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Tripod for my dirst DSLR- Nikon D40x
I'm planning to order my first DSLR a Nikon D40x with an 18-200mm VR lens, and SB400 flash. What would be a good tripod to go with the set? Most important criteria to me is portability. Is there a decent tripod that wouldn't be much heavier than the camera+lens+flash?..

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Bogen Manfrotto is a name very well known and they have a price point for almost anyone. After that you have to prioritize what you need most.Small to fit in luggage - look for legs with four sections.Light - look for carbon fiber..

Some will advise a heavy tripod to stabilize your gear, but you can always hang the rest of your kit on the bottom of the tripod to increase it's mass.Cheers,ave..

Comment #1

I am afraid that weight equals stability. A good choice would be the Manfrotto 190B. Here is a link to the relevant page at my local store:.

Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...Tripod_3_Section.asp?productID=5135&tabID=3.

You will also need a head. Most people would recommend a ball head. I suggest the 488RC2:.

Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...d_Connect_System.asp?productID=1348&tabID=3.

Or, if you really want to keep the weight down, the 484RC2:.

Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...d_Connect_System.asp?productID=1344&tabID=3.

P.S. I took a quick look at your profile. It is nice to see someone that has been around on this site for some time and has done his own research rather than asking "Which camera?" within minutes of registering!.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #2

Chris Elliott wrote:.

I am afraid that weight equals stability. A good choice would be theManfrotto 190B. Here is a link to the relevant page at my local store:.

Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...Tripod_3_Section.asp?productID=5135&tabID=3.

You will also need a head. Most people would recommend a ball head. Isuggest the 488RC2:.

Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...d_Connect_System.asp?productID=1348&tabID=3.

Or, if you really want to keep the weight down, the 484RC2:.

Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...d_Connect_System.asp?productID=1344&tabID=3.

Dave suggested that I look for a 4-section leg, which prompted me to look at other Manfrotto products in your site. What do you think of the 725B kit? It has 4-section legs and weighs only 1.4kgs, compared to over 2kgs for the 190B+484RC2 combination. It does have a slightly lower load capacity of 3.5kgs compared to 4kg capacity of the 484 head, but I figure the D40x with the VR lens and the SB400 flash doesn't weigh more than 2 kgs anyway..

P.S. I took a quick look at your profile. It is nice to see someonethat has been around on this site for some time and has done his ownresearch rather than asking "Which camera?" within minutes ofregistering!.

Oh yeah. I've been trying the search facility but it seems to be down (permanently?). I read some of the recent newbie threads but I couldn't find what I was looking for..

VicManila, Philippines..

Comment #3

Dragonmate wrote:.

Oh yeah. I've been trying the search facility but it seems to bedown (permanently?)..

It's working now. Saw more than a couple of helpful threads, but I'm still waiting for Chris' reply on the Manfrottos. .

Can anybody tell me what minimum load capacity I should be looking for with the gear I'm planning to get D40x, 18-200VR, SB400?.

Vic..

Comment #4

Check out this article..

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

I suggest you check out the gitzo line in addition to manfrotto and depending on the level of your photography check out the BH-40 or BH-55 from Really Right Stuff...

Comment #5

Oh yeah. I've been trying the search facility but it seems to bedown (permanently?). I read some of the recent newbie threads but Icouldn't find what I was looking for..

VicManila, Philippines.

Have a read of this thread for a useful tip on searching DPreviewhttp://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1018&message=25386095I've found it very useful recently.

I'm also wanting to keep an eye on this thread, as I too am looking for a decent tripod..

Jameshttp://www.pbase.com/carrhighlander..

Comment #6

Dragonmate wrote:.

Dave suggested that I look for a 4-section leg, which prompted me tolook at other Manfrotto products in your site. What do you think ofthe 725B kit? It has 4-section legs and weighs only 1.4kgs, comparedto over 2kgs for the 190B+484RC2 combination. It does have aslightly lower load capacity of 3.5kgs compared to 4kg capacity ofthe 484 head, but I figure the D40x with the VR lens and the SB400flash doesn't weigh more than 2 kgs anyway..

I do not know it whereas I do know the 190B. I suspect the legs will not have a variable angle of locking but I may be wrong on that. It sounds like reasonable value for money and the weight load ability should be about OK (I think if you halve the spec figure that gives you a completely safe figure).

BUT I take the view that it is vital to have a quick release plate for ballhead to camera like the RC2. I can swap cameras from tripod to monopod in seconds with QR plates. Having to screw and unscrew the camera from tripod each time is a a pain..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

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