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Old 03-08-2006   #1
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I would like to see what kind of tripods everyone is using. I know it is kind of a "go w/ what you like" topic, but I was just wondering if there are any brands I should steer clear of or one that is so great and wonderful that I should know all about already??

I'll need to be getting one soon that has to be pretty durable and can still hold my camera up when in the locked position!! (no offense to Walmart tripods I bought back when I was 13 in my first official photo class!!)

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I have a Gitzo 1325 CF tripod with a ballhead (BH-55) and also have a gimbal mount head for longer lenses. I like it because it is very stable, lightweight considering the load it is capable of carrying, and well built. It doesn't have a center column which is not a major issue most of the time, but when I do macro work or other work where I want the camera positioned differently than I can get without tweaking the legs awkardly, I fee a desire to buy a 2nd tripod with a versitile center column. I am considering one of the new Bogen's (I think it's the 55, but can't really recall) as an additional (not replacement) tripod.
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Thanks for the feedback. How much do the Bogen's run?
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Bogen's are the sister company to Gitzo. The price is lower than Gitzo, but the quality doesn't suffer. Prices vary depending on what you're looking for. A good aluminum pod like the 3021 pro runs between $100-150, I believe. The newer carbon fiber mags, run in the $300 range. I'm guessing at the prices, but I think I'm fairly close.
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In my book, nothing compares to Gitzo. I've been using the same Gitzo 320 for almost 20 years and it's still slick and easy. They cost a bundle, but once you have one you're set, you don't even have to think about camera support as long as you don't forget it. I bought a quick release, Arca-Swiss B1 ballhead with the 320 and the same goes for it. Works as well as the day I bought it, no slips, no dips... just rock stable.

I've put that setup through all sorts of dirt, sand, saltwater, rock banging, swamp muck... some of the best money I ever spent on photography.

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I've been using a Slik 330DX Pro myself. A lot less expensive than the Manfrotto/Bogen models but still sturdy enough to keep my little Coolpix steady.
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After trying Bogen and several other brands, I settled on Gitzo exclusively. I agree with Chip: these pods cost a bundle, but they just work. I keep one of mine in the trunk of my car. It freezes, it boils. It still works.
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1) A very old very heavy very big aluminum Bogen
2) A very old very heavy very big wooden Eastman Crown Graphic
3) A Manfrotto Neotec (458B)
4) A Gitzo 1327
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1) A very old very heavy very big aluminum Bogen
2) A very old very heavy very big wooden Eastman Crown Graphic
3) A Manfrotto Neotec (458B)
4) A Gitzo 1327
That reminds me, The Gitzos are my location tripods. In the studio I use this big old monster of a Majestic tripod with crank head and column. It's a beast and not as versatile as a stand but it does what I need.

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That reminds me, The Gitzos are my location tripods. In the studio I use this big old monster of a Majestic tripod with crank head and column. It's a beast and not as versatile as a stand but it does what I need.

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WOW have not heard Majestic in years ... damn those are beasts


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