Originally Posted by Nemesis158
1. I have a D5100 and the heaviest lens is a 55-200 currently.
2. i would like to be able to carry it around without too much difficulty
3. about 5' 11"
4 and 5. i have no idea......
Good tripods come separately, legs and head. So you shop for the legs you want, and a head that suits you. A ball head is simple, with no protruding handles; you simply unlock the ball and adjust position by grasping the camera itself. A pan/tilt head will have actual handles protuding, giving finer and more accurate control of movement. I prefer ball heads as they are more compact.
Twist or lever locks refer to the leg sections. Most tripods use lever locks, which are very quick and easy to use, but can often be accidentally unlocked if the lever is pulled by something, and they leave more gaps through which dirt and water can enter the legs. Twist locks are simply rubber or metal rings that twist to lock or unlock. They don't easily become unlocked and make a nice seal against dirt and water. The only drawback is that they are much slower to lock and unlock.
And just to add a few more options to Nemesis' list, I'll mention materials. Aluminum or carbon fiber are the two most common, but there's also basalt, wood, and magnesium alloy legs. Aluminum is cheapest, but not the lightest. Carbon fiber is lighter, but pricier.
And there are even more options, such as three or five section legs. Five section legs are more compact, but less sturdy and slower to open, whereas three-section legs are fast and sturdy, but less compact when folded.
If there's a pro camera shop in your area, go check some tripods in person to get an idea.
Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d
So I take it you and your wife play "Mount the 35L on the 5DII" quite often?
In other news, logging into my employee email for the first time in three months = tons of spam + HIPAA reminders. No clue how I got so much spam either; I only use my employee email for intraoffice communication.
LOL, no, the 35L does it all by itself.
And about the spam, it's probably from all the left-handed web sites you visit.