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Dec 16, 2012 18:31 |  #1

Looking to purchase a new tripod AND head soon, any recommendations? I shoot A LOT of night photography. I shoot automotive mostly and getting into portraits, if that helps your judgement. My budget, I am not really sure yet. hoping not to go crazy but definitely not cheap.

The reason I am getting a new tripod is because I will be upping my body and lens lineup and I figured what is the point of getting the gear if I cannot put it on anything?

For my budget, I am not really sure. Nothing crazy seeing how I am just a hobbyist.

I am not looking to spend over 300 on this. tripod and head. I do need both though. I prefer to stay away from my limit as much as possible but I will go up to it as long as its completely worth it. Like I said, I am just a hobbyist.


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Dec 16, 2012 19:01 |  #2

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http://www.adorama.com​/BG055XPROB.html (external link)

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http://www.markinsamer​ica.com/MA5/Q10.php?re​q=Q10SK (external link)


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Dec 16, 2012 19:07 |  #3

You need to define "nothing crazy". Your crazy might be different than someone else's crazy.

I just bought an Aluminum Induro tripod. http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …lloy_8M_AT413_T​ripod.html (external link)

It's big and tall and heavy and stable. If you have a car to get where you are going, it is a pretty good deal. Not something I would use if you are going to be walking around with it a lot.

For $217, it is a beast.


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Dec 16, 2012 19:10 |  #4

I will spend around UP to 250ish seeing how this will (hopefully) last me for a long time, as I build my body and full lens lineup.


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Dec 16, 2012 19:32 |  #5

There are a lot of tripods out there, that suit different combinations of desirable features and budget. It will be worth your while to read the tripod sticky to try to decide what features are most important to you - this will (from my experience) save you a lot of time.

Oh, and I have 2 good quality tripod setups - home and travel:
* Manfrotto 055cxpro3 with Markins Q10 - excellent all around, but long;
* Sirui T2204X with Sirui K20X - much more compact.


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Dec 16, 2012 20:45 |  #6

dodgyexposure wrote in post #15374940 (external link)
There are a lot of tripods out there, that suit different combinations of desirable features and budget. It will be worth your while to read the tripod sticky to try to decide what features are most important to you - this will (from my experience) save you a lot of time.

Oh, and I have 2 good quality tripod setups - home and travel:
* Manfrotto 055cxpro3 with Markins Q10 - excellent all around, but long;
* Sirui T2204X with Sirui K20X - much more compact.

Looks like I am going to go with http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Aluminum_Tripod​_Legs.html (external link)

I am now looking for a Head, Does anyone have any reccomendations? I shoot Video as well.


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Dec 17, 2012 05:58 as a reply to  @ Keedo's post |  #7

I have and love my Sirui K30x ballhead, but for video you'd better get a decent fluid head.


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Dec 17, 2012 08:59 |  #8

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_3_Way_Pan_Tilt​_Head.html (external link)
How do you guys like this one? Have anything comparable ? Also, can I use this head as a normal tripod? Full use with no drawbacks for night photography?


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Dec 17, 2012 14:35 |  #9

Are you using any kind of grip that mounts on your tripod socket? I''m using the 055XPROB with a 498rc2 head because I can mount my herringbone without attaching yet another plate.

The legs, by the way, are amazing, although quite heavy. For the head, you may want to look into some fluid heads which are designed for video. It looks like they would work for standard still photography as well, although I could be wrong.




  
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Dec 17, 2012 14:40 |  #10

Rashkh wrote in post #15377938 (external link)
Are you using any kind of grip that mounts on your tripod socket? I''m using the 055XPROB with a 498rc2 head because I can mount my herringbone without attaching yet another plate.

The legs, by the way, are amazing, although quite heavy. For the head, you may want to look into some fluid heads which are designed for video. It looks like they would work for standard still photography as well, although I could be wrong.

I do not have a grip, video is not a priority, If a regular ball head is much better than a fluid head I will do so and work with that. I was just curious.


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Dec 17, 2012 14:45 |  #11

If video is not a priority then I would go with a good Pan/tilt head. The one you posted looks pretty good.

Ball heads will not work for video unless you don't plan to move the camera, whereas you'll retain that ability on the pan/tilt, although it may be a bit jerky depending on friction settings, camera weight and lens length (mm).




  
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Dec 17, 2012 14:47 |  #12

Vangaurd 263AT - got it for 147 with rebate around 4 months back - awesome setup and better than the manfrotto 55xprob and the 482 combo


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Dec 17, 2012 15:02 |  #13

http://www.amazon.com …N212I/ref=zg_tr​_3347671_5 (external link)

Apparently this is one of the top rated heads, what do you guys think?


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Dec 17, 2012 16:25 |  #14

http://www.amazon.com …s-Ball-Head/dp/B004QC6VOW (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …54046&is=REG&Q=​&A=details (external link)

http://www.adorama.com …IbX_e65orQCFYYW​MgodHGYAag (external link)

http://www.amazon.com …N212I/ref=zg_tr​_3347671_5 (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …90018&Q=&is=REG​&A=details (external link)

http://www.amazon.com …aces-488RC2/dp/B002UOCWUK (external link)

I have it narrowed down to those, any of those you prefer? or think is better?


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Dec 17, 2012 16:41 as a reply to  @ Keedo's post |  #15

Between the 496 and 498, I'd go with the latter (which is what I have on my 055XPROB). You can pan horizontally without unlocking the ball.

I don't know anything about the others.


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