Sure there will always be something new and fancy because that's the way things go, but tripods evolve slowly, and your 'old' tripod will continue to hold your camera just as well.
I invested in a tripod/head that I really do intend to keep for a lifetime. My rig will hold virtually anything that I am physically willing and able to carry.
Just check up with the MS color, they quoted $360 for the tripod? I will get a ball head(486, less than 5kg ) will do .
Hate to say this, but ballheads, like tripods, after awhile, if you didn't start off with a very very good/best one, you'll end up more frustrated and spending more money through selling-off and up-grading.
Many of us made that mistake and spent tons more than on combinations that never satisfied.
If you want to save money in the long run, save up a bit more and get one of the Swiss made ballheads.
Sure, S$2000 on a top of the line CF Gitzo, with an Arca Swiss ball head is nice to have, and it will likely last you 20 years easily, probably more, but if you don't have the budget for it now, does that mean you go without a tripod for the next 5 years until you've saved enough?
My thoughts are : buy something good, and if you outgrow that, you can sell it when you upgrade. In the meantime, you have something to use.
din u see e 1st name?
ideally, look at 2nd-hand stuff. no, not Gitzo or other king-of-the-hill. but for 1st purchases of tripods & (ball/pan&tilt)heads. shot for awhile more, sometimes may end up not buying a full fledged tripod.
those beanbag, table-top mini tripod option may do just fine. many current DSLR now have to "liveview" option. such alternatives increase e likelihood of owner using it more often, due to portability.
point to note even if budget is right- using 3 different tripod of similiar price. yah, i got a CF Gitzo, but still prefer Manfrotto's snap locks.
Besides, how do you define 'something good'?
However, you make a valid point and it helps keep me on my toes.
My apologies, I should have said, "Get the very best you can afford, or can afford with a bit more saving up, that suits your current and perhaps near-future needs. There are also excellent 2nd hand offerings as another avenue to affordability as opposed to getting all new. You will appreciate the longer-term savings."
how a specific product (brand/model) feels-
movement smooth anot is machining QC, does tightening while framing the pic move the cam out of position (even a tiny bit) for macro/close-up? is there any weakness like parts getting rusty too soon, not rubustly built, use of low grade material, etc.
how it operates/handling issues-
any clash when 1 hand hold cam, other adjust tripod head. i had this coordination problem once with a pan&tilt head. is it just me? some design do have quite restrictive pan&tilt movements. personal experience from quite known brand at that... get ballhead that can do without grease (grease + dirt is bad combo).
is the QR machanism's tolerance close (not shakey when locked), some freebie tripod are like that.
am i fussy or wad? & i often went back to e shopthat lends me their sample to try out in detail. & i can take weeks till i decide to buy that item. big ticket item must have long term planning!
Last edited by sORe-EyEz; 22nd July 2008 at 12:16 AM.
I just bought myself a Manfrotto 190XPROB and a 488 RC2 ballhead for 1,500 HKD (about SGD 270).
I think it is a decent set up. Total weight is 2.5 kg which i consider to be a bit on the heavy side.
But last time also carry M16 so hopefully wont die carrying this tripod around.
to lennyl, can i recommend http://acratech.net/? i am currently using the Ultimate model, an over-the-top recommendation price-wise. not every1 can just buy it like its cheap...
to lennyl, for SG$2000 u can have a CF Gitzo (any model) + Acratech (Ultimate?) + 2 QR plates (maybe 1 to lend frd to share tripod?). all 1st hand stuff with a few hundreds to spare.
Last edited by sORe-EyEz; 22nd July 2008 at 05:20 PM.
http://www.pricegrabber.ca/search_ge...oduct/sv=title, it tend to shift right just b4 i tighten the knob.
get Arca Swiss or Kangringpoch (spell dunno correct anot?) when budget allows lor.
I met someone using an Acratech Ultimate a few weeks back when we went out to shoot some landscapes. What impressed me the most is that he can leave the camera with a normal zoom (about 3 kg total?) on his ballhead and carry everything attached to the tripod when we hiked around. I wouldn't trust the RC2 that much. The design of the head also looks very cool, like an armillary sphere.
Last edited by lennyl; 23rd July 2008 at 06:19 AM.