Tripods???

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  1. leopardforest

    leopardforest TPF Noob!

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    I am looking for a decent tripod. Two requirement needs to support a Canon 400D, and I would prefer to have it go to about 74 inches. Any suggestions? Brands, heads, and anything else i should look for?

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
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    I also recommend Manfrotto/Bogen...very good brand.

    74 inches is pretty high...I'm sure there are some that get that high...but they are probably top of the line models and rather expensive.

    Ball heads are great...and the 400D is a very small DSLR camera so you should have to worry about weight unless you are using a large lens.

    You might want to consider a pistol grip ball head, they are very easy to use and they are a bit taller than a typical head.
     
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    I don't have to have 74 inches but i am 6'2" or 74 inches and would like to have the ability to have my camera at eye level. What are the benefits of a ball head vs other options?
     
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    Hey Leo, I am 6'3" so I understand your situation. What's worse, I have a bad back complete with surgeries and all, so stooping is not easy. My best advice is to pick a tripod that meets your height WITHOUT having to raise the center column if possible. I say this because the first tripod I got I had to raise the center column/post a lot which resulted in shakiness.

    Best of luck!
     
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    What was the brand? I am also a student therefor i am looking for something more on the inexpensive side.
     
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    I am 6'3, but eye level is about 5 or 6 inches lower than the top of my head. At 74 inches you will have to stand on your tip toes to look through the viewfinder.

    I will second, or third or where ever we are in the chain, about a Manfrotto tripod.

    This is my personal choice, but if you prefer a ball head the same legs can be had with the 488RC2 ball head.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/353324-REG/Bogen_Manfrotto__3021BPRO_Tripod_Black_with.html
     
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    They are quick and easy. Other heads (pan/tilt & 3-way) might be more precise for small adjustments but they might also take longer to set each time you change.
     
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    Check this link out: http://stores.ebay.com/amvona-com_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQftidZ2QQtZkm

    If your ninja bidding skills are good, you can pick up great deals on tripods at Amvona ebay store. If you go with the professional series, you can't beat the quality for the price. They are great if you are on a budget.
     
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    Wow thanks for the link. I was planning on looking on ebay and this is definitely the way to go.
     
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    I'm 6'1" and the tripod that I have fully extended with ballhead is pretty comfortable to look through. I don't have to scrunch down too much to look through it.
     

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