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  1. #1
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    My ideal tripod choice!

    What tripod would you buy if you could have the tripod of your dreams? Do you have a favorite brand you would automatically go to, and a favorite style?

    Well my choice would be a Gitzo systematic traveler! It is a compact but very strong tripod without a center pole, with a max capacity of 88lbs! There is even a cool looking ball head designed for it, but I prefer the Arca Swiss Z1DP ball head! I believe this is a great all around tripod, and especially great for landscapes being such a ridged tripod so a regular wind won't be such a serious issue! A good center weight should take care of a moderate wind, and then your set!

    Gitzo GT5562LTS Series 5 6x Traveler Systematic 6 Section Long Tripod GT5562LTS



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    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5



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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    My tax returns should come in this friday hopefully. I have to pay a big chunk to badcock and more to lower my payments, and keep in good standing in case I need credit for something like a bed later.
    But with this being the last big tax returns, I'm going to do something that might be considered foolish even by myself. I'm going to buy this tripod, as I already got the Arca Swiss Z1Double Pan ball head for it. I will need to sell my guitars, but it will be worth it to me. I'm hoping my neighbor friend will be willing to sell my guitars for a precentage of profit, since I am no good at selling anything.

    If anyone is looking for a guitar, let me know, and I will try to list the brands and models of the guitars I have. US lower 48 only please, to keep things as simple as possible.
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    Bill, I've been hesitant to write this but please get real. Spending money on a tripod when you don't even know if you'll have a space to live in a few months, weeks or even days is, to say the least exactly what you wrote yourself: " I'm going to do something that might be considered foolish even by myself".

    Well, it's your life alright, but man it sure looks foolish from the outside.

    Sorry to disagree with your choices man.

    Please take care of yourself and try to sell before you buy and save a bit for maybe difficult times to come.
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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    Well, it's your life alright, but man it sure looks foolish from the outside.
    Poking my nose into other people's finances is not something I normally do but I'm making an exception right now and I'd like to reiterate everything Marcel has already said.

    Bill, I wish you good luck my friend; methinks you're going to need it.
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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    Thanks for your post my friend. There are aspects to recieving state help that makes some of your suggestions un workable, but I appreciate your caring suggestions anyway buddy.
    I can't save money or it will count against my getting state help. So I am spending about half on a credit to help lower my payments. After buying the tripod, I will try to sell my guitars to pay off more of the credit, and see to buying glasses , along with helping with getting an appartment if I can find one cheap enough.

    I also posted asking for suggestions on going simi-pro, to make a little money to help out in taking care of my needs. Anyway, thank you again for your post Marcel buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    Bill, I've been hesitant to write this but please get real. Spending money on a tripod when you don't even know if you'll have a space to live in a few months, weeks or even days is, to say the least exactly what you wrote yourself: " I'm going to do something that might be considered foolish even by myself".

    Well, it's your life alright, but man it sure looks foolish from the outside.

    Sorry to disagree with your choices man.

    Please take care of yourself and try to sell before you buy and save a bit for maybe difficult times to come.
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    After figuring my monthly income and monthly bills I need all the good luck I can get.

    Finding a low income housing, or help in the form something like equal pay on rent and electricity. Steady help is what is needed most. Maybe my councilor will be able to help find a low income appartment.



    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    Poking my nose into other people's finances is not something I normally do but I'm making an exception right now and I'd like to reiterate everything Marcel has already said.

    Bill, I wish you good luck my friend; methinks you're going to need it.
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    PS. I haven't spent the tax return money yet. So it isn't set in stone.
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    My councilor just called and said that I should get a call in the next few days about housing help! I don't have a clue what form of help it might be, but if it is subidizing I might have a appartment to try for that is close by. I wish they could have gave me a date to expect the call, so I'm sure not to miss it by going to town on the wrong day.

    Maybe you wishing my luck HF is working buddy.
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    Well the councilor's help was a bust, so I will go to the housing authority in the next few days to see if there is any help there to be had in the next couple months. I will keep looking, and maybe your luck you sent me will kick in soon HF!
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: My ideal tripod choice!

    Bill, as has been said, I don't get it. But I've seen guys who barely ever drive more than 10 mph over the speed limit drop stupid money on a car that can drive much faster and handle much better than they'll ever need or want, even when they let their testosterone flow when showing it off to someone.

    I don't like to pull punches, so I need to ask, when the hell will you ever need a tripod that holds 88 pounds unless you're planning on using it to hang small game while draining the carcass while out on safari? There are tripods rated at half that costing about 1/3 the price that you'll still never test fully.

    That said, it's your money, it's your head, it's your life. Just take it from me, no one has ever been made happy simply by owning something. If you're gonna use it, then have a hell of a great time doing it.
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