Tripod for D700

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mukNY
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Tripod for D700
Apr 20, 2012

I recently upgraded to a D700 and my old tripod isn't sturdy enough for it. I am looking for something that is small, light and does not break the bank. I am looking at the 190CXPRO4. Do any of you use it (or something similar) with a D700? What would be the biggest lens I could use it with? I cannot imagine ever needing anything larger than a 70-200. Any help is appreciated!

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Fred Mueller
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In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

I have the 055 alu three section - so can't tell you much about your actual model, but the Manfrotto "Pods" are good for the price and my aluminum unit is very solid. If I was carrying it any real distance I would want lighter, but for ripping off 7-9 frame brackets of interiors with a D700 and 14-24 typically, I don't think I need to spend more ...

I have an Acratech ball head fitted now. I was NOT too keen about the Manfrotto BH I got originally (498??). Basically I think Manfrotto's tripods deserve better heads ...

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Re: Tripod for D700
In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

mukNY wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D700 and my old tripod isn't sturdy enough for it. I am looking for something that is small, light and does not break the bank. I am looking at the 190CXPRO4. Do any of you use it (or something similar) with a D700? What would be the biggest lens I could use it with? I cannot imagine ever needing anything larger than a 70-200. Any help is appreciated!

Then when you upgrade to a D800 in a few years you will have to buy better tripod.

Follow this advice and save yourself some money in the long run.

http://bythom.com/support.htm

I've been using the same Gitzo tripod for about a decade and cannot foresee ever needing to upgrade it. Although tripods are large, they are not heavy when compared to a bag of lenses. The 190CXPRO4 looks far to flimsy to be of much use.
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In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

mukNY wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D700 and my old tripod isn't sturdy enough for it. I am looking for something that is small, light and does not break the bank. I am looking at the 190CXPRO4. Do any of you use it (or something similar) with a D700? What would be the biggest lens I could use it with? I cannot imagine ever needing anything larger than a 70-200. Any help is appreciated!

Marko

Sorry, but small, light, doesn't break the bank do not co-exist with study enough. I find my Gitzo 3 series with Acra-Swiss Z Ball only marginally OK with the D700 and 70-200. Using a laser pointer hard mounted on the hot shoes. I can see movement on the lizer marker at around 20 feet when the mirror flip.

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In reply to Fred Mueller, Apr 20, 2012

I looked at the carbon fiber version of the 055 too. I like that it is a bit taller, but this makes it also less convenient for traveling.
Thanks for the ballhead tip.

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In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

I should have been a bit more specific. I am looking form something for travel, not for studio use. I realize that lighter usually means less stable, but it also means that I am much more likely to actually take it with me.

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In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

When I got my D700 several years ago I too decided on what looked to be a more affordable 190CXPRO4 tripod with a RRS ball head. The head was excellent but the tripod wasn't even close to supporting my longer lenses and upgraded to a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fiber which is excellent. And, to be honest went for an even more expensive but not sure if it is any much better Gitzo tripod a year later. Cheers

mukNY wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D700 and my old tripod isn't sturdy enough for it. I am looking for something that is small, light and does not break the bank. I am looking at the 190CXPRO4. Do any of you use it (or something similar) with a D700? What would be the biggest lens I could use it with? I cannot imagine ever needing anything larger than a 70-200. Any help is appreciated!

Marko

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I just purchased this Carbon Fiber baby on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FT-6827A-Pro-Camera-Carbon-Fiber-Tripod-Ball-Head-Kit-/130270299838?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item1e54b706be

It's rated at 26lb load capacity and has a decent ball head. I thought $221 for a Carbon Fiber was a really good deal! It's not too heavy either and comes with a travel case.

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In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

I've just put my 055CXPRO4 in my suitcase ready for an upcoming trip. As I do a lot of long exposure work, a solid tripod is essential and the 055CXPRO4 fits the bill for the D700, the 190 series are not sturdy enough. One tip, buy some spikes.

mukNY wrote:

I recently upgraded to a D700 and my old tripod isn't sturdy enough for it. I am looking for something that is small, light and does not break the bank. I am looking at the 190CXPRO4. Do any of you use it (or something similar) with a D700? What would be the biggest lens I could use it with? I cannot imagine ever needing anything larger than a 70-200. Any help is appreciated!

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In reply to Robin Casady, Apr 20, 2012

Then when you upgrade to a D800 in a few years you will have to buy better tripod.

Follow this advice and save yourself some money in the long run.

http://bythom.com/support.htm

This is good advice. Buy a Really Right Stuff tripod and ball head and never look back!

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In reply to Gazphotos, Apr 20, 2012

RRS and BH-55 ballhead (or a Kirk etc.) are the way to go. I know the price seems high ($1400 for the tripod/ head combo), but this will last a lifetime, unlike the D800 that will be worth half its value in 3 years time.

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In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

The 190 is too light. The 055 will do. Thom's advice makes no sense to me. It is very costly advice and one tripod does not fit all tasks. I have a very heavy sturdy and relatively cheap tripod for studio use and an 055 for travel. This works very well for me. Manfrotto heads I dislike and their plates are unsafe. I have a Markins M20 and a Manfrotto 486 with a Markins plate for my monopods.
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In reply to mukNY, Apr 20, 2012

Consider SIRUI-tripods, excellent products.

I have N1004 tripod (aluminium) + K20x head for my D7000. I use them as a travel kit,
top product!
N-serie can be transferred to a monopod.
Aluminium tripods are a little more heavy but inexpensive.
I bought N1004 + K20x at Amazon.de, please check Amazon.com
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newtoy wrote:

I find my Gitzo 3 series with Acra-Swiss Z Ball only marginally OK with the D700 and 70-200.

I'm really suprised to read that I use a GT3530s + Markins Q20 with a D3/300mm ok. Never had an issue with the 70-200mm at all.

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In reply to mukNY, Jul 10, 2012

I have the same set up and can highly recommend Gitzo GT2541 &
GH2780QR

Its the perfect balance between size and sturdiness.

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In reply to mukNY, Jul 10, 2012

mukNY wrote:

I am looking at the 190CXPRO4. Do any of you use it (or something similar) with a D700? What would be the biggest lens I could use it with?

I'm using 190XB with D700. It's OK tripod, but I'd say that it's about minimum for D700.

I have used that tripod with Samyung 650-1300 f/8-16 and 70-200mm f/2.8 sigma objectives and it is okay.

As others have said, I'll say again. Get a good tripod. If you buy a good tripod, you can use it decades. It doesn't get old as body does. Get for example Manfrotto 055 series tripod and you will easily use it 30 years.

Tip 2: Also get a good head. Good tripod with poor head is pain to use, and also will be shakier.

I cannot imagine ever needing anything larger than a 70-200. Any help is appreciated!

If you have used 2000+ euro/dollars for body, you should be able to use ~500 euro/dollar to tripod+head. Good tripod will grow with you. And give a growing room to you.

If I would be buying a tripod, I'd get probably get Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod + 498 RC2 head. Or some similar kit.

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In reply to mukNY, Jul 10, 2012

Have you considered the CF Induro ,line or the Gitzo explorers? Either will work for you and the indoors come with a spike set and a case..I've used a #214 induro with Nikon 7000 and dobro with an 80-200 lens with no problems. I use either the RRS 55 or 40 heads. I prefer the 55 head. I prefer the Gitzo explorer because of the leg set which allows great leeway in set up
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In reply to mukNY, Jul 10, 2012

Don't overlook Benro and Induro. They are more affordable than Gitzo or Manfrotto but offer similar performance. I have Benro M-228n6 carbon fiber tripod with Benro KB-1A ball head purchased about 4 years ago while I was in China. Use it with my Nikon D300 and D7000 with Nikon 24-70 mm and Nikon 70-200mm and so far no complains, work It's light and sturdy, supports a gear up to 8kg.

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In reply to Fred Mueller, Jul 11, 2012

Another vote for the 055XB with quick release plate tilt/pan head - I just don't like ball heads. The 055XB works well with my D700 +70-200mm. Weight is reasonable - bought it recently to replace my 12 lb. Manfrotto studio tripod with geared column that I bought back in the early 1980's . That was heavy, I don't miss the spiked legs & geared column; I bought the short column accessory on Amazon to shoot low with my Nikon 14-24mm.
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