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Old Mar 26, 2006, 6:28 PM   #1
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Hi, im looking into buying a tripod for my camera, mainly for takin stills but hopefully it will rotate smooth enough to use my video camera if i wanted to.

ideally i would like it to very small and lightweight whenits all folded up so its easy to carry about but extent to a resonable high when i need to use it.

does anyone have any suggestions on anything that might be suitable ?


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Old Mar 27, 2006, 4:00 AM   #2
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The advice I have seen others give to this question is "You can only have any two of these three things - Light, Stable and Cheap".
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 7:03 AM   #3
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well it would need to be light and stable then
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 8:29 AM   #4
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Slik Able 300 DX (about $95)
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 9:22 AM   #5
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If you want to use the tripod for both video and stills, you will want two heads. Decide which you want first and concentrate on that for now.

Thom Hogan (http://www.bythom.com/support.htm) has a good article on buying a tripod. Well worth reading even if you aren't planning on spend as much as he recomends.
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 6:43 PM   #6
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ok thanks, the main use will be for still shooting, if i could use it for video that would just be a bonus
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You want a pan-tilt head for video as the tilt arm gives you some leverage for moving the camera while still having everything locked tight enough to hold the camera fairly steady. I find these heads are harder to line up and lock down for stills though, and IMO they are not as steady as a ball-head at the same price point, so I'd recommend a ball-head for still photography.
I guess I'd rather use a pan-tilt for stills than a ball-head for video though.
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