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Tripods - What's the best?

 
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Jul 12, 2007 09:38 |  #61

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Thats why It was rephrase to what do YOU think is the best? or what do YOU use and does it work for YOUR application?


What I think is the best is obviously what I bought - I bought it because after a LOT of research I thought it was the best: i.e. gitzo G1257 with RRS BH-40 head. It is CF, twist locks, which I prefer, light enough to actually carry all day witout making it a chore to carry, and sturdy enough for most jobs, including in a bit of a breeze and any lens I currently have (200mm longest)

Cons, bit of a faff to get very low to the ground. geared would be better if you can take the extra wheight

For travel I might go for the traveller but more likely if I ws going to bother wita tripod I'd take the one I have


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Jul 13, 2007 07:47 |  #62

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I have looked at the Gitzo stuff, but it's a bit too pricey for my taste, and the carbon fibre Manfrottos, while heavier than Gitzo, aren't THAT heavy! :)

Oh man! Famous last words... I've looked at Gitzo again, and just ordered the GT-2530. That'll teach me to keep my mouth shut! :D


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Jul 13, 2007 08:05 |  #63

Rudi wrote in post #3537213 (external link)
Oh man! Famous last words... I've looked at Gitzo again, and just ordered the GT-2530. That'll teach me to keep my mouth shut! :D

An excellent choice. The thing will last you a lifetime and it is a terrific tripod - very light and excellent vibration damping characteristics.

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Jul 13, 2007 09:14 |  #64

Rudi wrote in post #3537213 (external link)
Oh man! Famous last words... I've looked at Gitzo again, and just ordered the GT-2530. That'll teach me to keep my mouth shut! :D

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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An excellent choice. The thing will last you a lifetime and it is a terrific tripod - very light and excellent vibration damping characteristics.

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agree - good choice ;) :D


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Jul 13, 2007 19:37 |  #65

Thanks! I've researched this to bits, and the Gitzo was the best-specced tripod for my current and future use, so I decided to spend the money. I know it will last forever, my Manfrotto tripods are all still with me. :)


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Jul 16, 2007 13:54 |  #66

I agree you chose a great set of legs. IMO, Gitzo is the "best" money can buy, but it's almost certainly not the best "value." Things that are the best of anything are almost never the best "value". After using my Gitzo for just one week, I'm really convinced they are the best you can buy if money isn't a huge constraint.

OP, What head are you going to use?


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Jul 16, 2007 15:43 |  #67

SunTsu wrote in post #3555330 (external link)
OP, What head are you going to use?

check out the RRS (external link) heads BTW;) :D


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Jun 24, 2008 00:17 |  #68

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"Best" has a lot to do with Personal prefrence as well...

I use a...
Tripod: Bogen 3021BPro + 488RC2 Head,
Monopod: Bogen 679B + 486RC2 Head,

Hi,
Curious why you don't use the 488RC2 on the monopod.
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Jun 24, 2008 02:36 |  #69

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Hi, Curious why you don't use the 488RC2 on the monopod.Thanks.

There is no need for the panning feature of the 488RC2 when used on a monopod. The 486RC2 works well on a monopod and is also lighter than the 488RC2.


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Jun 24, 2008 11:07 |  #70

SunTsu wrote in post #3555330 (external link)
I agree you chose a great set of legs. IMO, Gitzo is the "best" money can buy, but it's almost certainly not the best "value." Things that are the best of anything are almost never the best "value". After using my Gitzo for just one week, I'm really convinced they are the best you can buy if money isn't a huge constraint.

OP, What head are you going to use?

Well that all depends on what you define as value -

Buying a tripod that you will never need to replace? A tripod that has a higher content of CF (good damping) vs Epoxy?

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Jun 25, 2008 23:06 |  #71

Hi,
I'm looking for a light weight tripod for hiking and travel, and I think I have narrowed it down to the Manfrotto
190XPROB
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …B_Tripod_Legs_B​lack_.html (external link)

and the Giottos GB2138
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …2138_Pro_Lava_T​ripod.html (external link)

Wanted something lightweight, and not too pricey. Looking at the Bogen 488RC2 head for both. From the specs, it looks like both would have enough load capacity for my SLR and 100-300 lens. Concerns I have are twist vs flip leg locks (most hikes in desert setting-sand?) and overall quality. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Should I keep on looking?
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Jun 25, 2008 23:14 |  #72

What's lightweight and what's pricey?

The problem is that if you are looking for hiking level lightweight you are going to spend some coin. The cost goes up dramatically with lower weight. You can get light, cheap and stable tripods - pick any two but you can't get all three.

Also, load capacity matters less (and is basically a worthless spec for comparison) than the max focal length (magnifies vibration).

Either type of locks work ok in sand but you will need to be somewhat careful (not a lot, just cognizant of the problem) either way. Also, all locks are not created equally - flips or twist on the cheaper models are not as good.

Some reading:
http://bythom.com/supp​ort.htm (external link)
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/t​ripods_&_heads.shtml (external link)
http://markins.com/cha​rlie/report4e6.pdf (external link)
http://www.prophotohom​e.com …php?userid=3425​2&entry=62 (external link)
http://www.prophotohom​e.com …php?userid=3425​2&entry=55 (external link)

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Jun 25, 2008 23:49 |  #73

SunTsu wrote in post #3555330 (external link)
I agree you chose a great set of legs. IMO, Gitzo is the "best" money can buy, but it's almost certainly not the best "value." Things that are the best of anything are almost never the best "value". After using my Gitzo for just one week...

And after using tripods for 5 years, you'll become convinced that gitzo has the best value for the price and not the chinese knockoffs.

Just like the value of leica isn't felt during the first week of use as compared to some ricoh rangefinder. It's the years of service that distinguish things of "value" from others.


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Jun 26, 2008 20:45 |  #74

Hi,
Thanks for the note and sites. I am looking for legs 4 pounds or less and $200 or less.




  
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Jun 26, 2008 20:53 |  #75

travelbuds wrote in post #5799673 (external link)
Hi,
Thanks for the note and sites. I am looking for legs 4 pounds or less and $200 or less.

You are going to have a very limited selection to choose from. light and cheap means probably not stable. $200 is pretty cheap for light legs.

Check out http://www.feisol.com (external link). They might work for you, I'm not sure of pricing but I think they were close to that.

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