Old 02-13-2008, 05:30 AM   #1
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It's getting time to upgrade my tripod.

Can't afford a Cadillac, but I don't want a Yugo either. Any reasonably suggestions on the tripod $200-300 range?

What about the tripod head? Ball head or Pan/Tilt?

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Old 02-13-2008, 01:15 PM   #2
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I've personally always used Slik tripods & they're never let me down. I recently upgraded to a 700 DX (I believe)...reason for upgrade was the extra height that it offered over the 500 series.

Ball head or Pan/Tilt? Depends on what you shoot. If you only shoot trains, I see no use for a ballhead.

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Ball head or Pan/Tilt? Depends on what you shoot. If you only shoot trains, I see no use for a ballhead.

Thanks for input. I don't shoot trains exclusively and I've only used a pan/tilt type head. What are the disadvantages of using the ball head for shooting trains?
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for input. I don't shoot trains exclusively and I've only used a pan/tilt type head. What are the disadvantages of using the ball head for shooting trains?
Ball heads cannot be locked with as much precision as a pan/tilt. '3-D' heads are for Macro photography. Manfrotto/Bogen tripods are excellent.
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Thanks for input. I don't shoot trains exclusively and I've only used a pan/tilt type head. What are the disadvantages of using the ball head for shooting trains?
As Frederick mentions, panning of following action along a horizon are more difficult with a ball head. Truly the differences are minor, I doubt you'll be disappointed either way. I have both heads, I use the pan/tilt probably much more, it's better suited to my style of shooting.


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I have a bargain tripod (got it at sears for 20 bucks) and its a pan/tilt head but sturdy wise........forget about it. It has a hook at the bottom of the center beam, would tieing a weight to the bottom of that hook help in stability? I'm tight on money right now, so this is all i got
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Manfrotto pistol grip is fast set up and holds well, Makes for a fast set up something we fan's need at times. 3 way pan heads are nice if you have time.
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It has a hook at the bottom of the center beam, would tieing a weight to the bottom of that hook help in stability?
Yes it would, that is what the hook is for.
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ok!

what i really wanted to say was....


oh i already knew that....


but since i asked that would be pretty dumb...thanks j
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