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Re: General Tripod/Monopod/Tripod Head Discussion

Andy,

 

Food for thought.  How do you plan to use the tripod?

 

Most of the people who replied on this thread own multiple tripods, just as they own multiple lenses for different shooting scenarios. I am getting the impression that you are looking for a universal tripod.  I own multiple tripods partly because I have more than one camera, but mainly because my different tripods have different uses.

 

BTW, the Mefoto, Benro, and Induro brands are all made by the same manufacturer.  The Mefoto brand is aimed at consumers.  Benro is more aimed at prosumer photographers.  Induro tripods are mostly professional grade now.  I might be mistaken, but I think the 3 Legged Thing brand is part of the same family of brands, too, and is mostly aimed at point and shoot users.

 

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Using a tripod taught me a lot about photography because it allowed me to take time to THINK about what I was doing.  As I became more experienced with my camera bodies, I use the tripods less and less.  But, I will almost always have one in the back of the SUV when I go out on a photo adventure somewhere.

I have a lightweight, carbon fiber Benro TMA18CV1 Mach 3 tripod kit that is good for travel.  I got it on a B&H daily special for 50% off regular list price  It has fthree leg sections, so it does not fold down to a very compact size.  I have an Induro aluminum tripod with four leg sections that can fold down to 18 inches.. I use them when I expect to be carrying a tripod on foot for extended periods, which really isn’t very often. The aluminum one lives in the SUV.  They only get used when I have not packed a bigger one.  Either will vibrate in a moderate breeze.

 

When I travel by auto to a spot for landscape shots, I take a more robust Benro Combination Series 3 tripod and head combo, which can handle upwards of 35 pounds.  This is my favorite.  It has a flat plate, instead of a center column, which is an option.  I liked it so much that I had to buy second one while they were on closeout clearance.  

 

One has a Benro B3 ball head with a leveling base.  The other is actually the Induro version of the legs, with a 75mm bowl.  It has an Induro PH3 5-way pan/tilt head mounted on a bowl adapter.  I will take one or the other with me when I know I won’t have to walk very far on foot.  This does not mean that I will use it, and most of the time I don’t.

 

I also have a very heavy duty Induro 100mm video tripod fitted with a Manfrotto 502 flat base video head, with a 100mm bowl adapter.  The legs can support 70+ pounds.  It is a heavy rig with a wide footprint, but it is extremely stable.  The tripod bag is 36 inches long, which allows room for a fluid video head to remain mounted.  It is used primarily for shooting video with a C100 cinema camera.  It also gets some use for long exposure shots of the night sky with the Induro PH3 5-way pan/tilt head and a 75mm bowl adapter.  I also have an Induro hi-hat tripod with a 75mm bowl for video use.

 

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I think you will enjoy your Benro tripod.  I would get a stronger head than the IB1, though.  Just a camera rig is not better than the lens.  A tripod rig is no better than the head you pair it with.  I would suggest the Benro B2 or B3.  These are excellent ball heads that do not have any backlash, except with very heavy, off-center loads using a super telephoto lens.  Think pointing at the Moon.  Backlash means the head will shift slightly as you tighten it down.

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Re: General Tripod/Monopod/Tripod Head Discussion

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Food for thought.  How do you plan to use the tripod? 

 

I will use the tripod at eye-level (I am 6'00 tall) for long exposure, landscape, and macro photography where getting low to the ground is crucial. Lens is probably up to a 100-400mm L IS II. I also want to take it with me on an airplane so the tripod legs being carry-on compatible at under 21" is paramount to me.

 

Most of the people who replied on this thread own multiple tripods, just as they own multiple lenses for different shooting scenarios.

 

Great input Waddizzle, I will probably start out with a heavier alumnium platform + ball head at 5 pounds rather than a flimsy aluminum travel tripod which is more prone to vibration & camera shake anyway. In addition, I will find travel CF legs perhaps used or at a discount/clearance sale like you mentioned. That way, I can configure to one or the other depending how far I have to hike/backpack.    

 

Using a tripod taught me a lot about photography because it allowed me to take time to THINK about what I was doing.

 

Definitely. Tripods allow you take the time to set your shot and figure out the best compsitions in each scene & lighting scenario.

Andrew
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Re: General Tripod/Monopod/Tripod Head Discussion

I really learned a lot more about tripods than I had to begin with. So thanks again for the information and assistance.
Andrew
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Re: General Tripod/Monopod/Tripod Head Discussion

Take a look at the Benro tripods on sale at B&H for their daily special. That is what I have been talking about.

Not the type you are looking for, I know. But, wait it out because something that is and within your budget will pop up soon.
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