What Tripod Would You Recommend For Sony A7r ii?

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Sabeast Regular Member • Posts: 157
What Tripod Would You Recommend For Sony A7r ii?

Just Got Myself A Sony A7Rii & Sony 24-70 GM 2.8 Lens. What Tripod Would You Recommend? What About Flash? Lens Filter? Anything Else I Should Get?

Sony a7R II Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
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JimKasson
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Sabeast wrote:

Just Got Myself A Sony A7Rii & Sony 24-70 GM 2.8 Lens. What Tripod Would You Recommend? What About Flash? Lens Filter? Anything Else I Should Get?

The size of the tripod is up to you. Bigger is generally better, but heavier and more expensive. Carbon fiber is the preferred material, but more expensive. My favorite tripod brand is Really Right Stuff. Gitzo is also good. Induro is a little cheaper.

Conventional wisdom is to get a ball head. RRS, Arca Swiss, and many other manufacturers make ball heads. I prefer geared heads like the Arca Swiss C1 Cube, but they are very expensive, and not as bulletproof as ball heads.

Jim

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JimKasson wrote:

Sabeast wrote:

Just Got Myself A Sony A7Rii & Sony 24-70 GM 2.8 Lens. What Tripod Would You Recommend? What About Flash? Lens Filter? Anything Else I Should Get?

The size of the tripod is up to you. Bigger is generally better, but heavier and more expensive. Carbon fiber is the preferred material, but more expensive. My favorite tripod brand is Really Right Stuff. Gitzo is also good. Induro is a little cheaper.

Conventional wisdom is to get a ball head. RRS, Arca Swiss, and many other manufacturers make ball heads. I prefer geared heads like the Arca Swiss C1 Cube, but they are very expensive, and not as bulletproof as ball heads.

Jim

I tried and have quite a few and IMO you need more than one. I have a light Oben folding really sweet little CT3561 with a Oven ball head I keep in my car or sometimes take hiking just in case. It works but I recommend a SLoc hook to attach a camera bag or soft weight pouch for larger lenses or anything critical but it works as is too.

On the other end of the spectrum I use a Manfrotto Carbon MT057 with a Arca Swiss ball head and outdoors will hang a 10lbs soft weight pouch at times for stability. If the shot is not perfectly stable it is not going to be optimum. The legs are large and cumbersome but it only weighs about 6lbs with the head which is remarkable for how stable and useful it is.

The I have an in-betweener with a video head for panning at auto races and other and a 3-way tilt quality head.

I have owned ten or more tripods so I have weeded them out you might say.

Whatever way a person goes the Arca Swiss ball head is awfully nice.

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nofumble Senior Member • Posts: 2,180
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Don't buy a tripod until you know what you are shooting.  If you can't resist, a $100 Dolica 3 pounder carbon fiber is a safe bet.

Flash - try Godox Wireless trigger and their line of flash, from handheld to big gun.

OP Sabeast Regular Member • Posts: 157
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i mostly want a tripod to do runway type videos of myself & street fashion photography of myself.

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Sabeast wrote:

i mostly want a tripod to do runway type videos of myself & street fashion photography of myself.

It looks like all you need is a selfie stick

A7R2 may be not the best camera for what you want. I think that A7SII may work better for runway videos.

Are you going to have a second person taking a video or a photo while you are in the frame? Then you may opt for a video-oriented tripod and a fluid pan head.

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OP Sabeast Regular Member • Posts: 157
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i already bought the a7r II lol....I may at times have someone on the other end of the camera.  When i saw runway style it will be outdoors. Street fashion kind of. Im a fashion designer so ill be doing some videos/photos of myself with my products. Im also doing product photography with the camera.

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Gitzo Carbon Fiber Series

I have gone through a dozen brands, alumn & CF.  the only brand I recommend is Gitzo for consistent built quality.

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WestO Regular Member • Posts: 205
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FEISOL CT-3442 Tournament Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod.  Exceptional bang for buck tripod.

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BBernard Forum Member • Posts: 94
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WestO wrote:

FEISOL CT-3442 Tournament Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod. Exceptional bang for buck tripod.

I second this... I've used this for a couple years after giving up on cheap $100-$200 aluminum tripods.  It's been excellent and a great value!

I paired mine with an Acratech GP-S ball head and love the fact that it basically can't be hurt by water, snow, dirt, freezing etc.... it does have a little drift with heavy lenses but has 2 unique features: 1) panoramic self leveling configuration that I use all the time, and 2) an awesome Gimbal function that I never used until I need to work with a Tamron 150-600mm lens, and I found it worked very very nicely (though officially they say only up to 400mm)...

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I bought Oben CT-3561 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-117T Ball Head on this deal. I am quite happy with it. It works great.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59317417

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slstr Senior Member • Posts: 1,034
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For video you might want a tripod head that allows for easy fluid pan/tilt during takes.

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mujana Veteran Member • Posts: 7,484
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Sabeast wrote:

Just Got Myself A Sony A7Rii & Sony 24-70 GM 2.8 Lens. What Tripod Would You Recommend? What About Flash? Lens Filter? Anything Else I Should Get?

Next to my Manfrotto, I'm looking for an extra tripod for my A7RII. It will probably be one of the FLM tripods (with FLM or Arcaswiss head).

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OP Sabeast Regular Member • Posts: 157
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They are deff expensive wow lol......I plan on buying one this week. To summarize Iā€™d be using the tripod to take fashion photos of myself, models, product photography, and video at times. I wonder if tripods have a feature  with gimbals.

LesPickstock Contributing Member • Posts: 507
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Sabeast wrote:

Just Got Myself A Sony A7Rii & Sony 24-70 GM 2.8 Lens. What Tripod Would You Recommend? What About Flash? Lens Filter? Anything Else I Should Get?

Recognise that the higher the resolution, the easier for camera shake etc to show. So you need a VERY solid (usually heavy) tripod to minimise, without a central column, but with a hook underneath the head to hang a weight from (usually camera bag.... but a bucket of water is best, if totally impractical!). Also, when using the tripod use a remote - the slightest finger flutter will show.

Weight can be mitigated by getting a carbon tripod.... but raises cost considerably. Do not even think of 'going cheap' as you will be lucky to preserve the reduction in shake via a flimsy 'cheapie'.

The head (and other accessories) should be dictated by your 'style' - e.g. A geared head (big, solid, expensive) slows you down and supports image pre-planning, visualisation and accuracy. A ball-head is rather more flexible. Whatever you consider, I'd recommend 'solid' Arca-Swiss-type QR plates/clamps.

Flash? Do you want on-camera, off-camera, studio-style, HSS, TTL, outdoor, indoor.....? I'd gain more experience using your camera before deciding which is your required/preferred flash route.

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JimKasson wrote:

Sabeast wrote:

Just Got Myself A Sony A7Rii & Sony 24-70 GM 2.8 Lens. What Tripod Would You Recommend? What About Flash? Lens Filter? Anything Else I Should Get?

The size of the tripod is up to you. Bigger is generally better, but heavier and more expensive. Carbon fiber is the preferred material, but more expensive. My favorite tripod brand is Really Right Stuff. Gitzo is also good. Induro is a little cheaper.

Conventional wisdom is to get a ball head. RRS, Arca Swiss, and many other manufacturers make ball heads. I prefer geared heads like the Arca Swiss C1 Cube, but they are very expensive, and not as bulletproof as ball heads.

Jim

I agree largely with Jim, but settled on the largest Benro CF tripod for the ability to get different angles. Can't go wrong with a ball head by RRS (the BH55) or Acratech.

If you've never read any of Thom Hogan's discussions of tripods, here's a recent one to consider: http://www.sansmirror.com/articles/how-much-tripod-do-you-need.html

Having owned/used a wide variety of tripods over the  years ā€” some pretty obscure: the Leitz Tiltall, Ries (wood), Dutch Hill ā€” I beg you to not cheap out. You won't be happy long and will end up spending more when you upgrade.

Denis

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JimKasson
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Center columns

LesPickstock wrote:

Sabeast wrote:

Just Got Myself A Sony A7Rii & Sony 24-70 GM 2.8 Lens. What Tripod Would You Recommend? What About Flash? Lens Filter? Anything Else I Should Get?

Recognise that the higher the resolution, the easier for camera shake etc to show. So you need a VERY solid (usually heavy) tripod to minimise, without a central column, but with a hook underneath the head to hang a weight from (usually camera bag.... but a bucket of water is best, if totally impractical!). Also, when using the tripod use a remote - the slightest finger flutter will show.

It is conventional wisdom that center columns are bad, even if collapsed, but my testing had not borne that out using EFCS or silent shutter, although things are different with all-mechanical shutters and flapping mirrors. In situations where there is no wind and focal lengths aren't too long, extending the column is OK, too. YMMV, though. Testing is a good thing to do.

Jim

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Jonathan117 Regular Member • Posts: 114
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I use a really right stuff TVC -24L with a BH 40 ball head.  So far this feels like the right weight for traveling.  This version is tall and sturdy enough but can also get super low to the ground.

It does not fit well in carry-on bags which is the only downside I can see from my usage.

Really Right stuff is normally out of stock but B&H normally has them in stock.

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trainerKEN Senior Member • Posts: 1,498
3 sections

you're going to get a bunch of recommendations, but the ONE thing I always try to do is to avoid tripods with more than 3 sections... 4 is pushing it...

just  my .02

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BBernard Forum Member • Posts: 94
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trainerKEN wrote:

you're going to get a bunch of recommendations, but the ONE thing I always try to do is to avoid tripods with more than 3 sections... 4 is pushing it...

just my .02

This is good advice... but another important factor is the diameter of the smallest segment. IF the diameter of the smallest (e.g. the 4'th) segment is larger than the 2'nd/3'rd segment of another 3 legged tripod, it will likely be just as stable (all other things equal; such as brand/quality/material/etc.).

Fiesol makes a 3 segment (FEISOL CT-3342) and 4 segment, and I nearly went with the 3 segment for ultimate stability, but the trade-off is extra length when packed completely down, and loss of portability. So I went with the 4 segment (FEISOL CT-3442) becasue it's smallest segment was much larger than that of the MeFoto RoadTrip I was getting rid of.

Plus it's got a decent height (even without any center column), so anytime I need that max Stability and don't need the high perspective I just extend only 3 segments anhow -- I do this alot actually. So I really got the best of both worlds.

And it can def. pack into my carry on; most of the time I just have it strapped in it's bag to the side of my Camera backpack, and has always passed security for carry-on luggage on my flights.

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