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Tripod for P1000?

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Jimflorida

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What is an inexpensive (for a beginner) tripod for my P1000? Would I need a mounting plate for this camera (it’s not light)? I don’t need to travel with it, just lug it outside and take pictures.  I am a little confused about what type tripod (or tripod head) I would need if I also need to use a mounting plate? Thanks.



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I would go with any of the Benro Series 2 aluminium tripods to start with.

What head to get depends on whether you want to shoot video as well as stills. For mostly stills, I would look at the G series ballheads from Sirui. If you shoot more video, a 4-way head is a better option, such as the Sirui FD-01. These Sirui heads use industry standard Arca-Swiss compatible quick release plates and come with a plate. A leg and head set like these will last for many years to come, and they can handle a mirrorless or DSLR with a long lens if you decide to go that way in the future. The cost is somewhere around the $250 mark with the ball head or $390 with the 4-way. Not cheap, but very good value for money.

 

If money is too tight, something like a Vanguard VEO2 can handle the P1000, but it won't last as long and is not as good a support. It comes with a head and is around $80



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I now use a Manfrotto ball head and find it frustrating to make small adjustments with a long lens, going back to a pan/tilt.



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Mike, have you tried a good ballhead? A smooth running head where you can adjust the friction is a complete other kettle of fish compared to the Manfrotto and Gitzo dinosaurs.



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What is an inexpensive (for a beginner) tripod for my P1000? Would I need a mounting plate for this camera (it’s not light)? I don’t need to travel with it, just lug it outside and take pictures.  I am a little confused about what type tripod (or tripod head) I would need if I also need to use a mounting plate? Thanks.

What do you consider inexpensive?



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Maybe $100 or so.



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Merco_61's advise above is excellent...I would suggest you follow that advise, but I expect you will end up above your $100 threshold.  At $100, you are probably best served by going to a local photo shop (or Best Buy if you don't have a photo shop) and pick one - hopefully the sturdiest - that you are comfortable operating.



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Merco_61's advise above is excellent...I would suggest you follow that advise, but I expect you will end up above your $100 threshold.  At $100, you are probably best served by going to a local photo shop (or Best Buy if you don't have a photo shop) and pick one - hopefully the sturdiest - that you are comfortable operating.

Tom, I did leave a low-budget alternative as well. At least on this side of the pond, most B+M stores carry Vanguard.