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Looking to buy my first real tripod.

 
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Jun 28, 2015 13:57 |  #1

I am looking to buy my first real tripod (if you don't count the $20 walmart special from 15 years ago). I have a budget of $300ish and I am 5' 9". I have a 7dII with a 24-105 now but hope to add some bigger (100-400) lens later on but I think a stable tripod should be next on the list of gear to buy. Here is what I was looking at Induro AT214 with Sirui K-30x. What do you think? Thanks for helping a newbie make a decision.




  
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Jun 29, 2015 07:37 |  #2

I have the Induro CT214 with the K-30x and it works well for me. It holds the 5D3 with 70-200 2.8 fine. I went with the carbon fiber for a little less weight so I can take it hiking.


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Jun 29, 2015 16:32 |  #3

No experience with Induro, but I've had the K-30x for ~6 months or so. It's a very solid ballhead and I think it's wearing the price/performance crown right now. Highly recommended by myself and many others in this forum.




  
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Jun 29, 2015 17:24 |  #4

Without knowing what you'll use it for the most, I'll just say that I have light ones & heavy ones, but the one that I've taken all over the US is the Tiltall. I bought it in 1965 & it's never given up. I do suggest that you get a quick release for the camera.
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Jun 29, 2015 17:54 |  #5

The Sirui K-30X is great value for money and the Induro AT214 is essentially a gussied-up Benro A2580T selling for less that the Benro sells for. I have a feeling Benro are phasing out their aluminum tripods so the Induro ones may disappear soon too. The Benro & Induro aluminum tripods are not that much heavier than their carbon fiber equivalents so you have an advantage over other manufacturers in the weight department. I say go for it! :-)


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Jun 29, 2015 18:25 |  #6

That's a solid kit. If you can afford it step up to CF.


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Jun 29, 2015 18:33 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #7

I remember being a young photographer wanting a Tiltall tripod and thinking they were very professional.


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Jun 29, 2015 21:01 |  #8

Thanks for all the replies. Unfortunately the budget won't allow for the carbon fiber version FarmerTed. So I went for it. It should be here mid week. I will try to reply with an update after it comes in. Thanks again




  
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Jul 07, 2015 05:10 |  #9

I had the same budget, and I chose a long time choosing
My choice - Manfrotto 055XPROB (now MT055XPRO3 (external link)) + head 808RC4 (external link)
Perfect for my Nikon D800E + tilt / shift 85PC (old heavy version - 850g), for 7D + 100-400, he also is perfect.
The tripod has a very important function - "horizontal column"
On B&H this kit is available for $ 369




  
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Jul 07, 2015 11:18 |  #10

That is the exact setup I opted for. I was looking for quality vs. value and after reading countless reviews on gear, I felt that the Induro and Sirui combo gave me the best bang for the buck for my needs.
I'm very pleased with both. Enjoy your new gear!


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Jul 08, 2015 14:51 |  #11

softboxgrid wrote in post #17623424 (external link)
I had the same budget, and I chose a long time choosing
My choice - Manfrotto 055XPROB (now MT055XPRO3 (external link)) + head 808RC4 (external link)
Perfect for my Nikon D800E + tilt / shift 85PC (old heavy version - 850g), for 7D + 100-400, he also is perfect.
The tripod has a very important function - "horizontal column"
On B&H this kit is available for $ 369

I am not a fan of Manfrotto's quick release system for their heads. The Arca Swiss system is more solid and easier to use, IMO. My first tripod was a Manfrotto, and I quickly grew to dislike the QR system.


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Jul 13, 2015 20:36 |  #12

I know it has been a little while, but I have had a chance to use the set up now. Wow, this is so much better than anything I have used in the past. The tripod (Induro AT214) is very stable and big. I am 5'9" and have no trouble setting it up high enough to be above head high for shots like fireworks. The Sirui K-30X is a great ball head. I am still trying to get use to using it, but it is very smooth and locks solid. All in all it is a great set-up for under $300. These are a couple of low light shots for reference. Thanks again for the replies.


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Jul 15, 2015 19:05 as a reply to  @ Fletcher407's post |  #13

Great! That rig should last you a long time - glad you're enjoying it.


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