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 Post subject: Going to buy a tripod
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:03 pm 
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Hi , I need some advice on buying a tripod and since there is so much choice I can't make up my mind.

I've already decided it's going to be a Manfrotto tripod. I've also decided it's going to be an aluminium tripod (no expensive carbon stuff). I am willing to spend €150 for the tripod and head. And of course it's got to have the ability to mount a videocamera and a SLR camera (but I think all tripods have this feature).

So has anyone got a suggestion ?

Thanks

Bart


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First you have to make up your mind what sort of head you'd prefer:
- Ball head = super fast and flexible, but not too stable
- Geared head = stable, super precise
- Three way head = stable, not too precise

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PS - and also have a look at the existing discussions in this section about tripods and heads as you'll find out about the pros and cons of the various combos each of us have chosen!


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@ tomtomba ,

Do all the 3 types of heads cost the same ?


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Bart, there are so many versions of each type at Manfrotto head, that there is no clear answer. But as a trend I might say that sorted by ascending average price the sequence is this:
ball head, three way head, geared head
I think geared heads are only for die-hards so your choice could be ball- or three-way head. I'd strongly suggest to try one and the other in a shop, because these are quite different :!: :idea:
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B.t.w.: my combination is sturdy and smooth and costs around your suggested budget (see my signature).

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