What tripod do you use and what cost was it?

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by jon_k, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. jon_k

    jon_k TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    North Richland Hills (Ft. Worth suburb) TX
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I started off with a cheap $27 dollar tripod from Walmart. The head started getting wobbly and when I tugged on it... it popped right out. Was secured by glue!

    My second and current tripod is one I got from a camera shop for about $72 bucks. It wasn't really designed for an SLR camera, but it gets the job done and is extremely light.

    I'm curious what type of tripods you guys use and if you have any suggestions for a new one.

    I'm looking for something sturdy, ball or normal type head is OK (or if one has a screw on thing for exchangeable heads, thats even better). I'd like one with a /good/ level, as thats pretty important for panoramas.

    I've found some nice tripods at the camera store but once I got to the counter found out it was $270 or so! That's pricey for some legs and a mount in my opinion. Is it possible to find a quality tripod for a good price? Or did you foot the bill to get a quality tripod?
     
  2. newrmdmike

    newrmdmike TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 8, 2006
    Messages:
    2,107
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    it varies.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    i use a slik pro 700 dx. its heavy, and very stable. will support a 4x5 view camera.

    i would recommend using a ball head on it though, not what it came with.

    it cost like $170 i think
     
  3. newrmdmike

    newrmdmike TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 8, 2006
    Messages:
    2,107
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    it varies.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    look on bhphotovideo.com

    check out slik, and bogen/manfrotto producgts
     
  4. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Current one doesn't support D200 without battery grip let alone D200 with battery flash and macro lens. Saving for a Manfrotto now :)
     
  5. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    18,101
    Likes Received:
    7,452
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Manfrotto legs and 3 way head ~265 USD
    Also use Manfrotto elbow bracket for portrait orientation shots - ~65 USD
     
  6. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    7,006
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Kankakee, IL
    For smaller stuff, I have a couple of Bogen 3221s with 3030 heads... one chrome and one black. I've had these for quite a while, and it seems the model numbers have changed. This is the closest I can find that compares, although neither of mine ever came with leg warmers.

    Pete
     
  7. Liza

    Liza TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2007
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Illinois, USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I considered investing in a Bogen-Manfrotto setup, but since I rarely use a tripod for my type of work, I purchased a Dynatran from Amvona on Ebay. It's essentially a knock off of one of the more popular Bogen-Manfrotto setups at a fraction of the cost.
     
  8. Peniole

    Peniole TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    516
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    where to next?
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Bogen/Manfrotto 728B, lightweight (4lbs), portable, durable, and steady. 3 way head not detachable (at least I don't think so). No level but then again a spirit level only costs a few bucks. Supports up to 11 pounds, overkill for me, my whole setup is maybe around 2 pounds. I'm 5'11" and fully extended it's above my eye level. Will not flop or wobble, all threads and screws are metal. $118.85

    http://www.pictureline.com/products/326/Manfrotto_728B_Digi_Tripod/
     
  9. lostprophet

    lostprophet No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2006
    Messages:
    11,770
    Likes Received:
    109
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I have a GITZO 2941LVL set of legs £379
    as for heads

    a Manfrotto 405 geared head I got of ebay for £140
    a Manfrotto 410 geared head that is now broke which I got for £60
    a Manfrotto 490rc4 ball and socket £120
    and a Wimberley II gimble head from ebay for £300

    I need a cheaper hobby
     
  10. Peniole

    Peniole TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    516
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    where to next?
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I'd say. I thought you were a pro!
     
  11. WDodd

    WDodd TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Amherst (Cleveland), Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
  12. killcrazy

    killcrazy TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    iv got that same pod, different head though,cant remember the model number of the head though.

    Highly reccommend the pod, just hte right wieght for me personally, its "heavy" enough to be sturdy (and the legs can be extended furthur than normal with ratchet style legs) for extra stability (trade off for height when using this method)

    but its still light enough to carry it round all day :)
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
bogen manfrotto 3221s
,

manfrotto 3221s

,
manfrotto 405 nok off