Wed 29-Aug-12 02:02 PM | edited Thu 30-Aug-12 03:12 AM by grnzbra
I just aquired a Sigma 150-500mm lens for use with my D5100. I also got a Vanguard ABH230K ballhead. My current tripod is of unknown manufacture but seems fairly sturdy. The only problem is that I can't get the head off. The Vanguard ballhead will mount on the existing head but that arrangement seems like it would make things very unsteady, especially for that lens.
I've been looking at Vanguard tripods and the Alta+ 284CT seems like it might be good. But I'm not sure how the numbering system works in terms of giving an indication of sturdyness.
What do you folks thing of the 284CT for this application (I will not be running over hills and fields with this. Mostly in my back yard -range 15 feet to the bird feeder - or to a local park so weight isn't that much of a factor.) Does going with carbon fiber vs aluminum give you a stronger tripod for a given weight or a lighter tripod for a given strength?
PS. I guess I should add that I like the flip-over-for-macro-on-the-ground feature. Hence my interest in the Vanguard line.(As well as price range)