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    Hi all,

    Can u guys recommend which brands of tripod and e head is suitable for my 7D camera and not that costly, hehe? It's my 1st DSLR cam and really trying my best to pick up as much as i can.

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    Welcome to Clubsnap!

    gotta define what is "not that costly"... if you mean '"in comparison to the 7D price", then a Manfrotto 055CXProB with suitable ballhead will ONLY cost about 30% of your camera's price.

    hehehe...
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    Default Re: Suitable tripod

    for cheaper alternatives, you may consider other brands like Benro, Vanguard, Slik, Sirui, Fancier, etc.
    The range of models is too great to list. Search through their respective websites.

    things to note:
    1) Price
    2) Material
    3) Length (deployed and closed-up)
    4) Load capability (should exceed your heaviest set-up by some margin)
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    Welcome to clubsnap!

    You can pick only two positives from the following variables: Price, Weight, Stability

    Stable + Heavy = Alright price
    Stable + Light = Expensive
    Unstable + Heavy / Light = Cheap

    Try benphoto @ peninsula hotel shopping mall for benro stuff. Then walk across to Cathay Photo P to try their tripods (manfrotto, slik, gitzo). Stay away from gitzos, of course - they cost a bomb.

    Add up the weight of your heaviest camera setup, add in the weight of whatever ballhead you're getting, and double that weight. That's the minimum max load you should get on a set of tripod legs.

    As for height of your tripod legs, measure your eye level height. Minus 5cm for ease of shooting downwards. Minus the height of your camera. Minus the height of your ballhead. That's about the height you should get for a set of tripod legs, or lower.
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    So envy, 1st cam = a 7D...

    My 1st camera i bought was a compact camera.

    Anyway, if you can afford get the carbon fibre ones!

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    for u reading

    Basic guidelines on selection of tripod and tripod head
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=384016
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Can't beat the advise and analysis from an Engineer who took apart and tested many tripods!

    Also ... http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Can't beat the advise and analysis from an Engineer who took apart and tested many tripods!

    Also ... http://www.bythom.com/support.htm
    nice link !!
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    you can try

    http://store.tagotech.com/product_in...roducts_id=203

    looks good to me, but heck, i know nth about tripods.

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    Default Re: Suitable tripod

    I always see people posting that I got such and such cam. Recommend a cheap tripod.

    For goodness sake, get a good and stable tripod and not a sub $100 one. You've got a great camera, get a better tripod to match. One good photographer once said that (for landscape photography) a good tripod matters a lot more than a good lens. You can buy a $3000 lens, a $3000 camera body, but if you have a unstable/lousy tripod, your landscape pictures will not be that great.

    Manfrotto, Benro, Sirui, Velbon are all good brands to start with. If you want light, you have to go carbon fiber, which are considerably expensive. And if you want the ultimate, go Gitzo.

    But you should really re-consider your tripod strategy and up the budget.

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