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Old 23-05-2007, 12:27   #1 (permalink)
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Another one who doesn't know which tripod to go for. I will most probably use it for nature photography with my D80 and portraits. Not to heavy. And certainly not to heavy priced.

Can anybody give me an idea of which one to go for. I've just had a quick look on the manfrotto website.
And i would need a ballhead for what i want to do and the tripod i'd seen that would suit is 458B Neotec . But that is way out of my budget. I think my husband would laugh at me if i even tried.
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Old 24-05-2007, 09:23   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which tripod to go for

You are going to have to balance the two opposing things about tripods here.

Sturdy enough to do the job and light enough to actually take out.

The sort of photoagraphy you will be doing should be the key. If you anticipate using a long lens in very exposed and windy environments, a lightweight tripod will not be stable enough. For other general use, most makers do adequate kit, and the ease of use will be the best way to decide. The leg locks need to be quick and easy to use. Personally, I like the lever type after having a tripod where you had to use a screw collar that took forever to lock and unlock.

Flavour of the month ball head is the Manfrotto RC322, but that is £90.
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Re: Which tripod to go for

Personally, can't see anything that the Neotec does that my Benbo Trekker can't do! Except Neotec is heavier - but will fold shorter (Benbo has only 2 section sealed legs).

However, do acknowledge that the method of operation is not to everyone's liking: single lever locks legs and centre column (at any angle)

But you can pick 'em up for about £100!
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