Tripod recommendation - $400 max budget

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chuhsi Contributing Member • Posts: 999
Tripod recommendation - $400 max budget

I'm looking for a tripod legs and head recommendation in the $400 or less budget range.


- Amateur that will never go pro

- Currently using a Nikon d7000 with 24-70 lens. Heaviest I'll probably is probably a full frame nikon with the same lens and an SB-900

- Mostly for weekend portraits that are 90% indoor. Some basic landscape and macro photography. No trekking.

- Don't want to buy another tripod

- Probably only ever travel with it by car

- Leaning towards aluminum unless I can find a compelling reason for wanting carbon fiber since as of now, I don't care about weight.

I'm 90% sure that a gitzo/RRS/etc is going to be overkill for my needs.

I'm considering these popular legs:

- Manfrotto 055XPROB

- 3LT "Jack" (comes with a head)

- Sirui N-2004 4-Section Aluminum Tripod


I'm open to used, too.

I'm still undecided on the head, but would like something that's arca-swiss compatible so I can easily use my Capture clip.

Thank you!

 chuhsi's gear list:chuhsi's gear list
Nikon Df Nikon D4S Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II +4 more
Nikon D7000
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