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  1. #1
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    Tripods and the FZ20

    Whats best for the FZ20?

    Any suggestions, things to look out for, brands to avoid?

    I'm new to photography and don't want to buy things twice. Just looking for something thats an ideal size for travel, robust but doesn't cost the world.

    cheers
    gilly

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    Ideal is the hard part but I am partial to the B/M line and you should be able to find several systems that meet or exceed most needs for 1 to 2 hundred dollars. Now at that price you are not getting top of the line but something that should serve you for a while.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...rch&Q=&ci=5138

    This is my favorite type of tripod, as it can be used in many ways, but may be more than you are looking for.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

    I also prefer a ball head but to get one that pans raises the price even more.


    Many people do not believe you need a tripod that expensive and they may be correct, but I have 2 in the closet that do not get used anymore because 1 is not really stable and both are very difficult to position exactly.
    Its all a matter of choice.
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    Gene
    http://grc225.zenfolio.com/
    http://imageevent.com/grc6
    one of these days I'll understand!

    Panasonic FZ20 & FZ30,FZ18
    D50 -- D80

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Being so new to all this I didn't really know where to start so this is a big help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilly
    Whats best for the FZ20?

    Any suggestions, things to look out for, brands to avoid?

    I'm new to photography and don't want to buy things twice. Just looking for something thats an ideal size for travel, robust but doesn't cost the world.

    cheers
    gilly
    I am in the other camp a tripod is a trade off against stability and the actual tripod weight.
    You do not need a fancy pan head for taking stills.
    I would suggest this model I use a lighter model SunPak and employ a bungee cord screwed into the bottom for rock steady shots. I have a loop in the dangling end and step-in and down prior to taking the picture.
    This unit is less money the Bogen, supports more weight then required and therefore should be very steady.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home;jsessionid=DdN5SthJB2!-940916493?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=299932&is =REG&addedTroughType=search

    One must see with their vision.
    http://lovelife.smugmug.com/

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    Lovelife thats one I have in the shed.

    I think it what we do with them...For the most part I am zooming in on animals a long way off and quite often with a teleconverter on, and the smoothness and stability of a good head makes setting up so much easier and faster.
    And those pro models from B/M have a unique feature (a lateral center column) that makes photos in most any position possible..Really nice for macros.

    To take pictures of a stationary subject ...any tripod will work.

    And I must admit if I was a hiker I may have to rethink my options but I believe I would go toward the much more expensive carbon fiber and magnesium to get keep the weight down.
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    Gene
    http://grc225.zenfolio.com/
    http://imageevent.com/grc6
    one of these days I'll understand!

    Panasonic FZ20 & FZ30,FZ18
    D50 -- D80

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    Well I ended up with one of these and so far it is perfect for what I want - size, weight, and user-friendly!

    Manfrotto 714B.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

    Remembering I'm far from a pro at this stage and didn't want to spend the big bucks just yet - I believe these are still good quality although not quite as versitile as your recommendation Gene, however it's going to be living on my back and travelling across the world it's a happy medium for me.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction brand wise too! I had no idea and went to my local camera shop. They had nothing worthwile on display. I mentioned 'Manfrotto' and he said - I'll be right back - and came back out with the winner!

    cheers
    gilly
    Last edited by gilly; 10-25-2005 at 06:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilly
    Well I ended up with one of these and so far it is perfect for what I want - size, weight, and user-friendly!

    Manfrotto 714B.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

    Remembering I'm far from a pro at this stage and didn't want to spend the big bucks just yet - I believe these are still good quality although not quite as versitile as your recommendation Gene, however it's going to be living on my back and travelling across the world it's a happy medium for me.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction brand wise too! I had no idea and went to my local camera shop. They had nothing worthwile on display. I mentioned 'Manfrotto' and he said - I'll be right back - and came back out with the winner!

    cheers
    gilly
    I hope I am wrong but something does not look correct in the picture. No stem for moving head and no quick release.

    One must see with their vision.
    http://lovelife.smugmug.com/

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    It's on a ball head. I can buy a quick release for it I believe but not too fussed at this stage.

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    pleeeease tell me this one's still good!
    otherwise I'm on my way back to the shop for a refund before its too late!!

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    That seems like a really nice compact tripod....keep us posted on how it works for you.
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    Gene
    http://grc225.zenfolio.com/
    http://imageevent.com/grc6
    one of these days I'll understand!

    Panasonic FZ20 & FZ30,FZ18
    D50 -- D80

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