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What tripod/head upgrade

J_Harris

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Tue 23-Oct-12 12:19 PM | edited Tue 23-Oct-12 12:35 PM by J_Harris


You need to make a decision about what brand and "style" of tripod you want/need.

You have indicated an interest in the Manfrotto 055 XPRO3. That tripod uses a "center column". The center column can be lowered, but is still not considered as stable as using a non-center column tripod. If you decide on a Gitzo their "systemmatic" models don't have a center column but can be added at an additional cost, or you can buy their "Mountaineer" model that comes with the center column.

It becomes a choice of "ultimate stability" and simplicity over convenient height adjustment.

You might be interested in the Gitzo 2009 catalog (latest version). It has a very good section on how to select the best tripod for your requirements and shooting style. The PDF version can be downloaded from the link below.

http://www.gitzo.us/service/request+a+catalog/


I have a feeling Neil would/will recommend a non-center column tripod (as I do) because of your interest in moon shooting. In your own words; "moon shooting mainly, where sharpness is a key factor."


You are one step closer to a final choice... you seem to have settled on Carbon Fiber (CF).

Jerry


Edited to Add: Another statement you make; "D700 body + 80-200 mm F2.8 as of today.
Same as above + TC and/or 300 mm lens as future upgrade
."

Based on that statement and your "moon shooting" I would suggest a Gitzo series 3 or equivalent from another manufacture.

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