Tripod Advice

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  1. Jose Saenz

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    Hi all!

    When I first got my XSI I bought one of the best tripods available at Circuit City to go with it. It served its purpose at the time. Since then however, I have upgraded my kit, purchasing an amazing 24-70mm canon lens. Now I have a problem though. That tripod that I had thought to be a good tripod, can no longer sustain my camera equipment.

    My question is, what tripod setup do you guys recommend I buy...in the $300-400 price range that can sustain a lot of weight.

    I would appreciate any advice you guys can give me!

    Jose S.
     
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    Manfrotto, Gitzo, slik etc, make professional grade tripods, these are usually very stable and pretty heavy. H
     
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    Here is one with sweet legs :lol:

    Maybe wrap your head around this... more specs here.

    $429 bucks... but a sweet ride :lmao:

    -Shea
     
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    thanks for sharing your tripod... i got an idea now.
     
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    I had the same problem and bought a SLIK 300DX. Very sturdy and not that expensive. $109.95 at B&H Photo and you get a free tripod bag with it. I use it for 35mm, digital, medium format and sometimes for 4x5 caameras.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/104984-REG/Slik_615_310_Able_300DX_Tripod.html

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  7. Jose Saenz

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    Wow! That helps a bunch. Thanks so much everyone...this will definitely give me something to think about.

    -Jose S.
     
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    I have a Manfrotto 055XPROB with a [FONT=&quot]322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead. It's solid as a rock. I think the compo was a little over $300.
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    I own the SLIK 300DX and CAN NOT suggest this tripod, unless you don't mind the slow deploying threaded bolt style of leg locks :thumbdown: & 7lbs heft. I will probably give the thing away when I sell my 40D. Not bad for the price, but..

    -Shea
     
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    Any good camera shop will let you try the tripod before you buy, so try it with your heaviest lens and all that. If it wobbles it is not good.
     
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    I agree that the leg locks are a pain, but you can also get quick lock lever type legs on similiar SLIK models like the 330DX for the same price. I was suggesting SLIK because they are very sturdy tripods and are reasonably priced.
     
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    I have the 055xprob or whatever too... very happy with it.
     

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