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Old December 8th, 2004, 11:56 AM   #1
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Still tripod shopping

I'm off to shop for a tripod for my DSLR (alike). Currently I have a Fuji Finepix S7000 (less than 2lbs - 600g) but eventually I will upgrade to a full DSLR.

I just want one that is fairly light. it doesn't have to have great height. Just durability. I already have a head.

I took an earlier look at some Manfrotto's (my video tripod is a Manfrottos) and the ones they had were fairly heavy. I was considering this spring to do some biking and carrying a camera + tripod. Then I learned that the lighter ones were up in the mid to high hundreds! (yikes) whereas the normal ones were less than 200.

Anyone have any favourites?
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Old December 13th, 2004, 02:57 PM   #2
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If anyone has feedback for Keith, I need some too.

I've got a Canon 10d and 28-135mm lens, and will be using the tripod for portrait use, and possibly outdoor landscapes too. I'm looking for something very compact, because I hate carrying stuff. Lightweight isn't as important as compactness. Also, I'm guessing I want a ball head, one that's easy to adjust, and will take the weight, switching from horizontal to vertical aspects.


Plus, I want it as cheap as possible. :)
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Old December 14th, 2004, 08:12 AM   #3
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I use two Manfrotto tripods for my still camera. For small and light I have a Digi 719B. It came with a nice little nylon backpack style carrying case. Has a small ball head (non levelling). It works fine with my Nikon CoolPix 5700, except when I add the WA lens which is a BIG HEAVY hunk of glass then it seems a little light duty, although it is OK if not taking time exposures.

But I really like my Manfrotto 3221WN "Wilderness" tripod when doing serious stuff. I originally got this as a kit with a 501 head for video, but later upgraded to a Miller. So I put a Manfrotto "3D" head on it and now use for still photos. This makes a nice setup for shooting panoramic shots which I enjoy doing sometimes.

It is relatively heavy, but very sturdy for a small camera. It has a nice nylon carrying bag with shoulder strap and I've hiked pretty far carrying it. Not lightweight, not sure whether you'd consider it "compact."
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Old December 14th, 2004, 09:28 AM   #4
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I really like carbon fiber legs (on tripods, that is), particularly for still photography outdoors. Very stiff and sturdy, very light. I will soon be offering a good Bogen/Manfrotto cf rig for sale, the 3443 legs with a 3D head. It's terrific for lightweight cameras.
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Old December 14th, 2004, 04:42 PM   #5
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Here's something that I am looking at doing. I also have a Manfrotto 3221WN "Wilderness" tripod like Boyd with a 501 video head. There is a little plastic acessory head plate that snaps into the tripod. I am going to buy another one, about $15.00, then fix a "Wimberley Head" to it.

http://www.buytelescopes.com/product.asp?m=&pid=3567&display=desc

This will hold my Nikon D70 and Sigma 100-300 lens.

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Old December 16th, 2004, 08:38 AM   #6
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I ended up getting an 055CL.

http://db.manfrotto.com/product/temp...d=2&itemid=765

It was light enough that I didn't really think about the weight as I was going through the woods. I had a 3D head on top of it.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 09:33 AM   #7
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I have the same tripod with a 488RC2 ball head and love it. Very sturdy and stable and doesn't weight that much.
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Old December 19th, 2004, 12:24 PM   #8
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Do a B&H search for “Canon Tripod” at the bottom you will see several mini-tripods that range from $15.00- $25.00. I have one of these in my photo backpack at all times. When I don’t want to pack the big ones I always have the mini with me if I need it. I have even mounted an XL1 on it in a pinch (not recommending that). For $20.00 it’s easy to add to the order when you decide on the big one.

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