Tripod research is testing my sanity, advice please

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Questions thread
bravozulu Contributing Member • Posts: 897
Re: Tripod research is testing my sanity, advice please

Here's a few criteria on which to base a decision:

Will I be carrying this thing around?   yes- buy carbon fiber, no-buy aluminum

Do I need the camera high or low?   choose leg length. RRS and others make flat tripods to enable

shooting at ground level.

Lens/camera combined weight?        choose capacity of ball head and tripod

New or used?                                 My tripod was purchased used in 1988. It's a Gitzo. Heavy as

heck. That's the way I like them. I was in a very large camera store in Hollywood and I brought it along with me to buy a new ballhead to replace the pan & tilt Bogen head. I asked the sales guy if there was anything compelling about a new Gitzo over the features of mine. "No" he said emphatically. A new one would only serve to reduce the weight of my wallet. So I kept mine.

Oh, my ballhead choice. I bought a Giottos and got most of the features of a genuine Arca. At about 1/3 the price. Start looking on eBay and C/L after you get familiar with tripod model names and descriptions. Folks are always trading up or trading down.

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