Tripod recommendation

Started Apr 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Tripod recommendation
In reply to Desmond Ong, Apr 26, 2012

I have limited experience with larger tripods - only Bogen and Gitzo.

I bought the Gitzo when I decided I was tired of compromising on a tripod, and I decided that instead of yet another lens, I needed to spend money on all the non-camera-or-lens components of photography. I'm happy I did as I use the Gitzo a lot, though I don't take it on all vacations.

At 6' 2", your choices for tripods are limited if you want:

  • no center column

  • 3 leg sections

  • reasonable leg size (3-series Gitzo for instance)

If you want even higher - and it would be nice at times if my tripod were about 2 inches higher, AND you want it to collapse small enough to pack for air travel, then you probably need a 4-section tripod. The day-to-day issue there is that you'll have those extra 3 leg locks every time you take down the tripod, and every time you put it up too if you can't unlock all the locks on a leg at one time.

At this point, the only tripod I'd consider besides a Gitzo is an RRS Versa, and that's even more expensive.

But for cheaper decent tripods, I've heard Benro is OK.

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