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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:09 PM   #1
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How to buy a tripod? Will it fit?

I need to buy a tripod for my Princess's camera. It's a Nikon D50 (as anyone who reads this part of the forum regularly knows). I don't want to go to the local Best Buy, or Ritz Camera, and look like a retard... so I'm asking these questions here.

Is there a certain brand I should look at, or avoid?

Do all tripods fit? As in is there a universal standard bottom mount on all cameras (kinda like how car stereos have DIN and Double DIN)?

How much should I look to spend?

Anything else?
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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are you looking to get a professional one or more of a really portable one?
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:17 PM   #3
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Well...if you're looking for a good tripod...they generally come as just the legs. Then you buy a mount for it which generally comes with a locking plate. This locking plate screws onto the bottom of the camera...in that little threaded hole that seems pretty useless.

So top to bottom you have:

Camera
locking plate
head
tripod legs


Also depending on how you plan to use the tripod...you should consider "professional" of a tripod you want. For example...if you're just gonna use it sparingly...it's probably ok to get an entry level, aluminum tripod. In general, the cheaper tripods aren't as sturdy. Things like wind will cause the tripod to shake a little and blur your shot. If you're gonna use it portrait studio style...you probably want to get a really sturdy one with reinforcements between the legs...and not pay much attention to weight/size. Personally...I knew I was gonna be wanting to bring the tripod with me to different places and use it quite a bit, so I went for a carbon fiber one. It's like 4lbs. without the head. It probably seems like the weight isn't much of an issue...but trust me...if you're gonna be lugging it around a lot...get a CF one.

I have a Manfrotto 055MF4 tripod with a Manfrotto 322RC2 head.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:37 PM   #4
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wow that is some serious tripod you got there. I went cheap on my first tripod. I won it from ebay a fews weeks ago and so far I like it. It's a super heavy duty that is why it is 7 lbs heavier than the CF one . I don't mind the weight since I'm not carrying it everyday. It cost me 40 bucks including shipping and got it from this seller

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:15 PM   #5
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decent set should be around 200-400.

-you may want something that can be set to the ground as low as possible, and high as possible.
-Gitzo, Bogen/Manfrotto, Giotto tripods and head should be looked at.
-weight and height. obviously lighter and taller, it'll be easier to tip over.
-A good tripod head. I recommend the Manfrotto 322RC2 head. I have it as well and its really easy and fast to adjust and move around.
-should check them out in stores as well to get a feel of it.

btw, I think in the Bogen/Manfrotto (if not Gitzo), the clips on the tripod brakes easily. I have broken a few working with photographers. I like and have ones there you screw tight to hold in place rather than it being clipped.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:27 PM   #6
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the part that screws onto the camera is universal. tripods themselves can range from like $20 to several hundred for the pro/fancy stuff.

the main thing is to make sure its sturdy enough to support the camera and lens.
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There's more tripod setups than camera and lens setups, so good luck.
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There's more tripod setups than camera and lens setups, so good luck.


I was in the same boat Kuya, but I can't figure out what the heck will satisfy my needs. That's why I haven't bought anything yet.
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Thanks for all the input guys. So basically, we should be looking for something stable... but with stability comes weight. Considering that I'm decently strong, I guess I'll have to go with something that will take good pictures, rather than be comfortable to carry.

Jesus, I guess the 75-100 dollar ones that I was looking at at Best Buy just don't cut it.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #10
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i never really liked tripods they sell at large chain stores (frys etc..) The tripods does look low quality.

Like I said, I would try going to a store that only sells camera equipment. You'll get good answers and opinions from reps there, handle and feel of the equipment is also a major factor too among different brands.
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Find which one you want...and then look on photography forums for people selling their equiptment. I scored my Manfrotto for $270 and it was pretty much brand new. The guy who sold it to me did a lot of bird photography.
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Carbon Fiber baby!! $$$$ LOL.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 09:09 PM   #13
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^ thats cash money there.
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