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Tripod, or the head? 3 years 10 months ago #3183

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I've been a bit frustrated with my tripod lately, and have been wondering if I should get a new tripod, or just a different head. I'm using a TMK-244B tripod, which I think is aluminum. It seems fairly sturdy, but the slightest breeze makes my camera dance, making long exposures merely impossible. Plus, I need something that can support a 400mm tele. Anyway, open to suggestions.
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Tripod, or the head? 3 years 10 months ago #3292

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To be honest I never heard of that brand and Amazon has nothing on it. Went to search engine and it looks like its Korean made.

400mm lens, are you talking the big boys that weigh about 8 lbs or so?
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Tripod, or the head? 3 years 9 months ago #3293

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is this the tripod? www.takara.ir/en/TMK-244B.php

If so it's only rated at 3kg load which converts to 2.2 lbs load so I'm guessing the tripod is your weak link. Do you know someone you can borrow a tripod from? If so put your head on that and test the reults :D

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Tripod, or the head? 3 years 9 months ago #3294

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Thanks Bill and Keith for responding. You are right Bill, it is the Takara - I actually had to look it up, too. Anyway, it seems like a fairly sturdy tripod, but just the other day I tried a friend's SLIK tripod, and it was sooooo much better. So I think I'm going to just get a whole new unit.

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Tripod, or the head? 3 years 9 months ago #3295

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My advice would be go Manfrotto and forget the rest. How much do you have for a budget?
D800 w/grip, D700 w/grip,V1,14-24mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-400mm F/4, 105mm,F/2.8,35mm F/1.4,35mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.4,1.7x Tele
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Tripod, or the head? 3 years 9 months ago #3296

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Actually, for the right gear, I'll adjust my budget to meet my needs. Manfrotto is definitely a good option for me. Any suggestions as to which model?
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If your 5'8" or shorter I recommend the 190xprob and if you're taller go with the 055xprob.
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