Another help with tripod thread

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monkeyrpn Regular Member • Posts: 106
Another help with tripod thread

Hi all,

I'm a new S5Pro owner~ I need help with picking out a tripod for the new camera. I have no experience with buying tripods for cameras of this calibre... I used to use a cheap $20 tripod for my old s6000fd (which works great!). I'm unsure that tripod can hold the weight of the S5Pro... it's about 3 lbs with the Sigma 18-200mm attached to it.

I've search the forum.. and many talks about tripod brands like Gitzo, Bogen, etc... but I looked at these on B&H and they're really pricey! Can anyone recommend any lower priced tripod suitable for my needs? I try to take my tripod everywhere in case I want myself to be in the photo also. So I'm hoping for something light and easy to carry around too.

Thank so much.

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BigPixel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,371
Re: Another help with tripod thread

The question you have to ask is, "How important is my work to me?"

The best advice anyone could give is buy a really good tripod even if you think you can't rationalize it. $300-$600 should get you a nice carbon fiber tripod, less if you shop eBay. Put a ball head on it and you'll literally be set for life. What will you accomplish if you economize on a tripod that delivers vibration, is not staable and probably too heavy to carry around? nada.
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Bad Pic kev Veteran Member • Posts: 8,759
how much tripod do i need

a good safe rule of thumb is twice the holding capacity than what you need.

so your 3 pounds would be 6 pounds for tripod and head.

so the tripod alone needs to carry the tripod head as well as camera, lens and flash.

so you need a head that can hold 6-8 pounds and a tripod that can hold 8-12.

you can shop on ebay for a company called amvona. good gear at a great price.

if case you are wondering i have a berlebach tripod and an an amvona ball head. the tripod was about $185 and the ball head was $45 shipped.
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Bad Pic kev wrote:

if case you are wondering i have a berlebach tripod and an an amvona
ball head. the tripod was about $185 and the ball head was $45

Berlebach tripods are well built, dampen vibrations superbly and very comfortable to use in the cold ...I love mine, though it is heavier than my carbon fiber Gitzo, which I use now only for travel ...the difference in weight is not really all that great as mine has a leveling head built in which adds to its weight, but which I find very useful ...the particular Gitzo model folds smaller as I opted for the 2 section Berlebach to maximize stability
they are very good value as well

check out their line ...the wood they use is lovely and feels nice to the hand as well
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this is the one I like best. Not only does it pertain to the tripod but I think to all photo equipment purchases. Take care. Bob

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Consensus Trance Regular Member • Posts: 342
I agree with Bad Pic Kev

that a good safe rule of thumb is to get twice the holding capacity than what you need

The only other advice I really have is to get something with a quick release plate. Nothing is more frustrating than missing a shot because you're fiddling around with threading the camera to the tripod.

Generally, tripods with fewer leg sections are the most stable even though they don't fold up as small. I prefer tripods with only 3 leg sections. I also like tripods with a center column because it helps me quickly choose the right angle. But some photographers don't like center columns because they're a bit less stable. These pointss are just a matter of opinion and everybody will have a different preference.

Right now I've got a Gitzo 3530 with an RRS ballhead and L plates. It's really nice

but it cost me like 1300 bucks with a case, plate and everything. That's kinda ridiculous. I carried an old bogen for 12 years that worked just fine and it only cost me a few hundred bucks when I bought it.

Here's the bogen I used for many years:

elbow bracket:
cable release

It's a nice tripod for the money! You might find some tripods for cheaper but I think that particular Bogen is the minimum quality that I'd feel safe buying. It's very stable, reasonably priced, and it should last for many years even with some abuse. I really think a photographer needs to spend 200-300 dollars to get a decent tripod. If you don't have that kind of money then it might be a good idea to save up for awhile.

Hope that helps...good luck with your decision

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