Tripod for Nikon D7200 paired with the updated 80-400 lense

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My main setup is a Nikon D7200 paired with the updated 80-400 lense and was looking to buy a tripod. I have never owned a tripod and from looking online they go anywhere from a few hundred to over $1K. The main thing for me is it will be used outdoors and would be good if its fairly light. Any suggestions as to a setup and is the included Nikon lense collar for the 80-400 suitable, some shooters upgrade this but is it necessary. Only 1 local camera store in my town and they don't carry much, so in the my purchases have been at Henrys in Canada. Thanks for any input.

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D7200 weighs almost 2 lbs, 80-400 with collar is 3.5 lbs so plan for 6 lb weight. This article guided me when I was searching for good support. I definitely recommend using the "buy once, cry once" philosophy regarding price. There are many ball head and tripod leg vendors. I ended up going with Kirk ball heads and Gitzo legs for my needs; it fit my $1K budget. It was heavy but I don't hike up hills or mountains. I hope this helps, good luck. :)
 
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According to my experience (D300 & AFS 300/4D w/ or w/o TC14EII), I would recommend a Series-3 Gitzo tripod, and Arca Swiss Z1 (or similar, e.g. Markins Q20) ball head.
Anyway, first of all, swap the Nikon crappy tripod collar with a Kirk or RRS collar ...
 
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D300+300/4 set up on my Gitzo series-2 is more prone to vibration blur ...

if I was you I’d try the OEM collar 1st
Right, as Oscar Wilde said: "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." :D
 
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I always push down on the lens. I use a series 1 traveler that if I didn’t push it would blur but it weighs 2lbs including the head

I have a 3541ls and I’m fine with the weight but I think the OP may not be

In any event the D7200 + 80-400 is very HHable
 
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Hi Fellow Kingstonian!

Someone mentioned "buy once .. cry once". A GOOD tripod & head will cost more than a few hundred$$ but - depending on your expected use, you may not need that $2,000.00 set of legs + a $1,000.00 head. I would take a day & go to both Vistek & Henry's, either in Ottawa or TO and start asking questions & trying out legs & heads, given the info you have received from here. It's easy to pick up a complete tripod & head for a few hundred $$ but then you find that is NOT the one for you & out you go shopping again:(. For some great general advice, read this by Thom Hogan Tripods and Ball Heads by Thom Hogan. Good luck!
 

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