Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100
I need a tripod on which I can either mount the D100 with MB-D100 grip, or directly mount the 70-200 2.8 AF-S VR via supplied tripod collar. Can anyone please suggest me an appropriate tripod for these applications? I might also add on the custom RRS bracket for the D100 to enable quick horizontal/vertical orientation changes. I'm leaning towards a Gitzo, but any other equivalent suggestion is welcome. Also, what ball head would I need?
I'm not too sure if the 70-200's tripod collar mounts directly onto the ball head, or whether any extra adapter is required to make the connection. Is it possible to have some sort of a quick release plate so that the camera/lens could be quickly detached from the tripod? If so, what make and model would that be? I understand I would need something strong to carry this payload, but I don't desire anything more bulkier or expensive, than is absolutely necessary.
Thanks in advance for your replies,
#1. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 0Tue 14-Feb-06 10:47 AM
Since you're considering Gitzo I assume you have a rather hefty budget in mind. I have the old 1227 which would work fine with the equipment you mention. The 1257 is the new model, which replaces the 1227.
I use a Markins M10 on my 1227. This combo is quite sufficient for your D100/MB-D100/70-200 (I used to have the exact same equipment). It would be best to mount this combo using the lens collar rather than the camera for better stability. You'll need a replacement foot or plate that's arca-swiss compatible for this. The foot that comes with the lens isn't arca-swiss compatible.
Note that RRS, Kirk, Markins, and Arca-swiss heads all use the arca-swiss clamping system, which will necessitate plates/feet/brackets like the RRS bracket you mention.
For quick detachment you can get a plain M10 w/o clamp, then add the clamp with the quick release lever.
The M10, as well as the Kirk replacement foot/plate are available in our Pro Shop.
#2. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 14-Feb-06 03:10 PM
WOW! I think I leaned toward Gitzo without doing much homework. They really are expensive. Well, I would say my budget is not more than $400 (both for legs + head). So, can anyone suggest a cheaper alternative? Maybe considering my budget I may not be able to go in for a separate leg/head combo, and may instead have to pick up something assembled right out of the box?
I know, I know, I'm placing too many restrictions on my requirements. Looks like I might not be able to afford a Gitzo after all . How about the Manfrotto/Bogen line? Has anyone used them for a similar setup? Or do I *have* to go in for a Gitzo for it to bear the weight of the D100 + MB-D100 + 70-200? If there are cheaper alternatives, can anyone please suggest me specific models? I need to buy it before this weekend, so will appreciate any and all advise.
#3. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 2Tue 14-Feb-06 04:01 PM
Well, the Manfrotto 3001 and 3021 are good aluminum tripods which should be sufficient. They sell for about 90 and 140 respectively. The M10 is 340 from the proshop. Then you'd still need the LP-44 for the 70-200, which is about 60.
That still exceeds your budget, but there's generally a large gap from the a-s heads to the next lower alternatives, although the Kirk BH3 is about 100 less than the M10, so that could be a viable alternative.
Note that this doesn't include a plate for your camera, which would be desirable for shorter lenses. Camera plates run about 50-60.
You could save about this much by going for the 3001 instead of the 3021.
#4. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 14-Feb-06 06:56 PM
Thanks for your advise, Charlie. The only problem is that the BH-3 is made to order and their web site says it will be shipped two weeks after the order is placed. So, that doesn't get it to me by this weekend. I wish I could wait that long. Any other suggestions in a similar price range but of equivalent quality?
#5. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 4Tue 14-Feb-06 07:26 PM
I'm pretty much out of suggestions. You can get an a-s head by the weekend, but it will cost more (and be a better head as well) from our proshop (Markins), Kirk, RRS, Wimberley, et al.
Maybe someone else will have an idea that you can get by the weekend.
#6. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 0
I have now done this twice, one for local photography and one for travel (airplane).
Home: Bogen 055-MF3 ($299)+Really Right Stuff BH-40 ($355) with a D200 plate ($55) a D200 MB200 ($55) and a 70-200VR ($55)
Travel: Bogen 3001DB($199) with the RSS stuff listed above.
Hope this helps.
Nikkor? Didn't he fight Godzilla in the 2nd movie?
#7. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 6Thu 16-Feb-06 05:06 PM
Well, I have finally settled on the Manfrotto 3021BPRO Tripod Legs and RRS BH-25 Pro head. Before I make the purchase, can anyone please confirm if this combo will be able to take the weight of my equipment (D100/MB-D100/70-200) via the 70-200's collar?
Regarding vertical orientation, can I just go in for the MB-D100 grip plate, or do I need to buy the L-plate? Going for the L-plate really overshoots my budget, so I would like to know if the BH-25 can take on the D100/MB-D100 + a regular zoom like the 24-85 AF-S while on it's 90 degree flop position without much instability or vibration?
#8. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 7
#9. "RE: Tripod for 70-200mm + D100 w/MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 8greybard Registered since 17th Nov 2005Thu 16-Feb-06 09:11 PM
Great advice Mark!
I agree on both point and you beat me to writing the exactly same post.
BTW, RRS does allow you to try out their gear for 30 day and you can return for a full refund though you might be more likey to cut off your own left arm than return such amazing gear.
I also have no worked with better people than those at RSS, they are patient and passionate about their equipment and selling the right item for the right purpose.
I was going to buy one of the 55s and they said it was WAY too much and too heavy for my purposes, they could have taken their extra $100s and not worry about me but they took the time and now have a customer for life!
I have so happy with my BH-40 that I am planning buying a 2nd for my travel tripod. I just bought a DB200 L-Bracket from them though I have been hearing that the DB200 vertical release is very loose on the D200.
Can anyone confirm this?
Nikkor? Didn't he fight Godzilla in the 2nd movie?