Need a better tripod

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  1. SquarePeg

    SquarePeg hear me roar Staff Member Supporting Member

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    During a couple of recent outings, I’ve struggled with my tripod. Couldn’t get the plate to snap in/out in the dark, locking it in to place was complicated, the center column prevents me from getting it as low as I’d like, wind vibration caused camera shake... It’s a fairly cheap one that I’ve had about 8 years but it hasn’t gotten a lot of use. Some of my struggles are probably lack of practice using it but sone are not. Now that I’ve taken an interest in night photography I need to step it up a bit.

    Anyone love their tripod and want to recommend it?

    Looking for specific model recommendations. It’s for a mirrorless and I don’t have a lot of heavy lenses. Looking to spend about $300 (including ball head). I want to get something this week. I’m ok with used.


     
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    I have a really old heavy meant photo/Bogan, which used to be called the 3051, it is extremely sturdy and goes exceptionally low. This is an expensive tripod and has been re-numbered since I bought mine. The fairly well known web photographer Karl Taylor discusses this "automatic tripod "on his YouTube channel. You can set up adjust and lock the Stratford in 10 seconds
     
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    Thanks Derrel. I should have added to my post that I’ll be hiking with this thing so it has to be fairly light weight. My current tripod is 4 lbs so something that weight or lighter is what I’m looking for.
     
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    Look for used to start with... out of all the tripods I own (way more than any one person should), only one was bought new. Also, don't limit yourself to one. A light, CF, four section for hiking, and a heavy, aluminum, three section for everything else. I have a couple of Manfrotto model 055 that I like a lot. One important thing is to ensure that the QR plates are common (Manfrotto, RRS, etc) and easy to get, and that all tripods use the same one. The other thing to remember is that the head should cost at least as much, if not more than the legs.
     
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    Light weight might mean it will vibrate in the wind. If you really need stability, nothing beats weight. Some tripods have a center hook upon which to hang additional weight. But then you're walking, so there's that.

    IMO, get more than one. A sturdy one for when you're driving, and a light-weight one for when you're walking.
     
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    there are very few 4 pound tripods that I would consider adequate for nighttime work or any long exposure work for that matter. A bit of research will show probably that the Bogen 3001 leg set is the best value, although I think it is a bit lightweight.

    I own three tripods of 13.5 pounds,9 pounds,and 6 pounds, the heavy one is the best for stability,the carbon fiber is a big unit, relatively speaking; it is the only tripod I will dare take on a hike
     
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    I would also say manfrotto you mentioned vibration silly Q did you take your camera strap off if they catch the wind they can vibrate the camera
    Like above I have gone for a system tripod, all the qr plates are interchangeable I also have clamps that take the same ball heads for when I can’t take a tripod I use the clamp
    Ok back just been to the manfrotto web site. Serious attack of gas coming on. They even have mount bars to take 2 to 4camera
    May be worth having a look there
     
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    Thanks - good tip about the QR plates.

    Seems like that is the way to go.

    I'll look into that one thanks!

    I had my camera strap off.
     
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    Ok I did say silly Q I have seen straps flapping in wind I also assume then that there was no local source of vibration
     
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    Twist locks or lever locks? The one I have now has lever locks.
     

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