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I would like some suggestions on a well made tripod for a Canon 40d with a Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip attached to it...

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Weight? Price? Stability? Height? You can't have the best in all those categories at one time..

Tell us more about your requirements..

Do you want a ball head or other? Quick-release attachment system?.

You might try reading this entire web page before you decide:.

Http://www.bythom.com/support.htm.

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Comment #1

Camera and grip don't matter as much the size and the weight of the lens, because the lens moves the weight off center. How big are your lenses?.

Brian A...

Comment #2

Weight: Don't care, Price: Something about a 5th the cost of the camera, Stability: What every the norm is. Height: around eye level (70in?), Quick-release, would like to be able to turn the camera on it's side..

Will be used for mostly night shooting outdoors, and weddings..

DavidMaven wrote:.

Weight? Price? Stability? Height? You can't have the best in allthose categories at one time..

Tell us more about your requirements..

Do you want a ball head or other? Quick-release attachment system?.

You might try reading this entire web page before you decide:.

Http://www.bythom.com/support.htm.

Galleries: http://www.dheller.net..

Comment #3

The lens I use the most is a 28mm-300mm, 490g/17.3 oz.

Hugowolf wrote:.

Camera and grip don't matter as much the size and the weight of thelens, because the lens moves the weight off center. How big are yourlenses?.

Brian A...

Comment #4

Just go to a camera store with $100 and your camera/.

Buy something..

It really doesn;'t matter very much, and you can get a very good idea about overall quality just by pickingup the tripod, extending the legs and then collapsing them again..

BAK..

Comment #5

You won't find a "pro" tripod for $100 except maybe used on eBay if you are very lucky. Pro quality tripods last a long time, and users tend to not give them up..

In a store, $100 might buy a new cheap, lightweight tripod with leg braces (not flexible for low shots), video pan-head, and if lucky, plastic quick-release, designed for occasional use (like the one group shot at a family event). It won't be: sturdy, steady with a heavy load, fast to setup/adjust, or lasting a long time..

For pro-level gear, at best, $100 will get you a set of aluminum legs like Bogen/Manfrotto, which are not a bad starting point if weight is not an issue. Then you need a tripod head; for light loads such as the OP mentioned, the Bogen/Manfrotto pistol grip head is easy to work with, and uses a (proprietary) metal quick-release plate..

If you expect to put heavy lenses on later, you will want sturdier legs and more robust head, like a big ball-head that takes Arca-Swiss style mounting plates, which makes switching cameras (and big lenses having their own tripod mounts) much easier. But this path is much more money..

A reasonable compromise for the OP is, in my opinion, cheap Bogen/Manfrotto aluminum legs and a Bogen/Manfrotto pistol-style head. With careful shopping, I suspect the combination could be had for around $150 but will last much longer and be more satisfying to use than a $100 piece of junk from your local Best Buy store.Galleries: http://www.dheller.net..

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