Tripod choice?

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    Seems a decent choice. The QR plate is a definate plus. I have a mix of heads. I would say the pure ball head is probably my least favorite. As its a two hand job to move the camera. I have a grip action, and a couple 3 way heads as well. The quick grip gets used the most. The head is the 3265. Of course its a bit higher in price than your posted limit.
     
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    So what would you recommend, because I could save up.
     
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    If it has 3 legs and can hold your camera, what difference does it make?
     
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    If I were to buy another head. It would be another grip head. I like the 3265. They have the side grip one, but I didn't like it as the grip would be the same side as the shutter release. The vertical grip can be used with the left hand with the right on the shutter.

    Could use a remote release but I wasn't that smart when I was shopping. :mrgreen:
     
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    Ease of use. Trying to follow a bird / animal with a 300 f/2.8 on a tripod, ease of use becomes paramount, or you loose a shot or two.
     
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    If the camera shakes, while on a tripod, because of a slight breeze ...

    Take your camera and the longest lens when you shop for a tripod.
    Attach it to the tripod ... lock the head ... then tap the end of the lens ... see how much it shakes.
     
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    So what legs would you get with that head you mentioned.
     
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    I am particular to Bogen. Knowing there is a budget. This would be the one I would get myself. Has good weight capacity, decent size (not sure if your tall or not). Has the option of mounting the center tube horizontal so if your trying to shoot macro of flowers makes it easier.

    190XPROB Bogen - Manfrotto 190XPROB 3 Section Black Aluminum Pro Tripod Legs (Height 3.15" - 57", Maximum Load 11 lbs)

    I have a Bogen Carbon 1, and a 3021pro in black. The one listed looks to be pretty close to the 3021 but about $100 less than I paid a long while ago. They don't list 3021's on B&H or Adorama anymore. Not sure what it was replaced by.
     
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    The 3021 legs have been replaced with the 055XPROB legs. The maximum height w/o column extended is 55.9" while the 190XPROB legs are only 48" tall. I like having the extra height and the extra 4.5lb load capacity.
     
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    Yeah, that head and legs is a little out of range, is there any other head?
     
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    While I'm not advocating his product choices, the thought process is fundamentally sound. I expect my tripod to last the remainder of my photography life barring an unfortunate accident. I considered it an investment much as I did with lens choices.

    Interesting reading nonetheless by Thom Hogan on tripods.
     

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