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Old Sep 14, 2005, 1:43 PM   #1
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Hi there.

I'm looking to buy a tripod for my 300d, and I'd love some adviceor a personal recommendation.The largest lense that I use is a 70-300mm IS. I'm looking for one that is fairly light, as I will mostly be using it for landscapes and carrying it around all day. Price isn't a huge issue - I'd rather get the right kit now than have to replace it in 12 months time.

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Old Sep 14, 2005, 1:55 PM   #2
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I'd recommend one of the Manfrotto 055 series (I think they may be called bogen 3021 in the US), they are a good tripod.

The metal versions ares heavier but cheaper, the carbon-fiber ones are much lighter but expensive.

You will also need to look for a head of some sort for it.

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Old Sep 14, 2005, 2:08 PM   #3
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Thanks Peter.

Would you recommend a ball head?
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 2:30 PM   #4
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Another one that you might want to look at is the Velbon El Carnagne 540. It is a carbon fiber tripod, light, can hold 25 lbs and has a three way head on it. A ball head can be put on if wanted. It also has the padded legs for putting it on your shoulder with camera still on the tripod.

I got mine for around $300 and love it.

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If you want a reasonabley (define reasonably:G) priced ball head one of manfrotto 488 or 490 line are OK.
Or if you prefer a pan/tilt head the 029 is solid, and not very expenisve, but vertical shots are not possible with them.

For long lenses greater 300m there is the Wimberly gimbal head.

The Manfrottos are a well know and commonly used mid-range tripod, if you want to go up scale then look into the Gitzo's.

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Old Sep 14, 2005, 4:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice everyone - I'll head to my local store this weekend to try some out.

What is the rule on kit weight vs tripod capacity? My kit is about 3.3lb...
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 4:38 PM   #7
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There are no rules:!:

The manfacturers state what their equipment is rated for, this can vary even within alternate versions of the same model. And you don't want to be pushing the upper end of their rateing.

Right now your kit is lite, and almost any tripod/head will be fine with them.
You need to look to the future, so it is still usable If you add any long and/or heavy lenses.

Your 70-300 IS is longish, but not heavy and it is stabilized so that helps too. :-)

There are a lot of other makers like silk,velbon,optix out there.
If you go for one, you need to make sure that they are solid, and the leg locking mechanisims actually work well and won't work loose over time.

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One with a built in level would make panos easier. The Gitzo g2220 has this.
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If you want cheap and good CF tripod, then check out Feisol. I have CT-3301 to use with 100-400L & 400mm prime. I use markins M-10 head.
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