 (external link)

Manfrotto 055XProB with 496RC2 Ballhead.
It can carry 6Kg, that should be enough for most cameras and lenses.

And its not that expensive.

That is a good tripod, yes. However, it is on the heavy side which the OP does not want.


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Jul 16, 2013 09:45 |  #14

Sirrith wrote in post #16124918 (external link)
That is a good tripod, yes. However, it is on the heavy side which the OP does not want.

When carried across the back with a good wide strap, that tripod rig isn't too tough to carry in the field.


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Jul 16, 2013 09:45 |  #15

Sirrith wrote in post #16124918 (external link)
That is a good tripod, yes. However, it is on the heavy side which the OP does not want.

i agree with tom, the 055 is great for the money, but heavy and long when folded.


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