Tripods-Choosing and buying camera support for video and photography

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Basic Starter Camera ($280 used at Amazon): Canon T3
Better Starter Camera ($500 at Amazon): Nikon D5300
Better Travel Camera ($500 at Amazon): Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Good ($550 at Amazon): Sony a6000
Better ($1,400) at Amazon: Nikon D5500 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Best ($3,150) at Amazon: Pentax K-1 & Pentax 24-70 f/2.8

Beginner ($950 at Amazon): Canon T6i & Canon 50mm f/1.8
Better ($3,000 at Amazon): Nikon D610 & Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Best ($5,300) at Amazon: Nikon D810 & Nikon 70-200 f/2.8E

Starter ($1,100 at Amazon): Canon 7D & Canon 400mm f/5.6
Great ($3,200 at Amazon): Nikon D500 & Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

Beginner ($500 at Amazon): Panasonic G7 & Panasonic 14-42mm
Better ($1,400 at Amazon): Panasonic GH4 & Panasonic 14-140 f/3.5-5.6
Best ($4,300 at Amazon): Panasonic GH5 & Metabones Speed Booster XL & Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 & Sigma 50-100 f/1.8

Beginner ($400 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 3
Travel ($1,000 at Amazon): DJI Mavic Pro
Better Image Quality ($1,500 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 4 Pro


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  1. Hi Tony & Chelsea, Beautiful and a very informative video, thank you very much.
    Please could you recommend a Carbon Fibre travel tripod suitable to support a Canon 5D MK II with the battery grip, 1.4 Sigma extender and a 150- 600mm Soprts lens?
    Manfrotto aluminum tripods are much heavier with the same pistol grip you had. Best of luck.

  2. Hi thanks for your video. I just got a very good Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 with Manfrotto MVH502AH Professional Fluid Video Head. When I open it up and set it up on a perfectly level floor (already pre-measured with a builder's level) there is still a slight tilt of the camera (noticeable to the eye). Furthermore, when I remove the fluid head, I notice that the quick release slider part of the head that attaches to the camera is also slightly off level from the rest of the head, as if it is not a precise snug fit in the track, even when it is clamped tight. And it wobbles slightly, as if it's warped, when I rest the quick release slider on a level kitchen granite countertop. Is this normal? When you look at the setup the camera looks a little cockeyed sitting on the mounted fluid head. How level are good quality tripods supposed to be right out of the box, or is it assumed, that, no matter what, even on a perfectly level floor, you are supposed to level the tripod anyway. Being that I just got it and it was a pricey setup, I am thinking of asking for an exchange. What would you do?

  3. Chelsea, while demonstrating the final Manfrotto tripod, you have an accessory attached to the tripod holding the Zoon recorder. What is the make and model of that accessory?

  4. Hi Northrups! First – Thanks for all of your wonderful videos, I'm relatively new to this hobby and you two are a huge inspiration to me! Have ya'll used SLIK tripods? What do you think of them? What do they compare to? Thanks!

  5. Pls Tony, could you tell me the brand of the last tripods you used, except for the one for filming, I live in Uruguay, we get lot's of ocean winds here, and I am looking for a sturdy tripod, wich can support my Canon 7 D mark ii and my Sigma Contemporary lens, I don't like screw legs at all, way to complicated to quickly change the hight on the fly… and last but not least it should be affordable and not too heavey…. hmmm I guess I'm asking for too much? Thanks a lot!!!! Great video again!

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