Tripod help


derek897

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 10:08
I have a slik pro 400 dx, its a nice sturdy tripod, but it does not allow me to shoot vertical, I was thinking of getting a new ball head for it or just changing tripod altogether.
I was looking at a ranger classic, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capacity-Rangers-Aluminum-Panorama-Lightweight/dp/B01FV...
The slik https://www.amazon.co.uk/Slik-Pro-400DX-Complete-Tripod/dp/B000JJ9JTA
Does anyone have the ranger one, and is it any good ? It does have some nifty features, like inverted shooting, and detachable monopod, but just getting a ball head will allow me to get a macro focusing rail as well.
I have an amazon voucher for 50 so thats the price bracket i am looking at.

Any thoughts welcome.
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pschlute

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 10:37
When you say "shoot vertical" do you mean portrait orientation or take a picture looking straight down at the ground?
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derek897

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 10:45
pschlute wrote:
When you say "shoot vertical" do you mean portrait orientation or take a picture looking straight down at the ground?

Hi Peter.
I mean straight up.
When shooting my recent light trails, I had to try and set my camera on a box on the ground as the tripod won't go vertical.
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barkin

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 10:58
I've got a Tycka tripod, which looks to be a rebrand of the same thing.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capacity-leftwards-flip-lock-stability-Lightweight/dp/B...

It seems to me to be a pretty well made and thought out tripod.
I'm pretty sure it'll allow for shooting straight upwards, but I'll confirm when I get home this evening.

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pschlute

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 11:05
derek897 wrote:
pschlute wrote:
When you say "shoot vertical" do you mean portrait orientation or take a picture looking straight down at the ground?

Hi Peter.
I mean straight up.

Haha , trust me to leave that option out ! if you are happy with the stability of the tripod, then why not just get a ball head. I would suggest spending money on a good name brand as i am guessing you want it to hold steady for long exposures.
Peter



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derek897

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 13:02
Ok, I think I will probably go with a ball head and the focus rail, Have found a Benro IN2 at a decent price.
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RobL

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 15:00
If I had seen this earlier I would have suggested an L-bracket, which apparently makes portrait mode easier and more stable.

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barkin

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 16:31
barkin wrote:
I've got a Tycka tripod, which looks to be a rebrand of the same thing.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capacity-leftwards-flip-lock-stability-Lightweight/dp/B...

It seems to me to be a pretty well made and thought out tripod.
I'm pretty sure it'll allow for shooting straight upwards, but I'll confirm when I get home this evening.

I see that you've decided on a replacement head but, just for completeness, I can confirm that the tripod in my link above does allow for shooting straight up vertically.

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derek897

Link Posted 27/12/2017 - 17:45
barkin wrote:
barkin wrote:
I've got a Tycka tripod, which looks to be a rebrand of the same thing.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capacity-leftwards-flip-lock-stability-Lightweight/dp/B...

It seems to me to be a pretty well made and thought out tripod.
I'm pretty sure it'll allow for shooting straight upwards, but I'll confirm when I get home this evening.

I see that you've decided on a replacement head but, just for completeness, I can confirm that the tripod in my link above does allow for shooting straight up vertically.

Thanks for that. I have decided to replace the head, but it's good to know the other one does vertical too..
Cheers.
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