tripod choice advice ?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by adam bootle, May 10, 2004.

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    adam bootle Guest

    Hi all,

    Im the happy new owner of an EOS 300D and have noticed that my tripod is
    unstable (and old £40 one battered and bruised), and was wondering if there
    are any sites online with tripod reviews or buying advice.

    I have looked but can't seem to find much help. I don't even know what
    kind of head I would be better off with ! I mainly enjoy landscape and
    nature, but also would like to be able to learn use my camera to take long
    night shots of constellations etc.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, my budget is around £120 / $210

    Many thanks..........Adam Bootle
    adam bootle, May 10, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    It's easier to suggest for specific use than general purpose.

    I personnaly use a ball head (general purpose) and it is more than
    adequate for 95% of the photography I do.

    Long night shots of the stars will result in streaks as the Earth turns
    (well, Polaris won't move enough to notice). An astronomy tripod with a
    clock 'head' is the thing for that type of work...

    Personally, I find the Manfrotto's to be 'just right'.

    For your needs, a ball-head or a 3 way head would probably be about right.
    3-way: 141RC
    Ball: 486RC2

    Tripod, something light, but sturdy:
    190 series.

    Another good manuf is Gitzo (considered the best by some/many), Slik
    have some good ones and not so good ones.

    Alan Browne, May 10, 2004
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    MXP Guest has a very good offer on a Manfrotto tripod set.
    It consist on either a 055CLB + 141RC + monopod ....I think it was EUR
    179,00 or
    a 055PROB + 141RC + monopod .....think it was EUR 189,00 .....but check it
    out if you are
    interrested. 1 EUR is approx. the same as 1 USD .....more or less.....

    The 055 is the standard Manfrotto tripod. The 141RC is a very good 3-way
    heard with quick release.

    MXP, May 10, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    No one ever went wrong buying Manfrotto. I don't know the European model
    names but they have a tripod in every price range and good -- although not
    great -- ball heads too.
    Tony Spadaro, May 10, 2004
  5. I am a Benbo fan - I have a regular size for a 4x5 camera and a smaller
    Trekker with ball head for my 35mm. Very adaptable - the legs flop all
    around and are then locked with a single bolt in any position. Great for
    macro work. It's a "love 'em or hate 'em" kind of tripod. I love 'em, but
    I will confess they have plenty of detractors! The smaller one with ball
    head and bag as a kit is well within your budget.
    Pieter Litchfield, May 11, 2004
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    Head type is a very personal decision. Basically, it's either easily
    adjust everything at the same time, or be able to adjust each axis
    individually. The drawback to each is that you must do it that way
    every time.

    That's enough of a budget you should be able to get a decent pod. Bogen
    3021N (in USA nomenclature) is a very good choice. Equally sturdy, but
    slightly cruder and much less expensive, the Slik 300DX, or in your
    budget, the 700DX. Both come with a good pan/tilt head, with QR system.

    Lisa Horton, May 11, 2004
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    James Cloud Guest

    James Cloud, May 11, 2004
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    adam bootle Guest

    Thanks for all the advice guys, I'm finding myself veering towards the
    Manfrotto 190DB tripod with the 486RC2 head at the moment. I'll take a
    trip up London and try to see them in person before I take any money out of
    my pockets .

    adam bootle, May 12, 2004
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