Still using my CoolPix 775, I'm getting ready to move into a Nikon DSLR and I know I want to get a tripod.
Thanks to this site and this forum on tripods, I am learning so much about what I might want and need and what questions to ask when I shop.
In fact, I'm almost more excited about the tripod than the camera (the camera is not as foreign a piece of equipment to me as the tripod) and am thinking about getting the tripod even before I buy the camera and use it with my CoolPix 775 for some shots I want to take hand feeding my hummingbirds before they fly south for the winter.
Thanks again to those so willing to share the richness of your knowledge and experience!
#1. "RE: Thanks for all the advice" | In response to Reply # 0Fovea Nikonian since 26th Sep 2002Tue 21-Aug-12 02:10 PM
Welcome to Nikonians Cheryl
Before this forum can make recommendations, can you please tell us..
1. What is the DSLR you are planning to buy
2. What lenses are you going to use with the new camera?
3. Do you plan to buy telephoto lenses in the near future?
4. What is your budget for the tripod and the HEAD?
Choice of tripod depends on the weight of the gear you are going to put on it and the budget. Light weight sturdy tripods (meaning carbon fibre) are obviously more expensive than aluminium and magnesium alloy varieties.
#2. "RE: Thanks for all the advice" | In response to Reply # 1Thu 23-Aug-12 12:26 AM
Thanks for the welcome and response, Dinil.
I am hearing that the D5200 is going to make an appearance sooner rather than later and that's the camera I've settled on. The D5100 packages are coming with an 18-55 and 55-300 lens for around $900. I expect the new camera outfits to be similar albeit a bit more expensive. That should be as much as this rank beginner will need for some time. My primary focus (ha - is that a pun?) will be birds, wildlife and flowers. As far as a budget, well, still hard to say until I understand the features better, but I think I'd be comfortable in the range of around $200 - $250 max for a tripod. Traveling with it, even overseas, is not out of the question, but most needs for the tripod will be close to home.
#3. "RE: Thanks for all the advice" | In response to Reply # 2Fovea Nikonian since 26th Sep 2002Thu 23-Aug-12 10:50 AM
About 10yrs ago I asked the same question here. Before I tell you what I did and before you start to get advice from people with lots of experience with various tripods than I am, here's a couple of articles for you to read.
The first is by one of the founders of this site JRP, the second is by a well respected Nikon reviewer Thom Hogan. JRP's article will give you a good understanding of what to look for and Thom's will tell you what you shouldn't do. Start with JRP's article..
If you've finished reading those two articles, here's my advice: Get to know your new toys first, shoot a few pictures and deposit few more $$ in your tripod fund in the meantime! Once you've doubled your budget, reconsider
#4. "RE: Thanks for all the advice" | In response to Reply # 3Thu 23-Aug-12 09:29 PM
I did read the first article. That's what got me so excited about a tripod and all the great advice in this forum! Now I've looked at the second one. The advice is not unlike advice for a lot of products ... as someone I once knew used to say, "If you don't know what's good ... ask what's expensive." What he meant was, buy the best you can afford the first time and, generally speaking, you get what you pay for.
Okay, I'll wait ....
Thanks again, Dinil!