Posted 29 December 2005 - 05:10 PM
Also curious which ones do best with the rockiness of a boat in the ocean?
Posted 29 December 2005 - 06:28 PM
Generally, video uses a fluid-damped pan/tilt head, and still uses a ball head. The tripod depends on the weight of the camera and head.
After shooting stills on a ball head, you will positively turn up your nose at a pan/tilt head, but, I would imagine that shooting video on a ball head is almost impossible to make look nice.
I guess it all depends on what you want for the end use. Mixing uses will predictabally be poor for some applications.
A very good quality tripod/ball head for heavy still use will be about $1000-$600 or so, depending on the tripod legs (Gitzo or Manfrotto) or ball head (Manfrotto, Kirk or RRS). Lightweight, $800-300.
As for underwater, here is a recent thread on the subject.
Shooting on a boat, I've always hand-held. Can't help you here.
However, I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of video tripods comes from watching the news guys; maybe someone who actually does video will chime in...
All the best, James
Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:28 PM
Likewise, I shoot hand held on a boat - shooting whales in Hawaii during the winter season can be challenging and I was curious if anyone new of a miracle tripod that could offset the roll of the ocean! Ha!
Posted 30 December 2005 - 07:36 AM
Gtizo 1227 Carbon Fibre Legs $350 from eBay
Kirk BH-3 Ball head $255 from Kirk Photographic
(get the Arca Swiss version...)
L-plate for camera body from Kirk Photographic
Lens plate for 70-200 that replaces original foot from Really Right Stuff.
This combination is pretty stable, but does need some weight hung from the center post when using the 70-200 to keep it truly stable.
D300, D200, D70, 12-24 f4 AFS DX, 60mm f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 AF-S VR, 105 f2.8 AF-S VR, Tokina Wunderlens.
Photo galleries @ Ruaux.net
Posted 30 December 2005 - 09:39 AM
I've still to find a really effective solution for underwater use!
Video requires a totally different set-up as has been already stated.