A&P Tripod ball mount/carbon fiber v. advice needed

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  1. Dragon129

    Dragon129 New Member

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    About to pull the trigger on a 430 ex II for my 50d and a 77mm B+W polarizer filter at B&H. I'm thinking about getting a high quality tripod.

    I made the mistake and purchased a cheap sunpak tripod a few months ago and it is horribly unstable. I'm looking for a really good ball mount tripod that support my biggest lens Sigma 170-500 telephoto. What are the benefits of getting an all-in-one ball mount tripod solution vs buying the ball head and tripod separately? Carbon fiber worth the money? I heard Manfrotto is good but want to get an idea of what OTAP photogs are using.
     
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    i have the 055cxpro4 and the 488rc0 head (by manfrotto)

    its more than strong/stable enough for my d700/grip and 80-200

    i've also used my 400mm on it a few times to shoot the moon, but normally i won't let go of the 400mm if its on there, just in case, since its right at the upper limit of the supported weight range.

    http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-055CXPRO4-Section-Magnesium-Castings/dp/B001GIPR62

    how much does the sigma 170-500 weigh?

    CF isn't really that much better, its just lighter, so if you travel/hike then its worth it, otherwise theres not much difference and aluminum is cheaper.
     
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    Thanks for this :bowdown:. The Sigma weighs about 47 oz. so should be fine. This tripod that you linked looks really nice but a little more than I wanted to spend. Yeah I intend to do more hiking in the spring/summer next year. I may have to go with the aluminum vs carbon fiber to save some money.
     
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    -sturdy
    -lightweight
    -cheap

    you can only get 2 of the 3 when it comes to tripods :o

    i have a manfrotto 488rc2 and 055xb which is sturdy and cheap, but at 5~ pounds, not really that lightweight :hs:
     
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    I have the Feisol CT-3441S and it is awesome. Compact, light, very sturdy, and much cheaper than the comparable Gitzo (although I still want a Gitzo someday just for the anti-leg rotation).

    http://reallybigcameras.com/Feisol/Traveler_Class.htm

    Pair that with a high quality ballhead like one from Kirk, Markins, Really Right Stuff, etc and you'll be in good shape. I'm currently using a Markins Q3T, which is awesome, but I used to have a Kirk BH-3 which was also very nice. The RRS ballheads are quite expensive, but have excellent reputations.

    My setup cost a little over $500, so if that's too much I'd go with one of the Manfrotto setups like most people on here use.
     

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