I'm looking at tripods, trying to decide if I want to replace my 30ish year old Slik. My motivation is that I'm 6'4" (76"), and I have yet to see a tripod that offers height much over 5' (60"). Even with a head and camera mounted, that leaves me close to a foot short.
Am I doomed to forever stoop and squint to get my bespectacled eyes in the right place to take a photo or is there someone who makes a 70" tall tripod?
The Bogen 3046 (Manfrotto 028 TriMan) and Bogen 3036 (Manfrotto 075 TriSpecial) extend to 70.5 and 73.2 inches respectively, without raising the geared center column. Accordingly they are more heavy, 9.1 and 9.9 lbs respectively.
Ouch...I used one of those when I was in college, shooting video with a 20lb behemoth of a JVC camera. After lugging it and Bertha across campus a few dozen times I can honestly say that I think I'm looking for something a little lighter...
I'm 6'4" also and use a Tiltall which extends to at least eye-level for me. It's a solid tripod (I've used it with a 600mm plus 2X converter) and doesn't cost an arm and leg. Just a little over $100.00USD.
I also have the Bogen 3021 with a 3030 head on it. I have found that with my F100 w/ MB-15 on the top of the tripod, with the center column fully extended, my 6'5" height is not enough to allow me to look through the viewfinder! (I hate coming up short!) And the tripod is very solid even when fully extended like that!
The 3021 looks more my style, but it's a little on the short side. Any thoughts on the pro vs the regular one? The only difference seems to be the horizontal column mount option. I use a tripod to shoot things like mountians, cars, birds at the feeder and occasionally my kid sister. I don't do copy work or wierd macro work, so I'm not sure it has much value to me.
53.2" for the tripod, add another 4" for my camera makes 57.2". That still leaves me about a foot short. Hmmm...
I can stand 4 or 5" of extension of the center column...it's not that bad. A nice tall pro head adds 5" or so. 67.2" isn't _that_ bad I suppose. My eye level is right about 71".
I guess what I'm looking for is a decent tripod that extends to 60+" and doesn't suck. Weight under 8lbs would be nice. Maybe I should comission one
Hakuba's Mark 7 looks pretty tempting, but I cant' find it at the usual places, so I have no idea where to get it or how much it costs.
The guys over at Photo.net seem to like the Gitzo 340 and 320, but the price is a littl erich for my blood.
I've also been groking the Proball 468QR (3435QR) recently. I know it's 2x the cost of the tripods I Thoughts?
Does the Tiltall support 3rd party heads? I can't seem to find a picture that details that part of the assembly. I'd like to put a ball head on whatever tripod I end up with. The Tiltall seems to fit the bill (at 60" without the center post extended), but I'm missing this one crucial piece of info.
Dave, the Gitzo G1509 with extended center geared column has a maximum height of 284cm, which is about 11'2". Add another 10cm (4") for the head, and the same for the camera, and the viewfinder will be about 12' above ground.
Even you with your 6'4" will need a stepladder to look through the viewfinder
If I had more than a few hundred dollars for a tripod, you'd better believe I'd buy a Gitzo. In college I used a Gitzo microphone fishpole for video shoots and it was a dream. It just worked better somehow. Kinda like the difference between a BMW M3 and my Honda Civic. Both work, but one's just...well...you know.
Unfortunately, I'm not to the point where I'm ready to buy one of their tripods, either financially or personally. Maybe after I've quit my day job to sell photos....
B&H says it's 99" tall without the center column (model G1504). With a ball head and a camera mounted, I might be able to reach the shutter standing, but I certianly wouldn't be able to see the finder
I'll settle for something that ends up around 6' (72").
I would suggest visiting a camera store with your camera and trying out a Tiltall using it as is; you may find it's a little more stable as you are lining up your shot than a ball head. I'm 6'4" and the two "handles" work smoothly and quickly. Good shooting.