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tripod buying help

by LivDoug / August 16, 2006 9:42 AM PDT

I have recently gotten an hpr707 digital camera, and a Sony dcr-hc96. And I am looking for a tripod that would be acceptiable for both(I am not doing anything professional...just family stuff)

I have been looking around bhphotovideo, and have found some in my price range...after reading on a couple sites, this one included, and I have learned some about tripods. But I have never had one before, so I have tried to narrow it down to a few...and I hope you all can help me decide???
Davis & Sanford Magnum X3T

Sunpak Ultra Pro 777

Sunpak Ultra 757 Tripod

Velbon VGB-37

Davis & Sanford Courier XT

Sunpak FieldMaster LE

Any help in deciding what would be best for me would be greatly appreciated, as I just dont know what features are fluff, and which are worth the extra money. And surely I do not have any idea about brand quality...thank you in advance for your help :O)

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Your links don't work.
by Kiddpeat / August 16, 2006 10:16 AM PDT
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Of the tripods you list, I think the Davis & Sanford Magnum X3T looks like the best one. However, I would not buy it.

Most of your choices do not allow removal of the center post. The Magnum does allow the post to be reversed. However, there is no mention of an ability for the post to be positioned horizontally. That, I think, is a necessary feature for a still camera. I use this position to photograph documents, and, sometimes, flowers.

My suggestion is to get your tripod from a good camera store. You'll be able to see what the various features do for you. I do like the panning heads which will help with shooting videos.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / August 16, 2006 1:06 PM PDT
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Many of the pros use the Bogen tripods, but they are expensive and more than you need for a home tripod.

The Sunpak FieldMaster seems to offer the most for the money. It comes with the pan head and a ball head.
It also comes with two quick release plates for the pan head. Great for those situations when you are shooting with two cameras.

It also has the necessary bubble level.
If you do any panorama shooting, the bubble level is a must.


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