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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:08 PM   #1
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Tripod for DSLR and Medium Format

Hi. I am hoping somebody can help me with this:

I need a tripod for landscape photography/studio photography using my Mamiya RB67 (4kgs with everything) or Canon DSLR kit (photography and light video). Material is not important, though it will be used for exteriors mostly. I also don't care about the brand or country of make, as long as it works.

Maximum load capacity should be 6 kgs or more. It must be rock solid in all weather and terrain conditions.
I need both horizontal and 90 degree vertical ability (for the DSLR). I'll also need to tilt the camera for occasional shots.
I am not interested in Macro photography.
I will be carrying it around, so lighter the better, and smaller when folded the better.
I can go with three-way head or ball head, doesn't really matter since I will have a lot of time to set up my shot. Sports or fast photography is not my thing.

Since I'm just an amateur, I don't want to spend a lot of money right off the bat. I need the cheapest possible system that is reliable and conforms to my specifications. If anyone can assist me in making my decision, I'll be grateful. Thanks!
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Old May 30th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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Re: Tripod for DSLR and Medium Format

Seriously should consider reading the forum more as well as using the "Search" function as this question gets asked and answered several times a week.

Sorry to sound like a D!*& but it is true.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #3
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Re: Tripod for DSLR and Medium Format

The problem with searching these forums is that everyone is suggesting tripods for video, which is overkill for your intentions. A heavy duty Bogen tripod with a 3 way panhead is sufficient for still photography. You don't need a fluid head.
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Old May 30th, 2011, 10:29 PM   #4
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Re: Tripod for DSLR and Medium Format

Thanks Warren - that's what I've been looking at too.

Regrading searching on the forum - I couldn't find anything to match my exact requirements, hence the post.
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