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Help me figure out which tripod and head

ZoneV

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005
Fri 15-Sep-06 01:30 AM

I'm looking to buy a good, sturdy tripod, but I know nothing of the various models out there. I also have no way to go look at them prior to ordering one.

Here is what I want:

-Price: $400 for both tripod and ball head
-Ball head must be sturdy and use a good quick-release system (whatever type of release is good)
-Tripod and head need to support a D1H with a 300/2.8
-Should be light but sturdy and affordable
-Needs to have versatile adjustments in all the normal directions, plus low-level ability
-Not sure what type of leg locks are best
-Not sure about material (metals, carbon fiber, etc.)
-Should extend up high for when I shoot with a small step ladder (to about 7 feet counting head and camera if possible)
-Will be used for all types of photography, especially long time exposures. So tripod or head creep is bad.

Please educate me about wat else I need to consider.

Thanks in advance.

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