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I'm looking to buy a tripod for my camera and had a question for those of you who use a tripod regularly. I'm just at six feet tall and notice that most of the tripods I've seen are around 50" tall. It seems to me that it would be uncomfortable to constantly be bending over to frame your shots. Does the height of the tripod really make that much of a difference?..

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Jesse G wrote:.

I'm looking to buy a tripod for my camera and had a question forthose of you who use a tripod regularly. I'm just at six feet talland notice that most of the tripods I've seen are around 50" tall.It seems to me that it would be uncomfortable to constantly bebending over to frame your shots. Does the height of the tripodreally make that much of a difference?.

Jesse, look at the Slik Pro 700DX tripod. It is much taller than most other tripods, is built extremely well, and has great reviews. Tall people really like this tripod because it stands much taller than most..

It is not a "light" tripod coming in at around 7lbs, but I do carry it with me outdoors, and I love it, it's just rock solid. I haven't seen anything else more solid than this, and is not as expensive as other brands, but Slik has had a great reputation for a long time..

Here is a link to some customer reviews - the picture here doesn't show the foam wrapping around the top of the legs, but the foam is nice, of good quality and thick, and helps quite a bit when handling and carrying when out of the bag. It comes with a bag for carrying also..

Http://www.photographyreview.com/...ipods/tripods/slik/PRD_83837_3114crx.aspx.

Albert-OColoradoPlease visit me athttp://www.berto.zenfolio.com..

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Jesse G wrote:.

I'm looking to buy a tripod for my camera and had a question forthose of you who use a tripod regularly. I'm just at six feet talland notice that most of the tripods I've seen are around 50" tall.It seems to me that it would be uncomfortable to constantly bebending over to frame your shots. Does the height of the tripodreally make that much of a difference?.

The answer is it depends!!.

Ideally you want a tripod that when the legs are fully extended (or less) with a ball head on it the VF is at eye height or just an inch or two below (So you can see the top LCD panel on tip toe). If you extend the centre column you are effectively putting a monopod on top of a tripod..

The above is all well and good if you are not carrying your tripod very far or can spend big money on a carbon fibre one which will be lighter. But if not you may want to compromise on height in favour of weight reduction..

If you are after an honest to goodness product try looking at the Manfrotto/Bogen 190 or 055 series. The latter is taller and should get near your height..

Hope that helps!.

P.S. I have no knowledge of the Slik mentioned in the post above that appeared while I was typing mine..

Chris Elliott.

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

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

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Almost forgot... it comes with a decent handle-style head, but you can use a different head with it, it's easy replaceable - I use a Manfrotto panning ball head with it, and am extremely happy with this combo. It looks great, works great, feels great..

Albert-OColoradoPlease visit me athttp://www.berto.zenfolio.com..

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I don't know the Slik referenced..

In general beware of plastic parts on the tripod. If you drop the tripod and the plastic part breaks, you're hosed..

I will say Bogen/Manfrotto make nice tripods. Others do also. Have a peek at the pdf file in the link for how they classify their various tripods for usage:.

Http://www.manfrotto.com/...catalogues/USA_MANFROTTO_photo_catalogue_2007.pdf..

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You add on to the top of the tripod as well. Something like the Bogen 055 series and the Slik Pro 700dx should be plenty tall enough. I have a Giottos GB-4180 and it's likely 60" (not spec'd by Giottos) and at 6'2", I don't need to fully extend the legs...

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I'm not sure you got a decent answer yet..

More often than not, the height of a tripod matters because it places the tripod where the photographer wants the camera to be, for the photograph the photographer is creating..

It's possible, of course, to buy a tall tripod so you are comfortable, and then put the subject on the front of a fork lift, and adjust the height so the subject is positioned correctly..

But normaly, for instance, if you are photographing a sitting person, you'll adjust the overall helght of the tripod so that you have the camera at whatever level you wish to get the shot you want. You might want, for instance, to be shooting straight at the eyes, or perhaps down a bit so that the top of the nose is in the shot..

Or, for an effect, angled up a bit so you can see up the nostrils..

For flowers, you might want lots of height to shoot across the tops of a sunflower field, or low, to catch a cluster of whatever the plural is of crocus..

BAK.

I use a couple of tripods the Benbo 2 is about the size of a crane, and can be easily adjusted to put the camera at eye height of an NBA basketball player...

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