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Need help choosing a Tripod

Postby JarredStanley » Tue May 27, 2008 8:37 am

I'm relatively new to architectural photography and I was wanting help choosing a tripod for architectural. I currently have a MANFROTTO 3001BN and a MANFROTTO 804RC2 head but its proving to be a bit weak with my 1Ds and a tele lens. I have been looking at Gitzo but i'm not really sure which model / head would be best. The carbon fiber ones look to be the best considering I mostly have to travel alone so less weight is good. Any help would be great.. Thanks.
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Beware MANFROTO 3001BN

Postby Guest » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:53 am

I am the adventurous photography type, often trekking a ways away up a mountain to capture a building from a unique angle. In my experience you should stop using the MANFROTO 3001BN immediately as it risks damaging your gear! Mine tipped over in the wind with just a Canon EOS-1V, granted those are pretty heavy...

I went ahead and invested in the Carbon Fiber 055MF4 and I haven't looked back since. It has the quick snap adjusters for the legs, ability for side-insertion of the tripod stock (great for over-head shots). I use it with a Mamiya RZ67 IID, if it handles that huge beast it should do well for yours. I have an older three-way gear head that is nearly heavier than the entire tripod itself, and the combined weight is certainly manageable.

I'd say its worth the money, especially if you work alone.
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Postby Pbartf64 » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:52 pm

I use a medium size Gitzo with ball head and love it. It may take getting used to with the twist leg locks but well worth it for quick and accurate setup. I looked at carbon fiber and see the advantages but I often have all my gear packed up and carted around. Be sure you pick a tripod that gives you good enough height. On many occasions I find a ladder useful and the taller tripod is helpful.


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Bogen's 3021

Postby JeffW » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:33 pm

As nice as Gitzos are I have always felt they are over priced at least in the beginning when there is so much other gear to buy. A great tripod in my mind is Bogen's 3021 probably pick up a nice one off Craigslist. I do have the Carbon Fiber 055 and I personally like a little weight to the tripod both because I feel they can take a simple bump when setting up the shot plus I like the added sturdiness when raised to it's full height.

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Postby rockstar7881 » Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:38 pm

Have you tried surfing the net with what you exactly need? There are tons of answers that can help you with your concern. Cuz, I myself had the same problem with my cam and tripod and looked on the internet and found what I needed. You can try it too and see what the results are.
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Postby wildtypitch » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:55 am

I use a Gitzo heavy aluminium tripod with the sinar pan+tilt head, rock solid if you're using a sinar monrail. Otherwise for lighter stuff I use a acratech ballhead, not great for technical precision though.

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