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Canon 430EX Flash or Gitzo 0931 tripod with Markins Q3 ballhead?
I just got my Canon XTI with 17-40mm lens. I don't have much money left and I can only pick either a Canon 430EX flash or a Gitzo 0931 tripod with Markins Q3 ballhead. I figure I would get moreuse out of the tripod setup since I can shoot panoramas and at night. I'm not sure if the the flash would be a better setup, but what do you guys think? If you were me and presented with one of the two options above, which one would you pick?..

Comments (6)

Since you have only just received your camera, why don't you wait until you have shot, say, 5000 images and then make a decision. By that time you will have a much better idea of which accessories are important to your style of shooting and which aren't..

Go out and start shooting!Chris R..

Comment #1

I'm willing to bet that's an over-priced tripod that can have it's usefullness matched for half the price..

You can buy a good tripod in the USA for $75..

The flash is going to be useful if you want to take pictures of things that are alive in lousy light. Use the tripod if the things are dead..

What panoramas? Maybe there are good subjects where you are, but in 40 years in this business, I took one panorama shopping carts taken from a supermarket and then just dropped off at a nearby apartment building. I put them in a line and we ran the shot across the top of the front page, using two printing plates side by side..

But the advice to take pictures and see what you need to do is next..

BAK..

Comment #2

Chris R-UK wrote:.

Since you have only just received your camera, why don't you waituntil you have shot, say, 5000 images and then make a decision. Bythat time you will have a much better idea of which accessories areimportant to your style of shooting and which aren't..

Go out and start shooting!Chris R.

I could, but the U.S dollar is weak right now and I want to take advantage of this and get a tripod on the cheap...

Comment #3

BAK wrote:.

I'm willing to bet that's an over-priced tripod that can have itsusefullness matched for half the price..

You can buy a good tripod in the USA for $75..

The flash is going to be useful if you want to take pictures ofthings that are alive in lousy light. Use the tripod if the thingsare dead..

What panoramas? Maybe there are good subjects where you are, but in40 years in this business, I took one panorama shopping cartstaken from a supermarket and then just dropped off at a nearbyapartment building. I put them in a line and we ran the shot acrossthe top of the front page, using two printing plates side by side..

But the advice to take pictures and see what you need to do is next..

BAK.

I'm looking for a light durable tripod suitable for travelling. I doubt I can get a reasonably good quality tripod that is under 2.5 lbs and make shooting panoramas easy. If you know of one then please let me know...

Comment #4

Go to a big store. Look with yiour eyes. Pick up a tripod with your hands..

BRing your camera with you. Put it on tripods with different kinds of heads..

Actually make a judgement for yourself. Tripods are personal things..

BAK..

Comment #5

To do panos correctly (if IQ is a goal) you need a pano tripod head...a attachment that will attach to your ball head. Nodal Ninja (under $200) was the best value 2 years ago when I got mine. Non zoom lenses generally better at pano work because they have a fixed nodal point...

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