Tripod For Nikon D70!

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  1. Wirral Bagpuss

    Wirral Bagpuss TPF Noob!

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    I am the proud owner of a Nikon D70. Can anyone recommend a good tripod to use with it? Am prepared to pay up to £40 max.

    Thanks ! :thumbup:
     
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    Wirral Bagpuss TPF Noob!

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    Cheers for that !! I would hate to think i got myself a tripod and then see my Nikon D70 camera fall to the ground ! :cry: so i wanted to check this out before pressing ahead ! ;)
     
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    If you knock it over, it will fall to the ground - gravity and all that ;)

    If you are worried about stability, it has a hook at the bottom of the centre pole, you can hang a bit of weight on this to increase stability - bag of shopping, small child etc.
     
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    Hahahaaa! :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: Nice one !! :hail:
     
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    I use a very 1970's Velbon which doubles as a handy self-defence weapon. I find that the modern lightweight things are flimsy and prone to shaking in the wind. Also, you put anything over 400mm on the front and they keel over - bad.

    My beast is just like this chappie here:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3325&item=7520122001&rd=1

    "Sturdy" is an understatement - it's damn heavy, ultra-reliable and you don't need to faff about with weights. It won't move, even if you fall over drunk into it (I've tested this)

    Rob
     
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    I bit the bullet and bought a used Gitzo (Reporter model) on eBay. Built like a tank and quite heavy. Attached a ball-head Gitzo (middle size) and I'm good to go. Nothing short of a tornado would blow that over. Many good names to choose from though such as SLIK, Manfrotto, etc. etc.
     
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    yeah, i've never knocked a tripod over but i have had the plate come disconnected while in use. Luckily only damaged the lens. but it still sucked. this is best avoided by being careful
     
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    A guy I agree with... I've only wasted 50 bucks.

    When you have a 1500 camera and a 1500 lens hanging off it, I prefer to support the thing properly.

    http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

    EDIT: Rob - How do you like hiking with that thing? ;)
     
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    It's not as bad as my golf bag!
     
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    Generally look at the way you will use it. If you are shooting sunrises in the field; spend some money to get a deal that is light and super sturdy. You may be able to get away with a less expensive model with night shots and or still life's at home. Shooting a lot of commercial work requires the flexibility of a model with all the bells and whistles.

    A used tripod is not a bad idea. The commercial models are super strong and do not wear out. I would be a little leery of buying a model with out playing with it first. Ease of operation is important. Ease of minor level adjustments is also something to consider. Details like screwing the legs as opposed to a lever lock is important to you. After you buy the tripod I suggest the 23 dollar "sprit level" for your hotshoe. Or a 6 dollar torpedo level. The idea is that since you are taking the time to set up the tripod; why not level the camera? I have found that idea handy for wide shots and commercial work.

    Of course keeping one leg pointed at the subject and under the lens is a good idea.
     

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