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Old 03-09-2012   #21
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In Amazon's inventory, what is the best tripod & head that is easily portable for $500 or under?
Come on. You don't really expect someone to plough through the hundreds of tripods on Amazon to find what you want, do you? I mean, really?

Why are you limiting yourself to shopping at Amazon anyway? Why not just go to B&H's website or call them and ask them? They actually know their products.
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I've got $499.99 and I need a tripod.

It will be for my Nikon D800 and heavy lenses.

I wish I had over $1,000 for one of those fancy tripods, but alas i just have $499.

I'm tired of spending $60 over and over on crappy tripods.

This will be for stills only, indoor portraits and outdoor landscapes.

What is the best tripod for under $500?

Yes I could research this on my own, but I like engaging in the social community and talking with others.

And the $500 has to cover the legs and head and any mounting plates, the whole shebang so I can start shooting, all under $500.

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Take a look at these - Tripods from Berlebach - The Genuine Alternative! Wooden Tripods Made in Germany

While I have a light carbon fiber Gitzo for hiking, I'm about ready to spring for a wood Berlebach for around town.

I'm certainly no expert, but do read that wood does a very good job of absorbing vibrations?

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Take a look at these - Tripods from Berlebach - The Genuine Alternative! Wooden Tripods Made in Germany

While I have a light carbon fiber Gitzo for hiking, I'm about ready to spring for a wood Berlebach for around town.

I'm certainly no expert, but do read that wood does a very good job of absorbing vibrations?

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Dude...echo?..what? Already pitched Berlebach earlier in this thread. I agree you'd like a Berlebach!
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ok ok, I'll check out the wood.

But if the wood is too big, or too hard, I won't want it.

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Dude...echo?..what? Already pitched Berlebach earlier in this thread. I agree you'd like a Berlebach!
Too funny.........came in late to the party and didn't read the full thread to see your earlier pitch.
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That German wood stuff is tough to shop for because while on Amazon each product has 100s of reviews, these wood ones don't. how do i know which one is right for me?

For God's sake, they have 18 pages of tripods.

Won't wood absorb water?

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Brooks for someone who is a bit green when it comes to landscape photography, it might be a bit embarrassing to lug that much tripod around, people will assume I know what I'm doing. Look at all those knobs!

I don't want to spend an hour setting the thing up.

If the tripod and head you linked are "the best", what's the "next best"? Maybe that fits within my budget?

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I don't know if they're the BEST but they work for me. The Berlebach tripod isn't the lightest at around 6 lbs but the Acratech head is very light at just under one pound.

Just look for a good 3 section aluminum tripod that's around $150. There are some Manfrotto/Bogen ones in that range. Pay attention to the leg locks.

Then spend as much as you can on a good tripod head. It's the tripod head which you will fuss with the most so get a good 3-way tilt head with a Kirk style quick release or the Acratech ballhead that I linked to. Good carbon fiber tripod legs are out of your budget.
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Gotcha, so

1. Aluminum legs better than cheap carbon legs
2. Head is REALLY important so don't skimp on the head
3. 3 sections more stable than 4 when fully extended

I'll scan amazon again then and post new findings here and you guys can approve or disapprove.

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Dude, all you had to do was post this video, i'm sold, these things are friggin awesome!



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