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Old Mar 17, 2005, 1:16 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'd like to purchase a "starter" tripod for my FZ-20. When I used to shoot video, I had the luxury of a $2k Bogen tripod (nice!!!) but now I just need something to get steady shots (and for longer exposures)

Any suggestions from this page?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...A=search&Q=

I guess the only feature I'd reall ask for is a quick release option.

Would one of those $20-$30 jobs do it? Or should I shell out more for something better? Remember, on this one, I don't NEED the top of the line model, just something decent to hold the camera steady.

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Hi everyone,

I'd like to purchase a "starter" tripod for my FZ-20. When I used to shoot video, I had the luxury of a $2k Bogen tripod (nice!!!) but now I just need something to get steady shots (and for longer exposures)

Any suggestions from this page?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...A=search&Q=

I guess the only feature I'd reall ask for is a quick release option.

Would one of those $20-$30 jobs do it? Or should I shell out more for something better? Remember, on this one, I don't NEED the top of the line model, just something decent to hold the camera steady.



Most tripods gather dust in the closet because of their weight and bulk.

It is question of money and weight. I do not like weight. My tripod has a screw off the bottom of the center column. I attach a molly then a bungee cord. I amake a loop on the end step in the loop when I take a picture. A cheap trip and a rock steady picture. These tripods are not expensive and under rated.

http://www.tocad.com/tripods.html



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Old Mar 17, 2005, 4:20 PM   #4
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Only my opinion.

Inexpensive tripod = junk... especially for a long zoom camera

It is not so much if it supports the camera but the smoothness.

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I find your statement true when it comes to video cameras. As far as setting up our camera for a still shot I don't think it makes a huge difference since all you need is something to hold the camera still and then take the shot.
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Only my opinion.

Inexpensive tripod = junk... especially for a long zoom camera

It is not so much if it supports the camera but the smoothness.

Explain that to me. I'm using a tripod that's quite old. I'm not sure I know what makes for a good one.
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My line of thinking is simliar to viznquest's

For video, it seems like a smooth motion and a solid head are very critical so the extra$$ are neccessary. I don't see that same need for Photography other than having to "go back and forth" to get the desired shot if there is some jerkiness in the head movement.

Can someone elaborate?
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Explain that to me. I'm using a tripod that's quite old. I'm not sure I know what makes for a good one.


I did say "in my opinion" but what I use a tripod for 90% of the time is when I have a teleconverter or 2 on the camera and I am trying to focus on an animal a couple hundred yds away, it really helps to have a tripod (head in particular) that can be move slightly to frame the shot and have everything stay put until the amimal moves and then to set up on it again quickley.

And I think some of the old ones maybe a lot better than some new ones.

If you are trying to shoot at say2000mm or more you should see how long some tripods vibrate after you touch it.
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Old Mar 17, 2005, 10:11 PM   #10
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I wanted your opinion. I use the tripod mostly inside, close. The few times I've used it outdoors, I'd say it was fine. It's got 7 adjustments on it and it's stable. I was just wondering what makes for a good tripod.
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