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Which tripod to buy

Here are two options on a site that I am looking to buy my camera from, they might have others but I want to know if either of these are good or worth getting at all?


I am trying to get started but I can get the best of everything. I also know however that a good tripod is important so should I keep on looking???????

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11/12/2005 7:26:24 AM

  As a general rule of thumb, though not ALWAYS the case, the more you spend, the more you get. A good tripod can run about $75 dollars. but look for something along these lines. Something with a head with at least three adjustments. This will provide many more vantage points for you camera to be anchored into. Can the shaft be inverted/ installed upside down? This could be invaluable if you plan to engage in macro or close up photography. Carbon fiber. A tripod made of carbon fiber is light like aluminum but will not get as hot as aluminim in direct sunlight and will not get so cold to the touch in the winter months outdoors. If you get a tripod made of carbon fiber, make sure you have a way to anchor down the tripod with more weight in the event of adverse conditions such as high wind. If there is an unobtrusive place to hang your gadget bag on the tripod to lend it more stability, all the better.

Walrath Photographic Imaging

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11/12/2005 11:37:22 AM

Karlene    Thanks so much, for the reply I had heard from another discussion carbon fiber was important but I did not hear about the other features this helps alot.

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11/12/2005 6:42:02 PM

Will Turner   You would most likely quickly outgrow such tripods. Go over to and examine the tripod threads for some serious back-and-forth. Try to avoid 'pods with flimsy plastic operating parts and u-channel leg construction. You also have a big decision to make on style of head: panhead or ballhead. Just a word of warning: most serious photographers end up spending at least $275 or more total on tripod and head (usually after spending that much again at the beginning, going through several cheaper varieties and suffering the consequences).

CF is useful for lighter weight. It it's the first time I've seen anyone cite thermal advantage as a reason to buy over aluminum tripods. $3 worth of pipe insulation and tape will solve those problems nicely!

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11/13/2005 10:52:31 AM

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