Planing to buy Dolica GX600B200 Aluminum Alloy Tripod (60")
I am planing to buy a dolica GX600B200 Aluminum Alloy Tripod (60") , i am not a pro and i don't have any pro gear
my stuff is D5100 with 18-55mm & 55-300mm , Speed SB400 ...
can it the above tripod OK ? or alternatives ?
again i am under tight budget as already spent a lot on the camera and lenses
OOPS sorry wrong forum , could a mod move it correct forum
Thanks and Regards
#1. "RE: Planing to buy Dolica GX600B200 Aluminum Alloy Tripod (60")" | In response to Reply # 0DavidN4 Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011Wed 30-May-12 09:22 AM
>I am planing to buy a dolica GX600B200 Aluminum Alloy Tripod
>(60") , i am not a pro and i don't have any pro gear
>my stuff is D5100 with 18-55mm & 55-300mm , Speed SB400
>can it the above tripod OK ? or alternatives ?
>again i am under tight budget as already spent a lot on the
>camera and lenses
>OOPS sorry wrong forum , could a mod move it correct forum
>Thanks and Regards
You will probably get a lot of people telling you to spend a lot of money on your tripod, but as someone who actually owns the same tripod, camera, flash, etc., it works just fine for most uses for me.
It's a lightweight, cheap, metal tripod, that you don't ahve to worry about where you take it or if you scratch it. It's feet pads are retractable and have spikes built-in. Ball head is small, but solid enought that it holds my gripped D5100 with SB-800, with 80-200 AF-S without moving.
You can reverse the center column to get the camera low, and the legs have the ability to go almost to 90 degrees.
Since it is a cheap tripod, you don't get the quality of a Gitzo or Feisol (or the price). Don't expect this tripod to last through years of heavy use, but works well for the occassional user, or light load user.
The last section of the legs are pretty skinny, so if you don't have to have them fully extended, then refrain.
Out of all of the cheaper tripods, this one is the one that I find that I will actually take anywhere and not worry about it.
#2. "RE: Planing to buy Dolica GX600B200 Aluminum Alloy Tripod (60")" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Wed 30-May-12 09:38 AM
You mention 60" in the title and your later discussion.
I just want to point out that that height surely includes the center column fully extended. With the column retracted and with the lower section suitably retracted (I wouldn't use the 4th section at all) I suspect you are well below 4' height. This is, at best, a waist level tripod, which I find to be a difficult and uncomfortable height unless I am kneeling on the ground (which is how this tripod probably needs to be used).
You also mention a 55-300 and I am fairly certain, just from the specs, that you will have problems anywhere near the 300mm end.
I don't know of any tripod and head near this price point that I would recommend. I just wanted to comment on the height statistic, coupled with the potential focal length.
Although it is easy to spend as much on a tripod as you did on your camera kit, the camera does not care how much you spent on the tripod or how much it cost. That is a sad fact of life.
I would suggest something like a Manfrotto 055 series alloy tripod and some suitable head, which would run around $200 and up, depending on the head.
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#4. "RE: Planing to buy Dolica GX600B200 Aluminum Alloy Tripod (60")" | In response to Reply # 0
3 attributes desired in a tripod: Stability, low price and light weight. You can get any two easily. Adding the third is near impossible.
Light weight and sturdy=expensive.
light weight and inexpensive=flimsy.
Sturdy is the non-negotiable item in the equation. If it's not sturdy you may as well turn it in for recycling.
I have a couple dynatrans that cost 50 bucks each. Sturdy as the day is long, and heavy, too @ 8 pounds each.
My feisol is just as sturdy, weighs less than half of one of the dynatrans, and cost more than 8 times as much.
Aluminum has the property of being inexpensive in relation to sturdiness. The Ddolica will work with the camera and 18-55. The 55-300 may be pushing it, but being careful will overcome some instability. Be prepared to return it, though.
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