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Would Like Unbiased Advice on Tripod Selection

rdluu

chicago, US
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rdluu Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Jan 2007
Mon 07-Sep-09 06:13 PM

I am thinking about buying a Gitzo 2531 tripod and Really Right Stuff BH-40 Mid-sized ballhead with LR, and BD80L-Plate. I have read a lot of the primers on this here at Nikonians and elsewhere.

I use a D-80 and longest lens is 200mm, but I think my heaviest is 105mm with VR. I imagine some day (not a priority) I will get something zooming to 300mm. I plan to use it as my only tripod and am expecting to use it outside in the city and hiking.

My question (and I have seen discussions here that clearly regard the Gitzo CF6x as a necessity) is whether the premium to upgrade from a "similar" Manfrotto or other manufacturer really worth it? Kirk for instance sells Induro I believe. For that matter is the upgrade from the Gitzo Basalt line to CF6x really worth it. I know people will sometimes say they like whatever they have because they have it and want to justify the purchase to themselves. I know there is no right answer, but if I can put the couple of hundred dollars toward a new lens rather than the upgraded tripod maybe that is a better use of funds. For some reason I think I know the answer.

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