I'm planning to buy my first real tripod after hours and hours of researching. Primary use will be taking portraits, then maybe some time laps, simple landscape shots, and macro. Nothing fancy. No hiking anytime in the near future.
Current setup is a D7000, grip sometimes, SB400 flash, and Nikkor 24-70. I think this setup weighs 5lbs.
I'm planning to buy this tripod setup:
- Gitzo 2531 legs - $470
- Markins Q10 head with screw release - $350
- Markins plate - $50
$890 total. What do you think? Any suggestions for a better setup?
I think you are good if you aren't planning on a lens greater than 300mm or thereabouts.
What is funny is i too just purchased this same outfit....just got the legs at B&H for $469. And my q10 should arrive Thursday. I woud buy the plate via Hejnar Photo, they have plates for $30-35. I picked up a used Kirk l bracket for 45 on ebay last week. I just got the Hejnar plate for my 300mm f/4.
I also have the Gitzo 2531 and a Markins M10 that I use for landscape. I purchased it knowing that I have no interest in longer lens and it continues to serve me well.
I would consider an L Bracket over the plate as you have an interest in portrait photography. The L bracket will allow you to quickly change from landscape to portrait and keep the camera centered on the head and at the same eye level.
Jerry Jaynes Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
The D7000 is a small and lightweight camera body. You obviously have use for the grip, whether to extract maximum speeds at bursts, and/or to better balance lenses. I would keep the grip on at all times and get an L-bracket for the camera with it, on at all times because that makes me ready for anything I want to shot at any and all times and also serves as a guard grill. But, as it is said, "that's me" and that's why I do it for all of my cameras.
The other option is to buy a LU-100 Universal L-Bracket that fits your camera with or without grip, and can also be used later in another body when you upgrade/switch cameras:
Thanks everyone. I ordered the legs and ball head (lever release) today. I haven't ordered the plate yet, but will soon.
I actually returned a 3rd party grip and am on the fence about buying a new grip. I probably will because the camera feels much more balanced with a grip and the 24-70 than without the grip. I also shoot a lot of hand held portrait.
I would leave the L-bracket on all the time for convenience.
But how's portrait shooting with a grip and an L-bracket? The bracket seems like it would be uncomfortable the hold.