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« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2005, 03:46:39 PM »
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DarkPenguin:  I'll have a look at the Silk 700, thanks for the tip.

MarkDS,  thats not a bad idea, although the nearest decent camera store is 45 miles away...

Also, I guess 200 is an "odd" number, but I've played with an associate's Bogen/Manfotto 3021BPRO, which, with head, costs around 250 and I liked it.  It seemed plenty big for everything I have now or will in the near future.  Of course, who knows, maybe I'm wrong.
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« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2005, 03:52:18 PM »
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Another idea, though not one I've tried:  If you're on a budget, might it be worthwhile to look into buying a somewhat used tripod?  I imagine you'd get a considerably better tripod for the money, as long as you don't mind a little minor wear & tear.  There must be plenty of photographers who have upgraded to a bigger/lighter/different-height/whatever tripod and are selling perfectly decent older ones.

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« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2005, 04:15:17 PM »
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MacGyver:

Everyone here is giving you good advice, based on we have bought cheap, regretted it, and then moved on to decent gear.

But still, you have the cash you have to work with and that is where you are.

What I would say is watch ebay.  Decide what you willl spend, and then actively look.  

The ONLY bummer about the L plates is that every new canon body that comes out needs a different one! So I personally have sold D 60 and 10D RRS L plates on ebay.  

Do a search of completed items.  You'll see you could save yourself 50 or 60 bucks vs buying new.  Same goes for a tripod.  Like this year I bought a great carbon monopod for $120.  It was from a camera store, and they also sell them at the store for $165 or so.  Go figure.

These things are tools/pieces of equipment.  Nothing better than a great tool, nothing worse than trying to use junk.  A walmart tripod is just an invitation to put your camera on something that is going to fall over and break everything.  

Maybe think about a monopod like I did.  It's way better than nothing.  I have been using it for indoor basketball where my tripod is not practical, and I'm pretty pleased.  


Good luck to you.  

Bob.

(ps, hey, we'd all trade you a tripod to live for a week as a college student again!)
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2005, 04:34:12 PM »
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Bob,

I know I'm getting great advice, if I came off as anything other than thankfull, my mistake.  It's help like this that makes this fourm worth it.  Also, I have given thought to a monopod, and I will be getting one in a little bit.

Nniko,  good thinking on the buying used, I honestly hadn't even thought of used tripods.   I guess I thought that when someone gets a new tripod the oldone goes to tripod heaven or something...
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« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2005, 04:56:19 PM »
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Yes indeed - Tripod Heaven is the place for my previous one - I bought a Linhof in 1958 - it was the cat's meow in those days and it stuck in my mind that I paid something like 45 dollars for it which was top dollar for a high school student in those days, when Canadian dollars were worth at least as much as US dollars, and adjusted for inflation since then it would be like spending around 300 or more today. Well, the Linhof lasted until Spring of this year (yes 1958 to 2005), when one of the legs lost a lug and that was the end of it - it is indeed in Tripod Heaven. I replaced it with a Gitzo - they tell me the last tripod I will ever buy - and based on my age and experience with the Linhof it is probably true!
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« Reply #25 on: December 12, 2005, 05:10:06 PM »
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2005-1958 = 47 + 17 (average HS age) = 63.

Just saw on cnn or yahoo! that the average life expectancy is 77.

So 14 years for a Gitzo?  I'm pretty sure my feisol won't last that long.
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« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2005, 05:24:21 PM »
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I fully expect the Gitzo to outlive me.  
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« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2005, 06:17:29 PM »
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What I would say is watch ebay. Decide what you willl spend, and then actively look.

The ONLY bummer about the L plates is that every new canon body that comes out needs a different one! So I personally have sold D 60 and 10D RRS L plates on ebay.

Do a search of completed items. You'll see you could save yourself 50 or 60 bucks vs buying new. Same goes for a tripod. Like this year I bought a great carbon monopod for $120. It was from a camera store, and they also sell them at the store for $165 or so. Go figure.

I took a quick look for tripods on eBay, and it was hard to find anything decent among the cheap junk (clearly "too good to be true" sorts of deals); if you go that route, be very careful what you buy.  If it were me, I'd go to a big local camera store (if there is one in your area) and see what used equipment they have for sale.  You can even try it out with your camera before you buy.

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« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2005, 06:37:48 PM »
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I have given thought to a monopod, and I will be getting one in a little bit.

This is a good thought which I second, or third, or whatever....I have both mono- and tripods, and I find myself using them in about a 2:1 ratio in the monopod's favor. Might be because I bought the behemoth Gitzo 1548 (used on glee-Bay, so it can be done), or it might be because the Contax 645 on a monopod is just so much easier to handle when shooting the kids, their sports, stuff out in the field, etc.
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« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2005, 06:59:42 PM »
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I fully expect the Gitzo to outlive me. 
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In retrospect that was kind of a grim calculation.  
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« Reply #30 on: December 12, 2005, 07:48:26 PM »
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Well, you are a dark penguin, aren't you?  
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« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2005, 08:13:33 PM »
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Man, this took a turn for the dark side...
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« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2005, 08:14:22 PM »
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Well, you are a dark penguin, aren't you?   
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Actually he's quite a cheerful fellow, once you get to know him.  
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« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2005, 08:20:34 PM »
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I have no doubt - all in the name of some fun!  
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« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2005, 08:38:43 PM »
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Well, you are a dark penguin, aren't you? 
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I wonder if Dark penguin knows about this essential site...

[a href=\"http://www.liveonbankiz.org]http://www.liveonbankiz.org[/url]

It appears to be in French, but it is a life penguin simulator, great stuff.

Cheers,
Bernard
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A few images online here!
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« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2005, 10:24:52 PM »
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Also check "www.eleverundragon.com" hyperlinked on the same site - real fun stuff -  getting back on topic, the L plate could come in real handy for recomposing those quick on-the-fly snapshots of your dragon eleve.
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