I need your help for buying a tripod.
I don't have tripod and I want to buy for wildlife and macro photography. I saw Manfrotto everywhere but I don't know what I need...
#1. "RE: I need your help for buying a tripod." | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberTue 16-Apr-02 10:31 PM
Manfrotto is a very good tripod. I have three. You have to take the opportunity to look at them yourself at some store to decide what best fits your height (without using the center column to avoid any unnecessary instability). There are specific "wilderness" tripods (painted green), that open the legs at different heights or at any, a top that can be used for just adding the head or a top with a device to install the center column vertically to shoot straight into the ground (PRO models) and so on.
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#2. "RE: I need your help for buying a tripod." | In response to Reply # 1JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Wed 17-Apr-02 09:07 PM
Yeah what jrp said.
Actually I think every shooter should buy as his first tripod a $20 cheapie. After using that 'pod for a while they can see what they need to look for for their particular style of shooting. Then after buying a good tripod the cheap (if it is still servicable) can be used as a stand for a remote flash or light reflectors.
Check out the Bogen/Manfrotto site for their info (http://www.manfrotto.com/) and if your still looking for alternatives there are other makers as well.
#3. "RE: I need your help for buying a tripod." | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberThu 18-Apr-02 01:27 AM
After they find out that most "cheapies" are worse than using no tripod, most folks then appreciate what a good tripod is worth. Most cheapies won't last long enough to employ for any other use. Check out these reviews for the common Slik 5000 tripod that many folks start out with:
The results are typical. The plastic heads aren't removable on cheap tripods. Most don't get much height without flagpole waving of the center column. Imagine having your camera and lens fall to the ground when a crappy component gives up the ghost. Cheap junk tripods - just say no.
For someone on a budget, look for an inexpensive tripod - this is a very different critter. Bogen/Manfrotto makes several fine choices, that's why they're so often recommended here. A decent inexpensive tripod will cost you twice as much or more than junk, but you'll end up buying a decent tripod anyway...why screw around? The same thing goes for the tripod head. Figure out what fits your needs best and get a good one. A tripod has but one job to do - support your camera solidly. Don't waste time and money with one that won't. Heck, a beanbag is better than a junky tripod.