Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony
buy tripod...cannot budget...i learnt my lesson...i go buy those cheap stein zeiser tripod... even though it's good...but the pan head drop out...almost drop my camera...then got myself a benro...which is so much more better...
Sony A700 - Sony A6300
Most of the reasons have already been highlighted by the rest. I personally wished that I bought the lightest (that I can afford - after saving for it) and strongest (for future needs) from the beginning because of the following reasons:
1. Easier to carry and hence, more incentive to bring it with you to use more often.
2. If you intend to upgrade your gear, buy the tripod that can meet your future needs. This way you don't end up with having several tripods.
The most expensive tripod may not be the best but the cheaper one may not be good enough either.
Most importantly, go out and take more photos.
Gitzo GT0530 - 0.72Kg
Mamiya Ball Head - 0.16kg
Total - 0.88kg, Max load 5kg
3 Section tripod
cost me $6XX at CP
The ball head's not so gd but its the lightest 5kg load I can find.. u may want to get a better head at the expense of wt...
Buy a tripod that serve your needs... depends what sort of photography u shoot most... if u shoot macro or use long lens often & insist to use paper-weight tripod.. then u are asking for trouble... dun go for cheapo things juz bcos it's cheapo.. buy something that serves your needs... my 2cents..
Boss say:"Now i shall downgrade u all2 $90 flat for OT!"
I say:"better ask blanga do..." :bsmilie:
TS is looking for something that serves his needs. He's asking for recommendations for a tripod suitable for travelling, as in going on a holiday with wife. n something light enuff for wife to help carry...
Thanks for the contributions...
Maybe, we should move to the next stage...any specific brand and models I should be targetting ?
Let says budget is $500 or $700 (max) for tripod and head.
a steady, lightweight tripod is definitely worth forking out for.
a tripod is no use unless you have it with you, and the lighter it is, the less likely you will feel very sian and leave it at home.
if you think about it, a nice carbon fiber tripod will only cost maybe $200 more than the non-CF version. compare to buying and selling lenses that you regret getting or don't use much, or accessories that you end up not needing.
i have a feisol that i've brought along on a few trips (benro not on sale here back then) and i love how light it is. my gf also likes to carry it around. dunno why but she finds it fun.
Consider the PPCP Pro tripod V2. At $145 now, its value for money.
Nikanon D3FXMarkIIIDS-1H with 5000mm f/128 & 0.500mm Macro f/0.4 & 0.70-2000mm f/256
If you are using compact get a cheap one..
For SLR, it is heavy so i think get somthing below $80?
Canon 650D|Panasonic LX3 / LX5
50mm f/1.8 | 85mm f/1.8 | 12-24mm f/4 | 28-75mm f/2.8
just came back from one of the camera shop and the sales man show me a REAL COOL GITZO CF (sorry cant remember the model no) and it was at $700 without the head.
But it is so super light....
Only thing is that I couldnt take out the centre column and slip in horizontally for macro shots (should I ever want to use it). But that tripod is really super super light but again I better do my look around and asking forumers for advice before I commit to it...
Joe, if its GT0530, can refer to my post above, #25 for price guide. I bought it on impulse cos its so light. Actually went down to get the Slik 340DX.