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Which Tripod ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by HAVOC, May 10, 2005.

  1. Wondering which tripods you all recommend for the D70 ? And is there anything else that you would consider essential for a beginner like myself ? thanks for any help.
  2. rbsmith


    Apr 13, 2005
    Saltillo, Ms
    I have the Feisol CT-3401. It is a fairly reasonable priced carbon fiber. I am impressed with the quality and also how quickly that I recieved it. You can buy direct at the attached link.

  3. SPT

    SPT Guest

    A good tripod is the best buy in photography !

    I use a Uniloc 1700 series of the "bent-bolt" design (15 years old now), which is very versatile and allows ME to get comfortable and to then set the tripod to my position. I use it with a Manfrotto grip head, which is very quick and easy to use in the cold weather we get over here sometimes.

    Other manufacturers to consider are Manfrotto (Bogen in USA) and Gitzo - but think carefully before buying a carbon-fibre tripod. These are the latest "must-have" accessory, but I think the £200 premium paid for a tripod that is only 1Kg lighter is money wasted. Not wasted if you're hiking, but wasted if you transport it in a car !

    Other accessories ? - cable release, Polarising filter, ND Grad filters, spare batteries, spare cards are all useful and relatively cheap nowadays - and all will force you to get out with the camera and use it, so are good for you at this stage.
  4. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Bogen-Manfrotto 724B
    Holds 7.7 lbs, is lightweight, comes with carrying case. Ball head.

    Works well for me....

    If my tripod were too heavy I would use it even less - if that's possible - than I do now!
  5. gho


    Feb 7, 2005
    I use a Gitzo G1227m2 (carbon fibre).
  6. Rob G.

    Rob G. Guest

    velbon CF-640/Markins M10/RSS Lever Release clamp

    Hi All,

    Already post this on dpreview, but got no reply at all..

    What do you think of this setup?
    - Legs: Velbon Sherpa PRO CF-640 (= Velbon EL Carmagne 640 )
    - Head: Markins M10 ( w/o Quick Release )
    - Quick release: RSS B2 LR II

    Is there anyone who uses the Markins M10 with a RSS Lever Release Clamp?
    The original release clamp from the Markins looks anoying.

    What did the dutch people bought for tripods?

    Thanks in advance.

    Rob G.
  7. dagored


    May 4, 2005

    Ditto here. Light - sturdy - comes in its own bag with sling strap.
  8. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Re: velbon CF-640/Markins M10/RSS Lever Release clamp


    All looks like really good stuff. I didn't see any prices on the tripod. Before buying, I would definitely check out the equivalent models from Fiesel, Gitzo, and Bogen / Manfrotto, just to be sure that you are getting the best deal possible.

    The Markins ballheads are excellent quality as are the RRS clamps. One thing you might want to consider, if you ever think that you will be getting big heavy lenses, is the Markins M20, or even the RRS ballhead. Costs more now, but less spent in the long run. ;-)

    Hope this helps.
  9. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005

    You have some good recommendations here. Probably can't go wrong with any of these. If you haven't already, you might want to read Thom Hogan's treatise on buying the right tripod the first time. Most of us don't, and end up spending more money in the long run. Thom's recommendations are spot on.

    PS - Please add your first name to your sig.... :wink:
  10. linm


    May 3, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Hold the phone! You mean you aren't supposed to buy 3-5 tripods in quick succession??
  11. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    LOL Lin. To tell the truth, I did.... :lol:

    Just trying to save others from making the same mistakes. 8)


    Apr 30, 2005
    Cheap is also OK

    After reading so many articles and postings that the Gitzo 1228 and a 300 dollar ball head is what everyone needs, the reality for my amateur images is that a inexpensive bogan 3021pro with a 488RC2 head which goes for a little over $250 combined is enough to satisfy my needs.

    Its a solid combination but a little bulky to walk around with in NYC.

  13. Brew

    Brew Guest

    I went with the Gitzo 1228 and the Acratech ball head. Works real good for me.
  14. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    That is an excellent combo Bruce. I have the Acratech also. It isn't designed for very heavy loads, but if you don't have that situation, it is very nice, and is also very light (around 1.5 lbs as I recall)
  15. Brew

    Brew Guest

    I like it so far.
    Here are the features:

    Weighs less than 1 lb (.45kg) with quick release clamp.
    Easily holds over 25 lbs (11.4kg) at any angle.
    Full movements allow any camera position.
    Precision C.N.C. machined.
    Shown with left side controls (right side available).
    Compatible with Kirk, Arca, R.R.S., and many other QR plates.
    Beautiful satin black anodized finish.
    Fits all standard tripods (1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads).
    Engraved degree markings.
    Solid precision feel.
    Made in U.S.A.
  16. Heh, Acratech and Gitzo 2220 over here.

    I'd save the money and just go with the Markins clamp instead. Once the camera is on I leave it on. I tried out a bunch of tripods at the store (Bogen, Slik, Gitzo) and I ended up going with Gitzo for the feel and build quality. My advice would be to try and find the tripod locally first so you can at least try it out.
  17. Rob G.

    Rob G. Guest



    Maybe I'll go with the RSS BH-55 ballhead instead.
    Read some great stuff about this ballhead.
    and it's cheaper then the Markins M-10 and RSS clamp combo.

    Anyway thanks for the input.
  18. Gitzo 1227 + Acrotech head. Very good.

    Apart from the tripod, a good ballhead is very important. So
    get one from Acra Swiss, Acrotech, Markins or RRS.

  19. Gitzo 1340 MkII and Burzynski ballhead, with Novoflex Qbase-system;
    Gitzo 1127 with small FM ballhead.

    The first combo is definitely not a walk-around solution but rock steady.
    The second combo turned out not very useful although extremely light. I will have to get a somewhat heavier but more stable solution for travel.
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