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Offline scoyne

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« on: January 15, 2006, 08:42:29 PM »
Is that a good price for this tripod?

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2006, 08:50:18 PM »
It's alright, they usually run around $400 or more depending on what head it has.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2006, 08:53:06 PM »
It is new, well a store demo, but it doesn't come with a head.

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2006, 09:56:31 PM »
Is it this one?
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2006, 10:34:57 PM »
Yes it is. I probably could get $30 off since its a demo.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2006, 12:56:36 AM »
With all due respect what are you doing that requires a US$400 tripod ?
Seems hellishly expensive for 3 sticks and a swivel   .... ??

I keep thinking I need one but never found a use for it yet ....

Just curious ......
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2006, 01:04:55 AM »
What am I doing? absolutely nothing yet.

However, I love going cross country on my motorcycle and want to combine that with photography, so I am interested in something as lightweight as possible so I can carry camera, lenses, tripods, clothes, and a tent and be able to hike trails without being weighted down.

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2006, 01:36:20 AM »
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With all due respect what are you doing that requires a US$400 tripod ?

Well, without a good tripod, that 500~1000$ lens you bought last summer often becomes as good as a paperweight in low light.

Anyone can invest in a cheapie plasticky piece of rubbish... heck, I've done it.

If landscape is your thing, I don't get how anyone can do without a tripod, and without a good tripod. I have a 1326, and I often wonder how I did without it.

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2006, 10:54:00 PM »
I have a hate-hate relationship with tripods.

I hate using them
I hate the fact that I hate using them
I hate the fact that whenever I make the effort to carry one, I don't use it
I hate the fact that when I don't carry one, I sometimes need one!

I HATE tripods.  I LOVE the AS on my 7D

But I do happen to have several of these nasty things.  I would actually recommend buying a used tripod.  A pro line model is very difficult to brake (I've tried :roll: and failed) and can be an absolte bargain.  

My favourite, least hated, tripod, is my Gitzo monster-something.  Made up name.  I think its bigger than me, its nearly heavier than me, and possibly older than me too.  It is man enough to take on the 300/2.8 and win.  I respect it for that.  And I keep trying to use it.

This thing cost me about £60 used, and its probably like a £300 tripod back in the dark ages when they made it.  Find a used store.  Then get 2-3 different size tripods for you $300.

I even took my tiny weeny little table top one away for the weekend, and carried it everywhere I went.  Didn't use it once!

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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2006, 12:47:31 AM »
I hate that it's difficult to use my VC grip with a tripod. I usually have to mount it on the tripod backwards to clear the annoying quick release lever. I haven't tried to mount it on my Vinten tripod yet but that would be serious overkill, even for the 300f2.8. I have a fluid head I like to use with the big lens for ultra smooth panning control.

I too carry a tripod MUCH more often that I use one, which isn't always a good thing.
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2006, 02:43:32 AM »
Must confess there's been some scenery shots I would love to do better with lower ISO, slower exposures in the 'off rally ' season when I'm experimenting and playing around with ideas.

Second hand sounds like good idea, our local trademe site has hundreds of them but they all seem to be actually el cheapo new from quasi dealers bringing in crap knockoff imports from China rather than real good second hand stuff.

I will keep my eyes open for one I think, it will at least look good when I carry it around.   :lol:

love/hate sounds about right ....

That $1000 lens ( I can't afford ) wouldn't need a tripod cos it would be faster anyway ...
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2006, 04:22:24 AM »
You have to have a tripod and I use mine frequently--but not enough. I agree, they ARE a pain. I religiously use it for scenics.

Mine is a 15-year-old Manfrotto 055C with a ball head and (apparently) weights as much as dcap. It cost something like $350 CAD way back then. Heavy and strong. Not suitable for air travel--weighs too much what with the weight restrictions these days....

In addition to forcing myself to use it for scenics, I use it for macros and (almost) always if I am shooting pictures that I might sell, say a field of potatoes or grain (don't laff, they pay some bills) ... THEN I use a tripod.

Whenever I shoot a wedding -- two this summer as favours -- I drag the damn thing along, set it up, and then never use it and I should use it. (The shoots have been outdoors in parks and I am moving constantly.) I took it out of the truck yesterday and got it all set up and then the birds started flying so took the tripod off .. and blab blah blah ... you know the drill...I never used it again even when I should have done so.

They really are a must to have and use. AS or no AS. I love the AS too and it blows me away how well it works.

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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2006, 07:51:34 PM »
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I hate that it's difficult to use my VC grip with a tripod. I usually have to mount it on the tripod backwards to clear the annoying quick release lever. I haven't tried to mount it on my Vinten tripod yet but that would be serious overkill, even for the 300f2.8. I have a fluid head I like to use with the big lens for ultra smooth panning control.

I too carry a tripod MUCH more often that I use one, which isn't always a good thing.


Tell me about it - the 300/2.8 and the 7D with VC-7D and a tripod - Grrrr

I have found that the manfrotto Quick Release heads have a 90º away from normal position, have a look underneath, they have an "arrow" and the word "lens" indicated.  So I tried it 90º off the normal setting.  I could then actually get the 300/2.8 + 7D attached to connect to the tripod, and use the QR plate to get it all off quick sharp.  It was either that or remove the VC-7D.  Still the two manfrotto heads I have are not really built for 300/2.8 kind of weight!

I'd love one of those pistol grips they do, but I don't think it would be up for the 300 job .....  :?:

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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2006, 09:26:17 PM »
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I have found that the manfrotto Quick Release heads have a 90º away from normal position, have a look underneath, they have an "arrow" and the word "lens" indicated.  So I tried it 90º off the normal setting.  I could then actually get the 300/2.8 + 7D attached to connect to the tripod, and use the QR plate to get it all off quick sharp.  It was either that or remove the VC-7D.  Still the two manfrotto heads I have are not really built for 300/2.8 kind of weight!

I'd love one of those pistol grips they do, but I don't think it would be up for the 300 job .....  :?:


My Manfrotto head is the 3030 quick release (on 3021 legs) but I didn't see what you were referring to. It's a pretty light setup usually reserved for much smaller lenses, I just like it because it's not too heavy (for leaving in the back seat of my car that is) and I have a 20lb sandbag I can hang from it in windy conditions. I did pick up a new monopod though (the 694 Magfiber) and I quite enjoy it over my aging 3249 because it has a larger mounting plate (although I'm not too crazy about these new dual spring loaded threads). I'm trying to decide whether I should find a small head to mount on it, maybe a quick release one. I looked at some of the pistol grips from different manufacturers and I just didn't like them, they didn't feel very sturdy IMO.

anyway... I agree, a good sturdy tripod is a "must have". Even if you don't always use it, it's there IF you need it. You can get new OR used one's because they rarely wear out (the good one's) and parts are generally easy to come by. I balked at the price of my Vinten Vision 3 tripod for my video stuff, but I'll never need to buy another one... ever!
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