Birthday/Graduation/Finally got my head out of my a$$

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  1. Pure

    Pure TPF Noob!

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    After countless threads that I never should have made on TPF, and a realization that I don't need so much crap, I've finally figured out what I ACTUALLY need. [thanks kuni + a bunch of people for completely shutting me down before I wasted any money.

    I don't need lighting kits, filters, new goodies, etc. What I actually need is....

    A tripod, a monopod, a 50mm/35mm fast prime, and a teleconverter.

    I'm sick and tired of using a table, and books, and whatnot to hold my camera for portraits, light painting, etc. A tripod is a must.

    Much of my shooting is sports and threater shots where a monopod is best.

    I've been doing so many portraits and performances that I've reaized that 18-55mm does not cut it in low light and sharpness.

    I can't exactly be on the field during games, so I need some extra reach.


    TRIPOD + HEAD
    First of all, when you guys use tripods, you lean over, correct? But how much is too much? I need a somewhat tall tripod, but it doesn't need to be able to match my height [6'2"]
    Ballhead vs 3-way?

    I have no idea. Needs to support atleast 80-200mm + gripped D90 + flash + some of my weight, sturdy. Somewhat heavy is fine, not like depleted uranium heavy, but enough to resist wind. Somewhat tall??
    Not sure about a head, the only reason for the ball head would be for portrait orientation.

    MONOPOD
    Looking at these:
    Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging | 681B Monopod (Black) | 681B | B&H
    Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging | 682B Monopod (Black) | 682B | B&H
    Gitzo | G1564 Studex Monopod | G1564 | B&H Photo Video

    FAST PRIME
    50mm
    Nikon | Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens | 1902 | B&H
    Nikon | Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens | 2137 | B&H
    35mm [distortion?? big concern.]
    Nikon | Wide Angle AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens | 1923
    Nikon | AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens | 2183 | B&H Photo Video

    TELECONVERTER
    for sure, unless somebody else can find a better one, that AF's with AF-D [screw]
    Kenko | 1.4x Teleplus Pro 300 DG Teleconverter | K14PRO300DGN
     
  2. FrankLamont

    FrankLamont TPF Noob!

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    Have a check at a Gitzo traveller with Acratech ballhead 2.

    Haven't got it, unfortunately... but there's my future. :D
     
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    haven heard of them fried chicken, will check them out as well[​IMG]
     
  4. FrankLamont

    FrankLamont TPF Noob!

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    What, Gitzo or Acratech?

    I'm just kidding. :)

    But note that a light weight tripod with good ball head (namely carbon fibre body, of course) will be up to $1000. Usually at least $500.
     
  5. Pure

    Pure TPF Noob!

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    anybody?

    thanks for the monopod input, i'll look into it.
     
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    TUX424 TPF Noob!

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    I take you want the teleconverter for the AF-D 80-200 2.8 right.
    Go for the 50 f/1.8 that lens is so much fun, it is my favorite lens that i have ever used, Also if you aren't planning on going to FF any time soon you could save the $100 or so bucks and get the faster new 35 1.8 DX.
    Sorry but that is all the help i have for you, i dont know much when it comes to monopods and tripods just that i am also in the market for the same things.
    To help some other people out how much money do you have to spend on all of this stuff?
     
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    Pure TPF Noob!

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    About $800.

    I was thinking....

    $80-150 Monopod
    $350-500 Tripod
    $130-300 Prime

    Mind you these are just estimates.




    I already have the money for the Kenko TC, so that's not included.
     
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    Pure TPF Noob!

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    Do you guy think a ballhead or a 3way head would be better?
     
  9. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Kind of a personal preference thing there...

    I like the pan/tilt heads (3 way), but lots of people like the ball heads too.

    Pan/tilt is better if you only want to move on one axis at a time (or two, I usually keep the pan knob loose), ball is better if you don't care about that.
     
  10. Patrice

    Patrice No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I use 3 way on tripod and ball on monopod. I take grips off when using either monopod or tripod - why add flex when you don't need to. Monopod and tripod as well as heads are all manfrotto, expensive, and about 15 years old.
     

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