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Tripod and Head for D800 landscape and Macro

paulfree17

Montville, US
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paulfree17 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jul 2009
Mon 04-Nov-13 03:49 PM | edited Mon 04-Nov-13 03:53 PM by paulfree17

First off let me start out by saying I am a serious hobbyist and not a professional. I enjoy shooting landscapes, and macro and occasionally architecture and night photography when travelling.

I am 60+ years old and do not go on long backpacking or hiking trips but I need something light enough to carry on my camera bag when travelling.

My biggest lens for every day use is the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VR but I do have a Sigma 150-500 that I use on rare occasions when shooting animals and birds when I get the opportunity.

That being said I am considering the following:

Gitzo 2541EX Series 2 (I like the tiltable extension for macro work and the fact that it folds to 21" to fit in a suitcase. I am looking at the acratech GP since it has a leveling head and is very light and I would think the gimbal capabilities would work with my 70-200 with a 2x converter or my sigma 150-500. That setup would cost me around $1200.

For about half that price I was looking at the Vanguard Acra Pro 284 and the vanguard BB200H head. I have read all the articles extolling the virtues of Gitzo and buying one tripod for a lifetime. (I currently have a Benro Travel angel which I bought when I was shooting a D90 and my biggest lens was the 18-200). I still carry that around when walking through a city since it folds to about 16" and fits in my backpack.

If I was a professional and could write off the cost the GITZO would be a no-brainer. As a serious hobbyist I need some convincing that spending an extra $600 is going to be worth it in the long run. And whether either or both of these systems would suit my needs.


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