Help - Tripod and Ballhead suggestion

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Pat, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. Pat

    Pat Guest


    I am looking for Tripod and Ballhead with a budget of around US $100.
    My initial search shows the following options:

    1) Bogen / Manfrotto 719B Digi Tripod (Black) with Ballhead & Case
    2) Bogen / Manfrotto 3001BN (BLK) TRIPOD w/3030 HEAD/CASE
    3) Slik 300DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release)
    4) Slik Pro 700DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release) -

    I am using 35mm camera (Nikon) and would like to get tripod/ballhead
    light enough to travel. I will greatly appreciate your suggestions.
    (So far I have used a cheap tripod and don't know much about getting a
    good tripod/ballhead.)

    Thank you very much.
    Pat, Apr 4, 2004
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  2. Pat

    TP Guest

    Choice 2) is by far the best.

    The Bogen/Manfrotto 3001BN is very sturdy for its weight. Because of
    its hard alloy tube construction it is streets ahead of anything from
    Slik in terms of rigidity and overall stability.

    The 3001BN is sufficient for a 35mm body and lens up to 300mm f/4.
    If you intend to use a 300mm f/2.8 or lenses of longer focal lengths,
    consider the 3021 instead.
    TP, Apr 4, 2004
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  3. Pat

    Lisa Horton Guest

    Of the tripods on your list, the best is #4, followed, in order, by #3,
    #2, and #1. The 700DX is quite sturdy. The 300DX is quite sturdy as
    well. The 3001BN has spindly little legs and is no match for the 300DX
    in terms of sturdiness and rigidity.

    There are some who have a prejudice against the Slik brand, probably
    because most of what they make is junk. But they do make a few good
    tripods, and your list contains their two best models.

    Lisa Horton, Apr 4, 2004
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