#1. "RE: Which tripod and ball head?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberSun 03-Feb-02 01:59 AM
Tell us some more about your uses and budget. A high end ballhead can go upwards of $400. Arca type plates for your camera and your lens can run $60+ each. A light and rigid carbon tripod will cost several hundred dollars. If we have a better idea of what your budget and uses are, it will be easier to make a good suggestion. There are lots of good options that cost much less, but everything has its compromise.
Although it is expensive, I very much recommend going with Arca type custom quick release plates for your equipment and use a head that has the clamp either built in or added on. There are a couple of main benefits:
You never need to remove the quick release plates since they are light and slim in design - this means your camera is always ready to go on the tripod and you'll use it much more often.
The custom plates fit your equipment so that it's impossible to twist the plate while using the tripod, no matter what orientation you're using. Conventional tripod mounts and quick release plates (with one exception that I know of) are very prone to loosening up as you work.
You can look at the system and get an idea of your options here:
#2. "RE: Which tripod and ball head?" | In response to Reply # 1majorjake Basic MemberSun 03-Feb-02 05:03 PM
I will be using these lenses for indoor basketball games, swimming and baseball. I will equally use this set-up for family photos and action shots of our dogs, vactions, etc.
Since I will not be going any larger than the 300 2.8 lens, I thought of purchasing the Bogen 3021 pro tripod ($137 at B&H). I think the load capacity is 13lbs. So my budget after the tripod purchase is approximately $300-400. Thanks again for your advice.
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#4. "RE: Which tripod and ball head?" | In response to Reply # 0
I shoot with the F5 and 300/2.8 AF-S, and my tripod & head combo is the Gitzo G320 tripod with the Manfrotto Proball 469RC (Bogen # is 336QR) and find this to work quite well. Originally I used a Bogen/Manfrotto 3221 tripod but found the legs not to be steady enough in breezy situations or when shooting at slower shutter speeds even with the center column all the way down. I find the Gitzo legs to be much steadier and have removed the center column and have replaced it with a short center post, and I adjust my tripod height from the legs. I find the tripod is much steadier this way,and once you get the height set up you can mark the legs for quicker set ups in the future. I also chose the Manfrotto 469RC Q/R head over the 468RC Q/R because I liked the bigger Q/R platform for better support. I have it set up so that the Q/R plate covers the entire foot on the tripod collar, which I feel gives added support to an area where all the stress is supporting a 6-1/2 lb. lens and a 2-3/4 lb. camera. It balances beautifully on this combination, and by adjusting the friction on the ballhead you can make it support itself even when it is not locked all the way, or have it loose so that you can free wheel with it. A word of warning though, be sure not to forget to lock up the ballhead all the way before attempting to pick up the rig to move it. I have done this and have that big bad boy of a lens come around and smack me in the head, and have had the camera and lens tip over a pinch my fingers between the platform and the ball. Damn that hurts like HELL!!!
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