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Cade Muhlig
Tripod advice for ex3
on Jan 29, 2010 at 4:19:01 am

Hey all
I there was a recent conversation for this. But I wanted to know if anyone had tried out the Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 aluminum tripod system with an EX3 or similar sized camera. It's at about the top of my price range for a tripod at $800. And I need it to be very portable/quick set up time.
The hold-up for me is the load capacity. It supports 8.8 pounds, and the EX3 is 8.8 pounds bare!
Thanks for your time.
Cade


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Clint Fleckenstein
Re: Tripod advice for ex3
on Jan 29, 2010 at 2:28:16 pm

I have an FSB-6 head on a carbon tripod that looks identical to aluminum one you referred to. First off, the fluid head is FANTASTIC. It's amazingly smooth. The one-flip Speed Lock mechanism on the legs is really handy for run & gun shooting, too.

I don't know the difference between the FSB-4 and FSB-6, but there's likely a big difference. The FSB-6 head costs more than that tripod system you were looking at. B&H has the FSB-6 with aluminum tripod and carrying bag (which is nice, by the way, padded and heavy duty) for $1429.

There's an old adage in the gun community about spending a lot on a scope to get the most out of your rifle...some even say you should spend as much on your optics as you did on the rifle itself. I'd agree that a similar reasoning applies to a tripod, especially now that we're all shooting widescreen HD. If you can stretch a bit and move up to a nicer head on a set of sticks rated for 12 pounds or more, I think you'd be doing yourself a favor. That tripod system you mentioned runs what, about 10% of the cost of the camera?

Cf


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Ron Pestes
Re: Tripod advice for ex3
on Jan 29, 2010 at 4:44:53 pm

I totally agree. I have the same setup and wouldn't trade it for anything. I carried it and my EX-3 all over Romania last year and was glad for the lighter weight and quick setup time. You won't be sorry if you can just afford it.

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olof ekbergh
Re: Tripod advice for ex3
on Jan 31, 2010 at 3:11:31 am

The Miller Solo sticks and heads are fantastic for the EX3. I think they are now around 1,300.00 with carbon legs. Very smooth and light.

I have two of them. Oldest almost 10 years old still in perfect shape.

Olof Ekbergh


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Cade Muhlig
Re: Tripod advice for ex3
on Jan 31, 2010 at 4:29:44 am

Thanks all
Im pretty set on the FSB-6, haven't made a purchase yet, but will likely buy in a week or so.
Thanks again



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Alan Lloyd
Re: Tripod advice for ex3
on Jan 31, 2010 at 4:35:57 pm

I'd agree - in fact, I'd go a bit farther.

A tripod is a long-term investment. Mine has been with me through two cameras and though I rent now (format confusion still at large) I still have it and it still goes out with me.

Buy the very best you can afford. There are very few people in life who will ever say "I wish I had not gotten something this good!"


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