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Tripod, or the head?

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4 years 10 months ago #3183 by Mark
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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4 years 10 months ago #3292 by Mistery
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?

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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4 years 10 months ago #3293 by Bill
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

-Bill
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4 years 10 months ago #3294 by Mark
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.

Cheers!

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4 years 10 months ago #3295 by Mistery
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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4 years 10 months ago #3296 by Mark
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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4 years 10 months ago #3300 by Mistery
If your 5'8" or shorter I recommend the 190xprob and if you're taller go with the 055xprob.

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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