Tripod recommendation?

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#1
Hi everyone, I am looking for some tripod recommendations -- I think it was a Manfrotto I purchased a couple of years ago. Wish I could tell you the model. It has a rubber button that you push back and forth to lock/unlock the angle. I have found that it doesn't hold well and my camera has fallen a couple of times as a result.

Looking for something better. Features I am looking for:
  • Lightweight
  • Multi-position leg angel adjustments
  • Sturdy
Willing to spend a couple hundred, but probably not more than that. In case it matters, I would be using it with the Canon 5DIII.

Thank you for any suggestions!
 

Bill Anderson

Super Moderator
Staff member
#2
Will you be routinely carrying it any distance? If so, I would spend the extra $$$ on a carbon fiber one. Your camera isn't as important as the size of the lenses you will be using with it. Large telephoto lenses such as a Canon 2.8/300 and larger will require a larger, heavier tripod.
http://www.kenmorecamera.com/c-1655-tripods.aspx

You said your camera has fallen a couple of times. Will changing the head and/or mounting plate solve the problem without the need for a new tripod?
http://www.kenmorecamera.com/c-1642-heads.aspx
 
#3
Thanks Bill. The heaviest lens I'm shooting with right now is the Canon 24-70mm f2.8/L II.
As of right now I don't have plans to do any kind of photography where I would be carrying it long distances, but I suppose it couldn't hurt to plan for it should the need arise. I'll make sure to explore carbon fiber options.

Changing the head might work, I hadn't thought of that. The legs on the model I'm using are a little flimsy, so I may want to upgrade to something sturdier. But changing the head would be the cheaper option. Can I have the camera shops do the labor on that? I wouldn't trust myself to do it.
 

Bill Anderson

Super Moderator
Staff member
#4
If you live in the Seattle area, I suggest you take your camera + lens + tripod to Kenmore Camera and see what they recommend. The head is very easy to install. I have installed the heads on my two tripods and I have absolutely no mechanical ability at all.
 
#5
If you want something light, carbon fiber is the way to go generally, but it will cost you more. Of the "top" brands, Gitzo and ReallyRightStuff are pricier. You could find a nice one by Induro or Sirui that's slightly more affordable. With Induro you can get a 10 year warranty (as opposed to 5-6 with the other brands), which is why I went that route the last time I bought one.

And you will likely have to buy a separate head. Top heads for lighter weight gear (e.g., body + 24-70mm) include those made by ReallyRightStuff and Acratech, but there are a lot of options. Tripods, heads and accessories can definitely add up quickly.

Max
 


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