I am new here, and I figured one way to introduce myself is to post a question..so here goes:
In the near future I plan on purchasing a tripod and head for use with my Nikon D7000; majority of use will be with a 60mm Micro and a Sigma 150-500 zoom lens. The subject matter will be most anything stationary to birds in flight. Being a 'mature' man with a bad back, I am thinking CF. I do not expect to be hiking or carrying the equipment very long distances either.
I've done quite a bit of research, which unfortunately has not narrowed the field much. Currently I am leaning in the direction of Feisol 3441s, 3342 or 3442, Sirui N1204 or N2204, Manfrotto CX190Pro4 or CX55Pro3...like I said, not much thinning of the herd.
For heads either a Feisol, Sirui or perhaps Photo Clam. Not sure which size makes the most sense.
The main issue I seem to run into is budget...I would like to stay around $500, which will be tough - saying that I do not want to be 'penny-wise and pound-foolish.' I have looking into used, but the pickings are pretty slim. I am very open to suggestions, advice, etc.
Thanks in advance and I hope this inquiry is not a problem for a new poster.
#1. "RE: Yet another Tripod/head thread" | In response to Reply # 0ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Thu 15-Aug-13 07:19 PM
Here's a used Gitzo and Markins head for $725. That's a little above your price range, but a very good value.
If I was going to compromise, I would compromise on legs and get a first rate ballhead. A Markins or RRS head, and the Manfrotto 055PROB would save some money and come in around your budget.
I like the Feisol legs. They are a pretty good value and an alternative that save a little. The people I know that have Feisol's really like them and recommend them to others.
Generally with tripod legs you can save a good bit by choosing alloy over carbon fiber. Alloy is a little heavier, but much cheaper.
I would not compromise too much on your ballhead. Ballheads require precise engineering and production. There is a bit of "you get what you pay for".
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#2. "RE: Yet another Tripod/head thread" | In response to Reply # 0Sixmileman Registered since 06th Mar 2013Thu 15-Aug-13 07:45 PM
I use the CX55Pro3 CF tripod with a gimbal head supporting a D90 or D7100 and Sigma 150-500. A rock solid tripod. It also has a variable arm (swivels down 90 degrees) which is handy for macro work.
#3. "RE: Yet another Tripod/head thread" | In response to Reply # 2allenz Registered since 14th Aug 2013Thu 15-Aug-13 08:09 PM
Thanks for the replies on this and the new member forum.
I did buy a used head: Sirui K-20x
The leg decision is Feisol CT3442 vs Sirui N2204x...about the same price. Any suggestions, preference?
Again, thanks : )
#4. "RE: Yet another Tripod/head thread" | In response to Reply # 3Bravozulu Registered since 04th Jun 2012Fri 16-Aug-13 01:33 PM | edited Fri 16-Aug-13 01:35 PM by Bravozulu
Sirenz, I am in possession of my 3rd tripod and 3rd head. I sold the earlier ones to pay for what I have now --- a Gitzo aluminum #340 with center column, and a Really Right Stuff 25mm ballhead.
You already have the head so we can skip that. The Gitzo replaced an older version that was nearly identical. Why? The new one is 2 lbs lighter. It weighs in at about 6 lbs. The old one weighed 8. The RSS head was chosen for the same reason.
This is a tender balancing act. When I was in film school in the 1960's, the credo was -- heavy with the tripod, light with the camera. Two variables effect your choice -- need for portability and possible wind conditions in your neck of the woods.
I shoot only indoor product photography and portraits. I never have to carry the darn thing far.And as to heads, I've never seen a Markins. Having owned and operated a bunch of brands, including the thrifty Giottos, the key is "do the ergonomics feel good?" Particular the knobs and the sensitivity of the drag setting.
By the way, I own the D7000 and also the 60mm Micro. Unreal resolution and contrast.
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#5. "RE: Yet another Tripod/head thread" | In response to Reply # 3
#6. "RE: Yet another Tripod/head thread" | In response to Reply # 0
FWIW, I did obtain a ball head and tripod legs....
Sirui K-20X head, and
Feisol CT-3442 legs with center column.
I found that I have not needed the center column attached as the legs with the ball head is enough height to look thru the viewfinder without too much bending over. The head seems smooth and sturdy.