Did I buy the wrong tripod?

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  1. CraniumDesigns

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    I'm a newbie to photography. I bought this...

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-785SHB-Modo-Photo-Video-Tripod/dp/B000FABL7Q/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1236030640&sr=8-2]Amazon.com: Manfrotto 785SHB Modo Mini Photo-Video Grip Head Tripod: Electronics[/ame]

    But I don't think it's meant to accomdate a DSLR. The camera fits on it fine and it seems to fit ok, but I just took it out of the box. It's very sturdy still. Will this be ok? Or should I return it and get one that can support more weight?
     
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    Nevermind. I think it's fine. My camera only weights 17-18 ounces, and this thing can handle 2.2 lbs. Just the diagram on the thing doesnt recommend it for SLR use. Whatever.
     
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    A sturdy tripod can make a world of a difference. For instance, if it is not that strong and isnt recommended for use with a larger camera, pressing the shutter release could give it a little bit of a shake, thus giving you a blurry photo. Or an uneven piece of the ground could cause it to be a little bit wobboly. Or wind!

    Manfroto tripods are like gorillas. They can handle their own, but if you have a D-SLR that fetches over $1000 for the body or even higher than that, its a worth while investment to get a sturdy tripod to protect your main investment.
     
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    it's just the Rebel XS. $500 camera. i'm just starting out with all beginner equpiment. i'll start spending the big bucks if i really get into it, like i think i am.
     
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    Yea I didnt read the obvious part that said what camera you have in your signature. But I was just offering my philosophy.
     
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    neato. thanks :)
     
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    I have that tripod but I'm planning to get a better one. This one is pretty good. I don't get the maximum weight thing. Will it collapse or something? lol One tip, don't use it in very windy conditions next to water. Almost lost my camera like that. lol
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    My guess would be if you were to try and put a camera at an angle and hold it there if it were over the max weight it may not hold the angle you desire.
     
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    It can't hold my D90 and 70-200. It will collapse, sink or tip over. That is why I am getting a new gitzo.
     
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    The main thing will be things like the strength of the controls for the pan/tilt etc.

    These are important for long exposures and to prevent the camera moving when you depress the shutter ( although a remote release handles the latter) especially when you have a long lens.

    Longer lenses will have a greater tendancy to cause the 'aim' to drift down.
     
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    to prevent pushing the button from affecting it, couldnt u just put it on a 2 second timer delay?
     

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