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Finally just figured out that one of the things i want for x-mas is a good tripod.

Could you guys please recommend me a good tripod for under $150
(i have an el-cheapo $20 walmart one right now frown.gif )
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Originally Posted by Nemesis158 View Post

Finally just figured out that one of the things i want for x-mas is a good tripod.
Could you guys please recommend me a good tripod for under $150
(i have an el-cheapo $20 walmart one right now frown.gif )

What will you be supporting?

How much does weight matter to you? (will you be hiking or walking with this tripod alot?)

How tall are you (Do you mind bending over to setup your shots)?

Do you know what kinda of head you want? (pan/tilt, ball head ect)

Do you prefer twist or flip locks?
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Originally Posted by silvrr View Post

What will you be supporting?
How much does weight matter to you? (will you be hiking or walking with this tripod alot?)
How tall are you (Do you mind bending over to setup your shots)?
Do you know what kinda of head you want? (pan/tilt, ball head ect)
Do you prefer twist or flip locks?

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......
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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.

at least your e-mail is not filled with BS CMEs offering like 1 credit for half a day.
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at least your e-mail is not filled with BS CMEs offering like 1 credit for half a day.

Oh I have those too, and I have absolutely no clue why or how. The strangest part is that some of these are addressed to "[My Name], M.D." or "Dr. [My Name]"

Maybe I've amnesia and lost four years of my life, but I do not recall getting a doctorate, or hell, graduating from undergrad yet confused.gif
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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.

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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. wink.gif

And about the spam, it's probably from all the left-handed web sites you visit.
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Add me, please. Made a little bit of an upgrade going from my cellphone camera to the D3100. thumb.gif
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Add me, please. Made a little bit of an upgrade going from my cellphone camera to the D3100. thumb.gif

Eh, I don't know, feels more like a sidegrade to me tongue.gif
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They've had that lens for a couple years now. The CA is ridiculous. It makes the lens pretty much unusable on film.

Oh few years... Thats awkward. Lets pretend none of that ever happened. Is the performance that bad even stopped down? I guess the only two options for a super high quality wide are like that 43mm or whatever on 8x10 and 14-24 on D800.
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Originally Posted by Nemesis158 View Post

Finally just figured out that one of the things i want for x-mas is a good tripod.
Could you guys please recommend me a good tripod for under $150
(i have an el-cheapo $20 walmart one right now frown.gif )

could look into a decent sub 100 manfrotto and decent ball head or something
 
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