Ok, total newb here. Just bout my first DSLR and now I will be needing to get a tripod soon. I am usually pretty good about being able to research and figure out what is good/not good, etc. But there are so many tripods and manufacturers and materials out there...it is quite overwhelming. As far as what I can buy, I don't want bottom of the line b/c I want quality and something that will last. But I also can't afford to spend tons of money. So, can anyone please point me in a general direction so that I might be able to make a decision.
Also, I did check out the FAQ section...and I'm still overwhelmed.
#1. "RE: Um...Help!" | In response to Reply # 0William Symonds Registered since 22nd Jan 2007Sun 22-Jun-08 09:34 PM
What body do you have. What lenses do you have? What do you like to shoot.
Do you want lightweight - if so that means carbon fibre which is expensive - but IMHO worth it? This may help other Nikonians advise you.
And how much are you prepared to spend?
I recommend you concentrate your search on Gitzo (the top of the range( and Manfrotto, Feisol and Giottos tripods ..
.. and Markins heads. Alternative heads are Feisol and Giottos if they are trimming your spend.
W i l l
Nikonian in Bogor, West Java
#2. "RE: Um...Help!" | In response to Reply # 1Cookies35 Nikonian since 17th Apr 2007Sun 22-Jun-08 11:17 PM
Here's a seriously amazing article about how you need to think about just sucking it in and letting go of the cash. I, unfortunately, got half-way down the $1700 path until I wised up. It could have been worse. But unfortunately, and I truly do mean UNFORTUNATELY, he's right, IMHO. He's simply right. In one of those "How does he know????" kind of Right, like I read this article and thought he must have hired a private detective to snoop out all my credit card purchases over the last year to get the details this on target.
The only issue I'd take with his article is that I don't think you need Carbon Fiber. You can just get a really high-quality aluminum tripod (or whatever the non-carbon-fiber ones are made of), and be prepared to be lugging around some weight.
Of course, that's what I say now. Please don't laugh at me a couple years from now when I'm selling my beaten-up non-carbon-fiber tripod for a song (on account of it's not shiny and new any more) while I finally finish getting with the program and upgrading to carbon-fiber. And end up having not only completing the cycle, but end up having spent $1900 instead of the standard $1700. Oh well.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing