Tripod and Filters
Hi I'm looking into getting a nice tripod and some filters for my Nikon D80. What brand filters should I get, or does it not really matter? Also, what are some good, lightweight tripods? I see a lot of tripods get poor reviews for being cheaply made...

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Zachattack wrote:.

Hi I'm looking into getting a nice tripod and some filters for myNikon D80. What brand filters should I get, or does it not reallymatter? Also, what are some good, lightweight tripods? I see a lot oftripods get poor reviews for being cheaply made..

Filter brand doesn't matter too much, and of the name brands (Hoya, Tiffen, BW, etc) will be great. Just make sure you get multi-coated filters. With non or single coated filters, ghosting and other anomalies are a real problem..

There are many, many, many good tripods out there. Again, the big players are good to stick with (Bogen/Manfrotto, Slik, etc). The bad ones are your 30 dollar Wal-Mart tripods..

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Hi Zachattack,.

You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to filters. My choice for filters is B&W. They cost more but I look at it like this, why would you buy the best lenses for your camera then put a piece of junk in front of it ? .

As for light weight tripods,with the emphasis on light weight your talking carbon fiber and this stuff doesn't come cheap. For my money Manfrotto's "MagFiber" units are hard to beat. Good luck, Don'Longshot'..

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Filters.. Heliopan and Singray. Don't buy a filter unless you have a specific purpose for one. A polarizing filter might be good. A graduated neutral density filter comes in quite handy when doing scenics..

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Tripods.. In my opinion, you need to spend at least $250 for a half-way good tripod and ball head. The Manfrotto 055 with a 488cs2 ballhead might be a good starting model. If you're really serious, you're going to need to consider Gitzo and a good ballhead like Arca-Swiss, Really Right Stuff, Markins, or Kirk. I prefer Markins with RRS clamp. You're talking around $1000, but then you're set for life with a lightweight and steady tripod..

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It all depends on your wallet and how serious you are about it.Cheers, Craig..

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I have the D80 and can recommend the Slik pro 340dx - less than $100, really tough, i've backpacked several countries with it and weighs only 3lb 5oz..

As far as filters, I have the UV of course, but it's the cir polarising that never comes off - I mostly shoot landscapes. I picked a hoya up off ebay no problems. also have an ND+4, for those waterfall pics and a graduated ND for sunsets mostly...

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Best filters are made by, in no particular order, Hoya and B+W and are well worthwhile. You don't want to put a poor filter in front of a good lens..

As for tripods, it is really a compromise - generally speaking, the heavier the steadier and for light and steady, cost becomes a consideration. In other words, buy the lightest, steadiest tripod you can afford...

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