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Feb 5, 2014 11:09:18   #
roy4711 Loc: Spring Valley IL.
 
I NEED HELP ON WHAT TO BUY. I NEED A STURDY TRIPOD WITH A SMOOTH PANHEAD FOR ABOUT $200.00 OR SO.IT HAS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF A NIKON D7000 WITH A 300MM. LENS. I NEED THE ADVICE FROM YOU GUYS BECAUSE I AM A BEGINNER. FROM SPRING VALLEY IL.NOT IN HIDING.

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Feb 5, 2014 11:33:54   #
BobHartung Loc: Bettendorf, IA
 
roy4711 wrote:
I NEED HELP ON WHAT TO BUY. I NEED A STURDY TRIPOD WITH A SMOOTH PANHEAD FOR ABOUT $200.00 OR SO.IT HAS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF A NIKON D7000 WITH A 300MM. LENS. I NEED THE ADVICE FROM YOU GUYS BECAUSE I AM A BEGINNER. FROM SPRING VALLEY IL.NOT IN HIDING.


Why are you SCREAMING?

Common courtesy on the web is to use lower case letters.

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Feb 5, 2014 11:40:42   #
riada22 Loc: Edinburgh - Scotland
 
Hi Roy, I've not been here too long myself and unfortunately I am unable to help you with your problem as I don't really know much about tripods. However I find it strange that you have posted this I think 4 times and not had an answer, it's not like the people on here to ignore new members. What I will say is that when you print in capital letters it is considered to be as if you are shouting, do you know what I mean. On the other hand some people cannot help but use capitals and if that is the case let them now.
I hope that you get an answer to your question and welcome to the Hog.

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Feb 5, 2014 11:41:12   #
dirtpusher Loc: tulsa oklahoma
 
fluid panheads, were designed for video cameras.

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Feb 5, 2014 11:43:51   #
CResQ Loc: Cobble Hill, BC
 
riada22 wrote:
Hi Roy, I've not been here too long myself and unfortunately I am unable to help you with your problem as I don't really know much about tripods. However I find it strange that you have posted this I think 4 times and not had an answer, it's not like the people on here to ignore new members. What I will say is that when you print in capital letters it is considered to be as if you are shouting, do you know what I mean. On the other hand some people cannot help but use capitals and if that is the case let them now.
I hope that you get an answer to your question and welcome to the Hog.
Hi Roy, I've not been here too long myself and unf... (show quote)


Even though you could not help the OP, your answer was well formulated and respectful. Well done.

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Feb 5, 2014 11:47:39   #
Dave Johnson Loc: Grand Rapids, Michigan
 
$200 is kind of on the low side for a quality tripod rig but I've had pretty good experience with Benro tripods and Promaster heads. You'll probably end up closer to $300 but it makes a pretty decent rig. There is another current post called "Tripods advice" that will give you some more information.

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Feb 5, 2014 11:48:03   #
Morning Star Loc: West coast, North of the 49th N.
 
Roy, Please turn off you cap key. It is considered shouting in netspeak, but also, and to me even more important, difficult to read.

OK, tripod. Your camera weighs 1 3/4 lbs.
A 300 mm lens, depending on which one, is 6 1/4 or just over 3 lbs.
Going with the heavier one, you are looking at a total weight of 8 lbs. If you use an on-camera external flash, add that weight as well. Say 10 lbs total. That means that your tripod and your panhead each have to be able to support at least 20 lbs (the recommended support is double of what you actually put on the tripod).
I did not do a thorough search of the internet, but off-the-cuff suggestion would be to save your pennies and nickels for a while longer.
I'm not sure that you can buy a tripod with head to support your camera and lens for $200.

BTW, you change your "hiding place" by clicking on "My Profile" in the menu on the top of this page.

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Feb 5, 2014 11:56:15   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
roy4711 wrote:
I NEED HELP ON WHAT TO BUY. I NEED A STURDY TRIPOD WITH A SMOOTH PANHEAD FOR ABOUT $200.00 OR SO.IT HAS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF A NIKON D7000 WITH A 300MM. LENS. I NEED THE ADVICE FROM YOU GUYS BECAUSE I AM A BEGINNER. FROM SPRING VALLEY IL.NOT IN HIDEING.

I wanted a good tripod for video, and I got a Vanguard Tracker 4. Although there isn't any fluid in the head, it is as smooth as a real fluid head. There is no downside to using a fluid head for still photography - unless you like the head to move in fits and starts. Unfortunately, it looks like the Tracker 4 has been discontinued, but there are many that feature a "fluid head."

Good article -
http://www.adorama.com/alc/0008168/article/Buying-Guide-Tripod-Heads

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Feb 5, 2014 11:57:05   #
CResQ Loc: Cobble Hill, BC
 
roy4711 wrote:
I NEED HELP ON WHAT TO BUY. I NEED A STURDY TRIPOD WITH A SMOOTH PANHEAD FOR ABOUT $200.00 OR SO.IT HAS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF A NIKON D7000 WITH A 300MM. LENS. I NEED THE ADVICE FROM YOU GUYS BECAUSE I AM A BEGINNER. FROM SPRING VALLEY IL.NOT IN HIDING.


These are typically very expensive items and as always, you get what you pay for.

If you do a search of "Fluid filled head" at BHphoto and at Adorama you get very different animals but hopefully you will find something that will fill your need. Here are the relevent results at each site, just click on the links

http://www.adorama.com/searchsite/default.aspx?searchinfo=fluid+filled+head&sort=p_price_sort|0&numrecs=50

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ns=p_PRICE_2%7c0&ci=3918&setNs=p_PRICE_2%7c0&N=4164498168+4016833780&srtclk=sort



Cheers, Mark

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Feb 5, 2014 13:32:20   #
dirtpusher Loc: tulsa oklahoma
 
fluid heads were designed for video cameras. cheaper way to get the same reaction is put head handle through a good rubber band, then a finger through other an steady pull for panning.

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Feb 5, 2014 15:40:19   #
ebrunner Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
I use a Vanguard Alta Pro for a similar camera lens setup. It works very well. CHeck them out. Oh, there is no need to shout, we heard you the first time.

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Feb 5, 2014 16:05:00   #
roy4711 Loc: Spring Valley IL.
 
Did not know using caps was screaming sorry about that.

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Feb 6, 2014 06:00:01   #
RJM Loc: Cardiff, S Wales, UK
 
roy4711 wrote:
Did not know using caps was screaming sorry about that.


THAT's OKAY !! :D

It was very respectful screaming.

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Feb 6, 2014 07:06:03   #
ocbeyer Loc: Baltimore
 
Buy used. Good tripods are not like cameras, no electronics, they last a long, long time. You can find a lot on Craigslist in local metro areas and you can try them before you buy. I have a Bogen Manfrotto combo much like you asked for, sturdy as a tank, cost me $100.

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Feb 6, 2014 07:42:39   #
A.J.R. Loc: Devon, UK
 
Roy asked a question. Why it cannot be answered without him being criticized for using capitals (by Roy and Morning Star) I do not know. I feel sorry that he is made to feel bad about something so trivial. I have now fallen into the same trap of wasting everyone's time and not answering his question.

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