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Wendy Ruhland

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« on: Jan 24th, 2011, 10:11pm »

Hello I'm new to Portranet and I'm right now using a Cannon 50D (Hopefully soon getting the Mark ll 5D --But can anyone tell me what tripod would be good to get and fit both cameras? ThanksSmiley
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Re: Tripods??  
« Reply #1 on: Jan 25th, 2011, 10:30am »

Hi Wendy - WELCOME! I still shoot with the 5D also. It is a good camera, but saving for the new camera always.
Take it slow, and save for things you want - it is never ending.... LOL
I use Manfrotto tripod, but don't have the 70-200 lens. you might call them to make sure it will hold it - here is a link.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ns=p_PRICE_2%7C1&ci=15921&N =4289938859+4291757707+4291757689+4293918168
Here is the tripod head I use.  
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/303591-REG/Manfrotto_322RC2_322RC2 _Grip_Action_Ballhead.html
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Re: Tripods??  
« Reply #2 on: Jan 25th, 2011, 12:40pm »

Tripods don't really "fit" cameras.  They're priced upon their ability to be stable.  (ease of operation) and weight.  (or lack of)  Wink
All tripods will "fit" all 35mm cameras, just that some are junky... and others are heavy. You'll want to consider how you will be using it.
I use two tripods. A heavy Bogen model (the number eludes me, but you'll find all the details in the "equipment" area inside portranet. (Under the topic Ron's equipment).
I want sturdy for this one - I use it only in the camera room and I have it on a Dolly. (also see that with photos and model number in the above mentioned thread).
Because I don't lift it - weight isn't a problem so I just want a good rigid tripod.
I have another tripod That I use for location and outdoor shooting. I carry this one to the location and while shooting.  So light weight is important.  (yet still needs to be strudy).   The two (light and strong tends to = pricey).  These can get quite high, if made out of lighter materials like carbon fiber.  But are a joy to use.
(I have a mono pod for sports that is carbon fiber and very light). required because I use a 300mm 2.8 lens that weighs a lot and I don't want to add any more weight to the setup.
You typically buy the 3 lens (tripod) seperate from the head.  This gives you options to customize the unit to your tastes.  I use a "pistol grip" head on both my tripods.  I really like the grip and position over the two handles for  pan and tilt.
You'll see these and get more info in the "Ron's equipment" thread in the equipment area inside portranet. (You're a member - so just go look in there).
As to "SIZE and LENS" - longer lenses often come with a tripod mount.  It's a ring that clamps around the lens and you screw the tripod quick release pad to the LENS and not the camera.  This keeps the camera and lens more centrally balanced on the tripod rather than all the weight of the long lens pulling down on the front of the camera if the body of the camera is mounted to the tripod pad. (called quick release).
My Canon 70-200 has this mount/ring. As well as all my larger lenses.
The "Equipment" topic inside portranet is here.
The thread "Ron's equipment" can be linked to directly by clicking this. (members only)
http://www.portranet.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=equip;action=displa y;num=1070208208
Tripod topic for 70-200 lens...
http://www.portranet.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=equip;action=displa y;num=1216997368
Bogen tripod and grip head topic in equipment area.
http://www.portranet.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=equip;action=displa y;num=1187055035
Here is a photo from that thread...   of my setup.

Topic in the equipment area called "do we need a ball grip head".
http://www.portranet.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=equip;action=displa y;num=1098507918
NEED NEW TRIPOD - suggestions? thread here.
http://www.portranet.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=equip;action=displa y;num=1135394272
As a new member - remember to use the SEARCH option in the top header menu.  Enter something like  "Tripod"  click  "search only equipment area" and you'll be presented with answers to questions you've not even asked yet.  The beauty of portranet is we've been here almost a decade now.  So what you're about to ask... is ALREADY ON HERE!
So rather than answering your question with a model. (Give you a fish).  I'd rather "Teach you to fish" so that you can provide all the info you crave in the future!  Grin
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