I need a tipod that will support my Nikon N80 camera with a heavy lens, (either my nikkor 80-200f/2.8 or my sigma 28-70 f/2.8) in the vertical position. The tripod I have currently has a quick release mount that, when the tripod is setup to take vertical shots, the quick realease attacment unscrews itself slightly from the camera, givng me only a shot of the ground. While the 80-200 has the tripod collar that i can turn the camera to the vert. pos. with, the sigma does not. I think I would like to get a bogen , but whatever you can reccomend is appreciated. Model numbers would be great.
#1. "RE: I need a tripod...." | In response to Reply # 0Lefty Basic MemberTue 30-Jul-02 12:24 AM
Your query is sort of vague, by not including what use you would use it for the most, cost factor, weight factor (will you hike to locations with it?) If you read some of the posts/dialogue in this (tripod) forum, where members have asked this general question, the answer may lay in one of those threads.
You have in your profile that you shoot mostly landscape...for that, you don't NEED a ball-head, a less-expensive 3-way pan/tilt would do just fine. Sports/Action would require a ball-head more often. Will you need to get LOW to the ground...or high up? Then there's the weight factor...many people, even with the best intentions, get a decent tripod & then leave it in the car after staring at it for a moment, because they think about having to "lug" it around, and decide that it won't be worth the trouble.
Some of the more popular pods are in the Manfrotto/Bogen line, such as the 3001 & 3021 (3221, if you like black). I found this on the second page of the archives. It's related to your question.
If you can refine your question, we'll be better able to help.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
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#3. "RE: I need a tripod...." | In response to Reply # 1TheMohaveKid Registered since 11th Jun 2002Tue 30-Jul-02 01:16 AM
I use two tripods. The first is a Manfrotto / Bogen 3221W... tripod names and numbers I think are kooky...most likely paid too much since I purchased it from Wolf Camera it has the 3030 pan tilt head. It works great for landscape work or most photography where nothing moves , it gets low enough for most stuff including macro.. ... part of the centerpost can be removed and the legs click out extra far. The pan tilt head works well but if your working with moving objects well you better be Real Fast ... a ball head makes more sense... the weight according to my bathroom scale about 8 lbs.. I do use it on day hikes of about 1 - 3 miles in mountains along with my other gear but weight / hiking is a individual matter. It handles the Nikon 80-200 f 2.8 zoom with no problem the biggest lens I used on it was the Canon 500 mm f4 lens a BIG lens much bigger then the 80-200 and it was a tad too small for this lens but this lens is a giant compared to todays big lenes.
The weakest part of the whole system is the mounts. They change out fast ( you'll need mounts for your camera and lenses ) but are either too loose or too tight and just at the wrong time. Not a problem with my Nikon gear for the most part only with the larger old Canon gear I had before.
The second tripod also a Manfroto / Bogen model ... but for the likes of me I can't find the model number ect on it... a aluminum tripod very lightweight... I planned on using it for hiking with the 3030 head. Pound for pound it's not bad so far up to the 80 - 200 f 2.8 but on small day hikes so far I don't mind lugging around the bigger 3221W.
#2. "RE: I need a tripod...." | In response to Reply # 0
A Bogen 3001 should suffice, it folds down to close at 20.5 inches so its compact and light, great for hiking weighting 3.75 lbs.
A Bogen 3011 if you are taller than average but it weights 5.3 lbs.
A 3030 Pan-tilt head with quick release should do the job just fine on either of those two as it supports up to 13.2 lbs
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#4. "RE: I need a tripod...." | In response to Reply # 0
A few suggestions -
First, make sure it is of sturdy construction vs. acceptable weight. This is important if you are going to use a leveled Nikon Panorama head. Also, if you find one that has sturdy round legs, you can slip over PVC tubes (with PVC end caps) as boots to set it up in the water.
Finally, if the center tube has a mount on the bottom, you can shoot high and low shots. I fabricated a cross bar & weight to low mount my Nikon F (or Nikonos) counterbalanced and use my waist level finder on low shots (flowers, etc).
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