Tripods for Large Telephoto Lenses

6 months 1 week ago #654504 by Zooke
I am new to photography and this forum. I recently replaced my small telephoto with a large telephoto lens. Being somewhat naive I never gave any thought to the tripod I would need to safely manage the lens. What scares me is the research that directs me to heavy duty tripods with gimbal heads and huge dollars. I’m really not that good and just need a budget tripod that will safely mange 8-10 lbs. without breaking the bank. Is there any advice out there?


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6 months 1 week ago #654516 by Craig Stone
What budget are you working with?  

3 legged thing makes an affordable tripod.  


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6 months 1 week ago #654522 by Nikon Shooter
Welcome to the club! :P

… yes, tripods and co. It is not difficult to find a solid tripod
that will manage the weight of your gear but the challenge
is in finding the right balance between solidity and weight
of the tripod itself and the gimbal head.

Weight is the aspect that will possibly make the price higher,
aluminium vs carbon fibre construction is the hard choice but
one point may make the choice easier to do is the long term
investment. Every time you change to improve, money is lost
or when you just don't use it anymore and buy new stuff. The
longer it is in use, the better it is amortised.

I do use rock solid heavy duty pro tripods in studio but for on
location work and wildlife I went for CF system. The reason to
get 4 of the same was interchangeability within the system.

HTH.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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6 months 1 week ago #654555 by Zooke
Canadian $200-$300


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6 months 1 week ago #654611 by garyrhook
There are tripods out there with ball heads that will fit within your budget.

What you won't find is a tripod with a gimbal head. A cheap gimbal will run you $200 US. I have an inexpensive Benro and it's serviceable, but not great.

You might consider a video-style head with 3 axis control arms.


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6 months 1 week ago #654632 by fmw
The only thing that matters is that your tripod will hold your camera and lens steady.  Everything else is details.  Two simple suggestions.  Forget about carbon fiber tripods.  The ones that will steady a camera with big lens are expensive.  Choose aluminum legs.  Pick a unit with three sections per leg instead of 4.  If you can handle the weight, consider a cinema tripod.  As they say light, sturdy, cheap.  Pick any two.


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6 months 1 week ago #654939 by Zooke
OK

I think I have done the right thing. After hours of reading, I have elected to go with the Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AP Aluminum Tripod with Alta PH-32 Pan Head and Multi-Angle Center Column. I realized that I was actually looking for too much tripod at this juncture. As I continue on my learning curve, I found that I didn't require gimbal heads and $500 tripods. I understand that the one I'm going with is quite adequate and can manage the 5-6 lbs. I will be loading on it.

Thanx for all the replies on this topic.


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