I am in the market for a first time purchase of a Tripod+Ballhead. My system is: FM2n/T, 28/f2.8 AI-S, 50/f1.8 AI-S E, 100/f2.8 AI-S E.
I do not envision getting more lenses, till I am proficient with these, in the near future.
I am 5'5". I am interested in general photography - potraits, nature, vacation pictures, etc.
Needs are: 1. Tripod: Which one - Gitzo G1127 or G1227 or G1325 (overkill?) ? Any other recommendations? (read about ordering from Robert White for tripods) 2. Markins M1-PQi? Any other recommendations? (read all the notes from Jeff, BJ, Snake and Doug on the M1-PQi. I have also contacted Mr. Mah.) 3. RRS plates?
Just a quick comment: you might want to do some nose-to-nose comparisons of U.S. retailers with Robert White if you are considering looking overseas to save money. I just ordered a Gitzo 1228, and the savings with RW (accounting for shipping, too) was marginal. Also, I wasn't confident about the potential for import tax. Check it out, though, as this may be product-specific. Best of luck to you!
Good advice, the exchange rate and recent price drops in the US have cut into the savings. It's still worth checking into the price difference and I've found White's total price estimate including shipping to be very accurate. Be sure you compare US prices including shipping as well.
Also look at the Tranquility Images website (as US business) when Gitzo shopping:
I think mine is the normal column in carbon fiber. The short column would be plenty considering how high the 1348 gets (over my head without a column), but when I'm traveling light I'll go sans column. I don't know if the short column comes with the hook and I do like having a place to hang a camera bag.
The check option takes a few extra days, but if you're not in a hurry it's a good way to save.
I'd think a Manfrotto 190 or 055 would be good (check the height first).
As for the Markins, it's overkill for you. Ballheads wise, try the Velbon MG series of ballheads, I'm very impressed with the weight of these things. Or even the Manfrotto 308RC, but watch for the wear on the locking system which eventually causes slippage.
RRS plates not really necessary for your setup, I find it's only when your load is really heavy do you need to worry about them. I managed fine with the Manfrotto plates on the crappy 308RC; no slipping on the plates.
Mahesh, a tripod can never be big/heavy enough, so if you want to carry the weight, you should go for the G1325. It's only 1/2 kg heavier than the G1227, and it lacks the superfluous center column. Besides, in photography, you know with what equipment you started, but you never know with what you'll end up. Years ago, I started with a Nikkormat and a 50mm, and didn't need anything else, but at that moment I could't imagine I would one day buy a 500mm. Buying the biggest (of the tree mentionned) tripods prevents you from having to buy a new one every time you buy a longer telelens.
I don't think a quick release plate is necessary for your equipment. It becomes interesting when you have several cameras and lenses with tripod collar. But as you only have one camera and no lenses that can be mounted on the tripod, you'll never need to put something else on it while photographing.
Just wanted to thank you all for your suggestions and notes. Here is what I have decided on: 1. Tripod: G1325 (from Tranquility Images - Thanx BJ) 2. Ballhead: Markins M1-PQi (thanx all the folks who recommended one) 3. RRS QR plates.
Also, I have been reading about concerns and issues about sending money to Markins (in case someone wants to buy the Markins products).
I have used a website (http://www.c2it.com) from the US (not sure about other countries), a Citibank site that allows one to send money internationally for just $10 via a MC/Visa or Direct Debit from one's bank account.
The site takes money from your account (credit or debit) and converts the money into the appropriate international currency. They can perform a Direct Deposit into the individual account or send a check to that person.
There are no fees to send money within the US (in case someone wants to do that). Also, your Credit card company will not charge international conversion fees since the money is being removed in $.
If anyone has questions, please contact me and I may be able to provide more details. The easiest would be to check out the web site.
I am posting this as another thread in the section (tripods). If the moderators would like to move it to a better location, please do so.
Just to update you all. I received all my eqiupment - G1325, M1-PQi and RRS plate. All I can say is amazing!!!!!
The M1-PQi is a work of art. Extremely smooth and rock steady (dead, dead, DEAD!!!) Perfect for my use. I have to thank BJ, Snake, Jeff & others for all their comments and views on the Markins. Thanx again.
The tripod and the RRS plates are all that people claim them to be - AWESOME!
Hi Mahesh, congratulations, sounds great, and it appears you are extremely pleased with your new equipment choices. You should be able to dump just about anything you want on your support system now. You have made a wise decision and a person really can't go wrong choosing the higher ground like you have done with your equipment and dollars. Even though it may have cost you more $'s for your selected equipment in the beginning, you will ultimately be ahead of the game in the long haul by not needing to upgrade to better equipment in the future because one or more components in your support system does not live up to its initial appeal. Looks like you have an impressive, appropriate, functional array of equipment which you will be able to grow into if that need/want happens to occur now or in your future. Simply polished and elegant isn't it? Enjoy...by the way, what color ballhead did you finally decide to select?
Thanx for your comments and I agree. I have always believed in purchasing the best equpment (even if it turns out to be expensive, it will pay for itself in a few years) since I do not have to worry about weak construction and repair costs, etc.