TRIPOD HELP

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  1. LEONT

    LEONT TPF Noob!

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    Hey all,

    I am looking for a all-around tripod.
    For Still-Photography and Video Footage.
    I had looked into some Manfrotto tripods

    need some people to chime in and let me know from 1st hand experience

    thanks!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's hard to go wrong with Manfrotto. Highly recommended.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    So, what have you already looked at?
     
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    You need to have a budget and the weight of the equipment you need to put on it. There is alot of used stuff on ebay that is perfectly reasonable (like the Bogen 3021 that I bought for much less than half new price) ... You can be frugal or can spend a mint on a good Carbon Fiber pod.

    Remember you will also need a head and need to budget for that (and need to decide if you want a ball-head or pan-head).
     
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    my budget is around $300

    looked at the manfrotto 193cx, a buddy of mine has it
     
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    thanks :)
     
  8. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Here are some general rules for buying a tripod.

    1. The legs need to be long enough to bring the camera up to eye level with out extending the center column with the head attached. Extending the column makes the setup less stable.

    2. The head needs to be a decent quality head. There are many makers of good heads out there depending on your price range.

    3. The legs and the head need to have a maximum load rating of at least twice the weight of the heaviest gear you ever plan to put on it. This also helps provide the stability you need and want in a tripod.

    4. The material the tripod is made of needs to be chosen with a few things in mind.

    a. Whether you will be carrying it long distances or not. Carbon fiber is lighter and more expensive than aluminum.

    b. What conditions you will be using it in. For general use or studio use Aluminum works just fine. In harsher conditions Carbon fiber is a better choice since the carbon fiber will not corrode as aluminum will if it is immersed in salt water or water with a lot of minerals. (depending on the minerals) If constantly in very wet conditions a good hard wood tripod is the best. Most people do not use them much as they are heavy, and expensive but they are the most stable choice in a tripod and work well in very damp climates.

    5. Pick one with leg locks and control locks that you like and feel comfortable with. Manfrotto lever locks are convenient, however Gitzo's no twist legs are very rapid to set up with their twist locks. Gitzo twist locks are very reliable.

    6. Pick a price range you can live with. Good tripods will cost a bit of money, but a good tripod, taken care of can last a lifetime.
     
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    Another brand I might suggest is Induro.

    INDURO | Products | Tripods | AlloyFlex 6M Tripods | AX214 – Cat. 464-214

    I have an AX214 with a Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head on it, and it is a great setup. It will hold everything I have, including a 500mm f/4, without any problems with vibration. And, with the multiangle center column, it works great for macro work as well.
     

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