Tripod?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Chuck, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck FujiXspot Regular

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    Anyone using a tripod to get maximum sharpness out of their X camera? If so, what tripod can you recommend?
     
  2. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    TAZ
  3. Chuck

    Chuck FujiXspot Regular

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    Thanks for the reply. It looks like that model has been discontinued. I will be using a XE1 and maybe a X20 for landscape shots, and HDR, thus the need for a good tripod. I noticed on your Flickr you live in Evansville. I live in Indiana too. Small world.
     
  4. Tdp

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    I think with tripods a big, strong and heavy metal one is the most stable - but no one wants to carry that around, right? So you have to balance weight and size against the probability you will transport and use it.

    Since the XE1 is quite light you can get a rather light-duty tripod (and head) and not worry too much about it. If you shoot a lot in the wind, get a tripod that has a center post hook so you can better stabilize it with a weight like your bag.
     
  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale FujiXspot Veteran

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    Bill
    Tripods need to be stable, lightweight and inexpensive - common wisdom is that you usually have to settle for two of these three. Eg a cheap tripod is often light in weight but stability is sacrificed. Expensive tripods as used outdoors are typically stable and can use lightweight materials like carbon fibre.

    I've found the Manfrotto range to be good.
     
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  7. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Steve
    Remember, when calculating the strength of your tripod and head, to take into consideration not only the weight of your camera body but the heaviest lens you will use on it. It's not a bad idea to go one notch up after that. I say that because many ball heads have a habit of sagging just a bit after time - even though they are rated for the weight they are holding.

    Not to hijack this thread - it might even help the OP - but does anyone have any thoughts on the cost-benefit ratio of carbon-fiber tripods versus traditional steel? I've had a metal Manfrotto for years but it is on the heavy side.
     
  8. EBC Wilson

    EBC Wilson FujiXspot Regular

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    Everyone has their own ideas about tripods, as it should be. But I can recommend this: Check for used ones. I've recently bought some '70's vintage Vivtar tripods, Made in Japan, fabulous quality, two (the monstrous 1321, and the smaller 1240), both as new for less than 50 bucks total. These are sentimental faves for me for personal reasons. But while I was tripod shopping, there's lots of EBay and CL listings on any and every brand you can think of for way less than new. And if they're like new and complete, why not?
     
  9. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer FujiXspot Regular

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    Sue
    I have two tripods. One is a lightweight Manfrotto, which is ideal for compacts and the X100, the other is a more solid Inca brand. Both have ball heads, but they aren't fancy or expensive by any means. I just look for stable and reasonably light.