Birdmanc wrote in post #3728205
I am looking at getting a new tripod. So far I have selected the Manfrotto 3021N Classic Tripod with the 804rc2 Pan Tilt head. $208.00 US for the set.
I have two things I need to consider. First, I want a Stable, well built tripod. I have a light weight that just doesn't work well for me. Second, is that I'm 6'3" so I need one that is at least 66" and is stable at full extension.
As for pan tilt vs ball head I haven't used a ball head so what are pro's and con's?
Please, share your knowledge.
I am not sure of your budget, however, I have found that the really stable tripods begin around $300 and are usually of the carbon fiber type to reduce weight. You can always upgrade your ballhead, but I would get the most sturdy, tallest tripod you can afford so as to avoid having to upgrade later as your equipment gets heavier. I had a manfrotto classic tripod that cost around $125 at the local photo place and it was pretty good for awhile, but when I wanted a stable platform for my 30D with 70-200 with no "ball creep" in the ballhead from steep angle setups, my current setup is the way I went (see siggy below). Additionally, the more expensive tripods generally can allow you to tilt your camera with the center post into an horizontal position for macro and other photography that may require the camera to point straight down.
Just a few thoughts...