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Initial post: Feb 10, 2012 6:42:59 PM PST
Hello I'm an amateur photographer and I need your help.

I own a Canon EOS Rebel T1i and 2 lenses from 18mm to 250mm and I looking for a tripod that is well build but that doesn't weight too much also I want it to be adjustable and as tall as possible.

If yourecommend me the best options you know I will be very grateful. I don't have any budget limitation but I would prefer and option that doesn't leave me pennyless.

;-) Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 7:43:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2012 7:47:25 PM PST
Les Schmader says:
Try this for reference:

Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black)

Add the 496RC2 ball head to start and then consider the features including the compressed length and weight.

Based on your preferences, we can alter the model, design or material to suit your needs.

This version will weigh about 6# with a ball head attached and be @28" compressed. A hiking or travel tripod would be closer to 3# and 20" compressed.

Induro has a nice line and their website is a good reference for comparisons of features, weights and lengths. It's www.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 10:49:50 AM PST
P. Hayes says:
Les hit it right on. There is no better tripod then Manfrotto and the above mentioned setup is great. I have 2 of them plus the Manfrotto monopod. Great gear. Amazon as usual has the best prices!

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 4:06:37 AM PST
I have the same opinion of Les Schmader and P.Hayes. The Manfrotto 055XPROB ... is very good. I have one. You'll need a bag to carry it. It is a little heavy, but it pays off.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 10:54:13 AM PST
Paul Frichtl says:
The Sirui N2204 carbon fiber tripod with a Sirui G-20 ball is worth a look - total outfit ~500 USD. Much lighter and comes with bag and one leg comes off to be used as a monopod so that saves that expense.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 11:33:50 AM PST
T. Campbell says:
Tripod shopping depends on your needs... if you're shooting at home, a studio, or events where the tripod will get transported in your car and the only time you need to carry it is from your car to a building and back again, then you don't need carbon fiber. That means you can save a lot of money and still get a VERY solid tripod. BUT... if you plan to do a lot of outdoor shooting such that it's going to be going on nature hikes to photograph landscapes, animals, etc. and you'll be carrying it possibly hours then you probably want to spend the extra and get carbon fiber.

I've gone through a few tripods and monopods and my Benro tripods have become my favorite. I like their quick-flip levers which clamp & release the lens.

In Aluminum: Benro A2580F Classic Tripod with Aluminum Flip Lock Legs
In Carbon Fiber: Benro C2980F Versatile Tripod with Carbon Fiber Flip Lock Legs

Add a ball-head: Benro B2 Double Action Ballhead

After lots of tripods with proprietary quick-release heads, I landed on heads that use the industry-standard arca-swiss stye quick-release plates and love them (I now understand "why" it's the industry standard.) All my heads and plates work together. I can buy spare plates and just leave them on camera bodies and my larger lenses that have their own mounts. The plates come in multiple lengths so you can buy a plate with a longer track to improve balance. This is particularly useful on a gimbal head where you can create a neutral balance for long heavy lenses.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012 9:42:58 PM PST
S. Dragseth says:
Ravelli Professional 65" Ball Head Camera Video Photo Tripod with Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag
This is a great setup for the money
I think there is a graphite or whaterver equiv that is much more expensive but doesnt really weigh that much less.
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