A&P Tripods monopods and other recommendations

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  1. copeland

    copeland smarter than you

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    Anything specific to a stand for your camera? I'd like something light for easy carry...I've seen one a guy makes where it's more of a hiking staff and then at the bottom 6 inches it seems three legs pop out...but it looks fairly unstable...would a conventional tripod be the best for everyday carry? Any really compact units?

    sorry for another noob thread, but after reviewing more noob mistakes from my buddies wedding I know now that I need one.
     
  2. NJGuy

    NJGuy "Fuckmefuckmefuckmefuckmef uckmefuckmefuckmefuckm OT Supporter

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    monopods are used mostly for large heavy lenses.
    They give you support to hold them up for hours.

    Tripods are used to reduce vibrations and camera shake.
    A quality tripod is needed to take a quality exposure in low light.


    The fact that you did wedding photography and know nothing about tripods/monopods makes me less worried about the 1st time I do someones wedding.
     
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    heh I've had my camera for maybe a month and a bit...I didn't do anything I would have considered portfolio work, just a chance to become more comfortable with the cam and get a taste for portraits...like trying to setup a picture of people while dancing....

    thanks for the link...I was never really considering a tripod to cost more the 150 bucks, but that article raises some good points. I just wonder if I need a tripod that a professional would use, since I'm only starting out...
     
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    If you don't have any gigantic telephoto lenses, I'd skip the monopod for now. I think the extra stability it offers is minimal. If it's a non-sports situation, and you feel that you should use a monopod, you should probably be using a tripod instead.

    I find myself handholding my sigma 100-300 f4 a lot because I don't like the restriction of movement brought on my a tripod (I even use a tilt head).
     
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    Whats a good starter tripod...i can move up to something better when i have a real job...college and photography dont go together...
     
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    The manfrotto 3120 looks really nice I just cant justify spending that much right now, someone told me to look into velbon or silk I can get something decent for around $100 any idea if those are decent brands?
     
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    1200mk Still same OG

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    i was looking into the manfrotto 3021bpro + a 488cr4 head for about $250.

    Buy a tripod right the first time.
     
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    Yea I went to our "camera store" All they had were optex, Slik, and lebron (I think). Ranged anywhere from 30 bucks on sale to 159 bucks...all felt pretty similar. Which was weird. All the legs seemed sturdy and were linked. Some had little balasts with the airbuble so you could judge how flat the surface was..others used marking on the dial. Mostly I looked at ones that had a sturdy ball socket, and the center post the cranked up was smooth and not too ratchety. But the rest was lost on me...Going weight wise they were all similar expcept for one slik pro that weighed a ton...most seemed designed for compact carry.

    Out of the ones I did like one was 119 bucks, but even two of the optex seemed nice, one was regularly 80 on sale for 30 bucks...no real complaints except the platform to mount the cam was big and the overall size was a little dense but it was for video and still cameras...
     
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    I bought this one the day I got my XTi.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5656293&type=product&productCategoryId=cat08118&id=1058188139756

    It's cheap, but it does the job. It has balasts for proper center-balance and for the head. I've had no problems with it and really don't see the point in spending $100+ on a tripod. This one works just fine. The only downside I see is the head movement is limited, but I've yet to need it to move beyond its limitations so that's no big deal to me.
     
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    Thats the tripod I have :o

    Its nice... heavy but nice.
    Im strong tho.. no worries.
     
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    Monfrotto > *.tripod
     
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    yea but I don't think 300 bucks for a tripod is worth it...:hsd:
     
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    why does everybody like ballheads? most don't seem to have a quick release setup, which i like.
     
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    :dunno: Its sturdy and very well built. i love mine :bigthumb:

    It also flips upside down to take macro shots
     
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    Also its fricken huge, its taller then me and im 6'2
     
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    You can get a good set up for $180-200. If you buy a shitty one, it won't be stable nor will it be able to hold the weight of an slr body and lens.
     
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    im 5'11" and the view finder is right at my eye perfectly with it.
    I doubt its taller than you unless you use the extender.
     
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    you guys are wearing me down. I'm going to check some Manfrotto's when I get to Calgary.
     
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    I'm surprised Gitzo has not been mentioned at all in this thread nor have the "good" ballheads.

    I use a Gitzo 1327 which has been recently replaced by the newer 6x CF ones with G-locks. It is by far the best money spent in terms of making my photos "better". I removed the center column and use a Markins TU-30 leveling anti-vibration plate instead.

    Good support includes a proper head. Ballheads are the choice for most uses unless you are into long lenses or macro where a gimbal or rail might be a better choice. For lenses up to 300 2.8, you can't go wrong with Arcaswiss B-1, Kirk Bh-1, Markins M10 (my choice), or RRS BH-40.

    Like someone said above, don't go cheap the first time, these last forever and will improve your photography more than any other piece of equipment you buy.
     
  24. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    I am not that baller to buy a $400 ballhead.
     
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    So buy one of the Chinese knockoffs of the Arca Swiss ballheads.
     

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