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Old Mar 1, 2005, 8:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking ofr a tripod for macro work, including at ground level.
Will either of these do the job:
http://store.richmondcamera.com/prod...oducts_id=1754
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=247268&is=REG
Will any others do the job better or cheaper?
I will probably get a ballhead also. However, it will raise the camera by the height of the ballhead. Any other suggestions here? I could carry a sandbag, but that wouldn't be a great solution when hiking...
while I'm asking, any suggestions for a ballhead?

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Old Mar 1, 2005, 10:12 PM   #2
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I could carry a sandbag, but that wouldn't be a great solution when hiking...
Oh yes , but carry the empty bag of course, you fill it with what ever you will find when needed :G

Manfrotto is also exellent choice
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Old Mar 2, 2005, 8:02 AM   #3
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See previous post
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...68&forum_id=73
I'm probably getting the Slik Sprint Pro, not as high quality as some of the others but it does get low to the ground & is lighter for hiking purposes (my main concern).

I also looked at the Manfrotto 3001B-Pro, a very nice tripod but heavier than I was looking for.
http://www.bogenimaging.us/product/t...86&itemid=2694
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Old Mar 2, 2005, 9:21 AM   #4
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either the gitzo explorer series or the manfotto 3001/3021PRO models. all of these allow the center post to go lateral vs just straight up and down. this in turn lets you move your camera into just about any position you need to get the shot you want.

http://www.pbase.com/crusader/image/39137708

http://www.pbase.com/crusader/image/39141627

mine is a gitzo g2228 carbon.the aluminum version (the one you are looking at) is considerably less $$$. this one doubles as my travel tripod.

a ballhead adds to the versatility too


ballheads are another matter and good ones are notinexpensive. the major players in the ballhead market todayare

1- RRS BH-50top dollar for the most versatile and most controllable one on the market at~$450 usingtheir fliplockarca swiss clamp assy and the included 10+week wait for it. this is mine

http://www.pbase.com/crusader/image/40051856

2- markins M10 smaller lighter and less expensive. a reverse engineered arca swiss head sized down and lightened. well designed. an outstanding head for travel. ~$340 with a markins clamp. ~$306 with just a stud for your choice of clamp assy. i have an RRSfliplockon mine also.

http://www.pbase.com/crusader/image/40051621

3- Arca Swiss B1. the original from where all have come. ~$400 with clamp. had one sold it for the markins.

4- Kirk. similar arca swiss in design but not quite. good pricing in the range. cannot opinionate due to lack of experience with them

5- acratech. beautiful visual design and workmanship. the lightest in the group. has some minor issues in use for me. had one sold it. ~$280



All of the above use the arca swiss type clamp assy system.


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Old Mar 3, 2005, 5:05 AM   #5
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Thanx guys. The info is very helpful - especially the photos. I now know I can do what I want to do easily, (with the right setup).

Thanx again,
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Old Mar 5, 2005, 6:51 PM   #6
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More research has led me to the Gitzo G2220. It seems to get better reviews from what I've found. Now to see if I can find one to look at up close and personal...
Thanx again,
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that would be an excellent choice. just remember the term- counterbalance. the center post has lots of reach. the 2220 is an all aluminum version of mine with 3 sections instead of my 4. i have the 4 sections for travel compactness.

i just sold my 3021Pro and ordered the carbon version the 055MF3 last week. i still like the basic functionality of that one.
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I have the Gitzo Explorer and love it. You can get very close to the ground with any tripod that allows you to reverse the center post. Just use the camera up-side-down between the legs. The Gitzo lets you do the same outside of the legs a bit - watch out for overbalancing, though a counterweight at the other end of the centerpost deals with that nicely.
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