Tripod Recommendations

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  1. BAmereihn

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    I'd like to have a tripod fr general use. I don't want to break the bank but I also dont want a pos that won't support my camera (heavy D300s). What are some good bang for the buck options?
     
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    Manfrotto 055XPROB is very very nice. With a 488RC2 ball head it will run about $285. Here's an example.

    There are other legs in the "055" series as well (slightly less $).

    If you wanted to save a bit, the 190XPROB is a step down in capacity and a bit less.
     
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    190xprob or 055xprob with 486rc2 or 488rc2
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup:

    or with the head unit that i have
     
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    +1 on the 055XPROB. I have that one and love it. I use the 488 ballhead too.
     
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    I've seen to many flip-lever tripod leg locking systems fail. Brand doesn't seem to matter to much.

    For that reason I only use screw type leg locks.

    I usually recommend Giottos and Benro tripod products. Manfrotto products always seem a bit overpriced for the features.

    I also recommend getting a tripod high enough that with the legs fully extended, but no the center column, and the camera mounted on a head, you can just see the top of the camera and need to bend over just slightly to look through the viewfinder. That's about 57 inches for a 6 foot tall person.
     
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    My previous Slik lasted me over 25 years before the center column's gears became stripped. I've just ordered your recommendation (no gears to strip!) with a Slik SLAF2100 AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head, which makes me drool a little. Thank you very much, if anyone's still paying attention to this thread. :) And hello!
     

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