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Old Feb 1, 2006, 3:01 PM   #1
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...so I will ask here.¬* I have some specific needs for a tripod and head and have been researching trying to find the best option for price vs. needs.¬* So the criteria: using Maxxum 5D, eventually a zoom telephoto of 200-300mm, I am 6''5" so a tall tripod would be nice, need to shoot ground level or low as possible for high ISO setting indoors of my daughter sitting on the floor, weight of the tripod is no big deal, quick release¬* head, spirit levels would be nice for outdoor panoramic pics, and easy/ quick setup for those spur of the moment shots.
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 4:26 PM   #2
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Hi gobucks,

I too am 6'5", so I understand the problem with many tripods. I'm using a Velbon Sherpa 600, very flexible, quick to adjust, capable of shooting at ground level etc.

http://www.velbon-tripod.com/sherpa.htm

It doesn't have a spirit level, though there may be an accessory available (I've occassionally carried a pocket sized one I got for $2 from a hardware store, and rested it atop the camera - amateurish but good enough for me!)

Edit: turns out there are optional heads with spirit levels embedded: http://www.velbon-tripod.com/quick_shoe.htm


The 600 is not *quite* eye level at our height, but very close. (take off your shoes, you'll be fine!), but certainly goes higher than the quoted 170 cm without losing stability (170 cm is the height of the legs - the centre column extends a further 20-30 cm)


I find it very sturdy and stable, and am very happy with it. It's not ultra light weight or ultra compact, but you said that was ok.

Oh, and I'm using a Velbon quick release head head on it.

I'm not sure exactly what I paid for it, I think it was slightly over Aus$ 100 - so I guess just over US$80 or thereabouts
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 4:53 PM   #3
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Hey there Gobucks,I have a Dynatran 6703 which gets up to 71.2" high. I don't need it that high personally because I'm only 5' 5" tall. It is very stable, with a Pistol grip head with quick release plates as well, and ispretty heavy. Here is where you can see it's technical specs.

http://www.amvona.com/v7/shop/?page=...roduct_id=1623

I got it off Ebay, and so got it for a lot cheaper than what it's listed for. I like it a lot. Hope that helps, and have a great day.

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Old Feb 1, 2006, 11:23 PM   #4
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I see that most people prefer a ball head vs. a pan head.¬* But I was thinking, wouldn't a pan head be nice because you actually have a lever to reposition the camera instead of with a ball head, you grab the body of the camera causing extra torque on the mounting screw?¬* Just a thought.
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I agree. I'm using the PH157-Q, and I'm happy with it

http://www.velbon-tripod.com/panheads01.htm

(last one one the page). There may be benefits of using a ball heal rather than a pan, but I don't know what they would be.


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It seems as if B&H is cheaper to buy head and legs separate, not as a kit.¬* I keep going back to Bogen/ Manfrotto.¬* Which is really better or just a personal preference:¬* 488RC4 ball head¬*http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=27 2780&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNaviga tion, or 3047 Deluxe 3 way pan head¬*http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=52 93&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigati on¬*
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