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  1. #1
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    Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    So here is the dilemma: I am looking for the best balance of price/performance. I should note that I am not a pro (not even close), and I take pictures primarily for fun. The gear that I will be using that will test the tripod is a D7000 with a 150-500 Sigma. Weight is always a factor, as I am not young any more. : )

    I have been looking at Feisol, specifically the CT3442 with the CB50D head and CT3442CC center column. It seems very capable, but frankly I do not know if this fits my needs or is way overkill. I understand from reading some forums that there are lots of choices....frankly, too many lol.

    Some guidance would certainly be appreciated.


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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    Hey Allen,

    There are indeed many good solutions on the market. For me, a confusing chore to
    determine which direction to take.

    I discovered with time this new criteria that is a "killer argument":

    WHAT IS THE SYSTEM BEHIND THE NAME?

    The way you see your approach to photography develop should be a good indicator
    as to the system you will need!

    Avoid the pride of owning! …be very rational in your decision and without compromise!

    I found out that these are guidelines that sustained my decision making over time…

    Have a good day…
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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiak View Post

    Avoid the pride of owning! …be very rational in your decision and without compromise!
    This is the best advise for me too




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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    Honestly, I wouldn't waste money on carbon fiber unless you really want to pay $150+ extra to shave off a tiny bit of weight.

    I have this Slik tripod and I love it: Amazon.com: SLIK PRO 700DX Professional Tripod with Panhead (615-315): Camera & Photo

    The only thing I wold change is the head, and go to a ball head.

    People also really like this Manfrotto: Amazon.com: Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black): Camera & Photo
    with this head: Amazon.com: Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2: Camera & Photo

    Either way, it's up to you. The Feisol looks like some high quality stuff, but it also looks like overkill.
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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    I'd say you've found a pretty nice tripod/head combo there and I certainly have no reservations suggesting someone get the best equipment they can afford. With that being said I also think you a number of us could suggest something you would be very happy with that costs a whole lot less that $600; this last statement being based on your description of your level of involvement in photography. Simply put, I think you may be approaching "overkill" as you put it. But, I can't really bring myself not to suggest buying top notch equipment.




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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    I really like Slik gear. I have 2 of their tripods, a 800 series carbon fibre and a 500 series aluminium. both have Manfrotto ball heads on. One thing I have discovered though, carbon fibre has another advantage as well as weight and that is rigidity. It definitely flexes less and hence moves less which is what we want from a tripod.
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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    But, I can't really bring myself not to suggest buying top notch equipment.

    I know that… a very strong and almost uncontrollable urge… almost!

    That statement I apply systematically to my glasses purchases, exclusively to my
    glasses purchases. But to any other thing, I will temper more or less.

    A tool is a tool. A hammer with gold plated something on it is irrelevant but with better
    ergonomics, materials, and features…

    I suggested to prioritize the system because a manufacturer that comes up with one
    has applied the same rigorous thinking over the whole line and that represents continuous
    features throughout the catalogue. One may grow within a system and everything is
    compatible and "retro-fittable"! Just think of the Nikon system, for one!

    Have a good day…
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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    I have been looking at Feisol, specifically the CT3442 with the CB50D head and CT3442CC center column. It seems very capable, but frankly I do not know if this fits my needs or is way overkill. I understand from reading some forums that there are lots of choices....frankly, too many lol.

    Some guidance would certainly be appreciated.
    That Feisol tripod and ballhead seems to be a good product as long as the height works for you. The ball head is a good one and is acra compatible. I think it is a great choice.
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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    That's... a lot for a tripod. Almost 600$? I got mine for 40$ on amazon and it works like a charm. Holds my camera and 70-300 pretty heavy lens without shake or anything. If you have the money, I'd go for it, but you can spend the 540$ on a new lens in my opinion.
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    Re: Tripod decision....driving me kinda nuts

    I'm facing the same decision. which way i should go. I won't be going pro so in my case its just for personal use.
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